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Jan 28, 2013
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Friday Forum (67)

Personal commitments and a few internet connection problems lead to a late posting of this Friday Forum. But life is life, as they say. Or better late than never, as they also say.

It has been a quiet few days for One Short Story To Be Told anyway. My attempts to source feedback have been unsuccessful. And none of my six volumes have travelled to a new home since I last posted anything.

But there are two current custodians now seeking new homes for our stories. So those of you eager to get your hands on another, or indeed your first, One Short Story To Be Told volume get ready to act.

Ultan Finnegan (or Tuella Fanning, as he signs himself below) as acted swiftly on Volume Six (Home). Here’s what he had to say last Friday.

Volume 6 has been read and fully enjoyed by Tuela Fanning. It will pass on shortly after this super hero finds another worthy of its fine fine words. Many thanks Leyton for your adventures.

This message is ambiguous as exactly how Ultan (Tuella) is going to find ‘another worthy of it’s fine words’. But if I was keen to get my hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume I’d be contacting Ultan to express my keenness. You can reach him through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, or via Ultan Finnegan’s facebook page. There won’t be many going by that name on there.

The second call for a new owner is much more succinct. Lorraine Shaw, who took Volume Two (Wink) with her on her return to Seoul over the new year has had this to say;

Dear Leyton, Wink has been charmingly decorating the bookshelf in my box-room apartment in Seoul for way longer than appropriate, but surely you can understand my reluctance to let such a wonderful reminder of my brief visit to Eire go!  Alas I must give up my selfish reign over this beautifully written piece of work so that others may appreciate the emotional poignancy of the tale.  It is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming in equal measure, and therefore truly a success – because no doubt many will turn its pages wondering in awe how Leyton managed to invade and portray their memories so vividly.  For a brief time I was drawn into the pages and transported back to Ireland.  And now Wink has achieved it’s purpose here and is ready to find it’s next home.  Potential suitors (of the book of course) may contact me through facebook or email to express their interest. Winks to all, Lorraine Shaw.

Obviously I’m delighted with Lorraine’s feedback on this tale. But more importantly YOU can increase your chances of being next by connecting directly with Lorraine. I’ll take requests through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com as always. But lorr.shaw@gmail.com and this Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/lorr.shaw?fref=ts – will get you there far more quickly. Best of Luck.

Finally I intend to provide a full update on their whereabouts of all volumes (and those you need to be in touch with to be next) on Wednesday. ‘Till then 88*Googolplex leyton attunes/Stanley Notte

 

Jan 19, 2013
leyton attens

Friday Forum (66)

A busy, busy, busy week for me has meant One Short Story To Be Told not getting a huge amount of attention. But that hasn’t stooped Len O Donovan from forwarding his feedback on Volume’s Two (Wink) and Five (Full Circle). Here’s what he said.

Volume Two (Wink): ”An extraordinary & Capivating Story” Continued success Mr Attens.

Volume Five (Full Circle): ”Sometimes the Greatest Journey might only need the smallest Step”

Volume Two (Wink) in an unusual location. We don't know where. 2012-12-02-105

Oh and we had the extra pleasure of Len’s mum – Anna_ passing on a comment, too. She read ‘Wink’ on a sunny afternoon apparently. Here’s what she said. ”A wink means Love & Comfort” — Thanks for the laughter & company. Now aint that nice.

My lack of activity hasn’t stopped my stories finding new homes either. DAvid Daly took possession of Volume Three (Grey Skies) since I was last in touch with you. He”s – quote – ‘Looking forward to the read’ – unquote. And Tony Reddin sent me a message some time early this week to say that Ruari De Barra will be next to provide a home to Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return).

No news, however, from current custodians Lorraine Shaw re Volume Two (Wink), Paddy O’Shea re Volume Five (Full Circle) or Dave Allen re Volume Four (Sleepyhead). And as Ultan Finnegan has only just received Volume Six (Home) I didn’t expect anything from him. So, apart from a reminder to myself to do a little bit early next week regarding the backlog of feedback now due, that’s it of this week folks.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Jan 11, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (65)

Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. And welcome to my weekly update on the tales and travels of stories I have penned, gorgeously packaged and sent out into the world as a volume of One Short Story To Be Told, a notion of leyton attens (who, of course, is my pen name, alter ego and superhero)

Until today it had been a quiet week here in One Short Story To Be Told land. And it may have ended quietly had I not (as I promised you and myself) made an effort to get some information from those either a) in possession of one of my tales or b) have recently passed on a One Short Story To Be Told volume, but have yet to provide some feedback for inclusion in the blog.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Six (Home) relaxing with Adrian HickeyThat request led to Paddy O’ Shea calling today to tell me that he still has Volume Five (Full Circle), and is currently plotting a handover. Adrian Hickey (pictured right) emailing to inform me that he has passed on Volume Six (Home) to Ultan Finegan, and to offer these words of feedback: Hey Leyton, how goes! Myself and my partner Cheeky Colini have read Volume Six (Home) and enjoyed sharing in the your adventure once again. This volume demonstrates an individuals will to exist, irrespective of how harsh and stark the realities of life can be at times. With no pardon or remittance to the instigator this volume is darkness indeed in its brief few pages. Cheers, Racey Hadikin (You will note that Adrain used his (and his wife’s) superhero name in his feedback. A touch I enjoyed immensely.)

My request also prompted Len O’ Donovan to call regarding his feedback for Volume Two (Wink) and Volume Five (Full Circle). This, he promises, will be forwarded over the weekend. So expect a post on that over the coming days.

Finally, my request led to John Kearney providing One Short Story To Be Told with a unique highlight. I must say that John’s actions left me speechless for a few moments (a rare event in itself), before filling me with enormous joy. I’m sure  few of you will have a similar reaction. So what is all the excitement about? Well I’ll let John’s words, and photo, explain.

Today saw a great event take place as “One Short Story To Be Told” Volume Three (Grey Skies) visited the maternity ward of the Rotunda hospital Dublin to meet all the newly borns. While there, it was read to Leon Kevin Piggott McCabe by his mother Danielle Mc Cabe, my niece & God daughter. It was the first story read to this child in his short life (he was born on 07/01/2013 @18.31hrs) and that is something that can never be taken away from him.
Are you speechless? Maybe not, but your definitely impressed. A huge thanks and massive high five to John on this brilliant idea.
John also had Grey Skies…you know what, as following Leon is impossible,  I’ll save John’s other piece of news for another day. And let you leave this post with Leon at the forefront of your mind. 88*Googolplex (a very happy) 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, so you can get him there. Or email us at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink: Lorraine Shaw took possession on 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: John Kearney has promised Volume Three (Grey Skies) top David Daly. The transfer has not yet taken place so I won’t provide any contact details just yet.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Enjoying itself (so far as I Know) in Australia at the moment. Dave Allen, of Perth is the man in possession, and he 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): Ultan Finnegan now in possession. Ultan is available for requests on FB. I will, as always, also take requests at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

 

 

Jan 5, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (64)

Well, well, well. After battling hard to remember what day it was throughout the festive season One Short Story To Be Told lost track on the 4th January! Yes folks, I’m a day late with this Friday Forum because I thought yesterday was Thursday. But I’m sure I’m not the only one to lose a day as 2012 drew to a close. And I’m grateful I didn’t lose two or thee!

I suppose the fact that it has been a busy week here in One Short Story To Be Told contributed to my loss of memory, too. And it has been a busy week, folks. No less than three One Short Story To Be Told volumes have arrived in new homes. The first of those was Volume Three (Grey Skies), who moved from Derek O’ Sullivan’s home to John “Shaky’ Kearney’s abode. That happened on New Years Day. And that move was swiftly followed by Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return)’s transfer to Tony Reddin (from Andy Mackin), and Adrain Hickey announcing that Ultan Finnegan would be next to entertain Volume Six (Home).

Photographic evidence of ‘Grey Skies’ move has been promised. And I will post that as soon as I get it. In fact, with so many moves taking place, I now have a backlog of feedback to chase. Sinead O’ Meara (Volume Four), Letitia Notte (Volume Two), Leonard O’ Donovan (Volume Two and Five!), Andy Mackin (Volume One) and Derek O’ Sullivan (Volume Three) have all yet to let me know what they thought of the stories they recently played custodian to. So looks like next week will be a busy one as well. Oh, and if any of those named above are reading this – please pass on a few words!

But I’ll close this week’s update with a couple of pictures that I was unable to load to the blog during the week due to a wordpress update that confused me (maybe that’s another reason I lost a day!). The first is of Lorraine Shaw accepting Volume Five (Full Circle) from Leonard O’ Donovan last year! And the other two were provided by Dave Allen, who recently visited Sydney with some friends, and took Volume Four (Sleepyhead) with him.

 

And that’s it for this, the first week of 2013 folks. I hope the new year brings you all you want, and that you will stay with us here at One Short Story To Be Told as the months tick by.

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, 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: John Kearney gave One Short Story To Be Told the perfect start to 2013 by collecting ‘Grey Skies’ from Derek O’ Sullivan on the 1st Jan. John is available on Facebook for requests. oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com is your other option.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Enjoying itself in Australia at the moment. Dave Allen, of Perth is the man in possession, and he 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): Scheduled to move from the home of Adrian Hickey to the latest custodian Ultan Finnegan any day now. Ultan is available for requests on FB. I will, as always, also take requests at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 3, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told is busy, busy, busy.

Well the busy start to the year continues for One Short Story To Be Told. Andy Mackin was in touch last night to say that Tony Reddin is now in possession of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). And that message was swiftly followed by communication from Adrian Hickey (AKA Racey Hadikan) that informed me he has finished Volume Six (Home), and that the new custodian will be Ultan Finnegan (AKA Tuela Fanning AKA Nutela Innfang). As my books/stories have landed in three new homes this week I think it’s time to do a count of homes provided, the 100 mark can’t – I imagine – be too far away. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

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