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Mar 31, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (76)

Well well well – after a few quiet weeks the past seven days have seen a flurry of activity in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. All of which I will include here, and as close to chronologically as I can manage.
First the wonderful Colette O Donoghue provided the much anticipated (by me anyway) photograph of Volume Six: Home at Everest Base Camp.

Volume Six: Home at Everest Base Camp

As you can see it’s rather a fetching shot. It is also one that sends tingles down my spine – because I know there are few, if any, stories that have been so highly regarded that the owner has wanted to a) bring it all the way to such an esteemed landmark, and b) ensure that said tales arrival at said landmark would be captured for prosperity. When I add the realization that Colette regards One Short Story To Be Told so highly she decided that Home should be photographed alone (i.e without any human company) well it just makes me feel fabazendous, which is a word I just made up by combing Fabulous, Amazing and Stupendous!

So thank you Colette!

While forwarding The photograph you have just feasted your eyes on Colette also informed me that she was looking to pass Volume Six: Home on now that her great adventure was over. Those of you who have indicated (via mouth, text, email or any other form of communication) that you would like to welcome Home – or any other One Short Story To Be Told volume – into your home will be delighted to know that I passed your name to Colette immediately. This left Colette with quite a few people to consider so she has decided that the decision will be made by ‘Lucky Dip’. Her intention was to complete the ‘Lucky Dip’ today, but I have not, as yet, had any word regarding a decision, or to put it topically (or Papally) there has been no white smoke in that regard. Still I’m sure, as you all have been waiting a while, you can wait another few days.

Following the excitement of Colette’s photograph and ‘Lucky Dip’ decision the mantle for One Short Story To Be Told news passed to one Ultan Finnegan, whom you may remember, due to the impending arrival of both Volume’s One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Two: Wink, was ‘On friggin tenterhooks’ last Friday.

Ultan V2Well it’s safe to say that no part of Ultan is on tenterhooks. Volume Two: Wink arrived, safe and Ruairi and Ultanwell, at his door on Tuesday. And Ultan was quick to a picture of him and Wink. Both, one has to say, look well.
Volume Two: Wink’s arrival was swiftly followed by that of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, which landed in Ultan’s hands at lunch time (remember this!) on Wednesday. And this time Ultan and Ruairi De Barra, who was relinquishing my second volume, posed in full uniform, to record the moment. Again all look well, and I was chuffed to discover, through the note Ruairi included with the photograph, that Ruairi, just like many who have read a One Short Story To Be Told story, has a developed an appetite for more of my musings. Mind you the note included a tad of bad news for those of you hoping that Ultan will pass Volume Two: Wink to you. Here’s what he said:
Hi Leyton Attens, Ultan Finegan has Volume One: Waiting For Life To Reurn. It’s safe and sound. He has promised to let me be Volume Two: Wink’s new home just as soon as it’s ready to trundle on! And I can’t wait!
Congrats Ruairi on securing your second One Short Story To Be Told volume.
If you are disappointed by the fact that Ultan has already decided who shall be next for Volume Two: Wink then hold onto hats, because, in a twist that bowled me over, Ultan has not just decided who should be next for Volume Two: Wink. He has, in a move that creates the shortest visit a One Short Story To Be Told volume has made to a household Ultan, read and PASSED ON Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.
Ultan and HicksNow, given that (as mentioned earlier) Ultan received Waiting For Life To Return at lunchtime on Wednesday, and had safely passed it on at 21.33 (the time his message and the photograph on the left regarding the handover arrived in my inbox) the same day I get the feeling that he has set a record that is unlikely to beaten, no matter how long One Short Story To Be Told runs.
The man who was lucky enough to convince Ultan to make take such swift action is Adrian Hickey AKA Racey Hadikan (boy, do I lobe superhero names). In doing so Adrian has secured his third One Short Story To Be Told…you know what I’m going to call it an ‘experience’. And again it is flattering for me to see people so keen to read more of my work. I’m sure, however, that those sentiments are no consolation to those of you who are waiting on your first One Short Story To Be Told volume. But be patient if you are waiting. And be persistent, too. All good things and all that.
Now, the other thing that is always flattering for me is receiving positive feedback on a One Short Story To Be Told story. And the final piece of news I have to share with you this week is about just that.
Sinead O’ Meara, who provided a home to Volume Four: Sleepyhead in November 2012, contacted me yesterday regarding her feedback. Now, one has to say that Sinead has taken her time in providing her feedback, and I must also to say I thought that feedback would not be forthcoming from Sinead. But, probably to show that it knows better than me how to make life wonderful, the Universe had obviously decided otherwise. And you know what? The Universe was right. Because there is no little doubt that had Sinead passed her feedback regarding Volume Four: Sleepyhead to me in early December (when she passed Sleepyhead to Dave Allen in Australia) it would not have had the impact it had yesterday. In fact it couldn’t have. Because the kernel of Sinead’s message is that, despite the passing of time (almost four months), Sleepyhead (or at least a piece of it) has stayed with her. Now that, I HAVE TO SAY, is a wonderful compliment for any writer to receive. And when that writer is oneself, well…words fail me.
So thank you Sinead for remembering. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. And thank you for raising my spirits.
Oh, I almost forgot – this is what Sinead had to say:
‘On a wet miserable morning, especially a Monday, I think of SLEEPYHEAD and it brings a smile to my face. I get the giggles as memories of my childhood come to me. Everyone who has had the good fortune to read this book will know exactly what I mean. If, on the other hand, you haven’t yet read it? You will HAVE TO!’
Jeepers, I’ve just realized that Sinead has also urged you all to read Sleepyhead. How did I miss that? I’ve no idea. But, seeing as missing it has allowed me to get excited all over again, I’m glad I did.
Until next week 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Mar 25, 2013
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Volume Six back from Everest Base Camp

Hello there all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. I am delighted to inform you that Volume Six: Home has returned safely from Everest Base Camp. The current custodian, namely Colette O’ Donoghue, has been in touch this morning, and has had this to say:
Hello to all One Short Story To Be Told followers. I am more than glad to report that both myself and Volume Six: Home successfully made it to Everest Base Camp. What an adventure it was, and even more so for the fact that not only was the story enjoyed by me, but also by another avid fan of One Short Story To Be Told John Linehan, who took care of “Home” on St. Patricks Day for me. Some photos to follow later, watch this space :)
P.s…….I am now taking requests for a new home for “Home”!!!!
Obviously Colette’s PS will interest a lot of you. So if you want Volume Six: Home to be heading your way you can contact Colette directly through Facebook or drop me a note at I and Colette look forward to hearing from you.
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Mar 23, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (75)

In a week where I have struggled to get over an illness that began a month ago I’m glad to report that all has been quiet on the One Short Story To Be Told front.

Sleepyhead in Mumbai

Sleepyhead in Mumbai

Elle Detonet was in touch yesterday to say that Volume Four: Sleepyhead had landed in Mumbai, India. Her message - So SleepyHead arrived in Mumbai today…. All way from Oz..Thank You Dave Allen! And so its Indian adventure begins… 1st Stop today… A temple.. SleepyHead will indeed be sleepy by the time its adventure ends on May 1st! - was full of excitement, and she has wasted no time in getting busy with the old camera.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the results of her efforts are worth casting an eye over. They have certainly have whetted my appetite for more.

One man who may envy Elle’s excitement at the arrival of a One Short Story To Be Told volume is Ultan Finnegan. Ultan is waiting for two One Short Story To Be Told volume’s (namely one and two) to be passed to him. And when I spoke to him regarding their pending arrival today he had this to say; Not Yet Stan. John ‘Jockey’ Wilson asked for my address and I passed it on. Ruari said he would contact me on Thursday – but nothing yet. On flippin tenderhooks now! I have to say it’s great to hear that people are eager to receive my work. But I feel your pain, too, Ultan. Hopefully the next couple of days will bring you good news.

Meanwhile I have to extend my congratulations to the current custodian of One Short Story To Be Told Volume Six: Home. Colette O’ Donoghue completed a trek to Everest Base Camp in the past week, and that is a mighty achievement! Colette is back at home in Watergrasshill, Co Cork now. And I’m sure she is enjoying a well earned rest. But, as Volume Six: Home accompanied her to Nepal, and was no doubt photographed in some exotic locations, I hope she doesn’t take too long to get back to normality. Those are pictures I am very keen to see.

So that’s the update on Volume’s One, Two, Four and Six. The other One Short Story To Be Told tales – Grey Skies (Volume Three) and Full Circle (Volume Five) – I have out in the world were not in touch this week. Perhaps I’ll have news from their current custodians Gordan Kinsella and Paul O’ Connor next week. Actually you could help me in that regard. I know that Gordan and Paul are both mulling over who should be next to welcome a One Short Story To Be Told volume into their home. So perhaps a nudge from you would help them make up their mind. If it does I would have news for the blog next week – and you could be mentioned here as the next lucky recipient! Now that sounds like a good deal to me! So, if you want to help me out, and increase your chances of being mentioned here, contact Gordan or Paul (or both) through their Facebook page, or email me at

See you next week – 88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/leyton attens.



Mar 15, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (74)

The good news in another relatively quiet week for One Short Story To Be Told is that both Gordon Kinsella and Paul O Connor have been in touch. This of course means that Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle are safe and sound. I suppose there was never any real doubt in the end.

Paul on the Dyke.Paul’s message included the picture of him reading Volume Five displayed on the left and was short, sweet and a tad mysterious, too. Here it is:

Hi Stan, I received the book from Paddy and I intend to pass it on shortly, as soon as I find the right person. Here’s a pic of me reading it on the dyke. I’ll be heading on Friday so lots of last minute preparations to be dealt with. I’ll give you a further update from the cruise … Slán, Paul.

Don’t ask me to explain “The Cruise”, because I can’t. But I do know that Paul was due to go to sea, so let’s assume it’s a work related thing. It is obvious, too, I would say that now would be a good time to contact Paul if you are looking to welcome One Short Story To Be Told into your life. If you want to do that then email me at

Gordan’s contact was a little more detailed, but as it was by telephone I won’t be providing a word for word account of Gordon’s time with Volume Three: Grey Skies. I will say that he was very complimentary about the book and idea, and that I was suitably flattered by his words. I should also say the Gordon did not say he was ready to pass the book on, but as he has read it (and more than once) I’d imagine a strong nudge by a suitable suitor could easily land one the prize. Gordon is available on Facebook, or through me as always.

JockeyThe final piece of news this week welcomes Ultan Finnegan to a select group. You may recall that Ruairi De Barra informed me last week that Ultan would be next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. Well this week John Wilson decided that Ultan would be next to receive Volume Four: Sleepyhead, as well. This means Ultan will join two very special groups. First, he will join the group of people who have received and read three One Short Story To Be Told volumes (Volume Six: Home was with Ultan in January). I’m not going to name all of these people, mainly because I don’t know them off by heart. But there are not many, I am certain of that.

Second, as Volume One and Volume Four will be in Ultan’s possession at the same time, he will, according to my recollection at least, become only the third person – after Colette O’ Donoghue and Len O Donovan - to have held two of my volumes at the same time.  So well done Ultan.

John Wilson also forwarded a nice photograph while breaking the news about Ultan being next to receive Volume Four. It’s my pleasure to include it here. And I have even greater pleasure in including the lovely words John attached to that photograph. So here they are:

‘Great story, Stan. I felt I was in there with them. And the tale got me thinking back to my own childhood memories. Keep me in mind for more One Short Story To Be Told volumes. Cheers, John.’

Thanks John for playing your part in this adventure, and thanks for the kind words. As I’ve said before, kind words always brighten up my day.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte



Mar 10, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (73)

Illness (flu), and a subsequent lack of energy has led to the late arrival of my weekly update on all things related to One Short Story To Be Told, but I’m sure your Friday wasn’t too badly affected by my absence.

In truth, this was another quite week for One Short Story To Be Told. Ruairi De Barra was in touch to say that he had enjoyed Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, and that he had found Ultan Finnegan’s (who recently held Volume Six: Home in his hands), request to be next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into his home irresistible. So congratulations Ultan on securing your second One Short Story To Be Told volume, the contract is on the way.

Ultan has also been talking to John Wilson who was in touch on Friday to say that VolumeTwo: Wink had arrived in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. This was great news as Wink had been traveling from Korea and I was a tad worried that the postal system would be found wanting. John is actually considering the next owner of Volume Two already – so if you’re interested you will need to act swiftly,

The only other news this week was from Elle Detonet in Mumbai. She informed me that her contract had arrived. No sign of Volume Four: Sleepyhead just yet, however. And, as I have no idea how long it takes for a parcel to travel from Australia to Mumbai, I cannot even guess when Elle should see Volume Four: Sleepyhead sit alongside her contract.

As for the other three One Short Story To Be Told volumes…well silence has been the order of the day all week. No surprise that Colette O’ Donoghue, who has Volume Six: Home in her possession, has not been in touch. She is, after all, involved in a trek to Everest Base Camp at the moment. But the silence from Paul O’ Connor, who is currently providing a Dutch home to Volume Five: Full Circle, and Gordon Kinsella, who has Volume Three: Grey Skies in his possession, is harder to explain.

Still no news is good news, as they say. So, I’ll put all worries to the back of my mind and assume that there will be news next week.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Mar 1, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (72)

Another week comes to a close for One Short Story To Be Told. And I have to say it’s been a quiet one. But then it did include one fantastic piece of news so I’m not complaining!

Before I get to the big news, let me say that there has been no news from Volume’s One, Two, Three, Four or Five this week. And that leads me to believe the following.

1. Gordon Kinsella and Paul O’ Connor (custodians of Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle) continue to enjoy the One Short Story To Be Told experience.

2. That Ruairi De Barra, who took possession of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return last Friday is enjoying the hazy glow that I like to believe the arrival of a One Short Story To be Told volume delivers.

3. That Lorraine Shaw has yet to put Volume Two: Wink in the mail for John ‘Jockey’ Wilson, and that this may be due to work commitments, and the local post office in Seoul not opening on a Saturday.

4. That Dave Allen has yet to post Volume Four: Sleepyhead to Elle Detonet in Mumbai.

5. That all is well with all these volumes.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume's Three: Grey Skies and Five: Full Circle enjoying an Easter pyramid in Colette O Donoghue's residence.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume’s Three: Grey Skies and Five: Full Circle enjoying an Easter pyramid in Colette O Donoghue’s residence.

Believing number five on my list was made a lot easier by the big news that arrived at the One Short Story To Be Told door this week. But then why wouldn’t any worries and fears evaporate when one is informed that a book they have written and published is about to head for Everest!

Yes, folks One Short Story to Be Told Volume Six: Home will, in the company of Colette O’ Donoghue (who, by the way, has been one of our biggest fans for quite a while now), begins a journey that will culminate at Everest Base Camp this Sunday, 3rd MArch 2013.

Precisely when Colette and Volume Six will arrive at Everest BAse Camp I’m not sure. But, given that Colette has shown great tenacity in her pursuit of the One Short Story To be Told volumes over the past two years, and that the arrival of Volume Six: Home conferred on Colette the honor of being the only person in the whole wide world to have provided a home to all six One Short Story To Be Told stories, one thing is sure – Colette will want to mark this mix of historic events creatively. So, I am expecting the photographic evidence Colette provides upon her return from (or maybe even during) her Everest expedition to, at least, be as a creative as the shot of Volume’s Three and Five I have included on the left.

But hey, no pressure Collete!

So, until next week (when Volume Six: Home will be a lot closer to Everest Base Camp than it is now), 88*Googolplex folks! leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


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