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Oct 31, 2012
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Two Down Under, Six Takes off.

It’s been a good day for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. Volume Two (Wink) has arrived in the hands of Letitia Notte (Stanley’s daughter) in Brisabane, Australia. Wink is the third of our tales to reach the southern hemisphere, following Waiting For Life To Return’s visit to Sydney and Sleepyhead’s trip to Perth. We look forward to hearing from Letitia and Wink.

At the same time Paul Depuis popped over to Stanley and, as the photo shows, gleefully accepted the responsibility of setting Volume Six (Home) on it’s journey. Needless to say ‘Home’ was more gleeful than Paul.but then who wouldn’t be when starting out an adventure that has no bounds at all!

Yes, it’s been a good day.

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Oct 28, 2012
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Volume Six is freed.

Hey folks, delighted to inform you that all went well last night.

Tom Barry’s staff were amazing as always. And it was great to see a few old and good friends give a portion of their tome to be there when ‘Home’ was released into the world. I’ll have photo’s, videos and our latest animation up online later today.

But the most important thing about last night was finding ‘Home’s’ first home.

And the pleasure of providing ‘Home’s’ home goes to Paul Depuis.

Congrats Paul, I’ll be in touch soon.

Oct 26, 2012
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Friday Forum (54)

Hey there One Short Story To Be Tolders. It’s Friday, which means a Friday Forum and an 88*Googolplex from me to each and every one of you!

And this Friday is an exciting one, because it is the eve of Volume Six of this adventure entering the world. Needless to say I am very excited. As is ‘Home’ the story that will grace the pages of Volume Six, and will begin what we know will be an extraordinary journey tomorrow.

In case you’ve forgotten ‘Home’ will be launched onto the no longer unsuspecting world in Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack St, Cork at 7.30pm on Saturday 27th October, which is tomorrow. YIPPEE!

As for the other five volumes, well all has been quiet on that front this week. Cormac O Caoimh, current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies) has been in touch to say that he is now looking for a new owner. But that is about it really. Mind you I am glad of the quiet, as preparing for tomorrow night has kept be busy, busy, busy. But all is in place now, and all I need to do tomorrow is turn up! Hopefully you will, too.

Prior to the event I will appear on Cork FM’s ‘Le Cheile’ radio show tomorrow morning at 11am. Thanks to Anne Dalton for the invite. You can listen in here if you are free and so inclined. I’m sure I’ll be amazing!

And that’s it for today folks. I’ll leave you, as I always do, with an 88*Googolplex and remind you as I am offering that wonderful phrase that those who have a One Short Story To Be Told volume in their hands are listed below. Letting them know that you want to welcome a One Short Story To Be Told into your home and life is always a good idea.

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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 is now in possession. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: In the possession of Cormac O Caoimh. Requests to receive Grey Skies from Cormac should be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: Anne Byrne has taken custody of Full Circle. Anne is a Facebooker, so you can reach her here https://www.facebook.com/anne.byrne.72, if you want to beg, plea or politely request Anne pass Full Circle to you.

Oct 20, 2012
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Friday Forum (53)

As I’m in Paris celebrating 25 years of marriage with my wife this will be a brief post. I’m sure you understand why.

Two of our volumes – One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Five (Full Circle) are in a ‘Pending’ state. That’s because Paul Murphy and Jenny Franklin, their current owners, have decided upon their destination, but have not, as yet, reached a point where they can release our little books. Which, of course, is fine.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) meanwhile has reached a new home. Cormac O Caiomh and Ray Horgan enjoyed the handover, as the photo shows. Cormac becomes the thirteenth recipient of Grey Skies, a number we know will not have any negative conotations to it, despite the old wives tales and superstitions attached to it.

Meanwhile Volume Five (Full Circle) which Ray has promised to Anne Byrne is somewhere in East Cork trying to connect with Anne Byrne. Fear of greater confusion keeps me from commenting further.

Finally Volume Four (Sleepyhead) is enjoying Sinead O’Meara’s company so much no sign of a move has been displayed. But then Sinead is currently celebrating a landmark, and knowing Sleepyhead there was no way he was missing out on that.

Just before I go I want to appease any worried minds. All is in place for next Saturday, 27th October 2012. I will be in Tom Barry’s at 7.30, and ‘Home’ the latest tale to be released under the One Short Story To Be Told banner will be set free. It would, of course, be great to see you there.

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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 is now in possession. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Soon to be in the possession of Cormac O Caoimh. Requests to receive Grey Skies from Cormac should be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: Anne Byrne will take custody of Full Circle over this weekend. Anne is a Facebooker, so you can reach her here https://www.facebook.com/anne.byrne.72, if you want to beg, plea or politely request Anne pass Full Circle to you.

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Oct 12, 2012
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Friday Forum (52)

Good afternoon all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. As I write the rain is pouring down here in Ireland. But I’m delighted to say that the weather has not dampened the spirit of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes that are criss crossing the globe. They are far too happy to allow a little (or a lot of) rain to affect their happiness.

Of the five volumes out in the world three are currently delighting in the thrill that a new home provides. Volume Two (Wink), as reported last week, is now in the hands of Jennifer Franklin, and has the added bonus of being on holiday with it’s new and lovely owner. Where precisely Wink is located we cannot say. But , as we all know, a vacation is great for the soul, especially when taken with good company.

Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) meanwhile are bouncy up and down with excitement as Ray Horgan has announced the names of those he has chosen as the next baton holders.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) will soon be in the home of that talented singer/songwriter Cormac O’Caoimh, a treat not to be underestimated. And Volume Five (Full Circle) will have the pleasure of a trip to East Cork to be welcomed by the brilliant beaming smile that always lights the face of Anne Byrne.

Both transfers are due to take place in the next few days. So those of you seeking an opportunity to greet a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home take note of the contact details that will, as always, appear below my farewell salutation at the end of this post.

Our other two volumes – One (Waiting For Life To Return), Four (Sleepyhead) – are happily snuggling up to Paul Murphy and Sinead O’ Meara in Chicago, USA and Blackrock, Cork, Ireland respectively. Is it any wonder then that the weather is an irrelevance to them?

As for the forthcoming Volume Six (Home), well all news is good on that front. Printing is complete, and transfer to our binder Albert Browne will be completed early next week. Those of you on Facebook will have seen that the invite to Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street on the 27th October has been posted. Marc Crowley is beavering away on the animated film that plays such a crucial role on our launch nights. This, as it requires Marc to interpret a script written by Stanley Notte, and then invent an interesting series of images to enliven Stanley’s words, is no easy task. But, as Marc is supremely talented, our faith that the final product will be of a high standard, is as strong as that held by the proverbial canine family pet.

So the only outstanding issue for the release of ‘Home” is that of a physical invite, otherwise known as a flyer. But as another super talented individual, one Gordan Kinsella, is working on that and has promised a product will be with us soon…well canine family pets and the faith they display is again to the fore.

And that folks is all the news from the One Short Story To Be Told adventure on this the 12th day of October in the year of 2012. Have a great weekend. And if you haven’t already mark the 27th October 2012 in your diary with the following words ‘Launch of Volume Six (Home) of One Short Story To Be Told, Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork; Time 7.30pm.’ please do so now.

You could, of course, tag the phrase ‘It’s gonna be great’ to that notation. Because it is. Because it always is.

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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 is now in possession. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Soon to be in the possession of Cormac O Caoimh. Requests to receive Grey Skies from Cormac should be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: Anne Byrne will take custody of Full Circle over this weekend. Anne is a Facebooker, so you can reach her here https://www.facebook.com/anne.byrne.72, if you want to beg, plea or politely request Anne pass Full Circle to you.

 

Oct 5, 2012
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Friday Forum (51)

Hi there guys. It’s Friday (thank Crunchie) and time, therefore, for my weekly update on the adventures of the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes currently whizzing around the world and – you’ll be delighted to hear – the latest on the impending arrival of Volume Six.

News on the five volumes out there in the big, bright world that is the planet earth is scant this week. Those of you following this adventure on Facebook will know that VolumeTwo (Wink) reached it’s 17th home last Tuesday. Jennifer Franklin, who previously provided shelter to Volume Three, was the lucky recipient. Wink, of course, is delighted to reach another new home. And we here at One Short Story To Be Told are delighted that another person has enjoyed the idea so much that they felt the need to receive another volume could not be ignored. So thank you Jennifer, and thank you, too, Paul.

The news of Volume Two moving on is the only real news this week. Ray Horgan who currently holds Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) has been in touch, but only briefly. And we have forwarded the names of those who have expressed an interest in accepting the baton from Ray. But no move appears to be imminent – unless, of course, I am being kept in the dark; which, of course, would be nothing new.

Sinead O’ Meara and Paul Murphy – holders of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) and Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) have not been in touch this week. But as Sinead is always a busy woman and Paul completed the Chicago marathon last Sunday that is understandable. Maybe we’ll have something next week.

Meanwhile loads of energy has been expended in the preparation of Volume Six (Home) of One Short Story To Be Told. The design of the book is now nearing completion. The venue – which sees us return to our spiritual home of Tom Barry’s – has been confirmed. The printer and binder have been notified of Volume Six’s impending arrival and needs (It would be an exaggeration to say both parties have adopted a state of red alert, but they have assured us of their full co-operation on the lead up to the 27th October. Marc, our animator, has been contacted. So perhaps the only thing not to move forward this week is the script for the animated film. But a note to self has that earmarked for attention over the next couple of days.

Another note to self focuses on the need to get an invitation organised and circulated as soon as possible. And while Gordon Kinsella is working on said invitation I feel the time is ripe now to state categorically that you all welcome in Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork at 8pm on Saturday 27th October 2012 to witness ‘Home’ fly the nest. I will also state categorically state that I will be delighted to see you there, and that an 88*Googolplex will be awaiting your arrival.

Until then – or next week – stay safe my friends. And if moments of doubt should visit you feel free to remind yourself that I always have an 88*Googolplex ready to cheer you up.

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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 is now in possession. 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

 

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