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May 31, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (85)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. And welcome to my 85th Friday Forum. Apologies for not posting number 84 last week, but there was a good reason – I was in catatonic shock due to bad news on the One Short Story To Be Told front. But before I get to that let me give you the good news that has entered the One Short Story To Be Told world since I last communicated with you.

All good news relates to my stories finding new homes, something I always welcome. So here we go.

David Daly has decided that Volume Six: Home will nestle in the arms of James ‘Paudie’ Horgan next. As James resides in Australia ‘Home’, which is the newest of the One Short Story To Be Told tales, will make it’s first trip out of Ireland in order to reach it’s seventh owner. Needless to say, I’m delighted by that news.

Meanwhile Adrian Hickey has announced he is ready to let Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return leave his abode, and that Steve Meaney, (a recent but fervent follower of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure) will be the person to provide our inaugural volume with it’s 23rd home.

Ultan Finnegan has also informed me that Ruairi De Barra will accept the responsibility of helping Volume Two: Wink continue it’s journey. Coincidentally Ruairi will provide Wink with it’s 23rd home as well.

I should say that I have no idea when these movements will take place. But I will update as soon as I do.

Now to the bad news, and my catatonic shock. First I have no news from Paul O’ Connor or Gordon Kinsella regarding Volume’s Five or Three. This, of course, is a concern – both parties have been in possession of their respective One Short Story To Be Told volume for four months now. But in comparison with the news that forced me into a catatonic shock – well it’s like comparing a sprat with a giant whale.

So what is that news? Well it looks likely now that Volume Four: Sleepyhead has reached the end of it’s journey. Why? Well because the current custodian Elle Detonet (who received Sleepyhead while in Mumbia, carried it all over India, and brought it home safely to Ireland at the start of March) has mislaid my beautifully bound book. Of course I am hopeful that this mysterious disappearance will be followed by an equally mysterious reappearance – but as it stands, and it’s ben standing like this for over a week now – the One Short Story To Be Told adventure has suffered it’s first (and hopefully last) loss. As that loss translates into the death of a story I’m sure you can understand my inability to provide an update last week. And I’m sure you will understand, too, why I need to sign off right now.

So until next week, 88*Googolplex leyton attens/ Stanley Notte.

ps I’ll leave you with the last picture taken of Volume Four: Sleepyhead, which thankfully is a magnificent one. Here’s hoping posting it isn’t a requiem.

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


May 17, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (83)

Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to another Friday Forum.

I had hoped to announce new owners for up to three One Short Story To Be Told volumes today. But, due to incomplete deliberations, I actually have nothing to announce.

Well, maybe not. I can announce that Adrian Hickey, Elle Detonet  and David Daly are mulling over the names of those who have requested they be next to receive the One Short Story To Be Told volume they currently hold in their possession. They are, in case you’ve forgotten, Volume One: Waiting for Life To Return (Adrian), Volume Four: Sleepyhead (Elle) and Volume Six: Home (David). So, if you are waiting on a volume – and I know many of you are – please remain patient.

As for the remainder of my volumes? Well they seem to have gone into that strange non-communicative space that One Short Story To Be Told occupies from time to time. No doubt this is due to the custodians having busy schedules – as I so often say, ‘Life (or having one if you prefer) is more important than One Short Story To Be Told.’

Not that I’m saying I’d be happy if Ultan Finnegan, Gordon Kinsells or Paul O’ Connor, the current custodians of Volume Two: Wink, Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle forgot entirely about keeping the One Short Story To Be Told adventure alive. That would, I must say, be terrible – especially as it would mean a story has effectively died!

But let’s not ruminate on death. Let’s instead be positive and take the view that Grey Skies (which has been in Gordon’s possession since the 29th January – yes a full 4 months!), Full Circle (who has remained with Paul O’ Connor since the 13th February – yes, just over 3 months ) and Wink (who has been in the one place – i.e with Ultan Finnegan since 26th March – for a very short time when compared to Full Circle and Grey Skies) are enjoying a well earned rest. Yes let’s do that. Mind you if anyone would like to give any of these people a nudge or force their hand in regard to moving a One Short Story To Be Told story along….Well let’s just say you’d have my gratitude!

And you know what? I’ll get proactive on that front just as soon as I’ve signed off here. Which I’ll do right now, and in my usual fashion. 88*Googolplex as always leyton attens/Stanley Notte.



May 14, 2013
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Three One Short Story To Be Told tales need a new home.

Hi all, just a reminder that we have three people looking to find a new home for One Short Story To Be Told stories. They are David Daly (Volume Six: Home), Elle Detonet (Volume Four: Sleepyhead) and Adrain Hickey (Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return).
Both David and Elle are available  on FB if you use that platform - and you can reach all three by getting back to me here.
So if you would like to be next to welcome any of these tales into your home get asking. Oh, and Adrain and Elle have both said that those who have never had a One Short Story To Be Told tale will be prioritized!
88*googlepex to all leyton attens/Stanley Notte
PS – Remember if you want anything in life you need to take AN ACTION. Receiving a One Short Story To Be Told volume is exactly the same. Yes you can sit back and watch our stories criss cross the globe, and that is fine. But if you really want to receive one it’s best, I think, to be in touch with the current owners. And be persistent. ‘He who shouts loudest’ and all that!
May 10, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (82)

Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to the Friday Forum. Can I start by apologizing for not posting a Friday Forum last week – time ran away from me over last weekend due, I’m delighted to say, work commitments. I do hope not having a message from me did not detrimentally effect your weekend, especially if it was a long one (as it was here in Ireland).

Anyway to the business of this weeks update. I’m delighted to inform you that there are three people now seeking new homes for a One Short Story To Be Told volume. There are, in chronological order if you don’t mind, Adrian Hickey who has Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return ready to go.  Elle Detonet who has arrived back in Ireland from India, and is keeping her promise of releasing Volume Four: Sleepyhead upon her return. And David Daly who has decided that now is the time for Volume Six: Home to find a new home.

You can reach all three with your requests via But if you prefer to take a direct route both Elle and David are available on facebook. Just click here Elle Detonet or here David Daly if you want to do that.

An additional piece of good news for those of you who have yet to get your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume is that both Elle and Adrian have informed me that they will prioritize requests from anyone who has yet to read one of my tales (I can think of a few who will be delighted with that news). So get requesting folks, and I look forward to letting you know who the new owners of Volume One, Four and Six are next week.

Finally, Adrian Hickey has also forwarded his feedback on Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. I’m delighted to say that, once again, my work has generated kind words from a reader. And the answer to the question Adrian raises regarding my intent when writing the story is ‘No.’ – but then I rarely have intentions when writing, preferring instead to trust a process that, in my opinion, cannot be explained.

Anyway, here’s what Adrian has had to say: Hey Leyton, as I received Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return in breath taking speed I thought that I would give it some time to rest and ponder, especially as Julia’s ex partner was so worn with life. I enjoyed the book it makes one consider what’s ahead for us all and how cruel life can be at times. Did you intend to write such a sad story? Or did darkness take you away for awhile? I have just read it three times in a row and found I had mixed emotions after each read. A positive factor is that the One Short Story To Be Told concept fits well with this story, as life will return on each passing of the book. I would like to think that he was happy when he went, maybe I am looking for some comfort of mind and hoping that was the case. Thanks for sharing your story with me. Adrian Hickey/Racey Hadikin 

I’ve said it before, and no doubt I’ll say it again in the future, I just love it when a superhero name is used to sign of on feedback. Thanks Adrian/Racey.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte


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