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Apr 27, 2012
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Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, it’s been a busy week for our adventure. Plenty of activity, plenty of movement and, thank’s to the Universe, a lot of good news.

You may recall that last weeks missive included a note about the unknown whereabouts of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), and a promise from me that I was going to trust the afore mentioned Universe in that regard. Well the speed at which the Universe can act, once again, surprised me. Within 24 hrs, Tim Prenderville had been in touch to tell me Waiting For Life To Return was safe and sound, and that he would again (it had been returned to Tim due to a weak label) forward it to Ben Keating. So, the postal system is again in control.

This week also saw Volume Three (Grey Skies) land in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek has been touch to say he is enjoying Volume Three, and that begging letters are now invited. Colette O’ Donoghue also forwarded her feedback on Volume Three. It is, of course, on the relevant page of the blog. But you can read it here now.

To hear that Grey Skies was kept waiting to be heard (in a bin no less) for such a long time is truly a sad thought. Although it is a very sad story, I found myself captivated by it…what would happen in the end…so much so that I was disappointed when I found myself at the last page. Such a lovely, touching story. One of your best Leyton.

Oh, and right this second – and I mean right this second Derek forwarded the picture above. I love the Universe.

Colette O Donoghue also announced that Volume Five (Full Circle) would be heading to Paul McSweeney next. That move leaves Colette bereft of One Short Story To Be Told volumes and, as she has no more volumes to seek, perhaps bereft full stop. I hope not. And Volume Six will be here in the not too distant future anyway. So, if you are bereft, look forward to that Colette!

I announced last week that Volume Two (Wink) was heading for Stockport, England and the hands of Liz Nicholson. That is still the intention, but a delay has occurred in the process. I fully expect the transfer to be completed this week, however. So stay tuned.

So that’s all but Volume Four (Sleepyhead) covered.  And maybe I wrote this post in this order to save the news of a One Short Story To Be Told rejection for last. And that would be understandable because I was shocked when Mark Fenton contacted me last weekend to say that the person he had chosen as the next recipient of Sleepyhead had informed him that she didn’t want to participate. Shocking stuff, I thought first. But you know better that the honesty came immediately rather than Sleepyhead entered a black hole, I would say now. Yes definitely the better path was taken.

Mark is currently chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him, I’d say.

And so we reach the point where I offer you an 88*Googolplex, inform you that the contact details you need for each volume are laid out below my name, and let you get back to living your life.



Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Making a second attempt to reach  Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. I have total belief that it will happen this time. So now’s a good time to talk to Ben about being next. is the route to try.

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson of Stockport will be in possession shortly. Email me at if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Now, as the photo above shows, in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or .

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession.  Mark is currently chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him here, I’d say.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I wonder when I will have to stop saying that?) Due to be transferred from Colette’s home to Paul McSweeny’s caring hands any day now. Paul is available at or for your heartfelt requests for ownership.

Apr 24, 2012
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Volume Five (Full Circle) announcement. Oh, and some maths!

Colette O Donoghue has finished her deliberations, and – in the nick of time – kept her promise to announce the next recipient of Full Circle (Volume Five).

Here’s what she had to say: Ok,so I have kept ye all waiting long enough,and I have, as promised, made my decision as to who will be the lucky recipient of Full Circle. As always, it was not an easy choice to make – and I know some of you will be left disappointed. Anyway as ye know by now,im a huge fan of Oneshortstorytobetold, and all to do with it, so when Max contacted me to tell me that he has gotten off the fence (he usualy sits ON the fence) and put in a request….well how could I refuse? So Paul/Max…you’re next :)

All that mean that Paul McSweeney of Cork City will be next to greet Full Circle. In doing so Paul joins the growing number of people who have owned more than one One Short Story To Be Told volume. He is also the third recipient of Full Circle. And, between them, our five volumes have now had 47 official homes. Which obviously means we are getting close to 50.

Of course if we factor in Colette, Paul, Derek and Georgina (those who have had more than one volume) we are well short of 50 people. But 50 official homes is an exciting landmark to have on the horizon. And with just three to go and Mark Fenton due to choose a new home for Sleephead any day now, it could happen real soon. Watch this space.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Apr 23, 2012
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BIG NEWS from abroad!

Two bits of BIG NEWS from abroad.
1. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is safe. The address label fell off so it’s been returned to Tim (thankfully he had a return to sender label, too). Tim is sending it on to Ben in Sidney with a PROPER label.
2. Mark Fenton’s chosen one to be next for Sleepyhead (Volume Four) has said NO! Can you believe it, a person who doesn’t want to play with One Short Story To Be Told! But hey the good news for you is he’s looking for someone to say YES! Get on it One Short Story To Be Tolders.
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Apr 20, 2012
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Friday Forum (27)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and a gigantic 88*Googolplex to you all on what is a clear, but blustery day here on the Emerald Isle.

Clear, but blustery are words that could quite easily be used to describe the past seven days in the One Short Story To Be Told world, too my friends: I have been clear in my thinking and actions, but there have been activities that have upset my equilibrium (either for good or bad) from time to time.

The first of them arrived last Sunday with the announcement from Colette O’ Donoghue and Elle Detonet that Grey Skies (Volume Three) and Full Circle (Volume Five) had been involved in a skydive, no less! The manner in which my heart reacted to that news, despite both stories returning safely, made me glad I wasn’t forewarned of such daredevilish activities. But I have to say, I want people to be creative while in possession of my little books, and the photographs since supplied, as you can see, are wonderful! Oh, I added the one of the Easter Eggs simply because I love it. Brilliant Colette.

The next blustery event (which was a good one) was Georgina Lynch’s announcement that Liz Nicholson, of Stockport in England would be next to welcome Wink (Volume Two) into their home. Liz was delighted with the news, and the contract has since been dispatched. Not sure if Wink is on the way yet, but as Liz has not been in touch I’m sure it hasn’t landed. Obviously I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

A quiet few days followed and then the blustery stuff (all good) began in earnest yesterday, and carried on in to today.

First Colette announced Full Circle was on the move. Derek Chandley, the other half the clandestine deal that saw Volume’s Five and Three switch homes, is now awaiting a delivery. Colette was sad, Derek chuffed and Full Circle…well over the moon isn’t quite high enough. But I’ve no better analogy right now.

Second, Astrid Walsh, she who took the amazing photograph on the left  forwarded her (slightly tardy) feedback on Grey Skies. Very sweet it is, too. It’s now (along with this photo) displayed on Volume Three’s page of the blog, but for those of you not willing to go the extra mile that is a click of your mouse here it is right in front of you:

Grey Skies has left a blustery happy sad place in my heart. My cheeks are so cold it makes me feel alive! This is a precious story nestled within a crazy adventure. I am so glad it got to accompany me in my rucksack through the journey of life for a moment and that it is now whirling off with someone else. Good luck little Grey Skies, I hope you brought your wine gums!

Ah, yes now you know why the blustery theme is being applied!

Finally today saw Mark Fenton of Perth Australia put Facebook to good use. He’s informed me that Sleepyhead is safe and sound, and that he has someone in mind as the next – and seventh – recipient. No names revealed just yet. But thanks Mark for easing my mind.

There is one other blustery matter that has, to be honest, been a regular in my sails this week. And it has not been easing my mind. A continuous silence is the only communication on the whereabouts and health of the volume that began our adventure. Last known movements of Waiting For Life To Return were the proposed exchange between Tim Prenderville in California and Ben Keating in Sidney. Unfortunately it’s weeks now since I heard anything. So I don’t know if Tim released Waiting, or Ben has received it. Maybe it’s lost in the post. I simply don’t know.

What, my friends, do you think I should do? I’ve messaged Tim. I can’t message Ben’s Facebook page. So what’s left. Pray?

Perhaps that is the answer. And you know I’ve said often enough that trusting the Universe is a very good thing. So, right this second, I’m sending a mesage to said Universe to look after my little package, and trusting with all I have that it will be OK. Can I ask that you do the same? Please do.

That’s it for this week. Below, as always, you will find the minute detail that may help you procure a volume of One Short Story To Be Told.  Talk soon and an 88*Googolplex to all you.

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Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  No further comment to be added to those above. Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia has a Facebook page. If you have technical knowledge that allows you contact him please try here

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson of Stockport is either in possession or will be shortly. Email me at if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): On it’s way, or possibly already landed, in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at or Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. He has a name in mind as the next recipient. But you can contact him here if you want.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I wonder when I will have to stop saying that?) Colette has decided that the decision on who will be next to delve inside the cover will be made on Monday (23rd April 2012*). Colette’s (very active) Facebook page or her email, which is, are the avenues of inquiry you need on this front. Strike now, I would say!

*I’ll add a little mystery here. Monday 23rd April 2012 is going to be a BIG day in the history of One Short Story To Be Told.

Apr 13, 2012
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Friday Forum (26)

This week’s update comes from the sunny south east of the Emerald Isle, which indicates that I’m enjoying a couple of days away. So forgive me if this is a little short, but…well you understand I’m sure.

No matter where I’m located it’s always nice to report that a new owner for a One Short Story To Be Told volume has been announced. And that is the case this week. Ok, Ok the more studious of you will know that Liz Nicholson (of Stockport in the UK) was chosen by Georgina Lynch last Sunday. But. as I said, it’s always nice to report a new owner has been announced, and there’s nothing wrong with doing it twice either!

The other big news of this week came from Mark Fenton in Perth, Australia. mark, as you know, is currently providing Sleepyhead with a comfortable home and had  promised pictures a few weeks ago. Well the wait for pictures – which actually turned out to be just one picture – was worth the wait. And here’s why:

Apr 10, 2012
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Volume Two on it’s way to it’s 14th Recipient.

OK Guys, Georgina Lynch, after much soul searching, has made a decision and Wink is off to the UK. An excited and delighted Liz Nicholson of Stockport will become the 14th recipient of Volume Two. Congrats Liz! Oh and 88*Googolplex to you all.

Apr 9, 2012
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Georgina’s feedback for Wink!

As the day for Wink to leave Georgina Lynch’s home edges closer I’ delighted to say she has taken a little time to let me know what she thought of Wink. To say the feedback is generous would, I feel, be  an understatement. And I had to take a number of deep breath’s while reading it for the first time. So I’d like to say ‘Thank you Georgina, I’m humbled’.

This is what Georgina had to say.

I have to say Stan, Wink was a deeply stunning read. Your beautiful words tore through me. I have to say that, after reading just one or two pages, I realised this was a “Get the kids to bed, turn off the tv/ radio and lock the door” type of book. Do not disturb!!! I felt as though I was feeling the pain and anxiety of the guy, and really felt that in this short story, I really was with him. The tenderness of his relationship with his mother, and the angry towards his father was captured with perfection.Your writing ability really blows me away – again….wow!!! Georgina x

These words have been posted on the Volume Two Page of the blog, and I’ve included a few of Georgina’s wonderful photos, too. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan (who is wonderful form thanks to Georgina!)

Apr 6, 2012
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Friday Forum (25)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Tolders and welcome to what is my ‘Quarter of a Century’ update. It’s odd to think that it is now over six months since I began the idea of a weekly update called the Friday Forum, mainly because the time has flown by.

Speaking of things being ‘odd’. it has struck me this week that running this whole One Short Story To Be Told adventure can be strange. There are times when I feel snowed under with the activity that surrounds the little books I am putting out into the world. And yet at other times, I feel there is little or nothing happening. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining (I like quiet time, and I want people to enjoy the books and experience), just making an observation.

This week has been one of the latter times. Silence continues to be the dominant description of Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Four (Sleepyhead). The first is, as you may remember, is on route from Tim Prenderville in California to Ben Keating in Sidney, Australia. And the second resides with Mark Fenton of Perth, Australia. Maybe it’s the Australian connection that is responsible for the lack of communication, but I have no knowledge of our friends Down Under being of a quiet persuasion. Then again, as I said last week, no news is good news.

Having said all that there has been a flurry of activity over the past two days with other volumes. Colette O’ Donoghue excitedly announced that Volume Five (Full Circle) has landed in her abode. The excitement is more than justified. Full Circle’s arrival does, after all, mean that Colette has now cradled each of our five volumes at some stage. Impressive stuff, it has to be said.

And then Georgina Lynch announced that she will decide who the next recipient of Volume Two (Wink) will be this weekend, and that Easter Sunday would be the day of destiny, so to speak. This of course means someone, somewhere will get an extra and unusual Easter gift, and that there will be new feedback appearing here on the blog shortly.

And what, I hear you cry, of Volume Three (Grey Skies). Well that edition – and not by chance I would say – remains with the above mentioned Colette O Donoghue. It is destined, due to a covertly agreed arrangement, to travel to Derek Chandley next. But, as her excited announcement regarding Full Circle’s arrival promised photos of Volume’s Three and Five together, it is obvious Colette has plans that need to be kept before Derek is granted access.

The only other thing to report is that all is well on the planning and plotting front. The future of One Short Story To Be Told is therefore looking well at the moment.

When will I reveal the fruits of these labours? Now that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

On that cryptic note I’ll switch to the details that allow you, if you so wish, to pursue a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Awaiting news from Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia regarding arrival. No update on Ben’s contact details. News of either as soon as I get it.

Volume Two (Wink): Decision as to next recipient promised (and pending) on Sunday. If you want to you still have time to give Georgina a nudge in your direction.  If that idea appeals contact her FB page or email

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Still in Watergrasshill with Colette O Donoghue, but now enjoying the company of Volume Five (Full Circle) as well. Promised and destined to Derek Chandley next. Derek is available for requests at or Facebook.

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 (and will be for a while). Now in residence with Colette O’ Donoghue, and enjoying the comapny of Volume Three (Grey Skies).Colette’s Facebook page or her email, which is, are the avenues of inquiry you need on this front.


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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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