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Mar 9, 2012
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The end of another week arrives, and I have to say I’m glad not to be facing into a launch as I was last Friday. Not that I didn’t enjoy last Saturday night, it was great. But, as you know yourself, one can’t have the foot to the pedal all the time.

This week was quieter than last, but that’s not to say I’ve been totally idle. One of the things I’m learning is that each launch not only is busy in the lead in, but inevitably they will create tasks to be done. This launch led to the loading of Marc’s animation (you can get it here), drawing up the contract for Volume Five, arranging for Derek Chandley to pick up Full Circle and, wonderfully, welcoming a number of Superheroes to our adventure.

The upshot of all that is that Derek (as you can see above) is now enjoying Volume Five, Marc’s animation is out in cyperspace and I now need to focus on getting the second presentation we showed last Saturday (the one about Superheroes) ready to broadcast over the net. This is important as I know some of you are reading this wondering what in the name of the Lordly earth is he talking about. Be patient One Short Story To Be Tolders, all will be made clear next week.

Outside the launch a few things have happened. They are all connected to the
four volumes that were floating about the world before last Saturday, and I will outline those events in the last section of this post (which as you know deals with the current location, owner and happenings of each book). Before I do that however I’d like to apologise to those of you who have seen the picture on the right earlier this week. But I love the shot and therefore felt compelled to include it again. But now that I’ve said sorry (did I need to now I wonder) here’s the details you are really looking for.

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Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is still in possession. Tim has been in touch to say he has read Waiting For Life To Return, and that it reminded him of a tale he penned himself a few years ago. He did kindly add that he thought the piece was well written. More importantly he has begun the search for the next recipient. If you want to make your case the contact details are as follows Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): The plan for Philip O’ Byrne to hand Wink to Georgina Lynch at the launch of Volume Five fell apart. Plan B is to swing into action tomorrow (Saturday 10th March). Wink is thrilled with the news (but, with good reason, a little sceptical). Philip is adamant plan B will work. Georgina meanwhile is hoping that receiving Wink tomorrow will ease the disgust that filled her every fibre when she was unable to make last Saturday. All of that means those of you hoping to twist Georgina’s arm need to visit her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): UNBELIEVABLY Colette O Donoghue has been chosen by Astrid Walsh as the next recipient. More UNBELIEVABLY I haven’t been informed officially yet! It’s a good job Astrid takes nice photo’s I hear you shout! Don’t know when or where the handover will take place, but you can rest assured Colette (rightly so) is currently purring like a very well fed cat and grinning like…yes, you’ve guessed… a Chesire cat. OK. OK. Rant over. Details for Colette are and the old reliable Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): An Post did it’s job perfectly. Sleepyhead landed safely in the hands of Mark Fenton in Perth Australia mid week. Mark has plans for reading and outings this weekend. Still no need for you NOT to ask if you can be next. Reach Mark here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): THE NEW ONE! As the photo earlier showed Derek Chandley now has possession of Full Circle. The photo was taken immediately after I passed the volume to him. So he is keen, one could safely say. Derek is available for requests at or that strange place called Facebook

Feb 24, 2012
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Another week down, another week of activity. And I have to say a week that has infused me with love and hope. It all began with Tim Prenderville announcing the arrival of Waiting For Life To Return (Volume One) in California. That news was coupled with the fab photo featured on the right. I was, needless to say, relieved and delighted with Tim’s news. But I could not have known what more was to follow his announcement. First I had a number of One Short Story To Be Tolders contact me to say they too had been worried that Waiting may not make it (this may seem insignificant, but to me it was heart-warming; especially as I have never met some of those who were fretting). So BIG thanks to all who took the trouble to worry and let me that they had. Special mention on that front to Liz in the UK. Never met her, never spoken to her 9in person), and yet she was the first to express her relief.

Second we had a eureka moment days after this photo landed. Gratitude must be extended to Finola Linehan for her spotting talent, as it was she who noticed that the background on this photo bears a striking significance to the front cover illustration each of the One Short Story To Be Told editions bears. Tim since informed me it was totally coincidental, but as I believe in the Universe (and there being no coincidences) I have to take this occurrence as a sign. A sign of what I don’t know. But it’s a good sign. ‘m certain of that!

So a good start to the week. It was followed by Kerstin Walsh announcing Volume Three (Grey Skies) was on the move. Her twin sister Astrid being the lucky recipient (That move has not yet taken place, but will this weekend). Obviously that was good news. Better again Kerstin posted a little piece on the twins blog about One Short Story To Be Told and that has had a major effect. The Facebook ‘Insights’ page currently tells me that almost 50 people are talking (in that cyper-space world) about One Short Story To Be told, and that is a direct consequence of the post.

That post also led to Sarah Whittle (of the UK) becoming the 184th member of the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page. So hello Sarah Whittle – delighted to have you on board! One final piece of Kerstin news. Her feedback has arrived (minus a photo – what is about Volume Three and photos!) and is now included on Sleepyhead’s page. It’s pretty cool, too.

Of course the last person on board the One Short Story To Be Told page was a man named Mark Fenton. This happened last week. But it turns out (today) that this was a significant moment; a very significant moment, in fact. That’s because Mark was told by both Len and (mother) Anna O Donovan he could not be the next recipient of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) unless he was on the page. Obviously Mark heeded Len and Anna’s words, and so will be next to receive Sleepyhead. And the big deal (I hear you asking) is that Mark lives in PERTH, AUSTRALIA!

Yes, folks we may have just survived Waiting heading to California, but we are being forced to endure another long distant flight! But hey, isn’t it great, too? I think it is! In parts anyway. I didn’t have the courage to ask Anna if the parcel was registered or not (it was on the way when I received the news), so get worrying again. But sing loud, too – because Sleepyhead is overjoyed!

At the same time as breaking the Australian news, feedback from both O’ Donovan’s (that’s Len and Anna, remember) was provided. Great photo’s were attached, and the Volume Four page now looks superdupa as a result.

The rest of the week has been taken up with preparations the launch of Volume Five. There have been challenges. And I almost lost my faith in the Universe at times. But as I speak all is just about on track, and the surprises – which are interactive – I have planned are looking good. I’m not going to reveal too much, but I will say that this week my getting my ‘Five a day‘ has had nothing to do with vegetables and a lot to do with Superheroes! All will be revealed in Mr Bradley’s, Barrack St, Cork at 7.30pm on Saturday week (3rd March). Oh and I’d love to see you there! Which reminds me, I have an invite for you! And it’s here on the left. It’s rather cool. And a MASSIVE thank you goes to Skillian Dragon for his creative genius on this. I had nothing to do with it.

So a busy week, as you can see. Next week promises more of the same as I put the final touches to the launch night. An extract from ‘Full Circle’ (who is beside himself with excitement, by the way) will be released Monday or Tuesday. I have some radio stuff lined up as well. And you and your attendance will, obviously, be on my mind. But I’ll leave you with the   necessary details for each of our Volumes (one of which has a bit of info about Saturday week!) 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is now in possession. Contact details for Tim are Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Philip O’ Byrne’s has told me he is aiming to hand Wink to the new (13th) owner at the launch of Volume Five. He has not, however, made any decision as to who that owner will be. You can talk to Philip  at, or get him on Facebook.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Soon to be in the hands of  Astrid Walsh. Begging notes and pleas to be next can be forwarded to or (yes you’ve guessed right!) Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Anna O Donovan has decided that Sleepyhead is to head to Perth, Australia. Mark Fenton will be the sixth home that Volume Four has resided in. Mark can be reached here.


Feb 17, 2012
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Well it’s been a quiet week here at One Short Story To Be Told. And you know that’s a good thing. I’ve realised that as much as the excitement of one of our volumes finding a new home is fantastic, it’s just as important that they, and their owners, enjoy the experience. I mean what would be the point of giving someone a story and then pressurising them into passing it on before they had enjoyed it?

So I’ve taken a back seat this week, and allowed Philip, Kerstin and Anna have some space with – in the correct order -Volumes Two, Three and Four. I’m reliably told that Anna has Sleepyhead prominently displayed in his abode. That Kerstin is treating Grey Skies splendidly. And that Philip has welcomed Wink with open arms, and then hugged it profusely ever since. I can ask for no more.

But.. (Yes, there is always a but!) there has been a slight problem in taking a back seat. A back seat infers no driving or directing, and given that is the position I have adopted all week I have not pursued the whereabouts of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). At the same time I’m assuming that Tim Prenderville (he who is awaiting Volume One) would be in touch once Waiting For Life To Return has landed in California. But (there’s that word again) he has not. So, exactly eleven days after John Linehan packed and posted our delicious and desirable book, I – and Waiting – and John – and Tim – are in limbo. (Should it take that long for a parcel to travel from Cork, Ireland to California, USA? Please inform me if you have any ideas on this).

But (there’s that word again!) what can I do? There is no point in pestering John, he has sent Waiting on it’s way. And Tim will surely act once Waiting has landed. So nothing is the answer to ‘What can I do?’, unless one decides to pray.

Actually, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to pray and trust. Pray that Waiting is safe, and on it’s way to Tim. And trust that the Universe will keep it’s gigantic angelic arms wrapped around our well wrapped (John said so, so it’s true) package.

And so there is nothing left to say. Nothing has changed since last week. And those of you seeking to be a next recipient are in the same place. But (last time I promise!) in case you’ve forgotten here’s a reminder of your options.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): (STILL) in transit. Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is the end user (so to speak). I’ll post contact details for Tim just as soon as Waiting has landed, and I have them. Meanwhile you could possibly could get him at Irishocity’s Weblog.

Volume Two (Wink): Now in Philip O’ Byrne’s welcoming and hugging hands. Email, or get him on FB.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Cuddling up with Kerstin Walsh. Contact, or FB.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Anna O Donovan is still in control here. Reach out to Anna through

Till next week (or before if Tim gets in touch!)



Feb 10, 2012
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Oh, my beating heart and racing head! I am worried, very worried. I know there is no reason for this. Really I do. But Volume One (Waiting for Life To Return) has not landed in the US of A yet, and I can’t help but worry. John Linehan has assured (and then reassured) me that he packaged Waiting well, and included a return address but…well I’m feeling the pressure. Still no news is good news, as someone once said. So lets get the chin up and focus on positive news.

A beaming Eric (right) passes 'Wink' to a beaming Philip. Stan looks on while....beaming!

That, I have to say, has been in abundant supply this week. Positive feedback on Volume Two (Wink) has arrived from Eddie O Mahoney and Eric Downey. We managed to find (eventually) the pic of Waiting tucked up in bed in Brenda O’ Keeffe’s house (THANKS Colette). Philip O Byrne became the twelfth owner of Volume Two (Wink). Anne O Donovan informs me that she loved Volume Four (Sleepyhead) -this is an unofficial piece of feedback, but hey one needs to share good things (especially when worry is around!). And Kerstin Walsh, according to Grey Skies (the best judge), is treating Volume Three wonderfully.

Jeepers when I put all that down, worrying seems more than a tad silly.

So where does that leave all you wannabe One Short Story To Be Told owners? Well in a pretty good place actually. Philip, Kerstin and Anna have given no indication as to next owners. And Tim Prendiville (as he hasn’t received Volume One yet!) has hardly began thinking about ‘Who’s next?’. So you have four live lines of inquiry. Could be a good week to be emailing, facebooking, texting or whatever other form of communication you fancy (and have with current owner).

Sadly I can only help with the internet based forms of those communication lines. But I’m glad to do that. So here, my Dearest One Short Story To Tolders, is the information I can provide.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): (Still) in transit. Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is the end user (so to speak). I’ll post contact details for Tim just as soon as Waiting has landed, and I have them. Meanwhile you could possibly could get him at Irishocity’s Weblog.

Volume Two (Wink): Now in Philip O’ Byrne’s hands. Email, or get him on FB.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Cuddling up with Kerstin Walsh. Contact, or FB.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Anna O Donovan is still in control here. Reach out to Anna through

Finally, the preparations for the launch of Volume Five (Full Circle) are going extremely well. I received the first draft of the book layout today. It looks well. Some small adjustments are inevitable, but that shouldn’t take too long (2-3 hours). A draft of the invite is ready, too. It’s brilliant. And I can say that without fear of sounding egomanical because I didn’t create it! More on who did between now and the 3rd March when Volume Five is freed. The animated film has been scripted, the sound recorded, and Marc is doing his thing. So all on track there. And the surprises I have in store are coming along nicely as well. So all in all I’m happy. Which is a huge shift from where I was when I started this piece. Ain’t writing great!

Best of luck if you are chasing a volume. Talk next week.



Feb 3, 2012
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Time flies, they say, when you re having fun. Well it also flies, I’ve found this week, when one is busy. But then the busyness I have ben embroiled in this week has also been fun. That fun has been contributed to in no small way by the current owners of the One short Story To be Told volumes. John Linehan, as you know, had – or sent – Waiting For Life To Return, on a sleepover with Brenda o’ Keefe. Brenda in turn passed on wonderful feedback.* Len O Donovan who has remained the contact for Volume Four despite passing Sleepyhead on to his Mother, has been in touch using his Superhero name Elando Novan (God but I just LOVE when people do that) to say that Anna has delved into Sleepyhead, and that the O Donovan feedback will be arriving in double format shortly. And Kerstin Walsh who, due to the unavailability of a signature on Monday (An Post have their guidelines when dealing with special packages), only took possession of Volume Three yesterday was in touch (appropriately) three times last night. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I have to quote some of the FANTASTIC feedback. So here goes. ‘Finished! Twice. I think you’re some kind of weird, crazy genius! Actually weird is the wrong word – fantastical is more accurate.’

leyton and I have taken those words – Weird. Crazy. Geniuses and fantastical! - as the most positive statement yet on the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.  And we’re pretty darned pleased I can tell you.

Add to all that that Brenda O’ Keefe also became the one hundred and eighty first member of our facebook page, that Volume Five, and the story Full Circle, was sent on to the wonderful Mary Bulman to be prepared for publication and… and well it’s been a great week.

And I haven’t mentioned that John Linehan has Waiting For Life To return packaged and ready for it’s journey to.. wait for it… the US of A yet!

Man, but it’s been a great week.

You’ll have noted that the one volume I haven’t mentioned is numero Two. Well on that front Eric Downey informs me that Wink will be on it’s travels next Wednesday. One Philip O’ Byrne will be the man who will be Wink’s twelfth (or a round dozen, if you prefer) recipient. Contract has been dispatched and we await Eric’s feedback with great anticipation.

Now all that leaves those of you seeking a One Short Story To be Told volume with fewer than normal options this week. But I still need to outline them so here they are.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In transit from John Linehan to Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California. I’ll post contact details for Tim just as soon as Waiting has landed.

Volume Two (Wink): Currently in Eric Downey’s hands. But soon to be (next Wed) in Philip O’ Byrne’s. You know what? I’ll give you Philip’s contact, you can always let him know before he receives Wink that you want it next. Keep the options open as they say.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Just landed in the hands of Kerstin Walsh (she of the ‘Weird  no fantastical – crazy genius’ quote). Striking early is recommended here too. Do that at

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Under the patient perusal of Anna O Donovan. No indication of a move being imminent. You can get to Anna through her son Len – or his superhero Elando Novon – by utilising this address

Oh and Len, Kerstin and Philip are facebook users. So you can go there too!

Till next week (could it be as exciting as this?)



*In case you missed it – or like me like to reread it – here’s what  ‘Babysitter’ Brenda O’ Keefe had to say about Volume One: I received Volume One of One Short Story To Be Told from a dear friend on 30/1/2102 who knew I would love the idea. And I do indeed love the concept! In fact I now look forward to getting another volume of One Short Story To Be Told in the future. Waiting For Life to Return is a short but powerful story that is relevant to us all. Well done leyton! Brenda O’Keefe, Cork, Ireland.

Jan 28, 2012
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I’m going to keep this weeks Friday Forum short because I have had an amazing but exhausting week. I could rant about breakthrough’s and amazing events, but one hasn’t had a proper nights sleep in eight nights… well energy is low.

Amid all the amazing events there has been activity for our beautiful volumes, so I’ll get straight to it.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) remains with John Linehan. He has, he tells me, read Waiting For Life To Return and got someone in mind as the next recipient. But he is currently re-reading the other content of volume one. Intriguing is the word he used.

Volume Two (Wink) is still with Eric Downey  He too informs me he has someone in mind as the next recipient. But whoever it will have to wait another little while as Eric is not quite finished reading. Though he, much like John, has finished the story and is focusing on other content.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) winged it’s way to Kerstin Walsh today. So if the postal service does it’s thing, and is as efficient as it is most of the time, Grey Skies should be in Kerstin’s expectant hands on Monday. Grey Skies is a tad disappointed that the handover wasn’t completed this week. But as I’ve said it’s been an eventful seven days; and sometimes the business of living ones life interferes with best laid plans.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead) is the one volume that is definitely on the move. Leonard O Donovan has decided to keep things in the family and is passing Sleepyhead to his mother, the wonderful Anna O Donovan. That transfer should take place over the weekend. Needless to say Sleepyhead is delighted. Grey Skies meanwhile took this news hard. ‘I’d just managed to get back on level par by heading towards my fourth recipient, and now you’re telling me Sleepyhead is on to his fifth!’ were his exact words. Amazing how competitive stories can get isn’t it?

There is one other piece of news to relay. Luan Cuffe of Dublin, Ireland became member number 180 of our Facebook page on Wednesday. Maybe I should now calculate the total number of followers. Yes, there’s something to do over the weekend. It will need to be done before the 3rd of March and the launch of Volume Five.

Preparations for that event are going well by the way. I’ll provide more detail in next weeks Friday Forum. As long as my energy levels have returned to normal of course.

That’s it, short and sweet as promised. I’ll leave you as always with contact details.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): John Linehan or Facebook

Volume Two (Wink): Eric Downey or Facebook

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Kerstin Walsh or Facebook

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Anne O Donovan. Actually I’m not sure how this will work, Anna is of a generation where email and Facebook are alien lifeforms. Perhaps Leonard O Donovan at or Facebook is the best route. yes, certainly for now. I’ll update you if it changes.


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Jan 22, 2012
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OK, my hands are up! I’m twenty four hours (ish) late with this post. But – and this is a big but – I have very good reason. And that very good reason is very good news for One Short Story To Be Told. You see all yesterdays plans – get up, go to work, get home, write a bit and then compose the Friday Forum – were outshone ,and in the case of write a bit and compile the Friday Forum erased, by a phone call from Marius Griffin. Now you will remember Marius as the second recipient of Volume Three of this adventure. You will also recall that Marius is the mother of Dante, the third recipient of Volume Three. And you will without doubt (unless I’ve been wasting my time entirely) know that contacting Dante and Marius has been extraordinarily difficult. So when I tell you that the phone call from Marius Griffin included an invite to meet AND COLLECT VOLUME THREE TO PASS IT ON you will understand what I dropped everything and ran.

That, of course, meant no blogging last night. And today? you scream. Well today was taken up with work – until now. So here we are.

The upshot of meeting Marius sees me currently in possession of Volume Three with instruction to pass it on to one Kerstin Walsh. The transfer is arranged for Monday, and Grey Skies, who by the way – despite the elongated silence – was very complimentary of Dante (and Marius), is delirious. That word pretty much sums up Kerstin’s mood too.

All of that closes a busy week that saw Colette O Donoghue choose John Linehan as the next, and fourteenth, recipient of Volume One, John A Crean and Lorraine O’ Meara Foley become new members on the facebook page and Volume Five edge ever closer to completion.

Actually I’m very excited about Volume Five, especially as the surprises I’m planning are coming along nicely.

But I’m not going into that now. Instead I’ll tell you that Eric Downey has not completed reading Volume Two, but has assured me that it looks superb perched on his bedside locker. Eric also commented on the irony that after all his effort to get his hands on ‘Wink’ he has struggled to find time for it. ”That’s not much good to those waiting’ I replied, which I hope will be enough to see some news on a new owner next week.

I’ll also tell you that Len O Donovan’s promise to drop all other reading commitment’s in favour of Volume Four has not been kept, and you, I and ‘Sleepyhead’ will have to play the waiting game on that front.

But you know the thrill of Volume Three’s reactivation eases the pain typing those words inflicts. I hope it’s the same for you!

Of course you could always ease your pain by contacting the current custodians of our volumes to put the case for you being next to welcome them into your home. And if that appeals to you the relevant addresses would be helpful. So here they are.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): John Linehan or Facebook

Volume Two (Wink): Eric Downey or Facebook

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Kerstin Walsh or Facebook

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Leonard O Donovan or Facebook



Jan 13, 2012
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Friday Forum Number 13 appearing on Friday 13th! If I was superstitious I’d be quaking now – especially as the thirteenth edition of the Friday Forum should, if I hadn’t taken a week off over Christmas, appeared last week. But I’m not superstitious, and I think the fact that this week has been a good one for One Short Story To Be Told, and that I am therefore in tip-top form as I sit to compose this entry, is proof enough of the senseless of superstition. But let’s not get into a philosophical debate about good and bad luck. Let’s focus on the past week, and the pleasurable happenings in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

One has to, I feel, begin with Colette O Donoghue (You will recall it is she who created all sorts of One Short Story To Be Told history just before we all embarked on the Christmas festivities) who has been very busy this week. I always felt that once Colette decided to pass on the TWO volumes of One Short Story To Be Told that spent Christmas in her abode, her actions would be worth keeping an eye on; there was something in the twinkling tone of voice when we spoke last year that hinted at mischevousness.

And I was not disappointed. Colette has provided excellent photographic evidence of Sleepyhead and Waiting For Life To Return. And the fun and games she had on FB with potential suitors was fantastic. I know now there were other, less visible, activities afoot too, and I can only say I thank you all for having such an interest.

The upshot of that activity was Colette choosing Len O Donovan (or Cleo Othello Gudtone choosing Elando Novon if you want to use their Superheroes names – which Colette and Len have taken too recently) as the next recipient of Volume Four of One Short Story to Be Told. I’m pleased to say that Sleepyhead landed in Len’s lap yesterday, that the very positive feedback from Colette (which you can see on the Volume Four page here) has arrived and that Sleepyhead is delighted to be on the move again.

As yet Colette has given no indication regarding any movement for Waiting For Life To Return, but I’m sure she is plotting/hatching something nteresting for volume one of One Short Story to be Told as I write and you read.

The news on the other One Short Story To be Told volumes is not I regret to say AS positive. But it is positive. Positivish, anyway. Unfortunately Eric Downey, the current custodian of Volume Two, has broken last week’s promise of moving Volume Two on this week. Life, as they say, has got in the way. He has been very complimentary again, but then flattery is always a good approach when one is discussing broken promises. And more importantly that does nothing for you anticipatory One Short Story To Be Tolders. Tellingly Eric has given no promise of action next week either. Perhaps and need to be utilised!

The news on Volume Three – which I’m now (dramatically) terming ‘The Lost Volume’ – is actually better – relatively speaking at least. I had telephonic dialogue with a person very close to Dante Griffin (dialogue of any kind with Dante himself is impossible it seems) this week, and it had very good connotations. It will not see anything happen this week, but I have (fairly) high hopes that next week could be momentous – or at least carry some momentum. Let’s not build ourselves up only to have to be left down, hey.

You will, I hope, have received the news that Volume Five of One Short Story To Be Told will be launched on 3rd March 2012 (if you hadn’t, you have now). The hard work – and it is very hard work – of putting that tome together has begun. There will be a few surprises included, but I’m saying nothing more for now.

I’ll leave as always fellow story lovers with the concise version of what you need to know!

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Colette O Donoghue. or Facebook

Volume Two (Wink): Eric Downey. or or Facebook

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Dante Griffin. Facebook page and you could try
Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Leonard O Donovan or Facebook

88*Googolplex as always

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Jan 6, 2012
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This really should be Friday Forum (13) but I took a week away from blogging, facebooking and general internet activity last week (It was Christmas after all) so it’s number twelve.  That week off meant no activity in the One Short Story To Be Told for me. But I guessed – correctly it turned out – that most everybody would be capable of surviving Christmas without any missives from me.

The owners of our magical little volumes took Christmas off, too – well from One Short Story To be Tolding at least – and I heard not a jot from them until this week. The news is, for the most part, good. Colette O Donoghue has treated Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Volume Four (Sleepyhead) splendidly, and is now ready to begin passing the batons. Her suggestion that you do something clever with her full name or her Superhero name (Cleo Othello Gudtone) to help her decide on the next owner has created quite a stir among the facebookers in our One Short Story To Be Told group. But for those of you who missed the simple, but also difficult, task Colette has set here’s a reminder.

Colette convinced Georgina Lynch to pass Sleepyhead to her by composing this:

Loyal follower,
Colette =

Clever, and not as easy as one may think (even if one, as Colette did at the end, ignores all grammatical rules), but it’s this type of thing Colette wants you to do with her real or superhero name. Now I know some of you are groaning right now (I probably would be too) but it’s a bit of fun and well worth an effort I would suggest. And if the idea really irritates you take the time to tell Colette just how annoyed you are – any contact puts you in the frame. And SHE DOES HAVE TWO VOLUMES TO GIVE AWAY!

Mr Eric Downey who currently possesses Volume Two (Wink) was in touch to say that Christmas didn’t provide much reading time for him. He has started Volume Two and was very complimentary of the design as well as the illustrations (thanks Kerstin!) used. And he has promised to act on all outstanding One Short Story To Be Told matters next week. That to me would indicate we could be talking about a new owner of Volume Two when I sit to compose Friday Forum (13) this time next week.

Sadly I have to report that my Christmas wish to Santa Clause has not been granted, and Dante Griffin’s silence regarding Volume Three remains intact. The only upside I can give you on this matter is that I am aware of one One Short Story To Be Tolder that is in a position to contact Dante (or at least someone close to him) and I have been reliably informed that they will be pursuing that line of inquiry ASAP.

So I’ll ask all who read this to keep fingers, toes and noses crossed on that matter – Dante releasing (yes it feels like he has imprisoned Grey Skies at this stage) will be of benefit to all.

Another thing that will benefit all One Short Story To Be Told followers is the arrival of Volume Five of this adventure. That, believe it or not, is scheduled (if indeed leyton has a schedule) to occur in approximately seven weeks. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but our minds have begun to drift in that direction. So you can expect announcements about a date, venue (that will be a tough one!), story title and other details in the coming weeks. I’m sure you’re trembling with anticipation now! Oh, how I wish.

So that’s it for this week. I would like to extend an enormous Happy New Year to each and every one of you before I go. Your support has been of great value to me and the One Short story To Be Told project over the past twelve months or so. Thank you for that, and please God, the Universe and my non-extinguishable  love of meeting people, I’ll see you soon.

Oh I nearly forgot the contact details for the current owners! Silly, silly me.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Colette O Donoghue. or Facebook

Volume Two (Wink): Eric Downey. or or Facebook

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Dante Griffin. Facebook page and you could try
Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Colette O Donoghue. or Facebook

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Dec 23, 2011
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Friday Forum (11)

Ho Ho Ho, it’s Christmas the season to be JOLLY! So I’m gonna be just that throughout this post. And I have good reason to be JOLLY, too: the past week has seen movement of volumes and shenanigans that could not fail to bring a smile to a face.

The majority of the jolliness I have been treated to has been related to Volume’s One and Four landing in Colette O’ Donoghue’s house. For those of you who do not practice facebooking it is worth having a look at this page. It gives you an idea as to what has been going on since Colette welcomed ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ and ‘Sleepyhead’ to Watergrasshill.


If that is too much trouble, the picture on the left of ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ and ‘Sleepyhead’ relaxing under the Xmas tree in Colette’s house is all I can give you. It’s the first of two (with more promised) that pictures Colette has forwarded.



Jolliness was, too, provided by Ciaran Bermingham’s kind words before he passed ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ on to Colette, as well as the feedback he provided for this here blog (you can view it on Volume One’s dedicated page. IT’S DOWN THE BOTTOM). And Georgina Lynch was so kind that Jolliness hardly covers the feeling that enveloped the One Short Story To Be Told universe when she provided feedback. I should point out, as more than one of you madcap followers have asked, that the One Short Story To Be Told Universe has not been in any way damaged by two volumes being in one place at the same time. Quite the contrary; it has been enhanced.

The down side to the week, which I refuse to allow mellow my jolliness, has been the inability to get feedback regarding volume two from Eddie O’ Mahoney (I must work harder), and the continued silence from Volume Three custodian Dante Griffin. I should however say that the latter of those two (i.e. Dante’s silence) has made a decision regarding a Christmas present very, very easy for leyton. Yes Santa Claus is in receipt of a letter asking – nay begging – that Dante ‘BREAK THE SILENCE.’

The mention of Santa reminds me to wish you all a wonderfully festive season, to cross my fingers, toes and ears that the man who comes down the chimney (even if you leave the front door open) brings exactly what you want,  and extend my very best wishes for 2012. I do hope you will stay with us in that new year, and that one of our Volumes will reach you, too.

Fianlly (well almost) can I say ‘Thank you’ to all who have provided homes for our volumes in 2011, and an even bigger THANKS to those of you who have stayed with One Short Story to Be Told and therefore nourished my soul. I appreciate it.

The final finally has to be the current owners. Not surprisingly given the time of year there is no change from last week, but I’ll type them anyway

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Colette O Donoghue. or Facebook

Volume Two (Wink): Eric Downey. or or Facebook

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Dante Griffin. Facebook page and you could try
Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Colette O Donoghue. or Facebook

88*Googleplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

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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