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Feb 22, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (71)

Another Friday arrives and, once again, I sit down to consider all things One Short Story To Be Told from the past week. It was, until yesterday, a week that offered nothing but silence from my six volumes circumnavigating the globe. But then a flurry of messages rolled in. None of those messages were connected with Volume Three: Grey Skies, or Volume Five: Full Circle. So I’m going to assume that Gordon Kinsella and Paul O’ Connor are enjoying the One Short Story To Be Told experience, and place the focus of this update on the other four One Short Story To Be Told volumes.

The first message arrived from Lorraine Shaw, who has promised to pass Volume Two: Wink to John Wilson of Crosshaven, Co. Cork. The good news is that Lorraine has located the post office in Seoul. The bad news is that it was closed when she found it last Saturday. So getting Volume Two: Wink on the move to John Wilson is going to be a tad difficult for Lorraine as she works the five days the post office is open! ‘Plan B has to be activated,’ she said. And I can’t wait to find out what that is!

Of course delays in getting One Short Story To Be Told volumes on the move is a regular feature of this adventure. People do have lives, after all. But I’m glad to report that two volumes have taken steps to overcome just such delays in the past week. Dave Allen informed me yesterday that he now has an address for Elle Detonet in Mumbai, India – and that Volume Four: Sleeepyhead well begin it’s journey there shortly. And, just this morning, Ruairi De Barra, who has been waiting to get his hands on Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return for almost three weeks sent me this message:

Hi ya! Volume One handover complete! What a lovely prospect for the weekend! Cheers

All I can say is “Enjoy, Ruairi, and thanks Tony Reddin for playing your part in my adventure.”

The big news of this week, however, arrived yesterday. And it comes from Austin Collins, the current custodian of my newest edition Volume Six: Home. Tell you what, I’ll let Austin’s words tell the tale.

Hi leyton/Stan. Many thanks for the chance to be part of the world of One Short Story To Be Told. It’s a very interesting, unique and enjoyable concept. ‘Home’ is a well written story, with a big ghastly impact on the reader. A story of a subject well known and suffered by a lot of people, and hidden and shunned by the rest. It was was an enjoyable read. But it awakens horrors and fears that leave a mark in the memory of the reader. Again many thanks, and I look forward to getting a chance to read another chapter in the world and life of leyton attens. Now I’m looking for the next custodian! Austin Collins 88*googolplex.

I was so pleased to see 88*Googolplex close Austin’s update that a smile as broad as The Grand Canyon immediately dressed my face! And I’m sure that a few of you One Short Story To Be Tolders will be smiling at the prospect of contacting Austin to ask if you can be next to welcome Volume Six: Home into your home.

So I’ll let you get on with the ‘asking’ and bid you farewell in my usual manner: 88*Googolplex to you all leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

PS. Austin Collins is available on FB, at this page or through me via

Feb 15, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (70)

Hello all you One Short Story To Be Told followers on what is a cool Friday evening in Cork, Ireland. And cool, as there has been little activity this week, is the word that best describes the past seven days for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Two of my volumes have reached new homes. Volume Six: Home landed in the hands of Austin Collins of Drogheda, Co. Louth on Tuesday. And Volume Five: Full Circle broke new ground for One Short Story To Be Told on Wednesday – and created a hot spot in the otherwise cool week in the process – when it arrived at the home of Paul O’Connor who resides in Ab Den Burg, Texel, The Netherlands.

But, apart from that, I have no news to ring in your ears this evening – which is odd as three more of my volumes have been promised new homes.

Perhaps, I think, Lorraine Shaw, who has promised John Wilson of Crosshaven, Ireland that he will be next to welcome Volume Two: Wink into his home, has yet to locate her local post office in Seoul.

Perhaps Dave Allen has placed Volume Four: Sleepyhead in the post, and the service that will transport Sleepyhead from Sydney to Mumbai, India – where Elle Detonet who awaits Sleepyhead resides – is currently doing what it needs to do.

And perhaps the fact that Tony Reddin and Ruairi De Barra (the current and next custodian of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return) are both employed in sea going occupations is hindering their need to liaise.

Then again maybe all three of those volumes have landed in new homes and I just haven’t been informed!

I just don’t know, folks, I just don’t know. And I don’t know either how Volume Three: Grey Skies and its latest custodian, Gordon Kinsella, are getting on.

But then, as regular readers will know, there are times when the One Short Story To Be Told adventure behaves in this manner. And all I can do is trust that the Universe, and those who have accepted the profound responsibility of keeping a story alive, are working in my favour.

So that, folks, is what I am – and will continue – doing at the moment. Perhaps next week will bring a flurry of activity. Then again, maybe it won’t!

88*Googolplex to each and every one of you. Have a great weekend.

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Feb 8, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (69)

Hey there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. It’s Friday and time for me to update you on all things connected to the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

It’s been a pretty active week. My efforts to procure outstanding feedback have been largely successful. And, as I write, I now have just two past custodians – Sinead O’ Meara (Re Volume Four: Sleepyhead) and Derek O’ Sullivan (Re Volume Three: Grey Skies) – who have yet to forward their thoughts on their experience while in the company of a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

As you know I have been delighted with the feedback that has arrived over the past ten days. And the latest arrivals, from Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Aus (regarding Volume Two: Wink) and Paddy O’ Shea (regarding Volume Five: Full Circle) have expanded my delight. I’m not sure how best to explain that delight. So, I’m going to say that my delight has turned to an ‘Angel Delight’ – which as you know is a sweet desert. Perhaps the analogy is a tad odd, so if you can think of a better one feel free to forward it to

Anyway I’ll reveal what Paddy and Letitia had to say in a moment. But first let me tell you about a few moves decided upon this week.

Dave Allen has decided to forward Volume Four: Sleepyhead to Elle Detonet, who currently resides in Mumbai, India. As India is a country One Short Story To Be Told has not set foot in before, I was thrilled with this announcement. But then, as the regular readers of the One Short Story To Be Told updates will know, I love breaking new ground. When exactly the transfer will take place I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that as Volume Four is heading towards India Volume Two, and the story Wink, will be leaving South Korea. That’s because Lorraine Shaw informed me on Tuesday that John Wilson of Crosshaven, Co Cork will be the next (and therefore the 21st) recipient of Volume Two: Wink. John was delighted to be selected, and swiftly returned the contract I forwarded (He even included a note that said “Love the contract, Stan.”). All Lorraine needs to do now is find the local post office – which she has not done before. I jest you not!

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Five: Full Circle getting ready to head for Holland!

The latest custodian of Volume Five (Full Circle), the afore mentioned Paddy O’ Shea, also chose the next recipient of that story this Paddy O' Shea at the moment he parted with One Short Story To Be Told Volume Five: Full Circleweek. But, as the pictures included here show, Paddy has not just chosen Paul O’ Connor, who resides in Holland, as the ninth person to provide Full Circle with a home: He has also sent the book on it’s way. Again I was delighted with Paddy’s choice of destination. As mainland Europe, surprisingly, has eluded One Short Story To Be Told, as least officially, to date. So, new ground is broken again!

Now, back to the feedback. As I said both Letitia Notte and Paddy O’ Shea have been kind enough to be kind about the One Short Story To Be Told experience. So, rather that try to follow their eloquence I will sign off with their words. I think that is appropriate. So I’ll start with Letitia on Volume Two: Wink.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Two: Wink enjoying a little fun in Brisbane, Australia.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Two: Wink enjoying a little fun in Brisbane, Australia

Well I definitely held on to Wink far too long. But it was a captivating story that I just had to read over and over. It is a touching story, that no doubt numerous people can relate to in so many different ways. I myself am currently preparing to make a journey home but my nerves are good nerves.
A very touching and honest book about how family life isn’t always perfect, but at the end of the day ‘Family Comes First.’
Thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to getting my hands on another Volume of One Short Story To Be Told so I can be captivated by another one of Leyton’s intriguing stories. Thanks so much for the opportunity to have Wink in my possession and to have some fun here in Brissy with it.. xxxx

And I’ll finish with Paddy O’ Shea on Volume Five (Full Circle):

“Full Circle is a beautiful piece of writing that is both insightful and inspiring. A powerful story of courage and over-coming fear and self-doubt. I for one am honored to have been a small part of its journey! Thank you Leyton!” Paddy!
88*Googolplex to you all, leyton attens/Stanley Notte
Feb 1, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (68)

It’s been all about feedback at One Short Story To Be Told this week, and I must say that it is impossible for me not to smile when I read how positive Dave Daly, Dave Allen and Tony Reddin found the One Short Story To Be Told experience. So this post will consist of nothing more than their words, a photograph, and a farewell not from me.

David Daly passes Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Gordon Kinsella.

David Daly passes Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Gordon Kinsella.

First, this is Dave Daly on Volume Three (Grey Skies).

‘I read Volume Three (Grey Skies) from the start, and remember thinking how much it reminded me of Douglas Adams style. Then I got to the short story “Grey Skies” and was shocked by the stark contrast. For a first attempt at writing I must say it was fantastically well written and believable. I suppose there is a piece of that tale in us all. The rest of the book again picks you up and leaves a smile on your face. All the best Dad Avidly. (Seeing Dave adopt a superhero name to sign off just made his feedback even better)

Second, here’s Dave Allen’s take on Volume Four (Sleepyhead).

Hey Leyton. I have been the privileged custodian of “Sleepyhead’ for a bit longer than expected. I believe he thoroughly enjoyed his trip around Oz. More to the point, the book itself is reminiscent of a very innocent time of life – and makes you wonder when did all that change. The story is a happy distraction from the hustle and bustle of modern life, which I believe is the ultimate aim of any good storyteller. You are certainly on your way to reviving the dying art of storytelling. Thank you for sharing your talent/superpowers. Dave Allen.

All I can say is Wow!, and thanks, of course.

And finally, here’s Tony Reddin’s opinion of  Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return).

‘Moments after finishing this book I found myself staring at a book shelf at home. Upon this book shelf there was as much dust as there was books. These books were born, lived and then died. What I mean is they were bought, read and then rested on this book shelf – where they will probably remain long after I’m gone.
Waiting For Life To Return, the story in Volume One of One Short Story To Be Told, while sad, simply glows with life. It also pleads with you to extend its life [and the books] and engulfs you with curiousity as to what is next. Well done on this outstanding concept, I look forward to Volume Two. The only bad thing I have to say is to myself: ‘Why didn’t I get to this book earlier’.

Again it’s a Wow! from me. And I’m sure you can now see why I decided not to add any words of my own to this post – how on earth could I follow that!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

PS, I haven’t published a full list of current owners of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes for a couple of weeks now. So it’s time to put that right.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin is in possession, but has promised to pass our inaugural volume on to Ruairi De Barra. You can send requests to Ruairi via his Facebook page, or

Volume Two – Wink: Lorraine Shaw is, so far as I know, is still actively looking for for the next owner. Get one her FB page to ask to be next.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Gordon Kinsella recently became the seventeenth recipient of Grey Skies. Gordon can be found on Facebook, or through

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Dave Allen, of Perth is still in possession. He is, he tells me, currently mulling over a couple of names that appeal to him as the next custodian of ‘Sleepyhead’.

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 is currently in possession. He has, however, promised Austin Collins, of Drogheda, Ireland that he will pass ‘Home’ onto him. That transfer is due to take place in the next fortnight, and I’ll post contact details for Austin as soon as he has Volume Six in his possession.

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.

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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
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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?
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