Aug 16, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (150)

Well we’ve reached a century and a half of Friday Forum’s here at One Short Story To Be Told. That seems to big a number to me, but the idea – or adventure – is almost four years old now. Roll on October, hey.

During that time there have been ups and downs, but such is life. And at the moment two custodians of One Short Story To Be Told volumes are, unfortunately, in one of the tough life situations we call downs. So, Sue Ellen Carroll and Leonard O’Donovan have, rightly, have put all thought of moving along Volume Five: Full Circle (in Sue’s hands) and Volume’s Six: Home and Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return (in Len’s hands) on the back burner. This means Sandra Cambridge, who has been promised Volume Six: Home is playing a waiting game at the moment. But then that’s true of a lot of people (though Sandra is the only one with a concrete promise!).

Obviously, as outside of Len and Sue there are only three other One Short Story To Be Told tales out in the world, that situation has had an impact on the amount of news I have for you this week.

Eva Linehan, who holds Volume Two; Wink at the moment, has been in touch to say she is back from holidays and will turn her attention to the reading of and passing on of that tale shortly. Natalie McCormack, who only recently received Volume Four: Sleepyhead, is settling into her task – i.e. reading the book.

JPKBut the big news since I last spoke to you is that Volume Three: Grey Skies has reached a new home – that of Jonathan Patrick Kenneally.

Jonathan, who is the 22nd recipient of Volume Three, and enjoying his first interaction with One Short Story To Be Told, secured ownership of Grey Skies by contacting previous owner Andreir Treson directly through Facebook, which is a point to note for those of you chasing any of the six stories I have out in the world.

Jonathan was also kind enough to forward a picture of Volume Three: Grey Skies the day (5th August 2014) it landed in his house. And, in a first for One Short Story To Be Told, the picture, as you can see, contains proof of the time of landing as well.

So that brings us up to date, apart from one small piece of news that could turn into a big piece (I hope). A quick chat with Derek O’ Sullivan – who had Volume Three: Grey Skies way back in November 2012 – delivered a promise of some feedback on his experience with One Short Story To Be Told. No doubt whatsoever that this would be the longest period I would have waited for feedback, but hey, I’ll be delighted when it arrives!

88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/Leyton Attens.

Aug 2, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (148)

On Tuesday 29th July 2014 One Short Story To Be Told lost a great friend when Anne O’Donovan passed away. As a mark of respect for Anna, and her family, who I enjoyed many a good time with, this weeks update will carry no other news.

May she rest in peace.

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(L to R) Leyton Attens, Ka, Katie, Anna O’Donovan

Jul 27, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (147)

Well, would you look at me posting a One Short Story To Be Told update two weeks in a row! When was the last time you saw that happening? Actually don’t answer that, just be glad (as I am) it’s happening. Jeepers, the way things are going, the near future may see a Friday Forum arriving on a Friday! Now that would be fun!

So, what have I to report? Well, just because I haven’t done this for a while, let’s take my tales in chronological order:

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return is in the hands of Leonard O’ Donovan, who has yet to read it, He’s been too busy making a decision as to where Volume Six: Home is heading next (more on this later).

Volume Two: Wink. This situation has improved since last week as I have had contact from Eva Linehan. She is on holidays at the moment, and has promised to be in touch again on her return (though I don’t know when that is).

V3 TerriVolume Three Grey Skies provided me with a lift this week. Current Custodian Andrier Treson passed on the photograph on the left (Man – she looks happy!) and these very kind words:

This short story had hugh impact on me, as it portrays a place in the mind that many of us have felt and experienced in our lives. The journey in it, from the devastated mind state to the strengthened mind state ,is much more then a short story and Leytons unique creatively written word  is powerful. Thank you Leyton for including me in this. You are a child of the Universe. Stay on your own path.   Love Andrier Treson – Blowing kisses to the Universe and you xxxx

Thank you Terri, for lifting my spirits, and for playing a part in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure again. Terri also tells me a decision on who will be next is imminent (or close to imminent at least).

Volume Four: Sleepyhead meanwhile is settling into a new home with Natalie McCormack, and by all accounts enjoying that process.

Volume Five: Full Circle remains with Sue Ellen Carroll, although Sue was in touch briefly during the week to say she is ready to pass Full Circle on. Details on that move I hope will appear this week.

Volume Six: Home will move for sure this week as Leonard O’ Donovan (as hinted earlier) has finished all debating and procrastinating regarding sending Home on it’s way. He decided last week that Sandra Cambridge will be the next recipient, and assures me that the physical elements of that process will take place on Monday or Tuesday. Feedback and pictures of Len’s take and time with Home will also then be sent in this direction. And that promises to very, very good as Len doesn’t do things by half!

So, we have two tales in new, or relatively new, homes (Volume One and Volume Four), one in limbo until a holiday ends (Volume Two), and three either on the move (Volume Six), or close to moving (Volume Three and Volume Five). And on top of that we have a man at the epicenter of the idea in fine fettle and, once agin, enjoying his role in this process. Things are looking up my friends!

88*Googolplex Leyton Attens/Stanley Notte.

PS – Ta to those who have remarked on the idea of bringing the One Short Story To Be Told tales home and maybe issuing a book that contains all of them. Any further comments on that matter are welcome, as I’m still mulling over my options.

Jul 20, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (146)

Hi all, and welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum. It’s been a relatively quiet couple of weeks on the One Short Story To Be Told front – mainly because, as always, people have busy lives. And that will always be more important than any story telling idea, even one as cool as this! (I hope you spotted that blatant act of self affirmation, folks).

There has, however, been some movement and activity since I last updated you.

V4 to NatThe most significant news is that Volume Four: Sleepyhead has landed in a new home – that of of Natalie McCormack. Natalie becomes the 12th person to provide a home for Sleepyhead, while Ruairi De Barra, who relinquished his hold on that particular tale, provided the photographic evidence of it’s departure on the left, and had this to say about Sleepyhead.

‘Thanks again Stan for the opportunity to read a One Short Story To Be Told tale. I found Sleepyhead to be a very engaging tale, even though it is very different to the three other One Short Story To Be Told stories I have read.’

Leonard O’ Donobvan meanwhile has decied that Sandra Cambridge will be next to receive Volume Six: Home. There are three important points to be made about this transaction (if that doesn’t sound to formal).

First, this is the second One Short Story To Be Told volume Sandra has welcomed into her home (I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it agin, it is always a thrill when someone shows an interest in reading more of my work).

Second, relinquishing his hold on this tale means Leonard’s interaction with the One Short Story To Be Told adventure is coming to an end. He does still have Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return in his possession. But when he decides whose next for that volume he will have owned, read and passed on all six  One Short to be told tales. As he is only the second person ever to have achieved this I will honor him with a special post when he does, finally, let Waiting go.

And third, Sandra becomes the tenth recipient of Volume Six.

As for the other One Short Story To Be Told tales out in the world….well this is the latest on them.

Andrier Treson has been in touch regarding Volume Three: Grey Skies and said this: Hi Stan. I have read Grey Skies and loved the story. I was also delighted by everything else that goes with the tale. The book itself is gorgeous, and the introduction, author biography and the manner in which you ask for the idea to be kept alive are captivating. It has been a pleasure to, once agin, be involved in this idea. I will forward a photograph of Grey Skies this weekend, and send feedback as well.’.

So, it looks like Grey Skies could soon be on the move, and now would be a good time for you to indicate your interest in being next to welcome it into your home.

I also spoke to Sue Ellen Carroll, who is the current custodian of Volume Five: Full Circle recently. Sue’s life is currently hectic, and that has prevented her from making a decision as to who will be next to receive this story. Though she has read it. Hopefully I’ll have some news on a move, and some feedback sooner rather than later.

Volume Two: Wink, meanwhile, is proving the most difficult of my tales to track down. Multiple efforts to contact Eva Linehan, the current custodian of that particular One Short Story To Be Told edition, have failed over the past few weeks. But I’m hoping the holiday season explains that, and that I will have an update soon.

And that’s it for now folks. Hope you are all well. 88*Googolplex Leyton Attens/Stanley Notte.

Jul 5, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (142)

A tad late with this update, but given how I’ve been lately a tad is actually an achievement I’d say. Anyway not a lot to say this week. No books have changed hands, and I’ve found it hard to connect with those currently in possession of a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

The exception to the ‘hard to connect to’ has been Andrier Treson (AKA Theresa Anderson), who took possession of Volume Three: Grey Skies recently.  Andrier informs me she took time out on a sunny morning to read said volume, that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and that she has already begun thinking about who shall be next. A few people – Steve Meaney to name one – have expressed an interest in receiving this edition of One Short Story To Be Told, but don’t let that hold you back from shouting if you would like to be next.

I also managed to connect with Bill Grant a previous custodian of Volume One: Waiting for Life To Return and garnered his feedback on my very first publication. This is what he had to say –  “Stan this is a great book, with a great story about the simplicity of life. Sorry for delay in passing it on. I would like to read Volume Two if possible.’

Thanks Bill for the kind words, and especially for the interest in reading more of my tales – that’s always such a compliment!

And that’s it for this week. Although I should mention  a One Short Story To Be Told follower I met during the week suggested it may be time to bring the six volumes currently traveling the globe back home. I have to say that’s not something I’ve considered before. But hey, it is an idea. It would entail me asking all current custodians  NOT to pass my stories on, bringing to an end One Short Story To Be Told in it’s current format, and considering a new approach (perhaps publishing a collection of tales?). No decision has been made yet, and I’d like to get a feel from those of you who have been so kind and energetic about the idea to date before I do anything. So, over to you guys. Please let me know what you think.

88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/Leyton Attens.


Jun 24, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told (140)

This Friday Forum goes out on a Tuesday (and 4 days late) because a) I had a hectic week last week and was either too busy or too tired to do this over the weekend and b) I refuse to miss another update.

So here’s the news. I have spoken to all current custodians of my stories with the following outcomes:

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.Now in the hands of Leonard O’ Donovan, who becomes only the second person to have owned and read all six One Short Story To Be Told volumes. Needless to say Leonard is thrilled to have reached the landmark that until now had only been done by Colette O Donoghue.

Volume Two: Wink. Eva Linehan is still in possession of this volume. Eva is close to finishing school examinations, and has begun reading.

V3 GRusheVolume Three: Grey Skies.

This tale found a new home this week when Gerry Rushe passed possession to Andrier Treson who, under her real name of Theresa Anderson, was the very first recipient of a One Short Story To Be Told story was back in October 2010. Gerry also provided a picture and a little feedback:

Volume Three: Grey Skies is a story that needs to be read by everyone from the age of 12 and up. If every adolescent had a copy of it when puberty hits, I truly believe it could save lives. I’ve read it 5 times now and in that time 3 people I’ve known most of my adult life are no longer with us. Please cherish the words in the story!!

Thanks Gerry for the kind words, they are appreciated.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead is still in the hands of Ruairi De Barra, but he has decided that Natalie McCormack will be next to provide a home for Sleepyhead. Who knows I might even have that moved confirmed by Friday.

Volume Five: Full Circle. Sue-Ellen Maloney-Carroll has been in touch to say she has read and enjoyed this tale. She has also promised a picture and feedback in the near future. And, in a move that will thrill the afore mentioned Ruairi De Barra, she has decided that Ruairi will be next to receive Full Circle. This  move will mean Ruairi will have read the first five One Short Story To Be Told tales in the order in which they have been released (which is a first), and means Ruairi is close to joining the exclusive club that Leonard O’ Donovan and Colette O’ Donoghue share. A fact made all the more interesting when….

Volume Six: Home is still in the custody of Leonard O’ Donovan who is, he tells me, ready to pass it on. Watch this space.

Now in the words of a very famous cartoon character ‘That’s all folks!”. Talk soon 88*Googolplex Leyton/Stan

Jun 13, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (124 (or 139?))

My God, it has been 15 – yes that’s 15 – weeks since I updated the One Short Story To Be Told blog! That’s why I’m not sure if this is update 124 or 139! I’ll decide later. But for now I’ll say two things.

1. I can’t believe it’s been that long.

2. I apologise for the delay, there really is no excuse for it (even if I have been very busy).

Needless to say my inactivity has compounded any inactivity there would have been due to the likes of Sue-Ellen Maloney (current custodian of Volume Five: Full Circle) and Eva Linhan (current custodian of Volume Two: Wink) being busy with local elections and exams respectively.

I have, however, contacted all current custodians today. To date Sue-Ellen (I forgot all about it!), and Leonard O’ Donovan (a proud current custodian of Volume Six: Home and Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, which he recently received) have replied. I do know that Gerry Rush (he dropped me a FB post last week)  is looking for a new owner for Volume Three: Grey Skies, so if you’re interested in that please let me know. And the last I heard – boy, that sound bad! – Ruairi De Barra planned to pass Volume Four: Sleepyhead to Natalie McCormack. I must confirm that today or tomorrow!

And that, in a nutshell, is it. If you are interested in reading a One Short Story To Be Told Volume let me know. As I said Gerry Rushe is looking to pass Volume Three on, and Sue-Ellen, Leonard O’ Donovan and Eva Linehan should also be ready, or close to ready, to relinquish their hold on the stories Full Circle, Home and Wink. So now would be a good time to say, ‘Can I be next?’, or words to that effect.

Apologies again for my inactivity, I promise to do all I can to avoid a repeat in the future.


Stanley Notte/Leyton Attens.

Mar 1, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (123)


In fact I only jut noticed – literally! But boy am I glad I did notice, I’d have been majorly disappointed if this piece of news had passed me by.

What am I talking about? One Short Story To Be Told has reached the 100 readers/owners landmark!

Yep, we are 100, a centurion, a read/owned by a number that requires three digits to accurately convey the number of people who have participated this adventure.

Ok, ok, you may not be all that excited, especially if you are not one of the 100 who have helped my adventure reach this milestone. But I have to tell you I am thrilled, ecstatic and maybe even a little overawed. It’s funny, but when I started this adventure in October 2010 (is it really three and half years ago already) I never really considered hitting such landmarks. Perhaps that’s why I’m so delighted.

Of course my head is now thinking ‘How to I mark such an occasion?’. Do I settle for this announcement? Or do I do something more? Perhaps you, my followers, have some ideas? If you do please let me know.

Jeepers, I’ve just realized I have not told you who is number 100, the centurion, the person who moved One Short Story To Be Told into tree digit figures. Well it’s Sue-Ellen Carroll, who received Volume Five: Full Circle from Sabine Lengger on Wednesday 26th February 2014. Congrats Sue-Ellen, and thanks Sabine Lengger for playing your part in One Short Story To Be Told hitting a major milestone.

This week also Ruairi De Barra receive Volume Four: Sleepyhead from Elle Detonet, an event that would have dominated this update if not for the 100 mark being reached. Because Ruairi is, in part due to Sleepyhead being lost for six months last year, the first new owner of Sleepyhead in almost a year! Congrats Ruairi, and thanks to Elle for playing her part in this adventure.

Interestingly (and perhaps to help Sleepyhead recover from its lack of action last year) Ruairi has already decided that Natalie McCormack will receive Sleepyhead next.

Now, just before I go, I will quickly tell you that the blog is, for the first time in ages, fully up to date. So please have a look around it – it makes for interesting reading on the week we hit the 100 mark. Yabba Dabba Dooooooooo!

88*Googolplex, a very happy Stanley Notte/Leyton Attens.

Feb 16, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (121)

Hi all, and welcome to another One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum. Apologies for the lack of updates over the past few weeks, but we had a family bereavement and, as I’ve said many times in the past in relation to my books (though that has always been in relation to those in possession of a One Short Story To Be Told Volume), real life is more important than any story.

James and book

 Now to the current situation regarding the six tales I have navigating the globe under the One Short Story To Be Told moniker.
Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return – The first ever One Short Story To Be Told has been transferred from the hands of James Brandon to those of Billy Grant in Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland. Billy has ‘Waiting For Life To Return, and I quote, ‘In a very safe place.’, and is looking forward to reading it. The picture (left) shows James with Volume One on the day he posted it, and after a long and sleepless night fishing.
Volume Two: Wink – is with Eva Linehan since the 30th January. Eva has exams looming on the horizon so Wink has beensafely tucked away in her room for the moment. She has however promised a certain Steve Meaney he will be next to receive Wink. Steve has lightened my heart by seeking out a second volume of One Short Story To Be Told. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – it’s always great when someone shows an interest in reading more of my work. The picture on the right was sent by Annushka and shows ‘The beautiful Pepsi enjoying the book.’ I love it when people get creative when photographing my books! So thanks Annushka.

Volume Three: Grey Skies. So far as I know Ruairi De Barra posted Grey Skies to Austin Collins of Drogheda, Ireland recently. No confirmation of its arrival has been received thus far, however.

Ruairi Vol 4Volume Four: Sleepyhead – Sleepyhead safely reached its 11th home with Ruairi De Barra (the one and only person on the planet to have read Volume’s One, Two, Three and now Four of One Short Story To Be Told in chronological order!) on the 31st January. Ruairi immediately took the photograph on the left of Sleepyhead on board L.E. Eithne where he is currently serving. Since then L.E. Eithne, Ruairi and Sleepyhead have been at sea in some of the worst weather ever recorded on the coasts of Ireland. So I am glad to report they are all safe and sound. Sleepyhead’s reaching Ruairi was big news as the fourth story in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure had not been to a new home since the 22nd March 2013. You may recall this was, in large part, due to Elle Detonet mislaying my fourth volume (which in turn led to me announcing it was entirely lost to the world!) Perhaps in an attempt to make up for this long sabbatical Ruairi has swiftly decided Sleepyhead needs to move to home number twelve, and is now actively seeking suitors. So, get you name to me, or Ruairi of course, if you would like to be the twelfth person to welcome Sleepyhead into your home.
Volume Five: Full Circle – Sabine Lengger informed me two weeks ago that Full Circle is heading back to Cork City and to a new One Short Story To Be Told owner, and indeed participant, in the form of Sue-Ellen Maloney. The move has yet to be completed however.
Volume Six: Home – Leonard O’ Donovan still retains possession of the last story in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure (well to date anyway). He has recently given the tale to his mother Anne, to help her pass a little time while in hospital. Both Len and Anne have read other One Short Story To Be Told tales, a fact that again gladdens my heart.
There is work for me to do updating the blog regarding feedback and even some owners. I plan to complete that work this week. And I also plan to have a google map tracking the complete journeys of each of the books in place soon as well.
Stay tuned for updates on the google map, and stay extra tuned if you are one of those holding back on feedback. I’m on a real mission with that today (and hopefully that will last!)
88*Googolplex Stan/Leyton.
Jan 18, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (118)

Friday Forum (118): Still very quiet on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week guys. Contracts have landed in the hands of Austin Collins and Ruairi De Barra, and Elle Detonet assures me Volume Four – Sleepyhead will be in the post on Monday (the above mentioned Ruairi De Barra will be delighted by that).
No news from Annushka Krautz or Eva Linehan to confirm the transfer of Volume Two – Wink. The same applies for Volumes One – Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Three – Grey Skies. And no news either from Sabine Lengger on the next destination of Volume Five – Full Circle.
Volume Six – Home meanwhile remains snuggled happily with Leonard O Donovan. Hopefully next week will bring confirmation of new homes for my tales – I know they, like me, are looking forward to it.
88*Googolplex Leyton/Stan


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But in this modern world stories find it increasingly difficult to be told. The age old practice of gathering around fires to relate tales of yore and now has all but disappeared. Magazines are increasingly fussy. Writers increasingly frustrated. They write the stories, try to find them a home, but are rejected time and time again. So the stories lie idle, their tiny hearts still beating, but drowned out in the chaos of the modern world.

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