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Mar 30, 2012
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Friday Forum (24)

Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders! How the god damn hell are you this Friday evening? I hope the answer to that question is ‘MIGHTY FINE!’ It certainly is for me!

The first thing I’m going to do this week is tell you that Georgina Lynch, the current custodian of Volume Two (Wink), is actively seeking requests from those of you who would like to be next to welcome Wink into your home. So, if you’re interested (and you should be!) get typing and send requests to me at, or directly to Georgina at her facebook page. Best of luck to you all!

The second thing I’m going to tell you is something you may already know. But I’m repeating it just in case. Tim Prenderville has relinquished his hold on Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), and forwarded it to Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. This of course means that there are now – or will be shortly – two One Short Story To Be Told volumes down under. The odds on a meeting are slim, however: Sidney and Perth are four hours apart apparently. Still, one can dream.

News on the three other volumes is slow. Mark Fenton – yes he of Perth, Australia (and the current custodian of Volune Four (Sleepyhead) – has not been in touch. But no news is good news, as they say.

Colette O Donoghue – the great collector of One Short Story To Be Told volumes – has forwarded the photograph of Volume Three (Grey Skies) on the left.

And Derek Chandley has been in touch with Colette via Facebook regarding the transfer of Volume Five (Full Circle). That event will, no doubt, be the catalyst for great excitement. And why wouldn’t it be when it will complete the collection, so to speak, for Colette.

But that is for next week (at least), so let’s not get into it now.

Before I go I would like to tell you that I’ve had a busy week, and the planning and plotting of the One Short Story To Be Told future is going well.

And that, my Dear One Short Story To Be Tolders, is it for this week. Good luck again to those of you seeking Volume Two (Wink) from Georgina. And the details of all our current custodians are below as always.

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Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California has placed Waiting For Life To Return in an envelope and sent it on its merry way. News of Ben Keating, to whom Waiting is destined, as soon as I get it.

Volume Two (Wink): As mentioned earlier Georgina Lynch is now seeking requests. If you’d like to be next  contact her FB page or email I assure you I will pass on your message.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently in Watergrasshill with Colette O Donoghue, or maybe riding a bike with Colette O Donoghue in Watergrasshill! Still destined for Derek Chandley next. Derek, as pointed out last week, is available for requests at or, as always, Facebook.And the good news is there has been no confirmation that the rumours that Derek has promised Grey Skies to Len O Donovan are true. But just in case, here’s where you can get Len: or FB.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news from Mark this week, as I said. But you can contact him here if you want.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one. Derek Chandley is still in possession so far as I know. He was – again as mentioned earlier – in touch with Colette for her address. So it would be best to send request for Full Circle to Colette’s Facebook page or her email, which is


Mar 28, 2012
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Waiting For Life To Return reaches sweet sixteen.

Hi all you One Short Story To Be Tolders! As you know two of our volumes are currently overseas. One (Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return) has been residing in California,USA with Tim Prenderville. While the other (Volume Four: Sleepyhead) is resting it’s soul in Perth, Australia as a guest of Mark Fenton.
Well folks there is soon to be a change in that status. We will still have two volumes overseas, but as Tim Prenderville has chosen Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia as the sixteenth recipient of Waiting For Life To Return we will very shortly have two volumes ‘Down Under’.
Exciting times for ahead for Waiting are assured. And I have to say my thoughts immediately drifted to the possibility of a liaison between Waiting and Sleepyhead in a far flung land. Is that possible? How far apart are Sidney and Perth? Oh, never mind. I need to keep my nose out of such matters. Those decisions are for others. People like you, dear One Short Story To Be Tolder (not that you would suggest such a thing).
So, yes, I’m butting out. Right NOW! Tallyho and a 88*Googolplex to you all. leyton/Stan

Mar 23, 2012
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Friday Forum (23)

Hello all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and 88*Googolplex to you all on this beautiful Friday evening. As you can probably tell by that opening line I am in fine fettle today. And why wouldn’t I be?

Well the answer to that question could very easily be ‘Because there has been no news this week from Tim Prenderville in California regarding Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) or, indeed, from Mark Fenton in Perth regarding Volume Four (Sleepyhead)’.

And the answer to that question could just as easily be ‘Because Georgina Lynch has not graced the One Short Story To Be Told blog or Facebook page with any news or beautiful photographs of Volume Two (Wink) since I last put pen to paper (or finger to keys, if you want to be precise) to create a Friday Forum’.

But I’m not in the mood to be getting down. So, having placed my full trust in The Universe, I have focused instead on the energy that has surrounded Volumes Three and Five this week.

And boy has there been activity on those fronts! First Colette O Donoghue announced that Volume Three (Grey Skies) had landed in her abode. This, you may recall, is the fourth volume to rest its head in Watergrasshill. And Colette was justifiably excited and delighted (or excire and delira as we say here in Ireland). Second Derek Chandley provided us with his very kind feedback on Volume Five (Full Circle), which – as it was the first feedback on our latest Volume – swiftly reduced us to the same excira and delira state that Colette had been in a few days earlier.

And then, in a twist that was a first for One Short Story To Be Told, Colette and Derek entered into clandestine negotiations -the upshot of which was an agreement that they would trade the volumes currently in possession.

This of course means that Derek (who is a relative neophyte to our adventure) will be the seventh recipient of Volume Three (Grey Skies). And it will place Colette O Donoghue in the enviable position of being the only person in the whole, entire world (apart from author Stanley Notte, of course) to have read ALL five One Short Story To Be Told volumes! Needless to say Colette’s mood shot past excira and delira and reached a state no words exist for.

Mind you the manner in which Colette found herself crossing the final frontier (so to speak) has caused leyton to sit and ponder for long periods of time in the latter part of the week. He was concerned that he may have encouraged people to behave in a manner that is in contradiction to the ethos of One Short Story To Be Told. But, in the end he decided that Colette’s actions were underpinned by a desire to provide each of the One Short Story To Be Told stories with a warm and loving home. And, as there is no doubt that Colette provides just such an environment for One Short Story To Be Told stories, the nagging questions about clandestine negotiations and deals struck in private were put to bed.

Which, as leyton is a large part of me, you find me in very fine fettle this evening, folks.

But it’s time to take my very fine fettle elsewhere, too, folks.  So have a great weekend each and every one of you! And I’ll talk to you next week (if not before). I’ll leave you as always with the information you need if you are going to pursue one of our volumes. But I will add a plea to Tim, Mark and Georgina – or anyone who knows anything about their current status vis-a-vis their respective One Short Story To Be Told volumes – to drop me a line at the first available opportunity. Thanks in advance. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is still in possession. If you want to make your case to be next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home the contact details are as follows: Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Georgina Lynch is in possession of Wink. If you’d like to be next in possession contact her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently in Watergrasshill with Colette O Donoghue. And destined, it seems, for Derek Chandley next. Derek is available for requests at or, as always, Facebook. There are rumours that Derek has promised Grey Skies to Len O Donovan. If that turns out to be true, you can get Len at or here

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news from Mark this week. But you can still get him here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): The not so new, but still the newest one. Derek Chandley in possession so far as I know. But destined to head to Colette O Donoghue next. Colette is, as always, available for requests on Facebook or at 

Mar 19, 2012
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Volume Three moves again.

News just in. Astrid has passed Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Colette O’ Donoghue, who has now, at one time or another, been the custodian of each of our first four volumes. Congratulations Colette, and thanks for letting me know about the move Astrid! 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan
PS – I’d be careful if I were you Derek Chandley – Volume Five is the only volume Colette has not held in her hands. Therefore you must be in her sights!

Mar 17, 2012
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Friday Forum (22)

Ah, I’m a day late, and maybe I should call this the Saturday Symposium, or some other moniker. But even if I did that, nothing would change. I’m still a day late, and it will still have been a very quiet week on the One Short Story To Be Told front.

Actually this may have been the quietest week in the eighteen month history of our adventure. I have not spoken to, or had contact from, a single owner. That, of course, doesn’t mean there is nothing going on. It has been the case in the past that there has been plenty of activity surrounding our volumes, and I haven’t been aware of it.So maybe Tim, Marc, Astrid, Derek and Georgina have been inundated with request, and have decided to keep that activity to themselves.

I in the meantime have kept myself busy plotting the future of One Short Story To Be Told, putting good vibes out into the Universe for Liz Nicholson (a One Short Story To be Tolder who had a medical appontment on the 12th March) and attending a friend’s wedding yesterday. Hence my tardiness.

The one thing that has been obvious about One Short Story To Be Told this week is that Georgina Lynch, who took possession of Volume Two (Wink) last Saturday – Hey, something DID happen – has been actively making Wink feel at home. Photographic evidence is provided below. Thank you Georgina for your energy, it has lit up my week.

One other thing MAY have happened. Astrid Walsh has announced her intention to pass Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Colette O Donoghue. And as that decision was never relayed to me, it is possible that the handover has taken place under the same circumstances. If it has could you let me know Astrid? Or Colette?

So that’s it really. I’ll leave you with the current locations etc of our volumes, none of which have changed (so far as I know Astrid and Colette!) since last week. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is still in possession. If you want to make your case the contact details are as follows Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Following the first ever One Short Story To be Told battle (pics here) Georgina Lynch took possession of Wink last Saturday morning.As the phots above show georgina has seen been busy making Wink feel at home. If you’d like to follow Georgina’s example you can convince her you should be next on her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Even I don’t know if Grey Skies is with Astrid or Colette. Someone tell me please. But if you want it there is no point talking to Astrid – she has decided that Colette is next. You can reach Colette at or the old reliable Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news on readings or promised trips. You can get Mark here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): IT’S STILL THE NEW ONE! Derek Chandley in possession. Actually I did speak with Derek this week. He has begun reading Volume Five, but as yet had not looked at Full Circle. Derek is available for requests at or, as always, Facebook

Mar 12, 2012
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A creative Wink handover.

Since the very earliest days of this One Short Story To Be Told adventure creativity has been in evidence. And I’m not talking  about our end of things (that’s pretty obvious). I’m talking about the receivers of the books.Our very first recipient, Terri Anderson, took Waiting For Life To Return on a day trip to a local college for her photos. Paul Allen produced an amazing shot of Sleepyhead (Volume Four) that drew from the tale itself. Colette O Donoghue had her dog read a volume (we can’t remember which she has had so many). There have been photos of our books in London on a day trip, Paris, with a glass of wine, safely tucked up in bed and just recently the fashion to take a photo inspired by the book covers has come to the fore. I could go on. But you get the point. Or do you? Actually you don’t ‘cos I’ve not made it yet! The point is this.

All that creativity was surpassed over the weekend when Philip O Byrne and Georgina Lynch enacted a battle for the latest handover of Wink. Just two shots (bad choice of words?)were provided of what I am told was a long, loveless and lunge filled liason. But they brought such a smile to my face I had to put them here.

Furthermore, I’ve decided that some of the previous creative moments deserve a revisit. So enjoy the gallery below. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Mar 9, 2012
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Friday Forum (21)

The end of another week arrives, and I have to say I’m glad not to be facing into a launch as I was last Friday. Not that I didn’t enjoy last Saturday night, it was great. But, as you know yourself, one can’t have the foot to the pedal all the time.

This week was quieter than last, but that’s not to say I’ve been totally idle. One of the things I’m learning is that each launch not only is busy in the lead in, but inevitably they will create tasks to be done. This launch led to the loading of Marc’s animation (you can get it here), drawing up the contract for Volume Five, arranging for Derek Chandley to pick up Full Circle and, wonderfully, welcoming a number of Superheroes to our adventure.

The upshot of all that is that Derek (as you can see above) is now enjoying Volume Five, Marc’s animation is out in cyperspace and I now need to focus on getting the second presentation we showed last Saturday (the one about Superheroes) ready to broadcast over the net. This is important as I know some of you are reading this wondering what in the name of the Lordly earth is he talking about. Be patient One Short Story To Be Tolders, all will be made clear next week.

Outside the launch a few things have happened. They are all connected to the
four volumes that were floating about the world before last Saturday, and I will outline those events in the last section of this post (which as you know deals with the current location, owner and happenings of each book). Before I do that however I’d like to apologise to those of you who have seen the picture on the right earlier this week. But I love the shot and therefore felt compelled to include it again. But now that I’ve said sorry (did I need to now I wonder) here’s the details you are really looking for.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is still in possession. Tim has been in touch to say he has read Waiting For Life To Return, and that it reminded him of a tale he penned himself a few years ago. He did kindly add that he thought the piece was well written. More importantly he has begun the search for the next recipient. If you want to make your case the contact details are as follows Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): The plan for Philip O’ Byrne to hand Wink to Georgina Lynch at the launch of Volume Five fell apart. Plan B is to swing into action tomorrow (Saturday 10th March). Wink is thrilled with the news (but, with good reason, a little sceptical). Philip is adamant plan B will work. Georgina meanwhile is hoping that receiving Wink tomorrow will ease the disgust that filled her every fibre when she was unable to make last Saturday. All of that means those of you hoping to twist Georgina’s arm need to visit her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): UNBELIEVABLY Colette O Donoghue has been chosen by Astrid Walsh as the next recipient. More UNBELIEVABLY I haven’t been informed officially yet! It’s a good job Astrid takes nice photo’s I hear you shout! Don’t know when or where the handover will take place, but you can rest assured Colette (rightly so) is currently purring like a very well fed cat and grinning like…yes, you’ve guessed… a Chesire cat. OK. OK. Rant over. Details for Colette are and the old reliable Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): An Post did it’s job perfectly. Sleepyhead landed safely in the hands of Mark Fenton in Perth Australia mid week. Mark has plans for reading and outings this weekend. Still no need for you NOT to ask if you can be next. Reach Mark here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): THE NEW ONE! As the photo earlier showed Derek Chandley now has possession of Full Circle. The photo was taken immediately after I passed the volume to him. So he is keen, one could safely say. Derek is available for requests at or that strange place called Facebook

Mar 7, 2012
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Two little (not) pieces of info.

Couple of things just in today. First Volume Four (Sleepyhead) landed Down Under – YIPPEE! Perth, Sidney to be exact. Message from Mark, the new custodian, as follows:
Just to let you know that the book arrived safely! We will sign the contract and return it to Leyton. Will take the book, and the T-shirts on an outing at the weekend and forward the pictures to the blog/website. Thanks for the opportunity, looking forward to the read.

Second the idea of taking photos of the One Short Story To Be Told books that look like the cover of said books seems to be catching on. The latest to draw inspiration from that cover is Astrid Walsh, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies). More interestingly it was up on Astrid’s blog - – before I got to put it up here. Hmmm. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Mar 5, 2012
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Volume Five animation.

Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, it’s time to release Marc Crowley’s quaintly brilliant animated film that was shown at the launch of Volume Five of our little adventure on Saturday night.

It’s short, but sweet and was received very well by those in attendance. For those of you who didn’t make it to Mr Bradley’s all comments are welcome. You can get it here

I will share the second presentation that was shown as soon as I’ve figured out a few technical problems you don’t want to be bored with.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Mar 4, 2012
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Launch of Volume Five.

Okay folks, I’m just about getting back to normal after a hectic week and a great night last night. Derek Chandley (who wasn’t in attendance) was drawn as he who will begin Full Circle and Volume Five’s Journey. Congrats Derek. I’ll be in touch soon (when I’m fully recovered from my excertions). Thanks again to all those who turned up. And TA (in abundance) to those who collaborate with me. They are Mary Laffan, Marc Crowley, Paddy O Shea and John Mack. Honourable mentions too for Kevin Minihane, Me Mam, Wife Eileen and the rest of my fantastically supportive family. An album of photos of the night is available here

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