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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Alannah; I normally, these days, plan about ten chapters. Whe I started writing first I used to plan about fifteen chapters, but now I find that as I write about things occur to me. I suppose, now, I am more confident of my own ability to come up with ideas.

Patricia: That would be great. I look forward to hearing from you on Sunday.
I think that you were probably mentally too old for primary school. In England, where I taught, kids went to secondary when they were eleven (like Class Five here). I actually think that 99.5% of them were ready to go to secondary school, but I have never managed to convince Irish teachers of this!
Dated:Fri Nov 25 18:53:39 2005  

Name: Patricia
Message:I'll try to do it on Sunday. I was in 6xt class and when I left no one cried for us neither did we thought. But when I was in 2nd to 5ft they all cried. I think its stuipt to cry. I was excited to go to secondary.
Dated:Fri Nov 25 18:25:17 2005  

Name: Alannah Thornburgh
Message:Cora: The extract of Chapter 5 sounds really good. I can't wait until it comes out. Did you plan what was going to happen before you wrote it or did you just write it as you went along?
Dated:Fri Nov 25 15:13:38 2005  

Name: Edwina
Message:Cora,
Sorry I haven't been on the computer for a while. the new Harry Potter book is even better than the others. Yes, me and Alannah are in the same class. How are you?
Dated:Thu Nov 24 21:57:33 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Edel: Which of my new books do you mean: 'Doomed to Die' or 'A Life for a Life'?

Who was in the sixth class?
Dated:Thu Nov 24 21:35:58 2005  

Name: EDEL ODWER
Message:HI Cora.Edel here i was just asking about your new book.we were very sad when the sixet class left.
Dated:Thu Nov 24 20:57:45 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Many thanks, Patricia, I'm very relieved that you think it sounds OK. I know that you have a very good ear for the way kids of your age talk so perhaps you could spare the time to write down a few typical remarks from boys and girls. That would really help me also - I will use the things that you and Ursula have sent.

Dated:Thu Nov 24 20:47:34 2005  

Name: Patricia
Message:Hi Cora, I put in a thing for your book. I hope it will help and it is all true.
Dated:Thu Nov 24 18:21:44 2005  

Name: Patricia
Message:Alannah: Yes I'm in 1st year and i love it. It's way better than primary. No i haven't tried a publisher but my stories are way to short for it to be published.
Dated:Thu Nov 24 18:11:09 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Ursula, that's brilliant. I put it on the end of my extract in the Story Club so that others can see it. I'll add in other ideas when they come in. I like the throwing paper bit and the humming. Of course I have only taught in Primary Schools - and in England they leave primary at eleven so I wouldn't know about too much bad behaviour.
It's a good idea to send it by the story club as the message board will only take a message of about 120 words.
Dated:Thu Nov 24 16:33:32 2005  

Name: Ursula
Message:Hi cora just sent you some ideas through the story club as it wouldn't fit here!
Hope it helps
Ursula
Dated:Thu Nov 24 16:04:38 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I've just put an extract from Chapter Five on to the Story Board. I need help in developing and extending the scene. Miss Clancy is a newly qualified teacher and she finds the first class in secondary just too hard to handle.
I would welcome any criticism if the language and expressions don't sound right to your ear. All help very gratefully received!
Dated:Thu Nov 24 15:25:06 2005  

Name: Alannah Thornburgh
Message:Patricia: I'm in 5th Class. Are you in 1st Year? Have you ever tried to send a book to a publisher yourself?
Dated:Thu Nov 24 15:19:03 2005  

Name: Patricia
Message:If you want to say something you hate try
I can't stand or just say what you hate about the thing like Geography is so boring. But I would use I can't stand that girl personally.
Dated:Wed Nov 23 18:33:21 2005  

Name: Patricia
Message:Cora:I could help you with the young geoghapy teacher as I had a english student teacher. What really would you want and I will try to find some time. The idea about writing about I feel in diary form is a good idea. I will be putting down my own personal feelings in it and i waill carry it on until the year ends maybe. I rather writing down my feelings on paper.
Alannah: Your stories are probably great and I hope you get an offer. Just think of J.K Rowling she tried 3 publishers before she got an offer on Harry Potter and how big is that like? Shes a multi millionare. I hope you really like the story it might give you an idea on secondary school. What class are you in?
Dated:Wed Nov 23 18:29:50 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Alannah: I wish you the very best of luck. I know what it is like hanging around for publishers. You need a lot of stamina, and a lot of luck. I suppose, though, that nothing equals the excitment of seeing your first book published and for sale in shops.

Patricia: I wonder could you help me. I need something - quite short in chapter five of 'Twice as Gorgeous', something where the class are teasing a young and inexperienced geography teacher. I'm not sure if that every happens in your school!
Also, what word would you use if you wanted to say that you hate something?
Dated:Wed Nov 23 18:13:42 2005  

Name: Alannah Thornburgh
Message:Patricia: Yes, I'm still trying to get a book published. I've written a plan on one and I think its going to be an OK book (it will be about fifty or sixty pages long approximately). Also, I wrote a story called 'Puttykins Revenge' two years ago and it won a Christmas story-writing competition so I'm going to send that to a publisher too. Its only four A4 pages long and I've illustrated it and designed a cover. By the way, I think the story you're going to be writing sounds excellent.
Dated:Wed Nov 23 15:06:30 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Karen: I'm writing a book for adults at the moment. It's a bit different to my other books and I worry more about it. To be honest I suppose my children's books were more fun, but then you don't get much morney from children's books as most people just borrow them from libraries, or else read them from the school library.
Dated:Tue Nov 22 20:05:47 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Patricia: I think your story sounds as though it will be excellent. I was wondering about what you would think of writing it in a diary format and I think you should definitely write it in the first person (I) as that suits your style of writing. It doesn't need to be you, but it needs to be somebody whose problems you feel you understand.
By the way, have you any ideas for a storyline story? It should probably be aimed at primary school kids as most secondary people are a bit too busy to contribute on a regular basis.

Dated:Tue Nov 22 20:05:04 2005  

Name: Karen
Message:Are you writing a new book, Cora?
Dated:Tue Nov 22 19:44:34 2005  

Name: Patricia
Message:This one will be very honest one and I have an idea already for whats it about it would be about: the work, the teachers and the different subjects would be a small part of it because that is the genral truth. But as you say I have an honest ring i will be putting in about: peer pressure (about smoking and drinking) which I don't know about really because i haven't been pushed yet. And bullying. That would be easy for me as we just had an anti-bulling week last week. I'l do the good side and the bad side but i'm making it sould really bad so i'm going to shut my self up. But honestly secondary school is great crack.
Dated:Tue Nov 22 18:55:45 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Alannah: I was wondering if your school received a couple of books from my publisher. I gave the name of the school - Swinford GNS - is that right?

Patricia: It;s lovely to hear from you. I remember you very well. I always thought you had loads of talent because your stories had a very real and a very honest ring to them. I'll think about an opening and get back to you later tonight.
Dated:Tue Nov 22 18:44:35 2005  

Name: Patricia
Message:Cora: Yes it is me I thought I'd see if you remembered me. I can't visit the site too often becasue I've piles of homework and i've so little time, anyway i'm thinking of writing another story on secondary school and I would say about how better it is to primary and problems you probably will have to face. My story would probably differ to some peoples becaasue I went to an all girls primary school and now i'm going to a commuinty collage. So it's a big difference to me with the boys and stuff. I don't know how to really start it off so will you help me.
Alannah: Hi Alannah. Are you still trying to get a book published?
Dated:Tue Nov 22 18:38:55 2005  

Name: Alannah Thornburgh
Message:Edwina: Maybe you should think of writing a story yourself. I think you'd be good at school life stories.
Cora: Has anyone thought of a good story for the Story Club? Maybe a historic one would be good, something to do with saints, as its November and we're supposed to pray for all the saints during this month.
Dated:Tue Nov 22 15:34:55 2005  

Name: Karen
Message:i have forgot to tell you, i am thinking of writing a series. you know, they always go on adventures. well, just when the netherworld is in trouble
Dated:Mon Nov 21 21:35:37 2005  

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