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Aug 31, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (98)

Good day to all you One Short Story To Be Told followers, and welcome to another weekly ramble.

My plans for world domination have kept me very busy this week, so I have not been very active on the One Short Story To Be Told front.

Thankfully those in possession of my stories have been kind enough to stay in touch, which allows me bring you the following news.

Volume Five: Full Circle has landed in Plymouth, England, and the hands of Sabine Lengger. This is Full Circle’s first new home for over six months. So I don’t need to tell you I was delighted by the news.

Ruairi De Barra was also in touch to say that he is due back from holidays on the 8th September and did not get a chance to post Volume Two: Wink to Annushka Krautz before departing, but will attend to the matter as soon as he can upon his return. Of course Ruairi also has Volume Three: Grey Skies in his possession at the moment. I don’t know if he has taken it on holidays with him, but I do know he told me that he loved it – which is wonderful, of course.

Gordan Kinsella (L) hands Volume Three: Grey Skies to Ruairi De Barra on the 12th August 2013

Gordan Kinsella (L) hands Volume Three: Grey Skies to Ruairi De Barra.

Another wonderful thing was the arrival of Gordon Kinsella’s feedback on his experience of Volume Three: Grey Skies.  You may remember that Gordon had Grey Skies in his possession for over six months, a fact I remind you of only because it is referenced in Gordon’s feedback. Here’s what he had to say:

Thanks for letting me kidnap Volume Three: Grey Skies. If it was a library book I’d owe a fortune! A great composition from Attens, and a very memorable tale indeed. Every sentence I read I related to the individual and the surroundings. For future readers, welcome to the all too familiar shapes of the darkest days. If the Cork Exclaimer ever gets off the ground this will be it’s first book review. A thousand thanks from Skellion Dragon, trapped on The Ethereal Plains.

I have to say Gordon’s use of his superhero name (and indeed his reference to the world I created for my alter ego) cheered me up no end. In fact reading this feedback again has energised me. So I’m off to contact those One Short Story To Be Told custodians who have not been in touch this week. Expect a call James Brandon, and Caroline McSweeney. 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Aug 24, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (97).

88*Googolplex my friends, and welcome to the latest ramblings from the mind that brought you One Short Story To Be Told. It has been a busy week for me. But hey, trying to build a multimillion dollar empire is not easy – especially when one is starting from scratch!

My busy bee-ness has not prevented me from keeping an eye on this adventure, however. And I began the week by contacting Sabine Lengger in Plymouth, England. Sabine is very excited at the prospect of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return arriving in her home, and we had a nice chat that ended with Sabine agreeing to let me know when the book had landed in her home. Sadly, there has been  no word from Sabine since. So first thing on the ‘Things to do list generated from Friday Forum (97)’ is contact Paul O’ Connor to find out if he has actually posted the book to Sabine.

One book that has landed in a new home is Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. So a big thank you to Steve Meaney for passing it on, and to James Brandon for letting me know it had arrived. I am always cheered by that kind of news.

Annushka's note

Speaking of news that cheers me brings me to a note that arrived in my home this week. As you can see from the picture the note was from Annushka Krautz, who is waiting to take possession of  Volume Two: Wink. There is lots in this note that thrills me. The word ‘Honoured’. A promise to care for Wink as a ‘treasured possession’. And, of course the use of a superhero name.

So a huge thanks is due to Annushka.

Oh, and I’m adding ‘Check if Ruairi De Barra has posted Wink’ to the ‘Things to do list generated by Friday Forum (97).’ I can’t keep a lady who has written such a wonderful note waiting too long


In other (not so good) news, I have failed again this week to eek to eek a few words of feedback out of Derek O’ Sullivan regarding Volume Three: Grey Skies. But, as I’ve been failing to do that for eight months (Yes, I said EIGHT months), I’m well used to letting myself down at this stage. I’ve had no success in procuring a few words of feedback from Gordon Kinsella (re Volume Three) or James ‘Paudie’ Horgan (re Volume Six) either. So those three matters have now been added to the ‘Things to do generated by Friday Forum (97).’

Now, as I’m going to get cracking on that to do list, it’s time to sign off.

88*Googolplex to you all. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


Aug 17, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (96).

Volume Six: Home at Mornington Pier, Melbourne.

Volume Six: Home at Mornington Pier, Melbourne.

Good news all round on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week. But before I get into the news, I just want to thank James ‘Paudie’ Horgan for sending on the wonderful picture of Volume Six: Home above.

So now to the news. It all began last Saturday, when Caroline McSweeney confirmed that Volume Six Home had arrived safely in Copenhagen, Denmark. And continued throughout the week, as three other One Short Story To Be Told stories moved, or are moving today.

Gordan (L) hands Volume Three: Grey Skies to Ruairi.

The first of those moves occurred on Tuesday when Gordon Kinsella brought his six month love affair with Volume Three: Grey Skies to an end by passing it to Ruiari De Barra, who will provide Grey Skies with it’s eighteenth home. Gordan and Ruairi kindly sent me the photograph on the left. Thanks for that lads, though I’m not sure if Gordon is happy, or about to go into catatonic shock!
Gordon has promised his feedback on his One Short Story To Be Told experience will follow shortly (hopefully that doesn’t mean another six month wait for me!).
Meanwhile Ruairi is basking in the glory (maybe a slight overstatement) of securing his third One Short Story To Be Told volume. He has previously held Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Two: Wink. Speaking of Volume Two, I’m not sure if Ruairi has posted Wink to Annuska Krautz just yet. But I’m sure if that action has not already taken place, it will soon.
Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return is another story on the move. In fact that move should happen today (and maybe already has), as Steve Meaney assured me earlier in the week that today would be the day he would post the book to James Brandon, whose keenness for this project was highlighted by the swiftness with which his One Short Story To Be Told contract was returned to me. Steve also assured me his feedback would arrrive today, and he has been true to his word. He’s what he had to say, as well as a nice picture he provided (though being a Leeds Utd fan myself, I’m not sure about the jersey!):

Steve Meaney with Volume OneFirst of all I want to say thank you for leaving me be a part of this amazing journey you have created with this brilliant idea.

I must say I found the story Waiting For Life To Return warm-hearted, and it brought a pleasant smile to my face. All I can say is fantastic. I even tried reading Leyton’s mirror writing notes – but found it getting harder the more I got into it! Ha Ha!
Thanks again for allowing me be a part of this. Cheers, Steve Meaney 16th August 2013.
Thank you Steve for being a part of this adventure. And thanks for the photograph and kind words – because these are things that keep me going!
Today has also seen Volume Five: Full Circle begin the next stage of it’s journey. And, in a nice piece of symetary, that move will also bring to an end to another six month love affair. Paul O’ Connor has held Full Circle in his possession since 13th February, and there have, I must admit, been times in that period when I thought Full Circle had been misplaced. But no, Paul has kept it safe and sound. And today will forward it to Sabine Lengger, a lady who resides in Plymouth, England. Sabine is, Paul tells me, Australian and very keen on the One Short Story To Be Told idea. So, I’m looking forward to contacting her. More importantly, Full Circle is looking forward to meeting it’s tenth owner.
All this activity now means, if one counts Annuska Krautz’s ownership of Voluem Two: Wink (which I will) that the One Short Story To Be Told volumes’ have visited ninety four homes since it’s launch on 23rd October 2010. I’m delighted with that, and very excited about reaching a century of homes. All going well, I think that might happen this year. In fact, I have a vision of 100 being reached on One Short Story To Be Told’s third anniversary, or maybe Christmas day. That, of course, may just be wishful thinking. But, hey what’s life without a dream!
See you next week. 88*Googolplex. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.
Aug 13, 2013
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Volume Six: Home in Melbourne.

Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. Just thought I’d share this wonderful picture with you. It was taken by James ‘Paudie’ Horgan, who until recently was the current custodian of Volume Six: Home. The shot was taken at Mornington Pier, Melbourne. Big thanks to James for taking the time to take and forward the picture.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume Six: Home somewhere in Sydney

Volume Six: Home somewhere in Sydney

Aug 10, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (95)

Hi all, and welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told weekly update. To begin with, I’m delighted to announce that two One Short Story To Be Told volumes will be winging their way to a new home in the very near future. And that, just yesterday, I posted the all important (but lots of fun) One Short Story To Be Told contract to the two lucky people. They are James Brandon, who will soon receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return from Steve Meaney. And a lady who goes by the scrumptious name of Annuska Krautz, who awaits the arrival of Volume Two: Wink. Annushka shouldn’t have to wait long, Ruairi De Barra has promised to act swiftly, and Ruairi has a great track record in keeping his word, especially in regard to One Short Story To Be Told. And I’m hoping Steve will prove as prompt as Ruairi.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been interested in numbers and coincidences. And there are a few coincidences in the numbers these two latest moves provide.

First Annushka and James will both provide a 24th home to their respective volumes.

Second, these two newly announced moves will take the total number of homes provided to One Short Story To Be Told volumes to 95 – the same number I have as today’s Friday Forum.

And third, One Short Story To Be Told is now very close to reaching the century mark!

One other piece of news this week. Elle Detonet who, as you know, was the last person to provide Volume Four: Sleepyhead with a home, has forwarded her feedback on the One Short Story To Be Told idea. It is, one has to say, very detailed and, due to the photograph’s Elle provided, colorful. So thank you Elle. Here’s what she had to say:


SleepyHead must have been sleepy by the time it arrived in India – it have travelled all the way from down under, and passed through many hands at Asian customs, before finally arriving in Mumbai in March 2013, after all. Our first trip was to a local temple where I lit candles and bought rosary beads that ended up coming everywhere with Volume Four: Sleepyhead for the remainder of it’s time with me. And it came into my possession at a time where I was myself very sleepy. Living in the madness of Mumbai, where the constant beeping of the millions of rickshaws and cars keep people like me awake well into  the wee hours, I spent many a day hidden under my covers (just like John Winston, the main character in Sleepyhead) praying for sleep to finally come! 



Reading SleepyHead reminded me of my childhood, and the battle my mother had to get me (and my sister) out if bed every morning for school. The snooze button being constantly activated, mother’s endless trips to the room, and our insistence on ‘ just 5 more minutes’ still provide great memories – and Sleepyhead activated them!  
SleepyHead also proved very popular in India for more than the quality of the writing. It is, after all, a beautifully presented book. So when I had it out and about (and I brought it everywhere) locals were always curious to know what I was reading. It drew audiences on the beach,in cafes, and on one occasion kids living in a slum area surrounded me, and were fighting to hold it – even though there was a mini circus nearby!


But my favourite trip with Volume Four: Sleepyhead was to one of Mumbais most famous landmarks: Leopolds Cafe. Leopolds was the local pub for many of Mumbais gansters , and was heavily detailed in Gregory David Roberts (one of Mumbais biggest drug dealers) best selling book, Shantaram. 
photo-4And its fame was sealed in 2008 when staff members and customers were killed when terrorists opened fire on the cafe. Brilliantly the owners refused to be closed down, and opened the very next day. To this day you can still  see bullet holes in the walls.
In conclusion, Sleepyhead was a beautiful read. I read it in one go and loved the story, language and John Winston’s character. Thanks leyton/Stan for a lovely book and idea. And apologies for misplacing such beautiful thing – especially as I had managed to bring it safely from India to Ireland before losing it!
So there you go folks, that’s it for this week. 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte


Aug 4, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (94)

Hey there, and welcome to another Friday Forum that is late arriving. I have to say I have struggled with doing these updates over the past few weeks. And this week was no different. The reason? Well I feel all I’m doing is repeating the same things over and over again.
So this week I’m not going to talk about things that have not happened (although there are many), or indeed about promises made (and made again) but not delivered upon.
Instead I’m going to tell you what HAS happened.
1. James Brandon has accepted Steve Meaney’s offer of being next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, and will soon become the 24th person to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into his life.
2. Ruairi De Barra has announced he is looking for a new owner for Volume Two: Wink. I have had a number of people express an interest in being next, and a decision regarding that matter should be made soon.
And that’s it for this week folks. But just before I’d like to ask for a favour. If you are reading this, and you are one of those people who has promised feedback or to seek a new owner for a One Short Story To Be Told volume, could you please focus your attention on that matter if at all possible this week?
Thank you.
88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

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