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Dec 28, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (114)

Friday the 28th December 2013, the final Friday of the year, sees me in reflective mood. Another year is inching toward an end, while 2014 – AKA the New Year – is visible on the horizon, which is barely visible through the mist that has been with us in Ireland for days.

But I’m not going to get into the ruminating that I’ve been doing here – after all, it’s best not to live in the past (And does it really matter if there were three or four times occasions in the past twelve months when I thought a One Short Story To Be Told volume had reached the end of the road, or that I almost gave up entirely on the idea at one stage?)

So I’m going to simply to going to borrow a few words (from the one and only Mr Paul McCartney!), and say I hope you all had a ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’,  and then use a well worn, but still appropriate, phrase you will a lot between now and 1st January 2014 to sign off

Yep you’ve guessed it – Happy New Year all you One Short Story To Be Tolders!

88*Googolplex Leyton Attens/Stanley Notte.

PS – details on all One Short Story To Be Told stories will be included in the first Friday Forum of 2014.


Dec 20, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (113)

The final One Short Story To Be Told post before that wonderful season called Christmas lands on our doorstep brings news of the adventure arriving back at almost full steam. And here’s why:

I’ve managed now to speak to all but one of the current custodians, and have a number of my six editions either on the move, or preparing to move.

So here is the latest on all six of my globe trotting tales.

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return – James Brandon has decided to send this story to Bill Grant of Cobh, Co. Cork. Bill is new to the One Short Story To Be Told adventure, and I can’t wait to get his reaction to the idea, and indeed the contract which is in the post today.

Volume Two: Wink – Annuska Krautz has chosen one Eva Linehan of Ballincollig, Cork to be the next recipient of the second tale  I thrust upon the world. There is a tad of confusion on my end, as I may have contacted the wrong Eva Linehan. But I’m hopeful all confusion will be eradicated before Santa departs the North Pole.

Volume Three: Grey Skies. Ruairi De Barra has forwarded number three in the One Short Story To Be Told series to Austin Collins of Drogheda, Co. Louth. Grey Skies will be the second One Short Story To Be Told tale that Austin has received, a fact that delights me –  it is always nice when someone shows a continued interest in this adventure: it is my writing that they want more of after all.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead. After a trip to India and a long sabbatical when I thought it had been consigned to the scrap heap, Sleepyhead is due to head to a new home – that of Ruairi De Barra – any day now. Ruairi will provide Sleepyhead with it’s eleventh home, and at the same time take another step toward completing his ambition to read all six of my tales. Sleepyhead will be the fourth of my tales Ruairi has provided with a temporary home, leaving him with just two more to welcome under his roof. It is worth noting that Ruairi has welcomed my tales into his home in numerical order (i.e. Volume One came first, then Volume Two, Three and now Four), and if he completes the task he has set himself by continuing that trend he will be the first to read all six stories in that order. Not that one needs to do that, each story is a stand alone entity. But it will be a nice feat. I’ll let you know as soon as Elle Detonet has forwarded Sleepyhead to Ruairi, which I hope will be soon.

Volume Five: Full Circle – This edition of One Short Story To Be Told is proving to be the hardest to get back on track. My many attempts to contact Sabine Lengger in Plymouth, England have yielded nothing but silence thus far. The situation is further complicated by the fact I don’t know Sabine at all, and indeed don’t know Paul O’ Connor the man who passed Full Circle to her either. So all I can do is continue to email Sabine, and cross my fingers that a reply will be forthcoming at some point.

Volume Six: Home – The final One Short Story To Be Told volume is currently nestled in the safe hands of Leonard O’ Donovan, another man on a mission to have read all of the One Short Story To Be Told tales. Home is the fifth of my tales Leonard has provided a home to, and I’m sure his focus will shift to Volume One: Waiting for Life To Return – the only One Short Story To Be Told story he has not yet received – early in the new year. In the meantime Leonard plans on providing Home with a warm and celebratory Christmas home.

Finally I have been unsuccessful in procuring any feedback that is outstanding on this idea. So I’ll just have to keep at it over the festive period.

And now it’s time for me to say 88*Googolplex and wish all you One Short Story To Be Told followers a peaceful and happy Christmas. Take care, enjoy the holiday, and I’ll speak to you just before we say adios to 2013 and bonjour to 2014.

88*Googolplex Leyton Attens/Stanley Notte.

Dec 13, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (112)

Well the efforts to get this idea back on track have started…slowly.

Here’s the latest from the six current custodians:

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return – attempts to contact James Brandon have been unsuccessful to date.

Volume Two: Wink – Annushka Krautz has been reached. She is ready to pass ‘Wink’ on, and was thrilled and excited to learn she could choose the next recipient herself. I wonder sometimes if I am explaining this thing correctly.

Volume Three: Grey Skies – Ruairi De Barra did reply to my messages, but I’m no clearer on where we are at with Volume Three. Ruairi was clear however on his desire to receive Volume Four: Sleepyhead next.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead – Elle Detonet has decided to pass Sleepyhead to Ruairi De Barra, just as soon as she gets it back from a friend she loaned it to. Again I wonder sometimes if I am explaining this thing correctly.

Volume Five: Full Circle - attempts to contact Sabine Lengger have been unsuccessful to date.

Volume Six: Home – Leonard O’ Donovan is basking in the glory of receiving another One Short Story To Be Told volume. And that is all he said.

So I’ll be trying to get things moving again next week. What are the chances given it’s Christmas week? And resending messages to James and Sabine. Wish me luck.

88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/Leyton Attens.

Dec 8, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (111)

It’s been a while – too long in fact – since I posted here. Over a month in fact. Why? Well I’ve been distracted, and struggling in my mind with keeping this going. It’s felt a little pointless to be honest. Not that has anything to do with the idea, or anyone who has a book in their hands right now, or indeed those that have been slow to send feedback – I’ve just been in a bit of funk, and busy with stuff that’s proven very challenging.

Anyway at eight minutes past midnight on a this Saturday night I’ve decided to get my act together and put this idea back on track – or at least begin that process.

One thing that has been shown for sure in the past month is that the idea will die if I don’t drive it. So anyone who has a book, or is due to send notes for the blog is now being forewarned that I will be in touch regularly over the next few weeks (at least that’s the promise I’m making to myself right now!).

So here’s what’s happened since I was last active with the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Caroline McSweeney has passed Volume Six: Home to Leonard O’ Donovan, who is delighted with the transfer as he is now one step closer to having provided all six One Short Story To Be Told volumes with a home – a feat only achieved by Colette O’ Donoghue to date.

So, with that news out there in the universe it’s time for  me to say 88*Googolplex, and start contacting the One Short Story To Be Told current custodians.

88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/Leyton Attens

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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.

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