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Jun 30, 2012
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Friday Forum (37)

This Friday Forum comes to you on a Saturday due, in the main, to the distractions of a busy schedule. In fact, if I’m honest – and honesty is the best policy – my commitment to a weekly update for this adventure never entered my mind until 11pm last night. Now I know I could have immediately turned to the PC and had this post completed before midnight at that point. But, as I was engrossed in a recording of  one Roger Federer, who was close to exiting the Wimbledon Tennis Championship in the first week, when I remembered my commitment…well the joy of competition, and my love of tennis, won out.

So here I am on a bright and blustery Saturday afternoon trying to extract the pertinent events for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure from a mind that has absorbed a huge amount of information this week. So far it that task has not been easy. But one piece of information – a piece that arrived at the very outset of this week – has sprung to mind. Why? you ask. Well, even though I had full faith in the old saying ‘No news is good news’ when I posted it at the close of last week’s update about Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), we all know that good news is far more preferable to no news.  So when Tim Prenderville contacted me last Saturday to tell me that Ben Keating had been in touch with him about Waiting For Life To Return I was delighted; or delighra as we say here in Cork.

The message from Tim was short and sweet and, from my perspective, fabulously salubrious. Ben, it transpires, works in the teaching profession and is in the midst of his busy period. In fact he’s so busy he can only communicate in phrases. Yes, that’s right he doesn’t even have time to compose full sentences! That of course makes the fact he found time to let Tim know that Volume One is safe even better. So BIG thanks Ben for finding the time. And BIGGER thanks to Tim for initiating the contact, for caring enough to do so and for passing the message this way.

Ah, yes the mind is kicking in now, and the pertinent events are coming to the fore.

So here we go. Volume’s Three (Grey Skies), Four (Sleepyhead) and Five (Full Circle) were all, you may recall, earmarked for new homes last week. And this week has seen the detail of how those stories will make their respective transitions put into place. Well for two of them anyway. Volume Five (Full Circle) is due to land on the lap of Paul A Crean tomorrow (Sunday 1st July 2012), and Volume Three (Grey Skies) will be handed to Jenny Franklin (yes we got a surname) on Tuesday.

Jenny’s acceptance of Grey Skies has added spice to it as, as reported last week, it will see Grey Skies return to Barrack Street. But as it is now clear that Jenny will provide the 50th home for a One Short Story To Be Told volume, the occasion is also a landmark moment in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. Jenny has kindly agreed, therefore, that the handover will take place in Tom Barry’s Bar (the place this whole adventure started and was home to Gray Skies launch as well), and Len O Donovan, who will be relinquishing Grey Skies from his control, has informed me he will honor the moment appropriately as long as both elements of my personality are in attendance. I have, of course, agreed. Tuesday is also the first anniversary of Grey Skies launch, a fact that will make the occasion all the more special!

The transfer of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada is not, meanwhile, nearly as advanced as either of the above. But I’m assuming that Len O Donovan is taking it one step at a time, and that once Tuesday has been negotiated will turn his mind to that matter.

Details regarding Volume Two (Wink) and it’s relationship with it’s new owner Sandra Cambridge are in scant supply too. In fact there are none. So, I’m going to employ the same mantra for this relationship as I did vis-a-vis Ben Keating and Waiting For Life To Return last week. Yes folks ‘No news is good news’ is my mantra on Wink for this week. Please God, I’ll have good news on it next week.

Until then, stay safe my One Short Story To Be Tolders, enjoy the sun (if you have any where you live), and, if you have time, contact one of the One Short Story To Be Told custodians listed below about playing your part in our adventure.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating who, much to my delight, has been in touch with Tim Prenderville, who in turn was in touch with me. Ben, due largely to a busy schedule, is hard to get. So it’s probably best to drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge took possession last Monday week. Despite the silence since I can assure you, as I know Sandra personally, she would be delighted if you were to ask to be next. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Destined for Jenny Franklin on Tuesday 3rd July. All is in place for handover. All requests for Jenny need to be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, as she is not a techy.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Soon to be heading to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean will be the next custodian. Handover from Paul McSweeney to Paul A Crean will take place tomorrow, Sunday 1st July 2012. Paul A Crean – can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, but – as that page looks seriously inactive you might be better off going through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jun 22, 2012
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Friday Forum (36)

Lots and lots and lots of lots (that’s four lots) of news this week. In fact, with news on four (yes, now you know why!) One Short Story To Be Told Volumes moving home, it’s a record making seven days.

First, as you probably know, Volume Two (Wink) landed in Berrings, Co Cork and the hands of it’s fifteenth owner Sandra Cambridge last Monday. On the same day Paul McSweeney announced that a certain Paul A Creen had agreed to be the next, and fourth, owner of Volume Five (Full Circle). Contracts are on the way to both Sandra and Paul, though the exactness of the handover between the two Paul’s is not known. Perhaps Mr McSweeney will reveal all when he forwards his feedback, which I’m excited about, on Volume Five.

All of the above happened on Monday, and the week remained quiet – if not stagnant – until lunchtime today when I was handed news on both Volume Three (Grey Skies) and Volume Four (Sleepyhead). You will know that both these volumes recently returned from Down Under, and that Len O Donovan had been tasked with finding new homes. Well these are the decisions. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – in a move that is sure to turn the heads of other volumes – is off to Canada – Toronto, Canada to be exact. It will be welcomed by Janette-Aisling O’Meara, it’s seventh owner, and is sure to brag about the fact that it has, in a short time, clocked up a large amount of air miles. Congratulations Janette.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) meanwhile is staying in Cork and will, in a twist that Grey Skies got a real kick out of, take up residence in Barrack Street, Cork just a few paces from Tom Barry’s Bar – the place in which his journey began. Jenny (who is currently without a surname – which means I haven’t been given it, not that she isn’t using one) is the lady who will welcome Grey Skies back to Barrack Street and at the same time become owner number nine of our third edition.

There is one other interesting thing going on at the moment. To date our five volumes have had a combined 48 owners. So we are, as you may recall me mentioning a few weeks ago, heading for 50; a nice little landmark. Now as Paul A Creen, Janette Aisling O’ Meara or Jenny No Surname are not included in that 48 one of them will be the fiftieth owner of a One Short Story To Be Told Volume. This realisation has bated my breath, and I’m kinda excited now. I was also thinking I might mark this landmark somehow. Any suggestions?

Finally we come to Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), the only newsless volume this week. Ben Keating has now been in possession of our inaugural edition for four weeks. And like last week – and each of the proceeding weeks, too – since Waiting For Life To Return landed in Sydney, Australia I have no news from Ben. This obviously leads me to activate the old saying ‘No News is good news’ as my mantra. And that is really all I can say.

Details of all new and old owners are, as always, displayed below. Should you fancy being a One Short Story To Be Told volume recipient don’t be shy in asking either the listed owners or me.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating.  This https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is Ben’s Facebook page. If you can figure out a way to message him on that then you’re smarter than me. But if you do, please let me know. I’d love to have a chat with him myself.

Volume Two (Wink): 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge took possession last Monday. If you want to get a request to Sandra go to: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Soon to be heading to Janette Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Destined for Jenny No Surname and a return to Barrack Street. All requests for Jenny need to be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, as she is not a techy.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney has announced Paul A Crean as the new owner. Handover currently being arranged. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, but – as that page looks seriously inactive you might be better off going through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jun 18, 2012
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Five gets to four!

As we wait news on Volume Two’s arrival in Sandra Cambridge’s abode, Paul McSweeney has announced that one PAul A Creen will be the next (and 4th) recipient of Volume Five (Full Circle). Needless to say Paul A and Full Circle are delighted. We are now waiting Paul McSweeney’s feedback as well.
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leyton/Stan

Jun 15, 2012
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Friday Forum (35)

Another week slips by, and again I’ve been withdrawn from the world. It’s something I need to address this withdrawal, and here’s why. My stories aren’t getting the attention they deserve because of it.

What do I mean by that? Well Liz Nicholson informed me on Monday that she had chosen the next recipient of Volume Two (Wink), and I’ve not revealed that news to the world (or at least to the 200+ followers of this adventure). Now Wink won’t lose any sleep on the matter – he is after all thrilled to be on the move – but such an event deserved a little more attention from me. it deserved a blog/Facebook post and an email of it’s own, at least. So I’m promising now to give these events my full attention in future. And who, I hear you ask, is next to welcome Wink into their home? Well there were a number of names forwarded to Liz who, due to a lack of personal  knowledge of said names, decided that a random draw was the fairest way to come to a conclusion. That random draw saw SANDRA CAMBRIDGE’s name float to the surface, and Wink is, as we speak, on it’s merry way to Berrings, Co Cork where Sandra resides. So congratulations Sandra, and commiserations to those who (you are too many to mention) liked a Facebook page post or emailed to say ‘I want to be next,’ but didn’t float to the surface first in Liz’s random draw.

Oh, and I did tell Sandra. She was delighted.

There have been other developments this week, too. And they too could, and maybe did, merit more attention. But don’t worry I’ll not overload you with information today. Instead I’ll be brief. Volume Three (Grey Skies) returned from Australia, bringing with him Volume Four (Sleepyhead). That meant in one swift swoop the number of One Short Story To Be Told tales Down Under reduced from three to one, an event marked by the sudden appearance of heavy rain in Ireland.

Why did Grey Skies bring Sleepyhead with him? Well Len O’Donovan (current custodian of Grey Skies, and former custodian of Sleepyhead) and Mark (the current official custodian of Sleepyhead) colluded and concurred Down Under until they had decided on Sleepyhead’s next destination.  That destination has yet to be revealed. But Len and Mark also agreed that Len would be entrusted with overseeing that move – possibly because Len enjoy’s tracking posted items! We await their announcement with bated breath.

Volume Five (Full Circle) meanwhile was disappointed that his current custodian – Paul McSweeney – was unable to find him a new owner through a suggestion to get new members on the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page. But Paul has addressed this disappointment by informing Full Circle that he has found a new owner for him! Full Circle is, needless to say, thrilled.

Again the name has not been revealed to Yours Truly just yet, but I expect it will be over this weekend. My breath, once more, is bated.

Finally we come to Volume One. I’m aware and regret that I upset previous owner Tim Prenderville in last week’s Friday Forum. This was caused by a typing error (a mistake I’m loath to make again) that led to the name ‘Tim’ and not ‘Ben’ appearing at the start of a sentence that referred to ‘a lack of contact’. So I need to do two things here. First, reiterate that Tim Prenderville and I were in regular contact during Waiting For Life To Return’s time with him in California. And second – because it is as true this week as it was last – state that not being in contact with Ben is challenging.

To put that in context I should say this: Ben Keating is the first owner of a One Short Story To Be Told volume that I do not know and have had no direct contact with. And today, three weeks after he received Volume One, I have no idea as to what is happening. Has Ben read the story? Does he like the idea? Does he not like the idea? Is Volume One happy? This leads my mind to consider questions such as ‘How will this work?’ and ‘What if he passes it on and I don’t know about it?’. Worse still, I occasionally find myself thinking about the possibility of Volume One being cast into a draw or under a bed and forgotten about. I know that the truth is those endings are unlikely: Tim Prenderville did, after all, ensure Ben knew what he was getting involved in before sending Waiting For Life To Return to  Sydney; And Ben Keating did, as soon as Waiting landed, contact Tim to say ‘It’s here’ and added a promise to ‘Keep the ball rolling’.

But hey, I think its understandable that I should fret just a little. This is an idea that revolves around special books being kept alive. And I am the one tracking, and therefore responsible, for the thing! Actually I’m responsible full stop – I did create the adventure.

But then maybe the learning for me here is not to fret. Maybe I’m – again – being shown that the Universe is the greatest trust! And maybe I should stop going on about Ben and not being in touch with him.

You know what I will! And if Ben gets in touch, he gets in touch. And if he doesn’t? Well, I’ll deal with it. Don’t ask how – I don’t know. With that thought I’ll sign off, but – as always – the concise information regarding the whereabouts and withwhomabouts of my tales appears below my farewell.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating.  This https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is Ben’s Facebook page. If you can figure out a way to message him on that then you’re smarter than me. But if you do, please let me know. I’d love to have a chat with him myself.

Volume Two (Wink):  On its way from Liz Nicholson to new owner and 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge. If you want to get a request to be next in early Sandra can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Back from it’s holidays with Len O Donovan. Brought the rain to Ireland. No news on a new home, but doesn’t everyone get back to normal slowly after a break. You can contact Len at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Now back in Ireland with Grey Skies. It’s next destination has been decided, but not revealed. Again, my breath is bated.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney has informed Full Circle that he has found a new home for him. All will be revealed soon, I hope.

Jun 8, 2012
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Friday Forum (34)

Hi all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. Welcome to Friday – and another Friday Forum. You will know by the lack of updates since last Friday’s Friday Forum that it has been a quiet week here in my imaginary yet also real world. But there has been some activity, let me tell you. And I’ll return to that shortly.

First let me say that Waiting For Life To Return (Volume One), since landing in Sydney, has remained utterly silent. This, of course, means that I have had no contact with Ben Keating (his message that Waiting had landed came via previous owner Tim Prenderville), and that Waiting may well be developing a habit of keeping me in the dark. Now those of you who have welcomed one of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes into your homes will know that I do not suffocate owners, but do like to be kept up to date. So the lack of contact with Tim, despite his promise to ‘Keep the ball rolling’ is, as you can imagine, challenging. What can you do? Nothing I would say. I just felt the need to let the Universe know where I stood.

Now let’s return to the activity I mentioned. Liz Nicholson’s announcement that she is seeking a new home for Volume Two (Wink) has, I’m delighted to say, piqued the interest of a number of you. Your requests thrill me, and will be passed to Liz early next week. Which of course means that if you haven’t yet put your name forward you still can! I look forward to hearing form you! Oh, and if you haven’t checked out Wink’s appearance on http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/ (Liz’s blog), you should. It’s pretty cool.

And that folks is it! Yep, that’s it. But what about Volumes three, four and five I hear you cry. And that’s a good point, a very good point! Volume three and four are still in Perth – unless they moved and didn’t tell me (which now that I think about it is possible) – and have, probably due to Volume Three (Grey Skies) being on holidays, remained silent all week. And Volume Five? Well how could I forget.

Volume Five is still with Paul McSweeney, who lat week requested you find another person to follow One Short Story To Be Told in order to be considered as the next – and fourth – recipient of Full Circle. Sadly that request has not garnered the kind of interest Liz Nicholson’s simple “ASK’ did. Which explains why I’d forgotten. But hey, the offer still stands. And I would say if you can get someone to follow this adventure of mine this week you’d be guaranteed to be next to receive Full Circle.

That, let me tell you, sounds very tempting to me and, as temptation often needs attention, a good place to stop. So 88*Googolplex fellow adventurers, talk soon.

leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Now in Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. No contact details available for Ben. This https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is his Facebook page. But if you can figure out a way to message him you’re smarter than me. Oh, and if you do, let me know (I have no problem with you gloating about a higher IQ!)

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson is still taking requests. There’s about a dozen in so far. You can get her at http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/ or through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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 no idea of Mark’s current status/situation/stance on Volume Four. But you can get him here https://www.facebook.com/mark.fenton.5209, if you’d like to ask him yourself.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) With the promise of photos now honoured Paul, like Liz, is seeking he/she who will be next. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership. You can always go through me as well. And remember if you get a friend to join this adventure … well you’ll be top of the pile.

Jun 1, 2012
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Let’s get straight to the important point: It’s been a good week.

But the most IMPORTANT POINT? Two holders of One Short Story To Be Told are now looking for a new owner! WHICH MEANS YOU CAN BE NEXT!

Yes, Liz Nicholson, current custodian of Volume Two (Wink), and Paul McSweeney, Volume Five (Full Circle) have both been in touch to say they feel the time is right.

Liz has put a cut off point of the end of June in place (don’t let that deter you from acting now) while Paul is a tad more efficient – he is going to act in ten days – and demanding; he wants you to introduce somebody new to One Short Story To Be Told to be in with a chance of providing Full Circle with it’s fourth home. Both messages also had a tad more to them. Liz provided the following narrative:

I let Wink take a bow (or a wink) today on  http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/
Like you, I have more than one name (and more than one email address) which I explain in the ‘about me’ part of the blog, but I can assure you this is me and Wink enjoyed his outing on WordPress. Feel free, of course, to share the link in any way you wish. 
At the end of June I will be going to Portugal, and would like to pass Wink on before then – otherwise he will be languishing unread and with no means of reaching the post for a month or so.  So please encourage people to ask! 

While Paul provided two photos. Pics are always welcomed with a massive 88*Googolplex here in the One Short Story To Be Told world, but the second of Paul’s pics, due to a touch of nostalgia,  got a high five as well.

Now I did say at the outset that this has been a busy week. And I must say, too, that I find great irony in the fact that in a week where I was withdrawn from the world, and the internet in particular, news of all five volumes of our adventure was provided. I’ve covered Volumes Two and Five above, so here’s the OTHER NEWS.

First the great news that Waiting for Life To Return, following a protracted journey, had landed in Sydney, Australia arrived on Saturday (I didn’t – due to the afore mentioned withdrawal – get it until Tuesday). Thanks Ben Keating for letting us know. And then Len O’ Donovan – he who holds Volume Three (Grey Skies) and is holidays Down Under in the same vicinity in which Mark Fenton – the current custodian of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – resides posted this message on Facebook:

Greetings fellow bookkeepers! Update from Perth, Grey Skies & Sleepyhead are having a ball & not looking forward to leaving these wonderful shores. See you all in two weeks.

So, fellow One Short Story To Be Tolders the week ends with five active volumes and the promise of two new homes (at least) on the horizon. Given that you probably don’t need me to tell you that I have a smile the width of the Grand Canyon on my face, or that the air around me tastes like seaweed flavoured ice-cream. But there, I’ve said it anyway.

Till next week, 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

PS I look forward to your requests reaching me. PLEASE DON’T BE SHY!

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Now in Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Yippee! I have no more to say!

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson is now awaiting requests. You can get her at  http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/ or through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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!) With the promise of photos now honoured Paul, like Liz, is now seeking he/she who will be next.

Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership. You can always go through me as well.

 

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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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