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Aug 31, 2012
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Friday Forum (46)

Hi all, hope you are well on what (here in Ireland at least) is a balmy Friday evening. In fact it’s been a pretty balmy week overall, and, from my perspective at least, the balminess has not been restricted to the weather. That’s because there has been a lot of activity with the little packages I have floating around our great big world this week. In fact, I have something to report on each of our volumes.

First, let me deal with the news that – I have to tell you Tim Prenderville – had ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ close to breaking out the Margaritas: Ben Keating has chosen the next destination for Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). Amazingly Ben has opted to send ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ back to the U.S. of A. – the continent from which it travelled in order to reach Ben. Paul Murphy, of Chicago, is the man tasked with being the seventeenth custodian of our very first publication; a fact I like to imagine excites him. Exactly when Paul will have the pleasure of welcoming ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ into his home I can’t say, as I’m not certain Volume One has begun it’s journey just yet, nor how long it will take. So stayed tuned for updates.

Volume Two (Wink) is also on the move this week. Sandra Cambridge, who I met over last weekend, has chosen Paul McSweeney to provide home number sixteen to ‘Wink”. This decision will see Paul welcome a third One Short Story To Be Told edition into his home, an event he assures me only occurred because he took an opportunity to ask Sandra face to face to consider him. Whatever the basis for Sandra’s decision, one thing is certain; Paul is sure to treat ‘Wink’ as well as he treated Volume’s One and and Five.

The third edition of the One Short Story To Be Told (Grey Skies) betters Volume’s One and Two this week by actually reaching a new home. One Ray Horgan received the baton for this story from Ray Coveney on Wednesday. Ray Coveney creates a little bit of history in the process. He is the first One Short Story To Be Told owner to receive, read and release a volume without me conversing with them in any form or fashion. Yes, no emails, no Facebook posts or messages, no phone calls, no talk. I have to say I never thought that would happen. But then the world never ceases to amaze me.

Perhaps because it didn’t want to be outdone by Volume Three the story that was released on One Short Story To Be Told’s first birthday – i.e. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – also found itself a new home this week. That home is being provided by Sinead O’ Meara, a lady of high reputation, who resides in a leafy suburb of Cork titled Blackrock. Sinead is the eighth person to provide shelter to ‘Sleepyhead’, and her acceptance of Volume Four brings ‘Sleepyhead’ back to Ireland after four months split between Australia and Canada.

All of the above leaves me awaiting feedback from four (Ben, Sandra, Ray Coveney and Janette) recent custodians. And as William Crowley has yet to forward his take on Volume Three I’m now in danger of being snowed under by a growing ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list, a situation that may – and indeed should – motivate me to contact those people.

Actually I’ve just realised that the ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list will grow again shortly as Paul A Crean is due to pass Volume Five (Full Circle) to Ray Horgan – and yes, that’s the same Ray Horgan who got his hands on Volume Three this week – shortly. I’ll definitely need to get active on that list now.

One final note folks; I’m pretty sure that this is the first time I have reported a move or perspective move for all five of our Volumes in one week. That is a fact I’d ask you to remind me of if when things quieten on the ‘One Short Story To Be Told stories on the move’ front (which they inevitably will). Because I’m sure I’ll be harping on about ‘a lack of activity’ at that stage.

And that’s it for this week folks. I’ll leave you with the list of people who you need to talk to if you’d like to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume. And, as always, I’ll tag those names to the Volume they possess, or will soon possess in some cases.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return: Current custodian Ben Keating, Sydney, Australia. The man you need to get to, however, is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Two – Wink: Current Custodian Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Ireland. The man you need to get to, however, is Paul McSweeney. Get him at https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Already moved from Ray Coveney to Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Sinead O’Meara. Requests through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Current custodian Paul A Crean. Full Circle is promised to Ray Horgan. Again get Ray at https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Aug 24, 2012
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Friday Forum (45)

Hi guys, hope you have a good week. I, from a One Short Story To Be Told viewpoint at least, certainly have; and that’s despite only four days elapsing since I returned to the One Short Story To Be Told land.

First the big news. Mr Ben Keating, current owner of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has been in touch. And I mean directly. This, as you will know, is a first, as all contact before now has been through previous owner Tim Prenderville. Ben informs me that he is preparing to pass Volume One on, which is, of course, great news. I am exited and delighted by this development, as is Waiting For Life To Return. So thank you Ben for taking the time. And thanks again (and always) to Tim for his assistance, and indeed persistence.

The other owner with whom I’ve been in touch with since Monday is Sandra Cambridge, who currently provides a home to Volume Two (Wink). Sandra and Wink are just back from London where – Sandra informs me – they had a ball at Chelsea football grounds, went up west for a nose, and enjoyed relaxing under the the sun in Chiswick.

Sandra also says that, as Wink is is fully rested, it is ready to move on and find it’s next home. For those of you interested in numbers that will be home number 16. This, of course, is an exciting piece of news – and one that should activate those of you thinking (or dreaming) of welcoming a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home. If that is you Sandra’s contact details appear at the foot of this missive.

All other owners of a One Short Story To Be Told volume have remained out of reach to me since Monday. I am, therefore, unable to confirm whether the proposed moves for Volume Three (Grey Skies) from William Crowley to Ray Coveney, Volume Four (Sleepyhead) from Janette Aisling-O’Meara to Sinead O’ Meara or Volume Five (Full Circle) from Paul A Crean to Ray Horgan have taken place. But I will, due to a promise to oneself to follow up as hard as I can over the weekend, have news next week.

The one other notable activity this week was the arrival of not one, but two sets of feedback. The first is from Mark Fenton, who recently released Sleepyhead into Janette Aisling-O’Meara’s custody. And the second is the long awaited opinion of Len O’ Donovan, who now prefers to be know as Elando Novon, on Volume Three Grey Skies. Both sets of feedback have been posted on the relevant page of the One Short Story To Be Told blog, but I’ll save you the trouble of navigating in cyper-space by reproducing them here.

Mark Fenton on Sleepyhead: “Jobsagoodun” Leyton! A unique concept……. Keep the Ideas Flowing. Mark

Len O’Donovan’s (aka Elando Novon) on “GreySkies”:  Everything is possible if you put your mind to it. A story that needed to be told and thankfully came out of the bin and onto print. Congrats & continued success. “There is a light that never goes out” Len.

Thanks guys for the kind words – I was particularly enamoured by The Smiths lyric Len/Olando.

And that folks is all I have this week (apart from a few details on current locations which will appear, as always, after I sign off). I wish you well for the coming seven days, and beyond of course. Talk soon. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return: Current custodian Ben Keating, Sydney, Australia.

Volume Two – Wink: Current Custodian Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Ireland. Catch Sandra here https://www.facebook.com/sandra.cambridge.9

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Current custodian William Crowley. Grey Skies is promised to Ray Coveney, however. It may in fact already be in his hands.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Janette Aisling-O’Meara. Sleepyhead is promised to Sinead O’Meara, however. It may in fact already be in her hands.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Current custodian Paul A Crean. Full Circle is promised to Ray Horgan, however. It may in fact already be in his hands.

Aug 20, 2012
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Friday Forum (44)

When Adam Guritz returned to the pop/rock music spotlight with The Counting Crows second album ‘Recovering The Satellites’ it included a track called “Have You Seen Me Lately’ on which Adam pondered how his abscence from music charts/magazines during the intervening period had gone almost unnoticed. Now I’m not for a moment suggesting that I – or One Short Story To Be Told – has had the same effect on the cultural landscape as August and Everything After (The Crows debut album) did in the early nineties. But the past three weeks has highlighted how easily one can feel neglected.

You will (maybe that should be maybe?) be aware that I have not posted a Friday Forum (or anything else) since 27th July 2012. This has been due to

a) a two week holiday to London, for the Olympic Games no less and,

b) an extremely busy week upon my return – one that had a ‘Complete a DIY task before the visitors arrive’ deadline at it’s close.

But what occupied me between 27th July and beginning this post (24 days now) pales into insignificance when I consider my abscence from this blog, the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page and the email listing that compliments those forums has been marked by emptiness, barrenness and bereftivity. Or to put it bluntly, being away swiftly lost it’s gloss when I realised that nobody – not an owner nor prospective owner – contacted me during my absence.

Given that evidence I spent the weekend veering between the notion of abandoning the One Short Story To Be Told project entirely (a notion suggested by a part of me suddenly obsessed with the notion that One Short Story To Be Told has failed to make any impact on the world outside my head/bedroom/PC) and the far more practical notion of just getting on with putting One Short Story To Be Told back into the world (this, of course was driven by the rest of me reminding me that the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes have been warmly welcomed into over fifty homes; that the pictures and feedback provided by those owners have been filled with creativity, inguinity and positivity; and that any number of people I meet express an interest in providing a new home to the One Short Story To Be Told tales).

Thankfully the rest of me – as the appearance of this post would indicate – won out. And One Short Story To Be Told is, until the next crisis of confidence anyway, here to stay.  Having made that decision I  immediately got busy contacting our current owners. Here’s what ensued.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ben Keating in Sydney, Australia and the current custodian of Volume One remains outside my contact range. So I reached out to the always reliable Tim Prenderville for an update instead. A promise of seeking an update from Tim was, not surprisingly, immediately forthcoming. I await Tim’s response eagerly. Requests to be next are still being taken via oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge is currently on holidays. I had a brief chat with Sandra and we agreed to communicate again on her return midweek.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Grey Skies may (or may not) have been transferred from William Crowley to Ray Coveney. When I spoke to William that was his intention. Confirmation of this move will be communicated to you as soon as I have received said confirmation.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara of Toronto, Canada – the current custodian of Sleepyhead – is currently holidaying here in Ireland. As part of her trip Janette intends to pass custody of Sleepyhead to Sinead O’Meara, her sister-in-all. Sinead is currently beside herself with excitement. Janette is currently planning the handover and trying to appease her husband Michael, who was taken aback when informed that he would not be making the decision on who would be next (don’t ask!). I am currently awaiting confirmation of the change of custodian. And Sleepyhead is delirious with excitement.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (That’s the last time I’ll say that as news of Volume Six’s arrival will appear here next week!). Following a request to be next Ray Horgan has been chosen to be next to welcome Full Circle into his home (see how it works!). The transfer of possession is planned for this week. Again confirmation will be communicated to you as soon as I have it. Ray Horgan can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9 if you want to ask/demand to be next.

So there you have it folks, all you need to know regarding One Short Story To Be Told on the 20th of August in the year of 2012. I apologise for the mawkish tone at the outset, but I find a crisis of confidence is best erased by expression; even if it is done via a typewriter. I should also add that I have applied a little poetic license in the telling of this tale. It therefore may or may not be true that I was on holidays, in London, worried, considering abandonment or communicated with any of our owners in the fashion outlined above. But hey, I am a writer, and poetic license is a vital tool of our trade!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

ps If you’re a fan of the epilogue that usually follows my farewell you’re out of luck this time around. I feel all has been covered above that particular line on this particular occasion.

pss I should have pointed out that as me taking a holiday (which I may or may not have done), and not updating the One Short Story To Be Told project while doing (or not doing) so, is an example of life being more important than the travels and travails of the One Short Story To Be Told tales I never, for a moment, felt any angst toward those who did not adorn my blog, Facebook page or inbox during my absence.

psss I’ve decided to go for Friday Forum 44 despite my last post being numbered 41 because number 41…oh to hell with an explanation. I decided because I could. End of, as they say.

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