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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Have you ever read Sabriel by Garth Nix? It's so inspiring. Everyone is getting a bit tired of Lord of the Rings type fantasy - there have been too many imitations, but this is something completely different.
Dated:Fri Jul 6 19:54:40 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've never written fantasy before, but I'll give it a shot. I've been reading up some fantasy books such as Eragon and Lord of the Rings for some ideas (that's what I generally do) and I think I may have something. I started the first chapter this evening, and I should have it ready for you soon.
Dated:Fri Jul 6 19:41:44 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Bridget: Nice to hear from you again - I do like the new story!

Kristine: What about fantasy? It can be fun and very liberating to write soemthing where you create a new world.
Dated:Tue Jul 3 22:54:50 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm really stuck for ideas for new stories! I'm trying to decide if I should do another historical one, or a modern one. What do you think?
Dated:Tue Jul 3 22:12:26 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Yeah - I sent it at around half past two today. I'll re-send it now.
Dated:Sun Jul 1 16:39:08 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Have you sent it? If so, it hasn't arrived.
Dated:Sun Jul 1 16:07:13 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've added in a first entry, and compressed the part about her siblings into one paragraph. It's a small alteration but it speeds up the start and helps me launch into the story faster. Do you think that will work?
Dated:Sun Jul 1 13:41:56 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Yes, I think that would work very well.
Dated:Fri Jun 29 20:32:32 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: That sounds like a good idea. If I put that in, would I perhaps date it after the famine? And then go into the beginning I have now? (Once it's altered.)
Dated:Fri Jun 29 19:53:31 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Give it a try, but remember that I can be wrong.
What about starting with the diary - something like: 'When I was given this diary, I never knew what terrible things I would come to write it in it....' - perhaps something like that?
Dated:Fri Jun 29 18:54:03 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I have mixed feelings about the beginning of the story. I think I'll have to compromise, and re-write the beginning, leaving a little more to the imagination about the characters, their personalities and such, rather then have one character explain them all at the start...would that work a lot better, do you think?
Dated:Fri Jun 29 18:38:59 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Yes, that is what I meant, but remember that it is your story and you are the final decider. When I started writing books first - to be published - I used to immediately opt for whatever my editor suggested, but now I have the confidence to say: 'no, that's not what I intend.' Only you can decide what is right for your story.

Mairead: I would love to have had you in my class when I was teaching infants.
Dated:Fri Jun 29 18:21:29 2007  

Name: Mairead
Message:I do want a horse. I'm in senior infants now.
Dated:Fri Jun 29 16:41:28 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm trying to pinpoint exactly what you mean by 'slow'. I was thinking that I should leave out so much of the detail about her family at the start and reveal their characters more, bit by bit, over the course of the story. Is that what you meant?
Dated:Fri Jun 29 13:08:55 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: That's grand. Hope you enjoy it!
Dated:Thu Jun 28 15:18:58 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: yes, i got it this time. Hopefully I'l put it on this evening, or tomorrow morning when I've had time to have a look at it.
Dated:Thu Jun 28 15:13:57 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: That's strange. It has been happening a lot lately, though. I checked with web history, and I sent it at 12:32 this morning. I'll re-send it right now.
Dated:Thu Jun 28 15:02:33 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I t hasn't arrived! This seems to be the second story that hasn't arrived recently. Could you let me know what time you sent it - and, if possible, resend.
Dated:Thu Jun 28 14:58:38 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've just sent in the re-write of 'Safe Home, not any more'. It's not that different from the old one, the same basic entries, but I've tried to make them a bit more....what's the word?...I can't think of the word. Exciting? Emotional? Anyway - I'm happier with it then the last version. It's only the first half. I've written out the second half a few times, but I thought I'd better wait for a verdict on Part 1 before I go writing the rest.
Dated:Thu Jun 28 12:44:33 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Grace: Thanks for the lovely long episode in the story. It's great to hear from you again. Hope the holiday was a success.
Aisling: I like the new story. Tell Mairead I would love some more stories from her.
Dated:Thu Jun 28 08:55:18 2007  

Name: Aisling
Message:Cora: Maireads delighted. Shes my neighbour. She made it up all by herself. At first she wanted the Prince to get eaten by the dragon but decided against it lol.
Dated:Wed Jun 27 23:19:04 2007  

Name: Grace
Message:Hi Cora,
Hello! Haven't been on in ages, sorry, was on holiday, and my internet keeps breaking up, so no guarantees about constant messages!! Haha! I'll try and do as much as I can. Talk to you later, bye!
Dated:Wed Jun 27 21:44:19 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Mairead: I hope you like the look of your story on the Story Board. You must be a very clever, five-year-old.
Kristine: Yes, I would be delighted to have it. Well done for doing a rewrite - very few of your age have the patience to do that, though most prefessional writers have to at some stage.
Dated:Wed Jun 27 21:04:07 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've written a re-write of the first half of the story I sent you a while back, 'Safe Home, Not Any More'. I don't really have any ideas for other stories at the moment, so would you like me to send the re-write?
Dated:Wed Jun 27 20:16:36 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! I'm going to start working on a new story soon.
Dated:Mon Jun 25 15:39:40 2007  

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