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Dec 23, 2011
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Friday Forum (11)

Ho Ho Ho, it’s Christmas the season to be JOLLY! So I’m gonna be just that throughout this post. And I have good reason to be JOLLY, too: the past week has seen movement of volumes and shenanigans that could not fail to bring a smile to a face.

The majority of the jolliness I have been treated to has been related to Volume’s One and Four landing in Colette O’ Donoghue’s house. For those of you who do not practice facebooking it is worth having a look at this page. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=308440625862898&id=176918199015142&notif_t=feed_comment_reply It gives you an idea as to what has been going on since Colette welcomed ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ and ‘Sleepyhead’ to Watergrasshill.

 

If that is too much trouble, the picture on the left of ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ and ‘Sleepyhead’ relaxing under the Xmas tree in Colette’s house is all I can give you. It’s the first of two (with more promised) that pictures Colette has forwarded.

 

 

Jolliness was, too, provided by Ciaran Bermingham’s kind words before he passed ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ on to Colette, as well as the feedback he provided for this here blog (you can view it on Volume One’s dedicated page. IT’S DOWN THE BOTTOM). And Georgina Lynch was so kind that Jolliness hardly covers the feeling that enveloped the One Short Story To Be Told universe when she provided feedback. I should point out, as more than one of you madcap followers have asked, that the One Short Story To Be Told Universe has not been in any way damaged by two volumes being in one place at the same time. Quite the contrary; it has been enhanced.

The down side to the week, which I refuse to allow mellow my jolliness, has been the inability to get feedback regarding volume two from Eddie O’ Mahoney (I must work harder), and the continued silence from Volume Three custodian Dante Griffin. I should however say that the latter of those two (i.e. Dante’s silence) has made a decision regarding a Christmas present very, very easy for leyton. Yes Santa Claus is in receipt of a letter asking – nay begging – that Dante ‘BREAK THE SILENCE.’

The mention of Santa reminds me to wish you all a wonderfully festive season, to cross my fingers, toes and ears that the man who comes down the chimney (even if you leave the front door open) brings exactly what you want,  and extend my very best wishes for 2012. I do hope you will stay with us in that new year, and that one of our Volumes will reach you, too.

Fianlly (well almost) can I say ‘Thank you’ to all who have provided homes for our volumes in 2011, and an even bigger THANKS to those of you who have stayed with One Short Story to Be Told and therefore nourished my soul. I appreciate it.

The final finally has to be the current owners. Not surprisingly given the time of year there is no change from last week, but I’ll type them anyway

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Colette O Donoghue.  colette2601@yahoo.com or Facebook

Volume Two (Wink): Eric Downey. edowney2@facebook.com or eric.downey@gmail.com or Facebook

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Dante Griffin. Facebook page and you could try corktribaldance@gmail.com.
Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Colette O Donoghue.  colette2601@yahoo.com or Facebook

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Dec 16, 2011
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Friday Forum (10).

We reach double figures on our weekly updates in a week that has been as active as any to date for the One Short story To Be Told adventure. Given that that week has seen me issue three emails/FB updates/blog posts since Friday Form number nine, and Jackie Daly (hello again Jacq) told me today I issue updates every day (I don’t!) I’m going to keep this short. There’s not a lot to report since yesterday’s extraordinary events and update (I can hear Jacq moaning now) anyway. So it’s volume titles and names of holders with a little reminder of the weeks events and out of here!
Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ciaran Bermingham is making arrangements to pass Waiting For Life To Return to Colette O Donoghue as I write/type. Colette, as was said yesterday, will be looking to move quickly. So a new home for Volume One is possible by Xmas (although that may depend on YOU taking an action).
Volume Two (Wink): Now in the hands of Eric Downey as Eddie O’ Mahoney threw it out his car window on Wednesday. Eric has indicated he may be acting quickly too. So the jury is out on whether Wink will spend Christmas in Sallybrook with Eric or a new home beckons.
Volume Three (Grey Skies): I have to tell you that the news of Colette’s historic achievements have reached Grey Skies. And he has pointed out that there is more than Colette involved in the extraordinary events of the past week; Volumes One and Four have a direct part to play, and Volume Two, due to it’s time with Colette last September, can claim it’s slice of the pie (these were Grey Skies words), too. He also pointed out that both he and Sleepyhead have now had three owners, despite Sleepyhead’s journey beginning three months later than his.
These observations, I’m sure have guessed, were not made with any Yippee’s or Yabba Dabba Doo’s as bookends. In fact Grey Skies was so down I would worry for his health if he were to discover that his blog page is the only one bereft of comment or pictorial decoration. So what am I saying? I’m saying to you, and the Universe, that Grey Skies needs a lift. So if anyone knows Dante Griffin please give him a nudge, and lets get Grey Skies feeling good again! If you don’t know him? Give him a nudge anyway!
Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Georgina told me today that she has spoken to Colette and that the ‘passover’ (what a lovely word that is) has been arranged. Georgina also forwarded a picture of her with Sleepyhead yesterday, and just now (and I mean that literally) her feedback has arrived. The smile Georgina wears in the photograph is, I have to say, simply fabulous. And her kind words…well I’m glowing right now. You can view picture and digest the feedback here:http://oneshortstorytobetold.com/volume-four. Thank you Georgina!  Oh and it’s Colette you need to talk to about Volume Four from now on.
Finally, here are the addresses you require if you are going to take an action regarding receiving a One Short Story To Be Told Volume.
Volume One and Four: colette2601@yahoo.com or Facebook
Volume Two: edowney2@facebook.com or eric.downey@gmail.com or Facebook
Volume Three: Dante Griffin Facebook page (he’s hard to get. But someone has to do it!) and you could try corktribaldance@gmail.com, it might work.

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Dec 15, 2011
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Well, well, well: History is made again!

WARNING! You need to get your jealous side in check before you read on! Ciaran Bermingham, the current custodian of Volume One has been in touch to say he has decided that the next recipient of ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ will be – here comes the bit that will activate your jealous genes – Colette O’ Donoghue!
Yes that’s right the same Colette O’ Donoghue who welcomed Volume Two into her home on the 2nd Sept, and was announced as the next recipient of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) just last weekend, and made One Short Story To Be Told history at the same time!
Needless to say Colette was excirer and delirer when I spoke to her earlier. ‘Making history once was brilliant, but twice! Well twice is unbelievable.’ she said In fact it’s history on so many levels it’s hard to fathom. Colette is now the ONLY person to have read two editions of One Short Story To Be Told. The ONLY person to have had three editions in her abode. And the ONLY person to have held two editions at one time. Whew!
On the upside for those of you whose jealous genes are threatening to go into overdrive, Colette has promised to pass Volume One and Volume Four on swiftly. So soothe those jealous genes by letting her know YOU want to be next!
88*Googleplex leyton/Stan
ps – make sure you get a photo this time Colette. Actually get a bunch of them. You and Volume One. You and Volume Four. You and Volume One AND Four. You and…oh you get the idea!
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Dec 11, 2011
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Its all happening in the One Short Story To Be Told world at the moment!

The One Short Story To Be Told world has become a maelstrom of activity this weekend.

First Georgina Lynch announced that Colette O’Donoghue would be next to receive Volume Four (Sleepyhead) and in the process make One Short Story to Be Told history. Colette has previously been a custodian of Volume Two (Wink) and becomes the first person ever to have had two Volumes.
And then Eddie O’ Mahoney, who only took possession of Volume Two on Wednesday, announced that ‘Wink has decided to leave my humble abode and move to greener pastures. It literally lept from my pocket while I was driving my car, flew out the window and practically flung itself into the waiting arms of Eric Downey – was it something I said ??

Without doubt that is the quickest turnaround a One Short Story To Be Told volume has seen. I don’t know if I can keep up! And yes I know that is the polar opposite of  my usual mumblings about the movement of One Short Story To Be Told volumes! Better act fast if you want to talk to Eric, he may take a leaf from Eddie’s book. (eric.downey@gmail.com, edowney2@facebook.com). Colette meanwhile is at colette2601@yahoo.com.
Best of luck if you are going seeking.
88*Googleplex leyton/Stan
Dec 9, 2011
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Georgina is definitely struggling!

Any doubt about how hard Geogina Lynch is finding it to make a decision who should be next to receive Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told was utterly dispelled when this post arrived via Facebook just after I posted the Friday Forum!

Georgina Lynch Really feeling the time has come for me to let the book go, finding it sooooo hard to decide but I have given myself the deadline of tomorrow evening……please help ( never knew it would be this difficult)……happy Friday all X

On the bright side it gives you another opportunity to let your voice be heard!

88*Googleplex leyton/Stan

Dec 9, 2011
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Friday Forum (9)

You know the way sometimes a week seems to drag but when you look back on it’s flown? Well that’s what the One Short Story To Be Told week has been like this week. Maybe I prefaced that type of week with my comments here last Friday (one never knows how the Universe will interpret thoughts), but you know it doesn’t matter because, when I look back on it, this has been a fantastic week.

You will be aware that Wink (Volume Two) had an exciting day on Wednesday. Not only did it get it’s first ever public outing, but it reached it’s tenth – yes double figures! – recipient immediately afterwards. Eddie O Mahoney has been in touch since to say that his adorable wife Aileen did her end, and he is in possession of Wink as we speak.

The week was notable for a number of other things as well. Jim McCarthy’s extraordinary praise following Wink’s public debut, kind words from many others on the same occasion and one One Short Story To Be Told follower (who shall remain nameless) more than once informing me that ‘The bug has bitten! I’m determined to get his hands on a One Short Story To be Told volume.’ But the most important event of the week is my return to the writing page. I had been struggling for a month or so. And the frustration of a stagnant novel (Have I mentioned the novel before? I don’t think I have. Maybe I should have. Maybe I did? No, I didn’t) was becoming a dreadfully heavy weight; one that leyton, as he is the main character, felt as well.

Anyway, to get to the point, after a few days of scribbling about leyton and how he would like his story to begin, the page – for the first time in a long time – felt welcoming yesterday. Please God that will continue. I’ve not tested it yet today, but I will later. Yes, I’ll keep you posted.

The final notable event of this week was managing to speak to all four owners of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes. I say that rather blandly I note, but believe me when I say such an occurrence excites me terribly. As I write I’m trembling inside, and considering a somersault or two (That won’t happen; I can’t somersault. But maybe I’ll do a bit of juggling. I can do that!). The news from those owners is all good – which definitely warrants a rather large YIPPEE! Their comments are laid out from the next line on, so I’ll silence myself and let you get on with reading them.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ciaran Bermingham, a  very talented actor, is extraordinarily busy right now. But he has, he tells me, been very impressed by the content of Volume One. ‘Wonderful’ was the exact term used. He also says he has about ten pages to go, and has set a target of getting Volume One to it’s next owner/destination before Christmas. I’m not holding Ciaran to that, but you might want to encourage him. And who am I to stop you.

Volume Two (Wink): As stated above (and more than once during the week) Wink has had a landmark week. It is currently settling into Eddie O’ Mahoney’s home/life, and is tremendously proud of reaching double figures on the owner front. We await Eddie’s feedback with baited breath – and only hope it will be as good as that received from the previous owner Ivan Bevan.

Volume Three (Grey Skies). Grey Skies is still in the hands of Dante Griffin. Marius, his mother and previous owner, assured me today that all is well with Dante and Grey Skies, and that our precious Volume is in safe hands. She also said Dante hopes to have chosen a new owner by Christmas (anyone sense a theme developing here?) If that happens – and I am taking the same position on that statement as I did to Ciaran’s – I’ll be delighted because I have to say that, as Dante is by far the youngest person ever to own a One Short Story To Be Told volume, I’m itching to receive his feedback. But I’ll have to be patient, and while being so remind myself that before he ever took possession of Volume Three Dante described the entire One Short Story To Be Told as ‘Cool as Fuck!’ High praise – but then high expectations to live up to as well. Best not to think about that.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): As reported earlier in the week Georgina Lynch has finished reading Sleepyhead (thank you Georgina for the kind words! Oh sod it let’s be honest: Thank you for the high praise!) and when I spoke to her today she was in a bit of a quandary regarding the next recipient as quite a few people had been in touch with her. From my end that’s great to hear, but for Georgina…well it’s proving difficult. In the end she committed to choosing and getting the Sleepyhead to a new owner by (have you guessed?) Christamas. Told you there was a theme developing! Finally Georgina says she has told lots of people about One Short Story To Be Told (Thank you again, Georgina) and that the reaction was universally excitement!

So that’s it. Looks like three people (and maybe four if Eddie acts swiftly) will be receiving a unique and special – but temporary – gift this Christmas. Dare I say ‘It could be you!’

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Dec 8, 2011
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Wink’s first ever public outing goes well.

Wink’s public outing, despite the abridgement, went well last night. Thanks to John Kelleher for the intro, an attentive audience and especially Jim McCarthy for his extraordinarily kind words afterwards.
The handover to Eddie O’ Mahoney (the tenth owner – ‘YIPPEE DOUBLE FIGURES’ says Wink) was conducted through an intermediary; one Mrs Eddie O’ Mahoney. Aileen was delighted to be involved, and Wink was trembling with excitement for the remainder of the night. The blog has been updated to include Eddie’s name, as has the googlemap. So I think that’s everything.
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Dec 7, 2011
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Wink to get a public outing.

An abridged version of Wink will get it's first ever public outing tonight!
New custodian Eddie O' Mahoney has kindly agreed to allow Stan/leyton
to read from Volume Two at a Glanmire Toastmasters meeting.
Official handover will take place immediately after the reading.
If anyone is interested in attending the meeting is on in the GAA
club in Glanmire at 8.15. Stan and leyton are thrilled that Eddie
agreed to the event but Wink... well Wink is over the moon
(although a tad disappointed at the abridging.)
God we have to break the bad news to the excluded words as well!
THAT SHOULD BE FUN!
88*Googlkeplex leyton/Stan
Dec 4, 2011
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Decision on Volume Two’s next owner?

I’m meeting Ivan Bevan, the current custodian/book minder/owner/minder of Volume Two tomorrow. Me thinks he has a decision made regarding the next recipient of ‘Wink’! Stay tuned for updates. 88*Googleplex leyton/Stan

Dec 2, 2011
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Friday Forum (8)

It’s Friday, and time for me to write about the One Short Story To Be Told activity over the last week. But I find myself feeling a lacklustre about this post. I keep thinking nothing has happened. But then the truth when I look at the week is very different. Ivan Bevan has paid me a huge compliment (for those of you who haven’t read it here it is again: Wink has blown me away. I moved so smoothly through the pages that I had to go back over to check that I had really read that many pages. I have read thousands of books and this author is up there with the best), and Georgina Lynch has twice lifted my spirits. First when she contacted me last Saturday to say ‘I’ve just finished Sleepyhead!! What a beautiful read. Really enjoyed it. Your gift of descriptive writing is very special.’ and second when she commented on Ivan’s comment above with this little ditty: Ivan just it the nail on the head there!!!

So what, I ask myself, is the problem? Why do I feel that the One Short Story To Be Told project is not going well?Well… I suppose it’s the fact the One Short Story To Be Told stories (Waiting For Life To Return, Wink, Grey Skies and Sleepyhead) have not moved. You see this is the problem with having bits of you out there in the world – YOU CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THEM (In fact I’m beginning to understand how my mother, and probably every other mother, felt the kids – that’s me, my brother and two sisters in this case (is there a synchronicity in the number four here?) – left home.

And you know, now that I think about it, it’s only been three weeks since all four volumes moved at the same time. So maybe I should practice some patience. And maybe I should listen to myself when I say (and I say this regularly) trust the universe.

So I am going to trust the universe today. And I’m not going to, as I thought I would when I sat down to write this, focus on things that have not happened. Instead I’m going to celebrate Ivan and Georgina’s comments. I’m going to revel in the fact that since I last spoke to you, a lot of people I’ve met have asked about One Short story To Be Told, that they have said ‘It’s going well. isn’t it? or ‘It’s a great idea Stan.’  or ‘I must get my hands on one of those books of yours.’ (Yes, I could go on: but I wont to bore you). I’m going to remind myself (and you) that Cork pollyanna became member number 175 on our Facebook page. And finally I’m going to tell you – and therefore myself – that four (there’s that number again) more leyton t-shirts were ordered.

Having revisited those moments I realise now that I’ve nothing to complain (or worry) about! And so I’ll just remind you who currently has possession of our volumes and trust that you will do what is right for you (and by extension my stories) once you have finished reading.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ciaran Bermingham.

Volume Two (Wink): Ivan Bevan

Volume Three (Grey Skies):  Dante Griffin

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Georgina Lynch

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