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Name: Cillian
Message:Cora, I keep reading your biography on the website and keep wondering what sickness you had when you were seven. Will you please tell me?
Dated:Thu Aug 25 13:59:58 2005  

Name: Cillian
Message:I'm sorry everyone, I posted up three bits in a row, and I probably spoiled it a bit, Sorry, sometimes I just can't stop writing, like right now, lol.
Sorry again.
Dated:Thu Aug 25 13:56:57 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Cora:
My mom was sick a lot when she was that age too. But once she herself had left school, she became a professor, so she never stopped learning.
Dated:Thu Aug 25 01:22:30 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Edwina: it's always great to have a description of the people who come on the website. I can visualise them then, and, in a way, they become friends.
Bridget: I'm glad that you found the advice interesting.
I'm very interesting in your home-schooling. I myself didn't really go to school between seven and fourteen - due to illness - and I think the love I got of history and of literature during these years stayed with me all of my life whereas things I learned in school vanished once I had done my Leaving Certificate.
Dated:Wed Aug 24 19:45:21 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Cora:
Thanks for the advice. I have a way of giving too many big descriptions and losing somebody's intrest really fast. I think your advice will help a lot.
Hi Edwina:
The description you gave of yourself sounded kind of like me. There are probably people who think I'm like a mouse. Or maybe just a clutz. I can fall off my chair when I'm barely moving.
Hi Brittany:
School isn't that bad. If I do things as fast as I can, then sometimes I can be finished by noon to one o' clock. Since I'm homeschooled, the hours I spend on school are really up to me.
Dated:Wed Aug 24 15:58:33 2005  

Name: Edwina
Message:Hi cora
for my description I think I am a small 11 year old, I am so quiet sometimes that my uncle always says "Hello mouse!", I have long dark brown hair, I have a lot of friends and I like playing with babies, I like helping people with schoolwork and coming to the library to use the internet and to read your books. Hope you enjoyed my letter,
Edwina.
Dated:Wed Aug 24 15:15:20 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Stories continued:
When you're telling a story, try to imagine you are holding the attention of a fidgety class. Spin it out, be dramatic, hint at what is to come, tease your reader; build in surprises.
When I say include description - don't have big wodges of it in the beginning of the story - scatter it through the story - use adverbs. Don't just put 'he said' but put: 'he shouted angrily': 'she answered tearfully': 'she said sternly, looking straight into his eyes, which she noticed, for the first time, were intensely blue'.
Dated:Wed Aug 24 10:19:29 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:About stories:
I think that the problem with many young people's stories is that they are imagined like a film or movie: this means that you get lots of excited dialogue and fast action but very little describing what the characters are feeling or where the scene is set. the result, lacking the pictures of a real movie, is usually not good.

Dated:Wed Aug 24 10:16:58 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Bridget: No one is ever ready to start school after the summer - teachers as well as pupils. I can remember the feeling! I have a friend who, like me is retired, and we always phone each other on the first day back and say: 'Isn't it great to be retired!'
Dated:Wed Aug 24 10:13:20 2005  

Name: Brittany
Message:Hi Bridget I just read that you started school on the 23 that is awful! so early my gosh thats like totaly stealing your summer away from you! I feel bad for you
Dated:Wed Aug 24 06:37:16 2005  

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Dated:Wed Aug 24 06:27:31 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Cora:
I've been having some ideas for a story, but the way I think of them, they're more like a movie than a book. Do you have any suggestions?
Hi Claire:
Have you started school yet? Is it your regular school or are you new?
Dated:Tue Aug 23 23:01:53 2005  

Name: Bridget
Message:Hi Cora:
I just started school on the 23rd. I don't think I'm ready for school yet!
Hi Sarah:
You're doing a great job on the story club. It's really exciting!
Dated:Tue Aug 23 22:55:02 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Lily: I might be having some books published in England soon. I'll let you know.

Sarah: Just send the next bit through the story club as usual and I will put the two bits together. Your story looks very good so far.
Dated:Tue Aug 23 22:24:11 2005  

Name: Sarah
Message:Cora Harrison:I've just entered the first chapter of 'The Night of the Full Moon'.Can I go back to it and add some more on?
Dated:Tue Aug 23 21:45:51 2005  

Name: Lily.
Message:Hi Cora. i was just in england with my cousins and i showed them one of your books and they were really intrested. And they love history so i think they will become fans too. Are you writing anymore books? lily
Dated:Tue Aug 23 21:15:23 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah: That's great.

I would just like to explain to everyone that I am having a bit of difficulty with the admin. section of the website and I haven't put comment beside some of the entries because of that. However, I am reading everything and hopefully this will be sorted out in a day or so. Keep the entries coming in!
Dated:Tue Aug 23 20:20:54 2005  

Name: Sarah
Message:Cora Harrison:Ok.I'm writing a story now & I haven't finished it yet but I'll put it in the StoryClub soon.Oh yeah,I'll read Ursela's story too.
Dated:Tue Aug 23 20:13:45 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Leanne: I think if you read your bit again you will see that you just say John was lying on the ground. He needn't have been dead. Brittany obviously didn't realise that was what you intended. I think it would have been a pity if he died because that might have ended the story too abruptly.
Dated:Tue Aug 23 20:09:41 2005  

Name: leanne
Message:Hey Cora!I WROTE ON THE STORY BOARD AND THE MURDERER KILLED JOHN AND THE NEXT DAY WHEN I LOGGED ON TO THE STORY CLUB JOHN WAS ALIVE AGAIN.ISNT THAT RUINING MY PART OF THE STORY?
Dated:Tue Aug 23 19:20:01 2005  

Name: Brittany
Message:Sinead and Rachel are doing great. They just went home from the U.S last week. They are now at a camp for Gailic football.
Dated:Tue Aug 23 16:17:43 2005  

Name: Cillian
Message:I think that you should put that the twins were fighting and the main bad guy got distracted and he hit a fence, the car toppled, the police came and they all ran?
Dated:Tue Aug 23 14:12:11 2005  

Name: Cillian
Message:Thanks for the idea
Dated:Tue Aug 23 13:54:58 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Cillian: I was thinking about your problem and I think what I would do is to jot all those ideas down in a notebook on your computer and then make a list under each idea of what is going to happen. For instance:
1 Describe the scene under the trees (what is each person doing? What is each person feeling?)
Dated:Tue Aug 23 12:51:44 2005  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Brittany: I've put your part two on to your story.
I think it might be a good idea to think of a title. It doesn't look so inviting without one. You can always change it when the book is finished. I sometimes do that.
How are your cousins, Sinead and Rachel. I haven't heard from them for a while. I hope they are well.
Dated:Tue Aug 23 12:48:28 2005  

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