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Sep 29, 2011
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Volume Four Story Selected.

After much deliberation, procrastination and representation from legal teams on behalf of other stories, we have decided on that the story that will grace the pages of One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four (otherwise known as the 1st Anniversary edition) will be ‘Sleepyhead’.
An extract will follow shortly (leyton will decide on the definition of that word) and maybe even a short explanation of the tale, too.
Stay tuned for updates (some of which will inevitably include an element of panic) on printing, packaging etc.

Sep 28, 2011
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Just an Update.

Volume Two of One Short Story To Be Told (Wink) landed in John Linehan’s hands yesterday. He is delighted. ‘Wink’ on the other hand is, to put it succinctly, feverish with excitement. ‘Wink’ did say that Collette O Donoghue had been ‘a darling’, and that he would miss her. So thanks Collette!
That’s the good news.
The bad news is I can’t get hold of the current owners, Maureen and Marius, of Volume’s One and Three. Needless to say my heart rate has been affected in an acceleratory manner by this. But I am refusing to panic. Putting my trust in The Universe, and waiting patiently. So if anyone out there knows anything or sees Maureen or Marius (is it a woman who’s name begins with ‘M’ thing I wonder) let me know will you.
Ta. 88*googleplex
Sep 24, 2011
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The show must go on.

I may still be on a high after yesterdays news (I AM) but the show, as they say, must go on. Volume Two is in the hands of An Post and heading to John Linehan as we speak. And I’ll be contacting Volumes One and Two over the weekend for updates. I’ll let you all know what’s happening with them by Monday. In the meantime I should let you know Writers News requested a photo of me. And yes, I provided one. So the fact that leyton attens is in fact Stanley Notte will lose it’s shroud of secrecy (if it ever had one) once the article is published. Ah well, I suppose I’ll just have be a split personality for the rest of my life.
88*googleplex leyton/Stan

Sep 22, 2011
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Two pieces of BIG news. Firstly Collette O’ Donoghue has decided that the next recipient of Volume Two of One Short Story To Be Told will be John Linehan. ‘Wink’ as you may imagine is delighted, excited and ready to go.
Secondly we (Stanley and I) had a call from Writersnews, a rather large UK based magazine, to say they will be featuring One Short Story To Be Told in an upcoming edition. They have about 40,000 readers! Wow. Wow. Wow. is all I can say.

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Sep 21, 2011
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Volume Two seeks new owner

Hey all Collette O Donoghue has been in touch to say she is NOW ACTIVELY SEEKING A NEW OWNER FOR VOLUME TWO of our big, bold and brilliant adventure.

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Sep 20, 2011
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Almost a year old!

We are approaching our first anniversary here at One Short Story To Be Told. It falls on 23rd October 2011 and to celebrate we will be launching Volume Four on the 22nd October. Full details to follow as they are put in place. Ta to all of you for showing an interest. We wouldn’t still be alive without you!

Sep 7, 2011
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Collette moves swiftly!

Volume Two – ‘Wink’ landed in Colette O Donoghue’s hands on Friday 2nd Sept. And she has, in direct contrast to other owners, flown through the process and is already considering a new owner. Obviously all you One Short Story To Be Told followers are in the running to be next but… well Collette wants to see if you are prepared to make an extra effort by contacting her or me through this blog, the facebook page or by emailing

Good luck to you all. 88*googleplex leyton
Sep 4, 2011
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Love and Kisses

As Valerie has now moved ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ on to Maureen Collins I thought this would be a good time to show you how much Valerie cared for my little story. A trip to London that included a great big kiss is proof enough, don’t you think!

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Sep 4, 2011
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Volume One Moves Again.

Hi De Hi! Volume One has reached it’s ninth owner. An ‘Excited but a little nervous about the responsibility’ Maureen Collins took possession of ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ from Valerie Spencer today. In a sweet twist Paul McSweeney (who passed Volume One To Valerie) was included in the proceedings. This was done over the phone, but ‘Having his spirit involved was what mattered’ apparently. This idea just keeps on delivering surprises. Which is why I love it!

88*googleplex leyton

Sep 4, 2011
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Volume Three moves for the first time!

Been so busy the last couple of days I forgot to tell you guys that Volume Three (Grey Skies) is on the move. Interestingly (if all went well) it will have passed from Nuala McGrath to Marius Griffin exactly two months to the day after it’s launch. That smidgen of information didn’t increase the excitement levels of ‘Grey Skies’, but only because it was of the scale at the news of a new home!

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What It’s All About

Imagine you are a story. You'd want to be heard, wouldn't you? You wouldn't want to be lying idle on a PC drive, or to sit collecting dust on a shelf or in an attic. You'd want to live, forever.

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.

But they still want to be heard. They still want to find someone that loves them, and then someone else, and someone else and...

One Short Story To Be Told gives stories a chance to be heard. See, I believe that editors and publishers aren't always right. I believe people want to hear as many stories as possible. I believe people want not just to read a story, but to share it too.

In essence I believe that humans are on the stories' side.

So One Short Story To Be Told strives to make stories feel special by allowing them to be treated to the very best type of attention available to man, beast or story on a regular basis. That, of course, is ONE TO ONE attention.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

Our stories can only achieve this goal, however, with the assistance of story lovers. They need story lovers to read them (obviously). But more importantly they need story lovers to GIVE: or to put it another way 'to pass the story on'. Only then can we achieve the third part of
our mission statement (if it is indeed that) ONE STORY. ONE EDITION. ONE JOURNEY.

The journey, you see, is key. And so I ask you at this point to imagine how wonderful a journey that is made up of ONE to ONE attention would be? How special you would feel if you were to spend the rest of your life in the company of people who gave you their undivided attention while you were with them?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
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You will be doing a great deed if you do.
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