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May 30, 2012
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Waiting is finally over (in Australia)

Waiting For Life To Return has landed in Sydney (Currently three One Short Story To Be Told volumes now Down Under!). Am I relieved? No – I did say I knew it would be a successful journey this time, and despite an odd doubting Thomas trying to enter my mind I never lost faith!

The new owner – Ben Keating – sent a short but salubrious message that goes like this: ‘It’s arrived! Will keep the ball rolling … no worries. Cheers.’

Oh yes, were now fully functioning again!
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

May 25, 2012
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Friday Forum (32)

If you happen to be hoping for a short Friday Forum from the One Short Story To Be Told world this week, then you are in luck. Because this week may have been the quietest ever in our eighteen month history.

Liz Nicholson did light up our week with this intriguing message last Monday:

Wink has been waiting for good weather for a photo shoot. Most of the time he has spent indoors (in a comfortable cottage) but today he went for a stroll. He posed on the gatepost, against a backdrop of May. He nestled among the bluebells. He told the forget-me-nots not to forget him. 
He has been read and enjoyed and hopes someone will post his pictures for everyone to see. He is such a smart looking story! 
With the onset of better weather Wink is getting itchy feet. He is wondering where he could roam next. Liz Nicholson is wondering, too.
Wink is also wondering whether he could make a guest appearance on a blog, with one of these photos and an explanation of his wanderings. Or more than one blog because Liz has two.

Obviously I said yes to all questions/requests – how could I not when Liz included these fabulous photographs!

Thank you Liz, the wait, as they say, was worth it.

Now apart from the excitement provided by Wink and Liz the week has been notable for … well there’s no other way of saying this…nothing!

I did contact Tim Prenderville via Facebook regarding Waiting For Life To Return and it’s arrival/non arrival in Sydney (no confirmation on anything has since been received). Paul McSweeney has reiterated his promise of photographs of Volume Five. And Len O Donovan did confirm his arrival in Perth with photographic evidence. Sadly the evidence did not include Grey Skies or Sleepyhead. But these are small things, and did not provide the One Short Story To Be Told world, and therefore this blog, with any activity to report.

So, as indicated at the outset, this is a short entry. Hope that suits you. Certainly those of you hoping to make the most of the rare sunshine here in southern Ireland will be glad I’ve already reached the point where I say goodbye and then detail the location and holders of our five volumes.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  California, Sydney, Tim, Ben. I have no more to say!

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson and Wink, as indicated above, now have itchy feet. A good time to email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com to indicate you would like to be next to welcome Volume Two into your home.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently Down Under on holidays with Len O Donovan. Still not sure if Len is seeking requests for the next owner while on vacation, but you can try https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com if you like.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton, Perth Australia.  I have nothing more to say.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney’s caring hands are still in control. Promise of photo’s not yet fulfilled. We await with bated breath. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership.

 

May 19, 2012
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Friday Forum (31)

There seems to be a pattern emerging from the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes at the moment, one I hope is a temporary thing. Volumes One, Two and Four are, to coin a phrase, ‘Sitting in the long grass’ – i.e doing nothing, while the two remaining tomes – three and five – provide the activity that fills these updates.

Of course, volumes having periods of inactivity is part of the process when one is seeking to create a journey filled with one to one attention, and I accept that entirely. But one does get to the point when ‘Silence is Golden’, to coin another phrase, is not so golden.

Have I reached that point now? No, but I’d say I’m close. And here’s why. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has been ‘in transit’ for exactly fourteen days now. Yes, California to Sydney is a long journey. No doubt about that. And if this 14 days was all there was to the transit of Waiting For Life To Return I wouldn’t be even a little angsty. But the facts of the matter are that Tim Prenderville announced he had sent Waiting on it’s way on the 30th March; a full six weeks ago. OK there was a failed delivery, but still…

You feel my pain I’m sure.

And then there is Volume Four (Sleepyhead). In Mark Fenton’s home since mid march, Sleepyhead has had the distinction of being the first One Short Story To Be Told volume to receive a rejection. That happened when it’s proposed move to the UK was rebuffed on the 23rd April, over three weeks ago. So no movement in two months, and no news for three weeks is the current status of Volume Four. Again, you feel my pain I’m sure.

Finally, and this is far less painful (if indeed any pain is really being felt; it is all – I’m sure you’ve guessed – all just literary licensed angst!), Volume Two (Wink) arrived in Stockport and the home of LIz Nicholson, two weeks ago, and has remained utterly silent ever since.

So, if my pain were real, and the Silence was not Golden, the only reason I would have to live this week – and last week and the week before – is the activity around Volume’s Three and Five. And boy have they been brilliant this week.

Both Colette and Derek, those who recently relinquished possession of Volume’s Five and Three respectively, have forwarded feedback. And very flattering feedback at that. And Grey Skies, having landed in Len O Donovan’s home, also supplied the news that we will soon have three editions Down Under (assuming, that is, Waiting will land soon). Actually Grey Skies is now there (Down Under) so there are two volumes currently resident in Australia.

Now before I go two things.

1. I am not in pain. So please don’t worry about me (as if you would).

and 2. As it was so lovely I’m going to reprint what Colette said about Volume Five. And, as it filled me with joy, I’m also adding Derek’s feedback on Grey Skies here.

Finally (which means I should have said three things) you’ll understand the joy these words give me when you have read them. That will be now.

Colette O Donoghue on Volume Five (Full Circle): Full circle was once again, like other Volumes in the One ShortStory To Be Told series, a dark but compelling read. Wonderfully written as always I could not put it down, and was trying to race ahead in my mind as to what the outcome would be. I’m now a little sad, because there are no more Volumes for me to be chasing after. Well for now anyway. But I was absolutely thrilled with the introduction of Superhero Cleo Othello Gudtone, and then pleasantly surprised with the little “surprise” waiting at the end. Keep up the good work leyton.

And Derek Chandley on Volume Three (Grey Skies): To start, I was delighted to have received a second volume of “One Short Story To Be Told” ( I have previously read Volume Five – Full Circle). I thoroughly enjoyed Volume Three and I read it several times. Of the two volumes, I think I enjoyed Grey Skies that bit more. It is a harrowing read, given that the character involved is in utter despair. However, I can say with absolute certainty that the author has captured this despair with an ease and eloquence that requires some degree of skill. So full marks to the author! In conclusion, I’m looking forward to reading the other volumes and keep up the good work!

Ah, my heart beats a little quicker again.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Nearing (I hope) the end of a second attempt to reach Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. Ben can be reached here https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1.

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson in possession. if you’d like to ask to be next email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently Down Under on holidays with Len O Donovan. Not sure if Len is seeking requests for the next owner while on vacation, but you can try https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com if you like.

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

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney’s caring hands are still in control. Promise of photo’s not yet fulfilled. We await with bated breath. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership. And as Paul is a very easy man to deal with this could be a very good route to take. Oh, and if you are talking to Paul, ask about the photos. Ta

May 17, 2012
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Looks like being a busy week for One Short Story To Be Told. Feedback from Colette O Donoghue regarding Volume Five has arrived. And yes I am going to share it!

Full circle was once again, like other Volumes in the One Short Story To Be Told series, a dark but compelling read. Wonderfully written as always I could not put it down, and was trying to race ahead in my mind as to what the outcome would be.
I’m now a little sad, because there are no more Volumes for me to be chasing after. Well for now anyway. But I was absolutely thrilled with the introduction of Superhero Cleo Othello Gudtone, and then pleasantly surprised with the little “surprise” waiting at the end.
Keep up the good work leyton

I have to, at this point, thank Colette for all the time and energy she has given One Short Story To Be Told. I, too, am a little sad that there are no volumes for her to chase at the moment.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

May 15, 2012
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Grey Skies finds it’s eighth home.

Derek Chandley has been in touch to say that Grey Skies (Volume Three) has been passed on to Len O Donovan. Len becomes the eight owner of Grey Skies, the 48th person to have possession of any One Short Story To Be Told volume and joins the growing list of those who have welcomed more than one One Short Story To Be Told volume into his home. Not bad for a days work. Oh and Len tells us that he is of on holidays today. His destination? Only Australia!
So, if Waiting lands in Sydney as expected this week, there’ll be three One Short Story To Be Told volumes Down Under at the same time. Never thought I’d be saying that.
88*Googolplex
leyton/Stan

May 11, 2012
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Friday Forum (30)

Good evening One Short Story To Be Tolders, and 88*Googolplex to you all. We have reached the end of another week, a quiet one (again) I might add.

But, hey the One Short Story To Be Told books and stories are not insignificant commodities I want passed indiscriminately from hand to hand. They are beautifully bound, unique packages that are meant to be enjoyed by those who hold them in their hands. I am, therefore, quite happy to have periods of time where little occurs but owners enjoy books and books enjoy owners. And this is where we are right now.

Having said that there has been some activity in the One Short Story To Be Told world. And there is more promised.

Tim Prenderville has been in touch to say Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) began it’s second journey to Sidney and Ben Keating last Friday. So its a week into a ten to twelve day trip as I write. Fingers crossed we’ll have news of a safe landing before our 31st Friday Forum. And Liz Nicholson forwarded a lovely little note to announce the arrival of Volume Two (Wink) in Stockport, UK last Saturday. Thank you for that Liz, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on Wink, the book and the One Short Story To Be Told experience.

I know too that Volume Five (Full Circle) has been warmly received by Paul McSweeney. The promise of photographs has not yet materialized, but we have faith in Paul, and therefore don’t mind waiting.

We are also currently waiting on Colette O Donoghue’s feedback on Volume Five. But given Colette’s extraordinary track record with every One Short Story To Be Told volume, there is no issue in waiting for Colette.

The final possibility of activity lays with Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Four (Sleepyhead). In the former case Derek Chandley, in a moment long forgotten by this author, promised Grey Skies to Len O Donovon, and this move – due to a move of Len’s – is now imminent apparently. And in the latter…well Mark Fenton is still thinking, but a move is still…yes, you’ve guessed… imminent.

And that’s it for this week guys and dolls. Short, sweet and (I hope) salubrious. I’ll leave you as always with names and contact details, and promise to see you next week.

88*Googolplex

leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  In the middle of 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.  https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is the route to try.

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson took possession last Saturday. Email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently residing with Derek Chandley. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or derekchandley@hotmail.com. Of course the promise that Len O Donovan will be next may nullify your efforts. But, hey that wouldn’t stop me trying.

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

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney’s caring hands are still in control. Promise of photo’s not yet fulfilled. We await with bated breath. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership. And as Paul is a very easy man to deal with this could be a very good route to take.

 

 

 

May 6, 2012
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Wink reaches new home.

Hey Guys, Liz Nicholson has been in touch to say Wink landed in Stockport yesterday, Saturday 5th May, afternoon. This is exactly what she had to say:

Wink would like you to know that he arrived safely in Stockport at lunch time today. The weather is cold and grey but he is looking forward to spending May in an old (seventeenth century) house in a lane bordered with hawthorn trees. The may blossom should be spectacular and he fully expects to have his photograph taken with it when the temperatures improve. Meanwhile, Liz Nicholson has welcomed him warmly, has admired his jacket and is looking forward to reading the story within.

Happy days. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

May 4, 2012
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Friday Forum (29)

Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to another Friday Forum. This forum comes at the end of an odd week. I haven’t been feeling great, a sensation I cannot attribute directly to anything. It could be withdrawal symptoms. I have ceased smoking since last Sunday. It could be tiredness. I did have a manic weekend. But then it could be any number of things, none of which would be of any great interest to you. So let’s cease with the philosophy and get on with wrapping up the One Short Story To Be Told week.

It has been a quiet week, a fact I am grateful for given my afore mentioned mood. The quietness is understandable, too. Two of our volumes are on the other side of the world. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is somewhere between America and Australia, a journey that will take ten to twelve days. And Volume Four (Sleepyhead) is in Perth with Mark Fenton as they both try to overcome the rejection I announced last week.

Volume Two (Wink) in the meantime is supposed to have been forwarded to Liz Nicholson in Stockport. But Georgina Lynch (the forwarder, so to speak) is, I know, under a little family pressure and as I’ve not heard from Liz I assume the family (rightly) has taken priority for Georgina.

So it has been left to Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) to provide activity. And they haven’t left us down. Derek Chandley was in touch early in the week to say he was enjoying Grey Skies (that I took to mean he was available for requests, too) and just this morning PAul McSweeney announced that Full Circle was now in his abode. His exact words, which he released on Facebook, were Full Circle has arrived at Paul Mc Sweeneys door and Paul is so happy that he cant stop dancing around his living room!

I’m sure Full Circle is delighted with that as a starting point. I am, of course, assuming Paul danced with Full Circle.

The move also leaves Colette O Donoghue without a single One Short Story To Be Told volume for company. Worse still, as there are no volumes that Colette hasn’t owned, there is no light on the darkened One Short Story To Be Told horizon for her either. Perhaps my heartfelt thanks for all the effort, fun and creativity you have put into pursuing and owning each of the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes will provide a scintilla of light in this dark moment Colette. I hope so, I have nothing more to offer. Oh, and I look forward to reading your feedback on Volume Five with bated breath. I just know it will be fun.

And that’s that really. I have, despite the dip in my mood, been grafting away on the future of One Short Story To Be Told. And that future is looking bright. You may be fed up of hearing that, and getting no detail. So I will qualify that statement by saying that I am due to meet a very talented man next week, and should that meeting go well there is every chance you will be feasting your eyes on something that will allow you be part of that bright future.

Hmm that sounds enigmatic. I like that. Yes I do.

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Oh here’s the details you need for each of our volumes.

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.  https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is the route to try.

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

Volume Three (Grey Skies): In Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or derekchandley@hotmail.com .

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’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Landed in Paul McSweeney’s caring hands and dancing feet this morning. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership.

 

 

 

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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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