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Feb 28, 2012
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Volume Five (Full Circle) Extract.

As Saturday 3rd March and the release of Volume Five of One Short Story To Be Told inches ever closer – it’s on this Saturday 3rd March: 7.30pm Mr Bradley’s Barrack St, Cork – I’m reminded that an extract is in order. Mind you I may have forgotten if I had not been invited to be a guest on Frank Hanover’s radio show Word’s on Top today. If you’d like to hear a spoken word version of the extract from Full Circle visit this page.

For those who prefer the written word just read on. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

From across the road Jim McGrath watched the old man, his old teacher he corrected (stay with the facts, his therapist always said), gaze at the clock. His view was peppered not just by passers by, but also by the scraps of tape and posters that decorated the shop window; book club seeks members; open mike session at The LV; owners seeking a missing dog and cat; reward for the dog – the cat isn’t so special.
The shop was busy this morning, and Jim watched the easy movement of the clientele with interest. Post incarceration he enjoyed watching people go about everyday business.
It felt exotic.
For a moment Jim wondered if any of the shop’s clientele knew just how lucky there were. But then he had wondered the same thing many times since, on a rainy November day, he had exited the prison he had refused throughout his stay to call home.
‘Prison does that to a man’, his therapist had told him more than once. And those words swirled in Jim’s mind as he watched the shop’s customers glide past each other.
Noting the silky, at times near imperceptible, adjustments shoppers made to pass each other, Jim began to relax. The tension that had kept him coiled as tight as the rubber bands in a golf ball since he had landed here in New York eased. His stomach unfurled a little. A soft breeze tickled his face. And, enjoying the cool, light touch, Jim shut his eyes.
For a moment the demons he had battled to control for so many years hovered horribly on the edge of his mind. But then, as sunshine exploited a gap in the morning cloud, a smile flickered on his lips.
Images of a sleek, glistening cod breaking a still lake, its tail frantically flapping at the air danced in his mind. He heard water splash on concrete and the dull thud of a wooden club. He saw the Leatherman slip effortlessly along a shimmering gut, entrails spill onto concrete, blood licking cracks. And then he heard his mother scream (as she always did) when the listless form was waved beneath her nose, and the smack of lips that filled their kitchen as the catch was devoured. His smile broadened when the laughter that danced around the table as they sang “Fresh dead fish. Fresh dead fish” peeled in his head.

Feb 24, 2012
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Friday Forum (19)

Another week down, another week of activity. And I have to say a week that has infused me with love and hope. It all began with Tim Prenderville announcing the arrival of Waiting For Life To Return (Volume One) in California. That news was coupled with the fab photo featured on the right. I was, needless to say, relieved and delighted with Tim’s news. But I could not have known what more was to follow his announcement. First I had a number of One Short Story To Be Tolders contact me to say they too had been worried that Waiting may not make it (this may seem insignificant, but to me it was heart-warming; especially as I have never met some of those who were fretting). So BIG thanks to all who took the trouble to worry and let me that they had. Special mention on that front to Liz in the UK. Never met her, never spoken to her 9in person), and yet she was the first to express her relief.

Second we had a eureka moment days after this photo landed. Gratitude must be extended to Finola Linehan for her spotting talent, as it was she who noticed that the background on this photo bears a striking significance to the front cover illustration each of the One Short Story To Be Told editions bears. Tim since informed me it was totally coincidental, but as I believe in the Universe (and there being no coincidences) I have to take this occurrence as a sign. A sign of what I don’t know. But it’s a good sign. ‘m certain of that!

So a good start to the week. It was followed by Kerstin Walsh announcing Volume Three (Grey Skies) was on the move. Her twin sister Astrid being the lucky recipient (That move has not yet taken place, but will this weekend). Obviously that was good news. Better again Kerstin posted a little piece on the twins blog about One Short Story To Be Told and that has had a major effect. The Facebook ‘Insights’ page currently tells me that almost 50 people are talking (in that cyper-space world) about One Short Story To Be told, and that is a direct consequence of the post.

That post also led to Sarah Whittle (of the UK) becoming the 184th member of the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page. So hello Sarah Whittle – delighted to have you on board! One final piece of Kerstin news. Her feedback has arrived (minus a photo – what is about Volume Three and photos!) and is now included on Sleepyhead’s page. It’s pretty cool, too.

Of course the last person on board the One Short Story To Be Told page was a man named Mark Fenton. This happened last week. But it turns out (today) that this was a significant moment; a very significant moment, in fact. That’s because Mark was told by both Len and (mother) Anna O Donovan he could not be the next recipient of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) unless he was on the page. Obviously Mark heeded Len and Anna’s words, and so will be next to receive Sleepyhead. And the big deal (I hear you asking) is that Mark lives in PERTH, AUSTRALIA!

Yes, folks we may have just survived Waiting heading to California, but we are being forced to endure another long distant flight! But hey, isn’t it great, too? I think it is! In parts anyway. I didn’t have the courage to ask Anna if the parcel was registered or not (it was on the way when I received the news), so get worrying again. But sing loud, too – because Sleepyhead is overjoyed!

At the same time as breaking the Australian news, feedback from both O’ Donovan’s (that’s Len and Anna, remember) was provided. Great photo’s were attached, and the Volume Four page now looks superdupa as a result.

The rest of the week has been taken up with preparations the launch of Volume Five. There have been challenges. And I almost lost my faith in the Universe at times. But as I speak all is just about on track, and the surprises – which are interactive – I have planned are looking good. I’m not going to reveal too much, but I will say that this week my getting my ‘Five a day‘ has had nothing to do with vegetables and a lot to do with Superheroes! All will be revealed in Mr Bradley’s, Barrack St, Cork at 7.30pm on Saturday week (3rd March). Oh and I’d love to see you there! Which reminds me, I have an invite for you! And it’s here on the left. It’s rather cool. And a MASSIVE thank you goes to Skillian Dragon for his creative genius on this. I had nothing to do with it.

So a busy week, as you can see. Next week promises more of the same as I put the final touches to the launch night. An extract from ‘Full Circle’ (who is beside himself with excitement, by the way) will be released Monday or Tuesday. I have some radio stuff lined up as well. And you and your attendance will, obviously, be on my mind. But I’ll leave you with the   necessary details for each of our Volumes (one of which has a bit of info about Saturday week!) 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is now in possession. Contact details for Tim are Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Philip O’ Byrne’s has told me he is aiming to hand Wink to the new (13th) owner at the launch of Volume Five. He has not, however, made any decision as to who that owner will be. You can talk to Philip  at, or get him on Facebook.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Soon to be in the hands of  Astrid Walsh. Begging notes and pleas to be next can be forwarded to or (yes you’ve guessed right!) Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Anna O Donovan has decided that Sleepyhead is to head to Perth, Australia. Mark Fenton will be the sixth home that Volume Four has resided in. Mark can be reached here.


Feb 22, 2012
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Volume Three new home, oh and mice!

Well Kerstin Walsh has decided her twin sis, one Astrid Walsh, is next for Volume Three. Blood beat water again in that most traditional of battles! In another life – one where water maybe thicker than blood – Astrid and Kerstin are known as City Mouse, Country Mouse, which would be nothing more than mildly interesting, if they hadn’t decided to use their City Mouse, Country Mouse blog to extol the virtues of One Short Story To Be Told. You can see it here

Me thinks that is our first guest appearance on a blog ticked off! Coolio.
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan. PS news on Volume Five launch coming tomorrow! It’s only ten days away.

Feb 18, 2012
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Message and photo that arrived last night from Tim Prendeville:

Landed in California … Enjoying a beer in the California sunshine after my long trip ..

Hey, the praying and trusting I mentioned in yesterday’s Friday Forum worked! And I’ll tell you one thing, if I ever do a book of photos about the One Short Story To Be Told adventure this one is definitely going to be included! It’s class. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Feb 17, 2012
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Friday Forum (18)

Well it’s been a quiet week here at One Short Story To Be Told. And you know that’s a good thing. I’ve realised that as much as the excitement of one of our volumes finding a new home is fantastic, it’s just as important that they, and their owners, enjoy the experience. I mean what would be the point of giving someone a story and then pressurising them into passing it on before they had enjoyed it?

So I’ve taken a back seat this week, and allowed Philip, Kerstin and Anna have some space with – in the correct order -Volumes Two, Three and Four. I’m reliably told that Anna has Sleepyhead prominently displayed in his abode. That Kerstin is treating Grey Skies splendidly. And that Philip has welcomed Wink with open arms, and then hugged it profusely ever since. I can ask for no more.

But.. (Yes, there is always a but!) there has been a slight problem in taking a back seat. A back seat infers no driving or directing, and given that is the position I have adopted all week I have not pursued the whereabouts of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). At the same time I’m assuming that Tim Prenderville (he who is awaiting Volume One) would be in touch once Waiting For Life To Return has landed in California. But (there’s that word again) he has not. So, exactly eleven days after John Linehan packed and posted our delicious and desirable book, I – and Waiting – and John – and Tim – are in limbo. (Should it take that long for a parcel to travel from Cork, Ireland to California, USA? Please inform me if you have any ideas on this).

But (there’s that word again!) what can I do? There is no point in pestering John, he has sent Waiting on it’s way. And Tim will surely act once Waiting has landed. So nothing is the answer to ‘What can I do?’, unless one decides to pray.

Actually, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to pray and trust. Pray that Waiting is safe, and on it’s way to Tim. And trust that the Universe will keep it’s gigantic angelic arms wrapped around our well wrapped (John said so, so it’s true) package.

And so there is nothing left to say. Nothing has changed since last week. And those of you seeking to be a next recipient are in the same place. But (last time I promise!) in case you’ve forgotten here’s a reminder of your options.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): (STILL) in transit. Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is the end user (so to speak). I’ll post contact details for Tim just as soon as Waiting has landed, and I have them. Meanwhile you could possibly could get him at Irishocity’s Weblog.

Volume Two (Wink): Now in Philip O’ Byrne’s welcoming and hugging hands. Email, or get him on FB.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Cuddling up with Kerstin Walsh. Contact, or FB.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Anna O Donovan is still in control here. Reach out to Anna through

Till next week (or before if Tim gets in touch!)



Feb 10, 2012
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Oh, my beating heart and racing head! I am worried, very worried. I know there is no reason for this. Really I do. But Volume One (Waiting for Life To Return) has not landed in the US of A yet, and I can’t help but worry. John Linehan has assured (and then reassured) me that he packaged Waiting well, and included a return address but…well I’m feeling the pressure. Still no news is good news, as someone once said. So lets get the chin up and focus on positive news.

A beaming Eric (right) passes 'Wink' to a beaming Philip. Stan looks on while....beaming!

That, I have to say, has been in abundant supply this week. Positive feedback on Volume Two (Wink) has arrived from Eddie O Mahoney and Eric Downey. We managed to find (eventually) the pic of Waiting tucked up in bed in Brenda O’ Keeffe’s house (THANKS Colette). Philip O Byrne became the twelfth owner of Volume Two (Wink). Anne O Donovan informs me that she loved Volume Four (Sleepyhead) -this is an unofficial piece of feedback, but hey one needs to share good things (especially when worry is around!). And Kerstin Walsh, according to Grey Skies (the best judge), is treating Volume Three wonderfully.

Jeepers when I put all that down, worrying seems more than a tad silly.

So where does that leave all you wannabe One Short Story To Be Told owners? Well in a pretty good place actually. Philip, Kerstin and Anna have given no indication as to next owners. And Tim Prendiville (as he hasn’t received Volume One yet!) has hardly began thinking about ‘Who’s next?’. So you have four live lines of inquiry. Could be a good week to be emailing, facebooking, texting or whatever other form of communication you fancy (and have with current owner).

Sadly I can only help with the internet based forms of those communication lines. But I’m glad to do that. So here, my Dearest One Short Story To Tolders, is the information I can provide.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): (Still) in transit. Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is the end user (so to speak). I’ll post contact details for Tim just as soon as Waiting has landed, and I have them. Meanwhile you could possibly could get him at Irishocity’s Weblog.

Volume Two (Wink): Now in Philip O’ Byrne’s hands. Email, or get him on FB.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Cuddling up with Kerstin Walsh. Contact, or FB.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Anna O Donovan is still in control here. Reach out to Anna through

Finally, the preparations for the launch of Volume Five (Full Circle) are going extremely well. I received the first draft of the book layout today. It looks well. Some small adjustments are inevitable, but that shouldn’t take too long (2-3 hours). A draft of the invite is ready, too. It’s brilliant. And I can say that without fear of sounding egomanical because I didn’t create it! More on who did between now and the 3rd March when Volume Five is freed. The animated film has been scripted, the sound recorded, and Marc is doing his thing. So all on track there. And the surprises I have in store are coming along nicely as well. So all in all I’m happy. Which is a huge shift from where I was when I started this piece. Ain’t writing great!

Best of luck if you are chasing a volume. Talk next week.



Feb 7, 2012
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A few developments.

Quite a few developments to update you on today. First, John Linehan was in touch last night to say that Waiting For Life To Return (Volume One) began it’s journey to the US of A! I have my fingers, toes and ears crossed that all will go well with that journey, and ask you do the same until I inform you Waiting has landed safely with Tim Prenderville (crossing is NOT compulsory – but I did ask nicely!).
Two sets of feedback also arrived yesterday. They are both for Volume Two (Wink). And they are both brief, but kind.
Check them here:
Finally I’m told Brenda O Keefe posted pics of ‘The Sleepover’ on Facebook. I don’t want to suggest anyone was lying… but I ain’t seen them. Can anyone help clear up this mystery? Answers on a pos… NO wait! Answer whatever way you want. Oh, it’s like we’re living in a Scooby Doo episode! Cooler than cool I’d say.

Feb 3, 2012
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Time flies, they say, when you re having fun. Well it also flies, I’ve found this week, when one is busy. But then the busyness I have ben embroiled in this week has also been fun. That fun has been contributed to in no small way by the current owners of the One short Story To be Told volumes. John Linehan, as you know, had – or sent – Waiting For Life To Return, on a sleepover with Brenda o’ Keefe. Brenda in turn passed on wonderful feedback.* Len O Donovan who has remained the contact for Volume Four despite passing Sleepyhead on to his Mother, has been in touch using his Superhero name Elando Novan (God but I just LOVE when people do that) to say that Anna has delved into Sleepyhead, and that the O Donovan feedback will be arriving in double format shortly. And Kerstin Walsh who, due to the unavailability of a signature on Monday (An Post have their guidelines when dealing with special packages), only took possession of Volume Three yesterday was in touch (appropriately) three times last night. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I have to quote some of the FANTASTIC feedback. So here goes. ‘Finished! Twice. I think you’re some kind of weird, crazy genius! Actually weird is the wrong word – fantastical is more accurate.’

leyton and I have taken those words – Weird. Crazy. Geniuses and fantastical! - as the most positive statement yet on the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.  And we’re pretty darned pleased I can tell you.

Add to all that that Brenda O’ Keefe also became the one hundred and eighty first member of our facebook page, that Volume Five, and the story Full Circle, was sent on to the wonderful Mary Bulman to be prepared for publication and… and well it’s been a great week.

And I haven’t mentioned that John Linehan has Waiting For Life To return packaged and ready for it’s journey to.. wait for it… the US of A yet!

Man, but it’s been a great week.

You’ll have noted that the one volume I haven’t mentioned is numero Two. Well on that front Eric Downey informs me that Wink will be on it’s travels next Wednesday. One Philip O’ Byrne will be the man who will be Wink’s twelfth (or a round dozen, if you prefer) recipient. Contract has been dispatched and we await Eric’s feedback with great anticipation.

Now all that leaves those of you seeking a One Short Story To be Told volume with fewer than normal options this week. But I still need to outline them so here they are.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In transit from John Linehan to Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California. I’ll post contact details for Tim just as soon as Waiting has landed.

Volume Two (Wink): Currently in Eric Downey’s hands. But soon to be (next Wed) in Philip O’ Byrne’s. You know what? I’ll give you Philip’s contact, you can always let him know before he receives Wink that you want it next. Keep the options open as they say.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Just landed in the hands of Kerstin Walsh (she of the ‘Weird  no fantastical – crazy genius’ quote). Striking early is recommended here too. Do that at

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Under the patient perusal of Anna O Donovan. No indication of a move being imminent. You can get to Anna through her son Len – or his superhero Elando Novon – by utilising this address

Oh and Len, Kerstin and Philip are facebook users. So you can go there too!

Till next week (could it be as exciting as this?)



*In case you missed it – or like me like to reread it – here’s what  ‘Babysitter’ Brenda O’ Keefe had to say about Volume One: I received Volume One of One Short Story To Be Told from a dear friend on 30/1/2102 who knew I would love the idea. And I do indeed love the concept! In fact I now look forward to getting another volume of One Short Story To Be Told in the future. Waiting For Life to Return is a short but powerful story that is relevant to us all. Well done leyton! Brenda O’Keefe, Cork, Ireland.

Feb 2, 2012
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Sleepover talk!

Brenda O Keefe, who you will remember took Waiting for a Sleepover this week, has been in touch. I know I could have waited for tomorrows Friday Forum, but hey the comment is just too nice for me to do that. So here’s what she said:

I received Volume One of One Short Story To Be Told from a dear friend on 30/1/2102 who knew I would love the idea. And I do indeed love the concept! In fact I now look forward to getting another volume of One Short Story To Be Told in the future.
Waiting For Life to Return is a short but powerful story that is relevant to us all. Well done leyton! Brenda O’Keefe, Cork, Ireland.
PS – I can’t wait for the photo’s – apparently pyjamas were the order of the day!

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