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Name: Heather (GRACE!)
Message:Thanks Cora!
Dated:Mon Sep 18 22:08:13 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Yes, I do think planning is the secret to doing a good story. When I do story writing in schools I always make the kids think of an interesting character, give that character a problem to be solved, or a goal to be achieved, and then the ending comes in the solving of the problem or the achievement (or non-achievement) of the goal. I make them plan their ending before they start on the beginning!

I'm easy about whatever you want to call yourself. It's totally up to you.
Dated:Mon Sep 18 20:00:41 2006  

Name: Heather
Message:Thank you so much, Cora! Actually, I've just started a story today! I'm going to work on it and plan as much as I can, because that was the problem. I started about 5 stories but had no plot thought out, so I gave up. But I wont do that now.
I know its late to be saying this after nearly 2 years...but all this time, I've been saying my name was Heather, but it was just a nickname because I didnt want my name given out. But now I've decided its alright, and you can start calling me Grace, if its not too confusing! I realise theres another grace on here, so maybe Grace T? I completely understand if it becomes to confusing, you can just call me heather again if that happens! But I just thought I'd come out with that! Ok then....Bye, & thank
Dated:Mon Sep 18 19:11:31 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Heather: It was lovely to hear from you again and yes, I do remember you very well (you were from Mayo, weren't you) and I remember your stories which were very talented.

Please don't worry about not writing. Just give yourself time and something will come to you. I think that you probably, as you grew older, became more self-critical and certainly more self-conscious and that inhibited you.

It was great to hear from you and I hope you drop me a message from time to time, and a story whenever you feel that you want to.
Dated:Mon Sep 18 18:37:31 2006  

Name: Heather
Message:Cora,
Just to let you know, that I feel fairly cautious writing this message, because I know that I never sent messages for nearly a year, and im very sorry for that, i regret it. You probably dont remember me, I used to go on sooooo much on your site, & I sent stories in all the time! But then, I started to feel a bit like i couldnt write anymore, and my stories werent good enough...........so I stopped. I really wish I hadnt, and now, if you're not offended by my wish to just suddenly be accepted back, I'd like to start again.......do you mind?
Dated:Mon Sep 18 16:18:59 2006  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Cora:
That's an incredible story! Even the animals were brave! I've never heard that story, but one of my favorites is when two firefighters were helping a woman with a broken leg down the stairs and she asked them to leave her and go help other people, but they argued with her as the building fell down around them. I dont' think any of them were hurt.
Dated:Fri Sep 15 20:16:32 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Bridget: Yes, it was a terrible tragedy. The one happy thing was where the Guide Dog was released by his master, climbed his way out and then came back and fetched his master out by a possible route for both of them. I loved that story.

Amy: I've added the extra bit to your story. I think it's a good idea to put in some descriptive passages. it makes it easier for your readers to imagine themselves into the story.

Aoife: Could you have a look and see if the story you sent me belongs to an earlier one.
Dated:Fri Sep 15 12:46:09 2006  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Cora:
That's so sad! I didn't know anyone personally, but it still makes me cry sometimes.
Dated:Wed Sep 13 22:56:41 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Amy, Aoife and Tom: Many thanks for your stories. I have put them on the Story Board.

Could someone finish off 'The Cave of Doom'. It seems to have got stuck!
Dated:Wed Sep 13 20:21:53 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Bridget: Yes, I remember the day very well. Shortly before it happened, a woman from New York came to see me as she was doing a thesis about children's books dealing with The Great Famine in Ireland. When I saw the news on Sky Television I emailed her and she told me that she had spent the night before driving a friend around the hospitals of New York with a photo of her friend's husband. Unfortunately, he was never found. This made it all very real to me.
Dated:Wed Sep 13 20:19:08 2006  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Cora:
Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of September 11th, the day the planes were hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon, the Twin Towers, and almost crashed someplace in Virginia. The last plane was taken over by the passengers before it got there, though, and it crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. I wasn't sure if you knew about it or not.
Dated:Tue Sep 12 22:28:52 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Fergus, Aisling & Ursula:
Many thanks for your messages.
Cillian: I have deleted the first story and put the new entry on the Story Board. When you do the next part, just send that bit to me and I'll add it on. I do hope you will finish it. I think it is quite powerful and pulls no punches.
Dated:Mon Sep 11 19:35:17 2006  

Name: Ursula
Message:Hi Cora - haven't written to you in ages so thought i'd drop in to say hi! Hope you had a lovely but I'm sure busy summer ! Any plans this year book wise?? I've just started in to my last year at secondary skool the big LC! Scary stuff! Have already had to start after school study - the teachers are piling on the pressure straight away. anyways got to go now get ready for school! :D talk later
Dated:Fri Sep 8 07:59:23 2006  

Name: Aisling
Message:Hi cora its bin ages but I dont go on the computer much in the summer Hope you had a good summer.
Dated:Thu Sep 7 16:55:11 2006  

Name: Fergus
Message:Hi Cora
I've just started reading Treachery at Midnight and I think its great. I like the bit about the wolf.
Dated:Tue Sep 5 17:22:59 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Claire: Many thanks for your lovely message. Best of luck with your studies this year. I'm sure you will do as well as you did last year.

Aisling: I hope you like 'Doomed to Die'. It is one of my favourites. I think that and 'Treachery at Midnight' are my two best books.
Dated:Tue Sep 5 07:11:47 2006  

Name: Aisling
Message:Hi Cora
We#re reading Doomed to Die in my class this year/. Everyone likes your books.
Dated:Tue Sep 5 07:08:01 2006  

Name: Claire
Message:Hi Cora
Back to school tomorrow. I've been doing a bit of work during the last week as I want to be top of the class this year but this weekend my mam told me to relax so I've been rereading all of my Drumshee books. I know lots of them almost off my heart but I still love them. Thanks for writing them and giving so many people the pleasure of reading them. I don't think I'll ever grow out of them!
Dated:Sun Sep 3 09:13:38 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Madeline,
It was lovely to hear from you and I am delighted that you found my visit to Caherelly so useful.
Unfortunately, I am going to be very busy for the next six months or so and would be quite unable to go as far as Killmallock on a school visit.
However, I would love to answer any questions that the children may have if they would send them to this site. Which book are you reading with them?
Dated:Sat Sep 2 17:01:12 2006  

Name: Madeline Lees
Message:Hello Cora
Im enquiring about how to arrange a school visit from you to our school . I am a teacher in Killmallock,Co.Limerick and we are reading your books in school. I was at one of your school visits about 3 years ago in Caherelly Co.Limk and i am wondering do you still visit schools.Your visit to Caherelly was inspiring for the pupils and i would love if my class could meet you . thanking you
Dated:Thu Aug 31 13:47:08 2006  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Paula: Don't worry about your story - the best thing is to do what you feel comfortable about. I love writing stories, and I hope that you do, also.
Brittany & Bridget: Your system is probably like the English one. Fifth class children in Ireland are the same age as Year Six in England. In England they go to secondary school after Year Six, so they go a year earlier than in Ireland.
Summer: My adult books are not out yet, but the children's books can be bought from Amazon on the Internet.
Dated:Mon Aug 28 12:23:52 2006  

Name: summer
Message:hi cora
how are you?
i would like to read one of your books,but i dont know how to find it.
Dated:Sun Aug 27 22:17:42 2006  

Name: Brittany
Message:Bridget-Actualy my cousin lives in Ireland and 4th class would be like 5th grade here and 6th class 7th grade and so on
Dated:Sat Aug 26 01:25:59 2006  

Name: *Paula*
Message:Hi Cora sorry it took me so long to reply but i think i will check the sorry first myself and then i will think about as i don't think it is very interesting...
Dated:Fri Aug 25 21:16:40 2006  

Name: Joon
Message:Excellent site - do keep up the good work.
Dated:Wed Aug 23 19:12:31 2006  

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