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Dec 28, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (63)

Hi there, I hope, all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, have had a great Christmas, and that there are a few more festive days ahead of you before 2013 arrives in a blaze of bells and singing.

As the year draws to a close we here at One Short Story To Be Told, like so many others at this time of year, have been in reflective mood this week. And taking a look back at 2012 has made for some interesting reading. The year has seen two new volumes – Five: Full Circle and Six; Home – launched into the world. And activity, when one looks closely at the movement of all six volumes now out in the world, has been varied and exciting.

48 people have welcomed a One Short Story To Be Told volume into their home in the past twelve months. Volume Three (Grey Skies) has been the most active, resting in no fewer than ten houses since last January. While Volume Five (Full Circle) is next busiest, reaching eight new people, which is a big number when you consider that Full Circle only found it’s first home on 5th March, two days after it was launched.

Our other volumes can claim to be more active on their travels, however. As they have, in contrast to Volume Three and Five, who, apart from brief (and unofficial) trips to Sweden and Brussels respectively, have remained in the Cork area throughout 2012, have been finding far flung and unfamiliar abodes in which to rest. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) has been to Perth, Australia twice, as well as Toronto, Canada. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has enjoyed sojourns to, and between, Chicago, California and Sydney, as well as short holiday to Brussels. While Volume Two (Wink) has travelled to Stockport, England and Brisbane, Australia.

Compiling that information I was tempted to calculate air miles travelled, but… well it is the holiday season.

Of course the nicest thing, for me at least, throughout the year has been the feedback that my readers have provided. It has proved impossible, despite a concerted effort, to pick a favorite, as you have all been so kind. And I must admit I had a similarly difficulty when perusing the photographs that have been forwarded throughout the year. So many made such an effort, it’s hard to believe. And the creativity they employed? Well, fantastic is the only adequate word. So, rather than plump for one favorite, and display it with a glowing reference here, I’ve decided to end the year with a photo free post.

Now, before I go, let me tell you that Volume Two (Wink) will end the year on a high. Because today it was transferred to it’s twentieth owner. Lorraine Shaw is the lady now in possession of ‘Wink’. And, as Lorraine is soon to return to Soeul, South Korea, where she currently resides, One Short Story To Be Told will shortly have officially landed on a brand new continent. Now that’s what I call an end of year preset! Photographic evidence of Lorraine accepting ‘Wink’ from Leonard O’ Donovan is in existence, and I will share that with you in my first 2103 update.
88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte. And have a Happy New Year!

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin is the man to talk to if you’d like to get your hands on Volume One. Tony is a FB user, so you can get him there. Or email us at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink: Lorraine Shaw took possession today, 28th December 2012. Get one her FB page https://www.facebook.com/lorr.shaw?fref=ts to ask to be next.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan has decided that John Kearney will be next to receive ‘Grey Skies’. Handover arrangements are being made. If you want to talk John before he takes possession try him on Facebook, or contact oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Landed in Dave Allen’s hands in Perth, Australia on Tuesday. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you on FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go to FB to submit a request to him.

Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, a non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Dec 21, 2012
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told: Friday Forum (62)

Here at One Short Story To Be Told we are looking forward to the third Christmas since our birth in October 2010. And we hope you, too, are anticipating a jolly festive season, especially since you have been so kind to One Short Story To Be Told throughout this year.

And I’m delighted to announce that one man who has followed the One Short Story To Be Told adventure avidly this year, Mr John (Shaky) Kearney, has been given a great Christmas present. He, by way of this nine word sentence – ‘We read to know that we are not alone.’ – has been chosen by Derek O’ Sullivan as the next in line for Volume Three (Grey Skies). John is, due to work commitments, out of touch at the moment, but I am hopeful that we will be able to relate the good news to him before 25th December.

Commiserations to the other entrants. Maybe your time will come soon. Actually, before I leave this subject, I’d like to say I thought all entries were wonderful, and I’m glad I didn’t have to make the decision.  And, as a taster for those of you wondering how hard Derek’s decision was, here a few samples of the quality of entry (names not included). Joy to be beheld if it lands with me. Tickets check, passport check, reading material? Volume three please. Pick me or ill get out the voodoo doll. Send me grey skies to brighten up my year. A welcoming hearth awaits a tired traveller at Christmas! A visit to Deise will turn Grey Skies blue!

Meanwhile Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is hoping to be in a new home for Christmas. It depends, however, on Andy Mackin and Tony Reddin managing to arrange the handover. And, as Paddy O’ Shea did not manage to pass Volume Five (Full Circle) to a new owner in Brussels last week, we now know the homes in which our other volumes will reside for Christmas 2012. There as follows.

Volume Two (Wink) will be with Leonard O’ Donovan. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) will enjoy the holiday season in Perth, Australia, where it arrived last Tuesday. Dave Allen, whose home ‘Sleepyhead’ will help decorate, is looking forward to the experience. Volume Six (Home) will be Cobh, Co. Cork, where Adrain Hickey and his family will play host.

I’d imagine all will ring in the new year in these locations, too. But, as decisions regarding when and where my tales go lye completely with the current custodians, I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened before then. If anything does happen I’ll let you know next Friday, when Christmas will (sadly) be over, and we’ll all be staring 2013 in the face.

Finally, Leyton and I visited one of One Short Story To Be Told’s biggest fans during the week. Anna O’ Donovan is a little under the weather at the moment and we were delighted to bring a little cheer to her on Wednesday afternoon. And what fun we had! Laughter and more laughter were the order of the day. And we got to meet the wonderful Katie- Hanna Grafton, Marie McCarthy and Ka Butler as well. Thanks to all for a great afternoon, and the lovely pics below.

Have a great festive season guys, and thanks you for all the support, interaction and kind words over the past twelve months. 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin is the man to talk to if you’d like to get your hands on Volume One. Tony is a FB user, and you can get him here. Or email us at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink: Leonard O’ Donovan now in possession. Len is available on FB, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts, or you can use oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you prefer.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan has decided that John Kearney will be next to receive ‘Grey Skies’. Handover arrangements are being made. If you want to talk John before he takes possession try him on Facebook, or contact  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Landed in Dave Allen’s hands in Perth, Australia on Tuesday. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go here to submit a request to him.

Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, a non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Dec 18, 2012
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told brings Christmas Cheer to Perth.

Hi all, I’m delighted to announce that One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four (Sleepyhead) has landed in Perth, Australia. Dave Allen, who welcomed ‘Sleepyhead’ with open arms has expressed his delight at receiving such a gift as an early Christmas present. ‘Sleepyhead’ was delighted, too.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Dec 15, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (61)

One Short Story To Be Told has had a week where our stories have, literally, criss-crossed the globe. Volume Two (Wink) completed it’s journey from Brisbane, Australia to Cork, Ireland on Tuesday when it landed in the hands of Len O’ Donovan (who has now played host to three One Short Story To Be Told volumes), passing Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – who is en route from Cork to Sydney as we speak – on the way.

Volume Five (Full Circle) meanwhile, thanks to current custodian Paddy O’ Shea, enjoyed a brief sojourn to Brussels. Paddy didn’t, as planned, manage to pass ‘Full Circle’ on while there. But he did supply One Short Story To Be Told with a couple of nice pictures to brighten up this post.

                              

 

Volume Six (Home) also landed in a new home this week. Adrain Hickey – who previously played host to Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) in May 2011 – collected ‘Home’ from the One Short Story To Be Told headquarters on Thursday evening.

The other two One Short Story To Be Told editions – Volume One (One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Volume Three (Grey Skies) – currently gracing earth with their presence are both soon to move house as well. ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ has been promised to Tony Reddin, who returns home from a business trip this weekend, by Andy Mackin. And Derek O’ Sullivan, the current guardian of ‘Grey Skies’, is mulling over the entries he received to his ‘Tell me in nine words why you should be next to receive Volume Three’ competition. The entries, I will tell you, were very creative. And as One Short Story To Be Told loves creativity I’m tempted to share a few with you. But, in order to maintain an aura of neutrality, I will resist that temptation until Derek has announced his choice of winner.

Oh, and just to ensure this week was had an international feel, Jennifer Franklin forwarded pictures of Volume Two (Wink) in Sweden last October. The fact that I had no idea a One Short Story To Be Told volume had been in Sweden made the arrival of these photographs all the more pleasurable. Thanks again, Jenny.

        

And that’s it for this Friday folks, talk soon and 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin will take possession of ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ over the coming weekend. Tony is a FB user, and you can get him here.
Volume Two – Wink: Leonard O’ Donovan now in possession. Len is available on FB, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts, or you can use oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you prefer.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is mulling over his ‘Nine word’ entries. White smoke is imminent, I would say.
Volume Four – Sleepyhead: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go here to submit a request to him.
Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, another non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

 

 

Dec 11, 2012
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told in Sweden

One Short Story To Be Told has, without my knowing been in Sweden, a place I, or my books, have ever been. The trip was undertaken by Jennifer Franklin back in October, while she was the seventeenth recipient of Volume Two (Wink).

And why am I only finding out now? Well it has taken Jennifer until now to provide feedback of her experience with ‘Wink’, and she never mentioned her holiday at any stage!

Not that I’m complaining – surprises like this are always welcome in One Short Story To Be Told land!

So here is Jennys’ feedback for Volume Two (Wink), and joy of joys, photographs of ‘Wink’ in Sweden (I really must get around to creating the ‘International Photo Album’ I’ve been thinking about)

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Dec 9, 2012
leyton attens

Ni-ni-ni-nineteen.

Andy Mackin, without a word to anyone – apart from tony Reddin (I Hope) – has decided on the next recipient of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). Tony Reddin is, I’m sure you’ve guessed, the lucky man to provide the nineteenth home to ‘Waiting For Life To Return’.
88*Googolplex to you all leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Dec 7, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (60)

Opportunity knocks today for all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. Because Derek O’ Sullivan, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies), was in touch last night to say this:
‘I am ready to pass on a really great read to the next lucky Superhero. All I ask is that they outline the reason they should the next guardian of Grey Skies, and this wonderfully crafted book in nine words’
‘The next lucky Superhero’ is a nice phrase isn’t it?
And if you are me, which I am, the words ‘Wonderfully crafted book’ initiate a smile. As does the rest of Derek’s message which reads, ‘I will pursue the rest of the One Short Story To Be Told series. Congrats, Stan; you should be very proud!’

But let’s not focus on phrases that please me. Let’s, instead, focus on the opportunity you have. And being the next recipient of a One Short Story To Be Told volume may well be the best motivation ever offered to write a sentence that contains just nine words, folks. So get writing. And send responses to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, or to the FB page.

Other news this week saw Volume One (Waiting for Life To Return) take a trip to Brussels, thanks to current custodian Andy Mackin. Letitia Notte decide that Leonard O’ Donovan would be next to receive Volume Two (Wink). This news pleased Len no end. ‘Wink’ will be, following Volume Three (Grey Skies) and Volume Four (Sleepyhead), the third One Short Story To Be Told volume he has entertained. And, as the news came on the same day that he passed Volume Five (Full Circle) to Paddy O’ Shea, well it eased the pain ‘letting go’ of ‘Full Circle’ inflicted upon his being.

Paddy O’ Shea, meanwhile, has clear plans for ‘Full Circle’. First, and this is a serious synchronicity, he is taking ‘Full Circle’ to Brussels. Yes, the very same place Andy Mackin has just taken Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). And second, Paddy intends passing ‘Full Circle’ to a friend while in Brussels.
The second part of Paddy’s plan was very exciting for me to hear, as One Short Story To Be Told has never before officially landed on mainland Europe. In fact our only forays to that large area to date have been Andy’s aforementioned trip to Brussels, and a similar trip to Paris, undertaken by Valerie Spencer in August 2011, again with ‘Waiting For Life To Return’.
So, ‘Full Circle’ will break new ground if – nay, WHEN – Paddy’s plan comes to fruition. And breaking new ground is always music to my ears.
Others with plans afoot till include Sinead O’ Meara, who has nominated Dave Allen in Perth, Australia as next in line for Volume Four (Sleepyhead), and Paul A Depuis, who has nominated Adrian Hickey as the person to next carry the baton for Volume Six (Home). Neither of these plans have, as yet, come to fruition. But we are sure they will soon. As we are sure Andy Mackin will soon be looking for a new owner for Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). I will, of course, up date you on those, and other developments, as they arise.
And so it is time for me to bade you farewell. Stay safe, folks. Have a great weekend. And remember the odds of you being next to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume are greatly enhanced if you contact a current custodian. All contact details are, as always, outlined below my signature.
88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.
Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Andy is contactable herehttps://www.facebook.com/andy.mackin.94?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.
Volume Two – Wink: Leonard O’ Donovan will shortly be in possession. Len is available on FB, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts, or you can use oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you prefer.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is seeking nine word requests as to why you should be next. Derek is not a FB user, so forwarded requests to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Four – Sleepyhead: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, https://www.facebook.com/dave.michael.allen?fref=ts, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. But, as Paddy has clear plans regarding who will be next in line, I won’t frustrate you by telling you how to contact him.
Volume Six (Home): Soon to be in the hands of Adrian Hickey, another non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Dec 2, 2012
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told reaches Brussels.

Andy Mackin, the current custodian of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is in Brussels for a few days. He has Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) with him, and kindly passed on these beautiful photographs. I have to say it’s always a thrill when one of my books lands in a new place! Maybe I should start counting them! 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

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