Browsing articles from "September, 2012"
Sep 28, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (50)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Told followers, and welcome to the 50th Friday Forum. I can’t believe it is almost a year since I began this regular FRiday update, nor that we are now hurtling towards the 2nd anniversary of the launch of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Much has happened in that time. And I’m tempted to dive into a full review at the moment. But I’ll resist that temptation, your time I’m sure is precious as the weekend approaches. I will, however, commit to completing a photographic gallery of our Volume’s adventures between now and our second anniversary, which falls in the same week that the sixth One Short Story To Be Told volume will be released into the world.

You’ll be delighted to know that all is on schedule for that event. ‘Home’, the chosen story, has been wrapped up in the information that comprises a One Short Story To Be Told volume, and been shipped of to the wonderfully talented Mary Laffin who will cajole and coerce the information into a real publication. The binder, the equally wonderful, Albert Browne has been notified of pending visit, the printer has too. And contact has been established with prospective venues. Perhaps the only thing that hasn’t been done is conformation with our animator Marc Crowley. I’ll get on that today, me thinks.

While my efforts have been focused on the next volume of One Short Story To Be Told, the five volumes already out in the world have, of course, been doing their thing.

In the case of Volume’s Three (Grey Skies), Volume Four (Sleepyhead) and Volume Five (Full Circle) that simply means enjoying the company of their current custodian. Sinead O’ Meara (who has volume four) and Ray Horgan (who holds volume’s three and five) have both assured me that enjoyment is an accurate expression

Volumes One and Two are both, however, on the move. The fact that Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) landed in Chicago, USA on Monday was a fabulous start to the week. Paul Murphy, the new custodian, has been in touch since to say that he has begun reading, and started with the comments from previous owners. He also tells me he is running a marathon on Sunday. So best of luck with that. I meantime am wondering if Volume One will pop up the Ryder Cup course! Wouldn’t that be great.

Volume Two (Wink), meanwhile, will be transferred from the hands of Paul McSweeney to Jenny Franklin over the next few days. And I must say that it is always a pleasure to see a previous reader seek out another volume. So thank you Jenny for paying me just such a compliment!

So I’ll leave you get to your weekend on that note. But please remember that our volume are always looking for people to offer them a home. And while your remembering them you might reach out and touch one of the current recipients (they are listed below)- it will make, a story, me and you very happy.

Thank you, 88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/leyton attens.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink:  Jennifer Franklin will be in possession shortly. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is 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: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

 

 

Sep 21, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (49)

Hey, all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and apologies for not posting a Friday Forum last week. Especially if you missed me! Mitgation exists as I was on an intensive course both on the day and the day before and after. Though none of that eases your pain, if indeed my absence inflicted any, which I doubt.

But I’m back now and, I hope, all is well.

In truth, there was not much to report last week, nor indeed this. Volumes Two (Wink), Three (Grey Skies), Four (Sleepyhead) and Five (Full Circle) were and are settling into new homes. Conversations with Ray Horgan (current custodian to both Volumes Three and Five), Sinead O’ Meara (with whom Volume Four is in residence) and Paul McSweeny (who has Volume Two tucked away somewhere) informs me that all is well on those fronts.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is, on the other hand, still between homes – a place I’m beginning to think it enjoys. That’s because Volume One’s current situation mirrors closely the path it took while traveling from Tim Prenderville’s home in California to Ben Keating’s abode in Sydney, Australia during which it kind of went missing for a bit.

So what is the current situation you ask?

Well Ben Keating placed our inaugural volume in a registered package destined for Paul Murphy in Chicago on the 4th September, and here we are 17 days later wondering where exactly Waiting For Life To Return is. Of course it’s possible that my expectation of the Australian postal system, registered or not, is a touch too high and 17 days is well below the average travel time. But I think it’s more likely that Waiting For Life To Return just wants to live up to it’s title! Anyway I’ve dropped Ben a quick note to see if this wandering tale’s movements between Sydney and Chicago and can be tracked online. There is, I believe, nothing more I can do.

There is one other piece of news I’d like to share with you this Friday evening. And it’s BIG news – or at least I think so. I hope you’ll think so, too. I’ve decided that it is time for Volume Six of this adventure to be released. Not only that I’ve decided on a date – 27th October 2012 – and I’ve chosen the tale that will be given an opportunity to travel the world!

The tale is – perhaps with the idea of the title being an indicator to how it will behave – called ‘Home”. And I have to tell you it was thrilled when I whispered the news into it’s little ear.

More detail of this event will, no doubt, fill forthcoming posts from One Short Story To Be Told. And while it goes without saying I will add that you are more than welcome to join us on the night here in Cork.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Oh, here’s where you need to go if you want to get your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Two – Wink:  The man you need to get to is Paul McSweeney. Get him at https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is 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: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Sep 7, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (47)

Man it’s been a busy week her in One Short Story To Be Told land. Our books are flying (literally in some cases) all over the place – which, I may say, is exactly what this project is all about – and I’ve managed, thanks to the co-operation of a few recent custodians, made inroads into the ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list.

I’ll deal with the ‘Flying all over the place’ element of the week first.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) left Sidney, and the home of Ben Keating on Tuesday and is currently somewhere between there and Chicago, Illinois, the home of (soon to be custodian number 16) Paul Murphy. I’d like to extend my thanks to Ben for participating in this adventure, particularly as ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ arrived in his abode during a busy period for him

That move followed swiftly on the heels of Volume Five (Full Circle) reaching the home of Ray Horgan, an environment it will share with Volume Three (Grey Skies), which arrived in Ray’s hand at almost precisely the same time.

Ray kindly provided photographic evidence of the ‘Twin Arrivals’, and I’m delighted to include that picture here.

The final move of the week occurred today when Paul McSweeney accepted custody of Volume Two (Wink) from Sandra Cambridge. Photographic evidence, I am assured, has been secured of this event, and I await those pictures with bated breath.

 

And now to the feedback! William Crowley and Janette Aisling-O’ Meara are those who helped me reduce the ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list from five to three, and I thank them for that. More importantly I thank them for their kind words; it’s always a special moment when one’s work is acknowledged in such a manner!

Here’s what William had to say: There should be only good fiction.!! While Volume  Three of leyton atten’s adventure is subtitled “One Short Story,” it is more accurately a generously-sized life story for all of us readers, with a surprising tenderness to some of the writing – or maybe not, if you know leyton attens? A very nice reading experience that both satisfies and creates a hunger for more. leyton has created an intriguing and complex character in Volume Three, one for whom there are obviously many more stories, past and present, left to tell. While I wished the storyline was longer and…without disclosing the storyline….How is he going to get himself out of this? That is the question the book answers so well, and you never will want the story to end. A lesson for us all….. Bravo Mr attens. 

And here’s what Janette had to say: I would like to thank Len O’Donovan again for mailing Volume Four from Ireland to Canada, so that I could finally read, and see for myself, the phenomenon that is’ One Short Story To Be Told’.  I really enjoyed reading Sleepy Head.  However, unlike the protagonist, I also loved it in the world of the awake as much as I did while sleeping. I was also delighted to realize that I liked the prelude and epilogue just as much as the story itself.  I even quelled my schoolmarm tendencies and enjoyed the lack of punctuation and capital letters in the last few pages and just went with the ‘flow’. And so, with absolutely no fanfare at all, on a trip to Ireland for good times and the Christening of our daughter Maeve O’Meara, I passed Volume Four on to my sister-in-law Sinead O’Meara.  There are no photos – or even witnesses – to commemorate this event – although there are many baptism photos and other pics at Gougane Barra; but since the book is precious it did not accompany us on any of our outings.  Plus I forgot! And now I sit here in Canada. I would like though to post a photo of Maeve wearing her googolplex T shirt ( a gift from Stan Notte, Len O Donovan and paul ‘Max’ McSweeney) as thanks, and to compliment her earlier photo where she is snoozing with Sleepyhead.  Her name is scrambled on the t-shirt  and reads AMEE VAROMA.  This is possibly the best name leyton attens has come up with to date, and will be forever her alter ego.

Needless to say the picture of Maeve – or Amee Varoma – that accompanied that feedback was a highpoint of a week filled with highlights. So thank you again Janette.

Yes folks it’s been a good week. One that has energised me, and will help me through next week, which will, by contrast, be quiet. Unless of course I can get hold of Ben Keating, Ray Coveney and Paul A Crean and reduce that ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list again!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Oh, here’s where you need to go if you want to get your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Two – Wink:  The man you need to get to is Paul McSweeney. Get him at https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is 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: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Sep 4, 2012
leyton attens

The busy week continues.

Yes, with last Friday’s Friday Forum full of moves and potential moves it was bound to be, if all went to plan at least, a busy week this week. And so it is proving. Hot on the heels of Paul A Crean’s announcement that Volume Five (Full Circle) had been secluded in an agreed place for Ray Horgan to collect, come the following messages and photograph from the aforementioned Ray Horgan.

1. ‎”The Eagle has Landed.” Just to say “GREY SKIES” & “FULL CIRCLE” have landed safely in my hands and shall accompany me on my visit to east Cork this week. Thanks to Paul & Ray.

And

2. Just like the Number 14 bus; not a sign of one for awhile then two come together!

And then – just to make my day – Janette Aisling-O’ Meara sends this photograph and lovely feedback for Volume Four (Sleepyhead).
I would like to thank Len O’Donovan again for mailing Volume Four from Ireland to Canada, so that I could finally read, and see for myself, the phenomenon that is ’One Short Story To Be Told’.  I really enjoyed reading Sleepy Head.  However, unlike the protagonist, I also loved it in the world of the awake as much as I did while sleeping. I was also delighted to realize that I liked the prelude and epilogue just as much as the story itself.  I even quelled my schoolmarm tendencies and enjoyed the lack of punctuation and capital letters in the last few pages and just went with the ‘flow’.
And so, with absolutely no fanfare at all, on a trip to Ireland for good times and the Christening of our daughter Maeve O’Meara, I passed Volume Four on to my sister-in-law Sinead O’Meara.  There are no photos – or even witnesses – to commemorate this event: although there are many baptism photos and other pics at Gougane Barra. But since the book is precious it did not accompany us on any of our outings. Plus I forgot!

I would like though to post a photo of Maeve wearing her 88*Googolplex T shirt  (a gift from Stan Notte, Len O Donovan and Paul ‘Max’ McSweeney) as thanks, and to compliment her earlier photo where she is snoozing with Sleepyhead.  Her name is scrambled on the t-shirt  and reads AMEE VAROMA.  This is possibly the best name leyton attens has come up with to date, and will be forever her alter ego.

Me thinks all that deserves a rather large 88*GOOGOLPLEX. Oh, yeah it does. 88*GOOGOLPLEX to you all, leyton/Stan

 

Sep 2, 2012
leyton attens

The latest news.

The latest news, and I love it! Thank you, Paul A Crean.
I sit here in the late day sun in Tom Barrys pub and I can picture the shelf where I have left the Volume 5 of One Short Story To Be Told. Ray Horgan asked me to sequester it there, safely nestled in the narrow space. He will call on this watering hole, and instead of ordering his usual pint after the friendly greetings and banter, he will enquire of the barkeep whether a package has been left for his attention. I foresee a gentle scratch of the head and then a short lived rummage in the wooden-walled narrow space, and then the revealing of the prize. But for now It rests there, waiting for its journey to continue with a new pair of eyes.

Yes, Volume Five (Full Circle) is on the move, and this move has been arranged in the place where it all began; Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

What It’s All About

Imagine you are a story. You'd want to be heard, wouldn't you? You wouldn't want to be lying idle on a PC drive, or to sit collecting dust on a shelf or in an attic. You'd want to live, forever.

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.

But they still want to be heard. They still want to find someone that loves them, and then someone else, and someone else and...

One Short Story To Be Told gives stories a chance to be heard. See, I believe that editors and publishers aren't always right. I believe people want to hear as many stories as possible. I believe people want not just to read a story, but to share it too.

In essence I believe that humans are on the stories' side.

So One Short Story To Be Told strives to make stories feel special by allowing them to be treated to the very best type of attention available to man, beast or story on a regular basis. That, of course, is ONE TO ONE attention.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

Our stories can only achieve this goal, however, with the assistance of story lovers. They need story lovers to read them (obviously). But more importantly they need story lovers to GIVE: or to put it another way 'to pass the story on'. Only then can we achieve the third part of
our mission statement (if it is indeed that) ONE STORY. ONE EDITION. ONE JOURNEY.

The journey, you see, is key. And so I ask you at this point to imagine how wonderful a journey that is made up of ONE to ONE attention would be? How special you would feel if you were to spend the rest of your life in the company of people who gave you their undivided attention while you were with them?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
If you are please subscribe to this blog, join our Facebook Page or email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com and ask to be added to our mailing list.
You will be doing a great deed if you do.
88*Googolplex leyton attens