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Jul 30, 2013
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Volume One is on the move again!

I’m delighted to announce that James Brandon has agreed to play a role in the continuing adventure, and will soon become the 24th recipient of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.

Congratulations James, and commiserations to all those who put their name forward (but were unsuccessful on this occasion) to be next.
Do keep trying guys. It warms my heart to see so many interested in this idea. And patience and persistence, as you know, are always rewarded.
Oh, and you won’t have to wait too much longer for another chance to welcome a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home. Stay tuned for updates.

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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!
Jul 28, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (93)

Hello there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to my Friday Forum once again. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot to tell you this week, as the stories published under the One Short Story To Be Told moniker have not done a lot.

James ‘Paudie’ Horgan has been in touch to say he has forwarded Volume Six: Home to Caroline McSweeney in Denmark. But, as Caroline is currently traveling, it will be the end of August before she gets her hands on the story. And Steve Meaney has made a decision regarding the next home for Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. I cannot, however, reveal any detail regarding that decision, as I am waiting for the chosen person to confirm they are willing to participate in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

I am also waiting (and this is proving to be a challenging situation) for Paul O’ Connor to confirm that Volume Five: Full Circle has moved on. You may recall that this move was scheduled to take place on the 10th July, a full 14 days ago now. But, despite a number of emails, I have had no news from Paul on that situation. Am I frustrated? Of course I am. it is difficult to be in a position where I don’t know the whereabouts of one of my books. But it is even more challenging to be in a position where my book may have been given to someone I know absolutely nothing about – particularly when the idea of One Short Story To Be Told is to create and track a journey for my tales. But I need to be patient, and believe that The Universe knows what it is doing – no matter how hard doing so will be!

In other news, I am also still waiting for Gordon Kinsella and Ruairi De Barra to confirm that they have made arrangements for the transfer of Volume Three: Grey Skies. For Derek O’ Sullivan and Elle Detonet to forward feedback on Volume Three and Four respectively. And, even though I spoke to Ruairi De Barra during the week, I have no update on  Volume Two: Wink

Ah, yes I’m getting good at this waiting game.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Jul 21, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (92)

There’s been quite a bit of news on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week. And for those of you hoping to welcome one of my stories into your home two pieces of news will be of particular interest.

First, James ‘Paudie’ Horgan passed this message to me on Wednesday:

I’m now ready to pass on Volume Six: Home, and continue this amazing journey. I will be in search of Volumes One to Five…even if it takes me years to do. I hope I was not too long reading Volume Six: Home. But like all good intensions, things crop up that are out of your control. I’m now going to to look at the list of potential suitors. A decision regarding who will be next to receive Volume Six: Home will follow shortly.

And then Steve Meaney sent this message regarding Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return:

Hey Stan,  sorry for the delay with Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, but I’ve been up the walls with work (and with my wife breathing down my neck over you and the book ha ha). I finally finished reading, and I will leave it up to you to pick somebody that will treat Waiting For Life To Return with the respect it deserves. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of this journey you have created!

So there are two One Short Story To Be Told stories soon to be on the move. And while James “Paudie’ Horgan is going to make his own decision (and, therefore, leaves you in a position where you can only watch and wait) Steve Meaney is taking a different tack altogether. So, if you’d like to be next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return drop me a line via the blog, Facebook or email.

The other piece of news this week was the arrival of Ultan Finnegan’s feedback on Volume Two: Wink. Here’s what he had to say: Wink awoke my senses and broke the silence I was in. Yet another fine short story to float me along this new voyage. A pleasure it is to sail along and parallel Leyton’s life. I cannot wait to read more of his story and look forward to the receipt if more parts of his interesting rambling a on life.

A big thank you to Ultan for taking the time to pass on his kind words, the blog page dedicated to Volume Two: Wink looks all the better for it’s inclusion!

So, that’s all the news for this week. I’m still waiting for confirmation that Paul O’ Connor has passed Volume Five: Full Circle on to it’s tenth owner, and it therefore follows that all I know about the new owner (if indeed there is a new owner) is they are female and lives in Plymouth, England. There is now news, either, on the proposed move of Volume Three: Grey Skies from Gordon Kinsella to Ruairi De Barra. Hopefully there’ll be news on both these events before next weeks update. And maybe I’ll have feedback from Elle Detonet (re Volume Four: Sleepyhead) and Derek O’ Sullivan (re Volume Three: Grey Skies), too. So until then 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


Jul 13, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (91)

It’s been another ‘I’m Still Waiting’ week for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. But you know what? This is always happens after a busy week, and last week was a busy week. I did send Ruairi De Barra the contract for his forthcoming visit of Volume Three: Grey Skies. But the rest of the week was filled with nothing but my thoughts on the current status of the six short stories I have out in the world.

So here’s what I’ve been thinking.

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return: I haven’t heard anything from Steve Meaney since the week Waiting For Life To Return landed at his front door. And I still haven’t received his contract either. I wonder if he has read the book yet? And I wonder if he has considered who will be next.

Volume Two: Wink: Ruairi De Barra has been great with updates. And his last missive informed me he had three shipmates looking to read Wink. I wonder if any of them have had a chance to do so? And is Ruairi Still at sea? Oh, and I wonder if Ruairi has actually spoken to Gorden Kinsella about being next to receive Volume Three: Grey Skies. Jeepers I don’t think Ultan Finnegan has sent on his feedback for this volume either. That’s a bit odd, Ultan was great with feedback for the other volumes he has had. Maybe I’ll get something from him next week.

Volume Three: Grey Skies: I wonder if Gordan Kinsella has a nice photograph of him with Grey Skies? He is a photographer, after all. And has he thought about the feedback for the blog? And has he actually spoken to Ruairi about arranging a handover? I hope this doesn’t get complicated and drawn out. Speaking of drawn out – I still haven’t received feedback for this volume from Derek O’ Sullivan. I think I might have to accept that might never happen now.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead: I wonder if this volume will ever turn up? Or is destined to spend the rest of it’s life in a bin? Please God that won’t happen. Oh, I need to ask Elle Detonet to send on her feedback. The least I can do for Sleepyhead is ensure I get that. (I acted on that last thought folks, and Elle has promised it will be with me soon).

Volume Five: Full Circle: I wonder if the handover Paul O’Connor informed about last week has taken place? It should have, his friend was due to arrive last Wednesday. He never passed on her name, or an address. So I haven’t sent this lady a contract. Hmmm, I hope this won’t become awkward. But it has been awkward in the past when a One Short Story To Be Told custodian has been someone I don’t know, and don’t have contact with. Stop thinking like this! Paul will be in touch soon. He will give me a name and contact details for the new owner. It will all be fine. And don’t even begin to imagine that Paul won’t send on a photo and feedback – you’re just being silly now.

Volume Six: Home: I’m delighted James ‘Paudie’ Horgan received this volume. I hope he enjoys it. And wasn’t it great that David Daly went to so much trouble to ensure it landed safely in Paudie’s hands. God, it would be great of all the One Short Story To Be Told custodians were as efficient as David. But, hey that’s unrealistic – people have busy lives! Maybe that’s why John Linehan, who promised me a little feedback on this volume hasn’t done so this week. God, this thing can be frustrating sometimes!

So there you go folks. That’s the kind of stuff that runs through my mind on quiet weeks for One Short Story To Be Told. But hey, I created this adventure, so I’m not complaining. And I could have worse things on mind!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Jul 5, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (90)

It’s been a buy week here at One Short Story To Be Told headquarters (if you can call a semi-detached house in Cork, Ireland a HQ that is!). That busy week has seen news of three of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes out there in the world reach HQ.

First Gordon Kinsella kept his promise from last week, and made a decision on the next destination for Volume Three: Grey Skies. Ruairi De Barra (who himself has been in touch to relate his delight at securing a peek at a third One Short Story To Be Told story), was the man he chose.

Gordon’s announcement was swiftly followed by the news that Volume Six: Home had landed Melbourne Australia, and the home of James ‘Paudie’ Horgan. In his short note James also informed me he has started reading. I hope he enjoys it!

And then, just yesterday, Paul O’ Connor, who has been in possession of Volume Five: Full Circle since early in the year, dropped me a line to say he has read and enjoyed the entire volume. Pail alos informed me he has a friend visiting on the 10th of July, and this visitor, who remained nameless, will be next to carry the baton for Volume Five. Paul did reveal some details about his visitor. It’s a lady who resides in Plymouth, England.I look forward to revealing this lady’s name to you.

The arrival of Volume Six: Home in James Horgan’s house also saw the One Short Story To Be Told adventure nudge closer to a landmark number. James is the 91st person to provide a home to one of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes, so the magic century is now in sight. Of course the proposed moves for Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle will get the adventure even closer. So, I’m expecting an exciting period ahead as I close in on the century of readers. I also expect a few shanningans as people jostle for position in order to be the 100th recipient of a One Short Story To be Told volume. But hey, that’s all part of the fun isn’t it?

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Jul 3, 2013
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Volume Three: Grey Skies heading to new pastures.

So Gordon Kinsella has been in touch, and informed me that Volume Three: Grey Skies will be heading to the home of Ruairi De Barra next. Man but Ruairi is doing a sterling job of seeking out the One Short Story To Be Told volumes. Grey Skies will be the third of my volumes to head to his abode. And given that the previous ones were Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Two: Wink (in that Order) it looks like Ruairi is trying to get them in numerical order. That, of course, may not be true, it may just be coincidence that Ruirai has received the volumes in that order. But whether Ruairi has a plan or not, it’s great for me to see another person actively seeking out my work. So thanks Gordon for making a decision. And thanks Ruairi for showing such an interest in the Oneshortstorytobetold adventure.
In addition to the thrill of seeing someone seek out my work I am also excited by the fact that Grey Skies arrival at Ruairi’s door will see the number of home’s visited by the Oneshortstorytobetold volumes reach 92, just eight away from a century!
Oh boy there’s an exciting few weeks (or maybe months) ahead while as we countdown (or UP) to that magical number!

88*Googolplex Leyton/Stan

Jul 1, 2013
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Yabba Dabba Do!

Yabba Dabba Doo! James Horgan has confirmed that Volume Six: Home has landed safely in Melbourne Australia. Thanks for confirming the news James. And thanks too to David Daly who let me know that the book had landed, and that he shared my sense of relief. James is the 7th person to provide a home to the story ‘Home’. And, as the One Short Story To Be Told volumes have now rested in 91 homes between them, the adventure is closing in on the 100 homes landmark. Am I excited by that – you bet your life I am.
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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?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
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