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Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I sent in the Prolouge of my story. It's about 1,120 words. I know that some of the stories haven't been arriving lately, so I thought I'd better let you know that I sent it, just in case.
Dated:Tue Jul 10 18:47:17 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Alright - I'll do that then. It's the first time I've written fantasy, so it's taking me a while, but I should be able to send it in by Tuesday if I'm lucky.
Dated:Sun Jul 8 10:58:29 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I'm not sure - personally I think it breaks up the story and that a foreign-looking name adds to the atmosphere. I try to compromise by not using too much of them and by using anglicisations for the prinicpal characters. For instance, in MY LADY JUDGE, I use Malachy, Rory and Turlough, instead of their Gaelic spellings. However, I must confess that many of my friends in England complain about not being able to pronounce names like 'Nuala'.
Perhaps the best solution is to put a list at the back of the book.
Dated:Sun Jul 8 09:12:28 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've just thought - in my fantasy story I've used names from the characters that are from languages like Welsh and Slavonic - they're rather hard to pronounce. Should I include a note on pronunciation?
Dated:Sat Jul 7 21:53:22 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Aisling,
It takes brains, creativity and perseverance to write stories - these are qualities which are envied by people who lack them so I wouldn't worry. I've done what you asked, however.
Dated:Sat Jul 7 21:18:41 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I haven't read it. I'll keep a look out for it, though!
Dated:Sat Jul 7 16:27:41 2007  

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  

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