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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  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aisling: You've probably got very high standards and then you get dicouraged and decide to start a new story. I know what it feels like. I have been really struggling with my book three of the Burren Mysteries trilogy and for a while I almost felt like strating a new story. However, I told myself not to be stupid and now it is all starting to flow again and I'm back to doing a couple of thousand words a day. I've reached about 60,000 words now so there are only another twenty thousand to go!
Ristine: I've just read your last chapter - well done, all the ends are neatly tied up and it's a very believable and clever finish.
Dated:Mon Jun 25 15:02:40 2007  

Name: Aisling
Message:Cora: Your right, I'll be working on this sotry only though. Sorry, I'm very picky, I'll send it again later!
Dated:Mon Jun 25 14:51:01 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aisling: No, I don't think so. I've put on everything that I had. Have you checked the Story Club page? You have such a lot of beginnings of stories. It might be a good idea to concentrate on the one that you feel you could finish, now. I don't mind, but it would probably be better for your development as a writer.
Dated:Sun Jun 24 09:59:06 2007  

Name: Aisling
Message:Cora: Northern lights is a brilliant book. Did you get my story Unknown?
Dated:Sat Jun 23 21:36:53 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Aisling: I haven't actually read that one - I'll check it out.
Aoife: Yeah, the ending was quite sad, really...
Cora: If you liked 'Northern Lights', I know of a book you might like - it's called 'The Amulet of Samarkand', by Jonathan Stroud. It's set in a modern-day London ruled by wizards, and the main character is a witty, street-wise djinni. The writing is excellent, and the plot is ingenius - I read it and thought, 'Darn! Wish I'd thought of that first!' The only bad thing about it is that it's the first book in a trilogy, and you really have to read them in order to understand them. Did you read 'The Lord of The Rings' books?
Dated:Sat Jun 23 18:21:48 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Alking about books I think the best book I have read for your age group is 'Northern Lights' by Philip Pullman. The net best is 'Sabriel' by Garth Nix.
Aoife: In terms of number of books (by me) published it would be Wolfhound, in terms of importance it has to be Macmillan.
Dated:Sat Jun 23 11:51:28 2007  

Name: Aoife=)
Message:Hi Cora!How are you?!I have a question!Who is your main publisher?!!!
Kristine:Ya ive read dat book its realli gud except it does not have a very happy ending!But otherwise!!!Anyway!!
Dated:Sat Jun 23 11:22:04 2007  

Name: Aisling
Message:Kristine: Thats a really good book, did you read 'The Boy In Strpied Pajamas'?

Dated:Fri Jun 22 18:48:13 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I forgot to mention that I read a really good book lately. My Mom told me to read it, because she said we might have to for the Junior Cert., so I did. It's called "Summer of My German Soldier" - have you read it?
Dated:Fri Jun 22 17:34:03 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I do alright in school, I have flunked a few times in the past, and I get As sometimes, but I guess I'm just an average student.
Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors. I read 'Pride and Prejudice' in 2004, when I heard the new version of the movie was coming out, and I loved the book. I bought 'Sense and Sensibility' a few months ago, but haven't got around to reading it yet. I'm trying to finish some old books before I start on a new one, and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' is out soon, and that's a must read, so I'll be pretty occupied with reading over the next while!
Dated:Fri Jun 22 17:27:23 2007  

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