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Jul 27, 2012
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Friday Forum (41)

Hi all, on what is, for Ireland anyway, a surprisingly sunny Friday. The sun arrives at the end of a quiet week for One Short Story To Be Told, at least on the moving front. But then most of our stories are settling in to new homes, so that’s to be expected.

Three of our owners were in touch this week. Sandra Cambridge, who is providing a residence for Volume Two (Wink) informs us that she is enjoying the read, and will offer a more detailed update soon.

Paul A Crean, who is currently snuggling Volume Five (Full Circle), has informed us – you may recall – that he is ruminating on who deserves to be next. A decision may well be with us before we reach 42 on the One Short Story To Be Told blogging entries.

But the best contact has been from William Crowley, who I announced as the new owner of Volume Three (Grey Skies) a wee while ago. That announcement turned out to be premature as William’s accident (which I also mentioned here) intervened in his plans. So I’m not sure if William has taken ownership of Grey Skies from Jenny Franklin. I think I’m safe in saying he has, as that was his intention when we communicated on Monday. But as I’ve had no confirmation of that proposed action…well I’m not pinning any colours to my mast. Not just yet, anyway.

As for the other volumes. Well One and Four – or Ben Keating and Janette-Aisling O’ Meara if we go with the custodians names – have not been in touch this week. No great shock or surprise on that front, I’d have to say. Janette was very active with photos of Sleepyhead winging across the Atlantic last week. And she is also the mother of a young baby, and planning a holiday at the moment; one can’t expect a teeny book or a madcap adventure to trump those two things for attention.

And Ben, as you know, has had to put Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) on hold as he is in the midst of a busy period in work. ‘How long does that last?’ a One Short Story To Be Tolder asked me during the week. To which I replied, ‘I don’t know. I didn’t think it appropriate to ask such a question during the busy period. And I’m sure Ben, and Tim (my contact with Ben), will let me know when there is time to focus on Volume One.’

Of course my One Short Story To Be Tolder then pointed out that such an arrangement leaves me at the behest of all sort of permeations – holidays for Tim and Ben – or Ben and Tim – succeeding each other. Ben’s busy period being extended. Tim finding it difficult to find time when Ben’s schedule eases – that could lead to a very long estrangement (his word not mine) from Volume One and Waiting For Life To Return. But, you know, I was unmoved by all such inferences. And that is great! I find myself in a place where my trust in Ben, and Tim, is unwavering. And that, in my opinion, is the thing that will ensure Waiting For Life To Return has a great time with Ben, and will begin the next leg of his journey when the time is exactly right.

And on that positive note – and with a swift thank you to Ray Horgan for his short message during the week – I’ll say chow. Till next week guys. 88*Googolplex to you all. leyton attend/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. 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): Sandra Cambridge in possession. 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): Grey Skies has – I hope – taken up residency in the home of William Crowley.But even if it hasn’t William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, is now in possession. 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 of Cork City, Ireland is currently ruminating on who deserves to be next to welcome Full Circle into their home. If you’d like to be considered Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

 

Jul 20, 2012
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Friday Forum (40)

Hey, we’ve reached forty updates; and therefore, if one believes the saying, life has just begun for One Short Story To Be Told.

Of course, I know that life actually began for One Short Story To Be Told back on 23rd October 2010, the day we launched our first volume. And that is just as well, because if this weeks activity was an indicator of the One Short Story To Be Told life…well I’d be saying, ‘Hey, is that it?’, or words to that affect.

That statement would be based on a week in which three of our five volumes – namely one, two and five – were, and I use this word only to play on the analogy I began with, lifeless. In other words no news from Ben Keating, Sandra Cambridge or Paul A Crean on the story’s ‘Waiting For Life To Return’, ‘Wink’ and ‘Full Circle.

One could add to the above that William Crowley, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies) was also silent without being unveracitacious (man there is no way that is a word! But it’s definitely a nicer way of saying ‘without lying’ anyway), but that would be unfair to Grey Skies as Jenny Franklin – who recently passed Grey Skies to William – has been in touch with her feedback.

That feedback is, I have to say, in line with the time Grey Skies spent with Jenny – i.e it is short and sweet. And this is it: Grey Skies is a thought provoking tale with a happy outcome. Delighted to be part of the journey. Jennifer Franklin.

William, by the way, has good reason to have been silent; he injured himself during the week I’m told. So best wishes to William from all at One Short Story To Be Told, including our tales.

Now despite my focus on ‘Life beginning at 40′ being a phrase that fits well with the past week of One Short Story To Be Told’s life, the big news of the week one has to say goes against that grain. You will probably have seen the photograph of Sleepyhead Janette-Aisling O’ Meara forwarded on Wednesday, and it would be remiss of me not to point out that that image is of a human being who is definitely starting life. Though obviously not at 40.

As I said when posting it the other day I one the shot, and that is all the excuse I need to include it here. Oh yeah, baby (pardon the pun) feast your eyes on our Sleepyhead (Volume Four) and Maeve O’ Meara, an adorable Irish/Canadian sleepyhead.

And that, apart from the usual contact info about our tales below, is that for this week folks. Stay safe. And I’ll talk to you next week (if not before). 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. 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): Sandra Cambridge in possession. 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): Grey Skies has taken up residency in the home of William Crowley. William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, is now in possession. 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 of Cork City, Ireland in possession. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

 

 

 

Jul 18, 2012
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A stroke of genius!

In a stroke of genius Janette-Aisling O’Meara has created what could quite possibly be my favorite ever One Short Story To Be Told photograph. Our story Sleepyhead resting peacefully on another type – maybe too cute to be true is the phrase – sleepyhead. Love it!

Jul 13, 2012
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Friday Forum (39)

What an interesting week its been here in One Short Story To Be Told land. In fact it’s been one of those weeks that reminds me that no matter how quiet it may seem there’s is always someone with this adventure in their mind.

Two people approached me during the week regarding media coverage. One of those I am not at liberty to discuss just yet. But fingers crossed I will be at some point in the near future. And the second was a very welcome invitation to return to the studios of my local community radio station CorkFM to update their listeners on the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. So thanks to Aine De Barra for the interest and invite. I’m looking forward to the show on Sunday. It’s on at 7pm and if you’re so inclined you can listen here.

It’s a good time to be talking about One Short Story To Be Told too. There has, after all, been a high level of activity these past few weeks, and particularly in the last seven days. Those of you who read the midweek post will know that Volume Three (Grey Skies) enjoyed a short stay with 50th One Short Story To Be Told custodian Jenny Franklin, and is now (if all plans went accordingly) in the hands of William Crowley. I must say I’m delighted William managed to get his hands on a volume; he has been a keen follower since One Short Story To Be Told began.

But even if you are checking on One Short Story To be Told everyday (if you are please let me know, that would awesome) you are unlikely to have read Paul McSweeney’s feedback on Volume Five (Full Circle). That’s because I neglected to advertise it with a blog post, email or Facebook entry when I loaded onto Volume Five page of the blog during the week. You can of course visit that page now, but I’ll save you the non-enormous effort of going to that page by faithfully reproducing it here.

Hi Stan/leyton
I know Full Circle is a tale of redemption.But for me it also it also represents all that is good in humanity. The love of family and friends and the support systems in place for people with issues. All in all its a positive story showing the strength  of the human character. A very well written and entertaining tale. I’m just glad I am part of this fantastic journey that is One Short Story To Be Told. Keep up the good work.
Paul Mc Sweeney.
I do have another piece of news from this week. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) began it’s proposed journey to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara on Tuesday. This move, as you know, sees Sleepyhead head for Toronto Canada, having recently left Perth, Australia. So it’s safe to say Sleepyhead is enjoying an ‘international’ lifestyle right now.
The journey to Canada is estimated at ten days, so please God we’ll have news of a safe arrival for next Friday’s update.
I’ll wrap up this update by telling you that there was no news on Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To Return), Two (Wink) or Five (Full Circle) over the past seven days. That, of course, does not prevent nor preclude you from contacting their respective custodians about being next in line. How you can do so is outlined, as always, in the ‘Where we (the volumes) are at’ section below. And I must say that no news was expected. Wink and Full Circle are in new and relatively new homes, and Ben Keating, current custodian of Volume One, is living in the eye of the storm that is his busy period at work.
But hey, as the past few weeks have shown it could all be different next Friday!
Until then 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. 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): Sandra Cambridge in possession. 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): After a short but blissfully happy stay at 110 Barrack Street, the home of Jenny Franklin, Grey Skies has taken up residency in the home of William Crowley. William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): En-route to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, who is waiting in eager anticipation. 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 of Cork City, Ireland in possession. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jul 10, 2012
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Grey Skies goes to Number 10.

It always amazes how unpredictable the journeys being created for the One Short Story To Be Told volumes can be. Sometimes a tale will spend months in a custodian’s home, and then on other occasions a swift turnover is the order of the day.
Jenny Franklin has provided the latter for us today. Grey Skies, who only arrived at 110 Barrack Street nine days ago, is, she tells me, moving on tonight. A certain William Crowley will become the tenth person to welcome Grey Skies into his home. I’m delighted. Grey Skies is surprised, but thrilled. And William? Well we have to wait to hear.
We’ll also have to wait for Jenny’s feedback. But it will positive, Jenny was clear on that.
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Jul 7, 2012
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Friday Forum (38)

I’m a day late for the second week running, which makes me think I really need to look at my scheduling – especially on Fridays! For those of you interested – of which I doubt there are not to many – my love of tennis, and a certain Andy Murray attempting to reach a Wimbledon final – also played a part in the time required to update you as scheduled not being available to me. So maybe – as the tennis finishes on Sunday – I don’t need to rethink…but wait the Olympics is on the way!

Stop, stop I hear you cry. And you’re right. All you want is the pertinent facts. So here there are.

This week saw two handovers completed. On Sunday Volume Five (Full Circle) reached it’s fourth home via the hands of Paul A Crean and two days later (Tuesday) Volume Three (Grey Skies) was passed to Jenny Franklin. Tuesday’s event was a big one. Jenny was (and is) our 50th owner. And if you missed the pics earlier in the week..well here they are again. Enjoy.

Oh, and just to ensure Paul and Paul don’t feel neglected, here’s the shot they provided of their handover. It’s proved pretty popular on our Facebook page, by the way.

Outside of the fabulous events above it’s been a quiet week. But hey, I’m not complaining – to do so when the 50th landmark has been reached would be greedy, at least. Sandra Cambridge was in touch to say that Volume Two (Wink) is doing well in her home. And I hear whispers that Volume Four (Sleepyhead) will begin it’s journey to Canada, and the home of Janette-Aisling O’ Meara, pretty soon.

That of course leaves us with Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) to discuss. No news from Ben Keating. But I expected that with him being in a busy period. As I’ve said before, our custodians have lives…and man that is more important than keeping One Short Story To Be Told tales on the move. And I have total faith in Ben, and indeed Tim (my contact with Ben) anyway. So nought to worry about, me thinks.

On that note I’ll say chow. So until next week, 88*Googolplex. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. 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): Sandra Cambridge in possession. 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): Now deliriously happy at 110 Barrack Street, the home of Jenny Franklin. Jenny is a total non-techy so any requests to be next stop on the Grey Skies journey should be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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 now in possession – oh, and he has been in touch via Facebook to say he is looking forward to the read. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jul 2, 2012
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Good news (by two)

Two bits of good news today folks. First Sandra Cambridge was in touch to say that Wink has settles in, and is enjoying, her abode. Children drawing and martial arts are currently in fad, apparently.
Second Paul McSweeney was in touch to say that Volume Five (Full Circle) was successfully passed on to Paul A Crean. Better again photographic evidence of the event was provided.

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