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Apr 27, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (80)

This weeks Friday Forum contains two new pieces of feedback, and nothing more. Both sets of feedback pertain to the newest One Short Story To Be Told volume, which of course is number six, and features the story ‘Home’. A big thank you to Colette O’ Donoghue and David Daly for taking the time to forward their thoughts on ‘Home’. And a bigger thank you to them both for signing the feedback with their superhero name. I just love when that happens.

Oh, and I thought Colette titling her feedback as ‘Friday Feedback’ was clever, funny and delightful. And that David’s picture of ‘Home’ merited the use of the same three adjectives. Anyway here’s what they have said about Home.

David Daly brings some light to HomeTook a bit of quality time alone to finally read Volume Six: “Home”, a short but powerful tale which serves to remind people that there are dark areas where people get lost sometimes finding it impossible to find a way out. Cracking thought provoking story which had me reaching for the light. Well done again Stan. Dad Avidly (David Daly)

FEEDBACK FRIDAY: So “Home” came on an epic adventure with me to Nepal where it was enjoyed by not one but two avid followers. My feedback for this will be short as I find it hard to describe the emotions that it envoked. It is so sad and all too realistic of things that do happen in the world around us. But well done Leyton for creating such a vivid scene. Until the next volume 88*Googolplex, Cleo Othelo Gudtone (Colette O’ Donoghue).

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Apr 20, 2013
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Kind words (again).

Kind words, via Ultan Finnegan, just slipped into the One Short Story To Be Told world again. Here’s what he has had to say.

Well. Where oh where do I start. Volume One:Waiting For Life To Return was joyful. A wonderful start to the journey into the everlasting. Having read Volume One and Volume Six: Home I have seen the current, start and latest stories. Wonderful.
Volume One gives the start of a lovely series. It breaks the ground like a bulb after a long winter. The light of Spring shines, and the flower starts to grow. As does this story unfold gently into the light that graces its pages.
Volume Two: Wink is now calling to me, and it will be treated to the days light soon – as with the upturn in light so shall this book see its turn to share daylight with me. I will update next week on how its continues to grow.

Thank you Ultan. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Apr 19, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (79)

I’m not sure this has ever happened before, but there has been absolutely no activity in the One Short Story To Be Told world since last Friday. Yep, not a jot, a tad, or an iota!

All of which means that Adrian Hickey,  Ultan Finnegan, Gordon Kinsella, Elle Detonet, Paul O’ Connor and David Daly, each of whom currently holds a One Short Story To Be Told volume in their hands, have not been in touch.

A complete lack of activity also means that feedback regarding Volume Three; Grey Skies from Derek O’ Sullivan remains outstanding, as does the thoughts of Colette O’ Donoghue on Volume Six: Home and Ultan Finnegan on Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.

So, I’ve nothing of note to share this balmy Friday evening, and will therefore say 88*Googolplex and go find something productive, like stare at a river, to do.

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Apr 13, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (78)

In a week where there has been just one piece of activity related to the One Short Story To Be Told adventure I’ve decided to use this week’s Friday Forum to pay tribute to One Short Story To Be Told‘s biggest fan.

So take a bow Colette O’ Donoghue – you who have displayed a level of persistence to this adventure that has regularly left me speechless – and enjoy your special moment.

Colette, as many of you know, is the only person in the whole wide world to have provided a home to all six One Short Story To Be Told volume’s.  And in order to achieve this feat she has badgered, begged and blagged like no other. She has also, once in receipt of my books, gone out of her way to provide these updates with wonderful pictures. And, finally, she has been exceptionally kind when providing feedback about the tales that appear in the One Short Story To Be Told volume’s.

So below is the feedback  for Volume’s One to Five (we await her words on Volume Six), and a selection of pictures that Colette has provided since she first welcomed a One Short Story To Be Told volume into her home on 2nd September 2011.

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.


COLETTE ON VOLUME ONE: WAITING FOR LIFE TO RETURN. December 2011. Having just recently finished the youthfully innocent and upbeat “Sleepyhead” (Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told), I must admit that I found “Waiting for Life to Return” a bit of a hard read. It just saddened me to think of such a lonliness and wouldnt wish it on anyone to have to go through that experience. Saying that, it was as always, beautifully written and yet again, I now look forward to the next Volume!

COLETTE ON VOLUME TWO: WINK Septemeber 2011. I was delighted to finally be selected as a recipient of Volume Two of One Short Story to be Told. “Wink” was certainly worth the wait. There is no denying that it is a melancholy tale, but one which takes a strong hold over you. I had the feeling that I was a fly on the wall, looking in on the story as it unfolded. It evokes many emotions, and I couldn’t put it down, which explains why it was passed along so swiftly, for others to enjoy. I look forward to reading other volumes of this unique idea in the not so distant future. Thank you leyton and Paddy for giving the me opportunity to be part of this exclusive “project”.


All ready for action!

All ready for action!

COLETTE ON VOLUME THREE: GREY SKIES. 17th March 2012. To hear that Grey Skies was kept waiting to be heard (in a bin no less) for such a long time is truly a sad thought. Although it is a very sad story, I found myself captivated by it…what would happen in the end…so much so that I was disappointed when I found myself at the last page. Such a lovely, touching story. One of your best Leyton.

COLETTE ON VOLUME FOUR: SLEEPYHEAD. 22nd Dec 2011. Some would say that it was coincidence CODECGthat I received word that I would be the third a recipient of Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told - and the story Sleepyhead (a tale which involves the main character dreaming about being a world famous soccer player) – on the same day that I paid my first visit to Anfield. I would like to disagree…… I call it FATE.
Sleepyhead, in contrast to Wink (and yes that means I have now read TWO One Short Story To Be Told Volumes), is an upbeat story. It reminded me of my own childhood battles to remain coccooned between the covers when the weekend arrived. Like the character John, I too for the most part failed in this mission due to my mother having different, “more productive”, plans for me. Sleepyhead was a joy to read, so much so that I was a little sad when I turned to the last page. I look forward to getting my hands on yet another Volume in the very near future, keep them coming leyton! Cleo Othello Gudtone AKA Colette O Donoghue.

Volume Six: Home at Everest Base CampCOLETTE ON VOLUME FIVE: FULL CIRCLE: 5 April 2012. Full circle was once again, like other Volumes in the One ShortStory To Be Told series, a dark but compelling read. Wonderfully written as always I could not put it down, and was trying to race ahead in my mind as to what the outcome would be.  I’m now a little sad, because there are no more Volumes for me to be chasing after. Well for now anyway. But I was absolutely thrilled with the introduction of Superhero Cleo Othello Gudtone, and then pleasantly surprised with the little “surprise” waiting at the end. Keep up the good work leyton



Apr 5, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (77)

As a writer I regularly suffer, as many creatives do, with severe bouts of doubt. Regularly I wonder if the words I pen have any value. And frequently I find myself thinking ‘Am I wasting my time?’ and mulling over the possibility that readers would consider my work as mundane, trite or simply ‘bad’. So, it is always (as I have said before) wonderful when a reader of a One Short Story To Be Told story has kind words to say, or shows an interest in reading further volumes.

But it is only this week I realised that, since I launched One Short Story To Be Told in October 2010, nice words about, and an interest in reading more of, my work have regularly visited my life. How exactly I have missed this very valuable lesson I am not sure. But I must say thank you to David Daly, Adrian Hickey, Ultan Finnegan, Ruairi De Barra and Colette O’ Donoghue for making me profoundly aware of that fact this week.

All of the above are people who have been very kind when providing feedback on the One Short Story To Be Told volumes they have read. And, more importantly, from my end (because I often wonder if nice words are provided simply because unkind words are more difficult to offer – oh, the madness of the creative mind!), they have all made a concerted effort to source more than one One Short Story To Be Told volume. In fact, Colette has made herculean efforts on that front, which explains how she has read all six of my volumes; Ultan and Adrian have both read three of my books; and David Daly and Ruairi will soon receive their second One Short Story To Be Told tale.

It was when I discovered (on Monday) that David and Ruairi were nominated as the next recipients of Volume Six: Home and Volume Two: Wink respectively, that the penny dropped regarding kind words and an interest in my work being regular visitors to my world since the launch of One Short Story To Be Told. ‘What,’ I thought, ‘is going on here? And why have both of these guys sought another volume?’ That thought led me to consider how many people had received, or attempted to receive, a second One Short Story To Be Told volume. And you know what? A trawl through the One Short Story To Be Bold blog, and a little thought, provided the answer, ‘Quite a few.’

Maybe I should list some. Yes, if only to ensure the lesson I have learned is not forgotten. Len O’ Donovan, Paul McSweeney, Jennifer Franklin, Georgina Lynch, John Linehan, Derek Chandley and Anne O’ Donovan have, like Colette, Ultan, Adrian, David and Ruairi, all read at least two One Short Story To Be Told volumes. In addition the list of people who have asked me to manipulate the travels of the One Short Story To Be Told  volumes to satisfy their need for more is even more substantial – which is reason enough NOT to list them all here! And then there was, I realized, the matter of those who have yet to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume, but have been, to say the least, keen to get their hands on one. Stand up and be counted Steve Meaney, Jean Prendergast and Barry Lynch – to name but three!

But enough of this counting, the lesson has, you will be delighted to know, learned. And I will not be questioning my work any time soon. Though I cannot promise it will never happen again.

Now, on to this weeks activity. First, David Daly was the name drawn from Colette O’ Donoghue’s ‘Lucky Dip’ as the person who would be next to provide Volume Six: Home with a loving, but temporary, home. David is suitably chuffed, I’m glad to report. Second, Ruairi De Barra informed me that Ultan Finnegan has promised him that he will be next to welcome Volume Two: Wink into his home. And finally, Elle Detonet forwarded a beautiful picture of Volume Four: Sleepyhead in Mumbai, India. She also added a note saying that the picture was taken during a circus parade, but that the kids she met were far more interested in my book than the animals. ‘Another indication that what I do has some worth!’ I said to myself when I read that. Yes, the lesson has indeed been learned.

So’ I’ll leave you with that picture this week. 88*Googolplex to you all from a very happy, humbled and hopeful leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four: Sleepyhead being admired in Mumbai, India.

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.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

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
our mission statement (if it is indeed that) ONE STORY. ONE EDITION. ONE JOURNEY.

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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