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Dec 16, 2011
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Friday Forum (10).

We reach double figures on our weekly updates in a week that has been as active as any to date for the One Short story To Be Told adventure. Given that that week has seen me issue three emails/FB updates/blog posts since Friday Form number nine, and Jackie Daly (hello again Jacq) told me today I issue updates every day (I don’t!) I’m going to keep this short. There’s not a lot to report since yesterday’s extraordinary events and update (I can hear Jacq moaning now) anyway. So it’s volume titles and names of holders with a little reminder of the weeks events and out of here!
Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ciaran Bermingham is making arrangements to pass Waiting For Life To Return to Colette O Donoghue as I write/type. Colette, as was said yesterday, will be looking to move quickly. So a new home for Volume One is possible by Xmas (although that may depend on YOU taking an action).
Volume Two (Wink): Now in the hands of Eric Downey as Eddie O’ Mahoney threw it out his car window on Wednesday. Eric has indicated he may be acting quickly too. So the jury is out on whether Wink will spend Christmas in Sallybrook with Eric or a new home beckons.
Volume Three (Grey Skies): I have to tell you that the news of Colette’s historic achievements have reached Grey Skies. And he has pointed out that there is more than Colette involved in the extraordinary events of the past week; Volumes One and Four have a direct part to play, and Volume Two, due to it’s time with Colette last September, can claim it’s slice of the pie (these were Grey Skies words), too. He also pointed out that both he and Sleepyhead have now had three owners, despite Sleepyhead’s journey beginning three months later than his.
These observations, I’m sure have guessed, were not made with any Yippee’s or Yabba Dabba Doo’s as bookends. In fact Grey Skies was so down I would worry for his health if he were to discover that his blog page is the only one bereft of comment or pictorial decoration. So what am I saying? I’m saying to you, and the Universe, that Grey Skies needs a lift. So if anyone knows Dante Griffin please give him a nudge, and lets get Grey Skies feeling good again! If you don’t know him? Give him a nudge anyway!
Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Georgina told me today that she has spoken to Colette and that the ‘passover’ (what a lovely word that is) has been arranged. Georgina also forwarded a picture of her with Sleepyhead yesterday, and just now (and I mean that literally) her feedback has arrived. The smile Georgina wears in the photograph is, I have to say, simply fabulous. And her kind words…well I’m glowing right now. You can view picture and digest the feedback here: Thank you Georgina!  Oh and it’s Colette you need to talk to about Volume Four from now on.
Finally, here are the addresses you require if you are going to take an action regarding receiving a One Short Story To Be Told Volume.
Volume One and Four: or Facebook
Volume Two: or or Facebook
Volume Three: Dante Griffin Facebook page (he’s hard to get. But someone has to do it!) and you could try, it might work.

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Dec 9, 2011
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Friday Forum (9)

You know the way sometimes a week seems to drag but when you look back on it’s flown? Well that’s what the One Short Story To Be Told week has been like this week. Maybe I prefaced that type of week with my comments here last Friday (one never knows how the Universe will interpret thoughts), but you know it doesn’t matter because, when I look back on it, this has been a fantastic week.

You will be aware that Wink (Volume Two) had an exciting day on Wednesday. Not only did it get it’s first ever public outing, but it reached it’s tenth – yes double figures! – recipient immediately afterwards. Eddie O Mahoney has been in touch since to say that his adorable wife Aileen did her end, and he is in possession of Wink as we speak.

The week was notable for a number of other things as well. Jim McCarthy’s extraordinary praise following Wink’s public debut, kind words from many others on the same occasion and one One Short Story To Be Told follower (who shall remain nameless) more than once informing me that ‘The bug has bitten! I’m determined to get his hands on a One Short Story To be Told volume.’ But the most important event of the week is my return to the writing page. I had been struggling for a month or so. And the frustration of a stagnant novel (Have I mentioned the novel before? I don’t think I have. Maybe I should have. Maybe I did? No, I didn’t) was becoming a dreadfully heavy weight; one that leyton, as he is the main character, felt as well.

Anyway, to get to the point, after a few days of scribbling about leyton and how he would like his story to begin, the page – for the first time in a long time – felt welcoming yesterday. Please God that will continue. I’ve not tested it yet today, but I will later. Yes, I’ll keep you posted.

The final notable event of this week was managing to speak to all four owners of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes. I say that rather blandly I note, but believe me when I say such an occurrence excites me terribly. As I write I’m trembling inside, and considering a somersault or two (That won’t happen; I can’t somersault. But maybe I’ll do a bit of juggling. I can do that!). The news from those owners is all good – which definitely warrants a rather large YIPPEE! Their comments are laid out from the next line on, so I’ll silence myself and let you get on with reading them.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ciaran Bermingham, a  very talented actor, is extraordinarily busy right now. But he has, he tells me, been very impressed by the content of Volume One. ‘Wonderful’ was the exact term used. He also says he has about ten pages to go, and has set a target of getting Volume One to it’s next owner/destination before Christmas. I’m not holding Ciaran to that, but you might want to encourage him. And who am I to stop you.

Volume Two (Wink): As stated above (and more than once during the week) Wink has had a landmark week. It is currently settling into Eddie O’ Mahoney’s home/life, and is tremendously proud of reaching double figures on the owner front. We await Eddie’s feedback with baited breath – and only hope it will be as good as that received from the previous owner Ivan Bevan.

Volume Three (Grey Skies). Grey Skies is still in the hands of Dante Griffin. Marius, his mother and previous owner, assured me today that all is well with Dante and Grey Skies, and that our precious Volume is in safe hands. She also said Dante hopes to have chosen a new owner by Christmas (anyone sense a theme developing here?) If that happens – and I am taking the same position on that statement as I did to Ciaran’s – I’ll be delighted because I have to say that, as Dante is by far the youngest person ever to own a One Short Story To Be Told volume, I’m itching to receive his feedback. But I’ll have to be patient, and while being so remind myself that before he ever took possession of Volume Three Dante described the entire One Short Story To Be Told as ‘Cool as Fuck!’ High praise – but then high expectations to live up to as well. Best not to think about that.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): As reported earlier in the week Georgina Lynch has finished reading Sleepyhead (thank you Georgina for the kind words! Oh sod it let’s be honest: Thank you for the high praise!) and when I spoke to her today she was in a bit of a quandary regarding the next recipient as quite a few people had been in touch with her. From my end that’s great to hear, but for Georgina…well it’s proving difficult. In the end she committed to choosing and getting the Sleepyhead to a new owner by (have you guessed?) Christamas. Told you there was a theme developing! Finally Georgina says she has told lots of people about One Short Story To Be Told (Thank you again, Georgina) and that the reaction was universally excitement!

So that’s it. Looks like three people (and maybe four if Eddie acts swiftly) will be receiving a unique and special – but temporary – gift this Christmas. Dare I say ‘It could be you!’

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Dec 2, 2011
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Friday Forum (8)

It’s Friday, and time for me to write about the One Short Story To Be Told activity over the last week. But I find myself feeling a lacklustre about this post. I keep thinking nothing has happened. But then the truth when I look at the week is very different. Ivan Bevan has paid me a huge compliment (for those of you who haven’t read it here it is again: Wink has blown me away. I moved so smoothly through the pages that I had to go back over to check that I had really read that many pages. I have read thousands of books and this author is up there with the best), and Georgina Lynch has twice lifted my spirits. First when she contacted me last Saturday to say ‘I’ve just finished Sleepyhead!! What a beautiful read. Really enjoyed it. Your gift of descriptive writing is very special.’ and second when she commented on Ivan’s comment above with this little ditty: Ivan just it the nail on the head there!!!

So what, I ask myself, is the problem? Why do I feel that the One Short Story To Be Told project is not going well?Well… I suppose it’s the fact the One Short Story To Be Told stories (Waiting For Life To Return, Wink, Grey Skies and Sleepyhead) have not moved. You see this is the problem with having bits of you out there in the world – YOU CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THEM (In fact I’m beginning to understand how my mother, and probably every other mother, felt the kids – that’s me, my brother and two sisters in this case (is there a synchronicity in the number four here?) – left home.

And you know, now that I think about it, it’s only been three weeks since all four volumes moved at the same time. So maybe I should practice some patience. And maybe I should listen to myself when I say (and I say this regularly) trust the universe.

So I am going to trust the universe today. And I’m not going to, as I thought I would when I sat down to write this, focus on things that have not happened. Instead I’m going to celebrate Ivan and Georgina’s comments. I’m going to revel in the fact that since I last spoke to you, a lot of people I’ve met have asked about One Short story To Be Told, that they have said ‘It’s going well. isn’t it? or ‘It’s a great idea Stan.’  or ‘I must get my hands on one of those books of yours.’ (Yes, I could go on: but I wont to bore you). I’m going to remind myself (and you) that Cork pollyanna became member number 175 on our Facebook page. And finally I’m going to tell you – and therefore myself – that four (there’s that number again) more leyton t-shirts were ordered.

Having revisited those moments I realise now that I’ve nothing to complain (or worry) about! And so I’ll just remind you who currently has possession of our volumes and trust that you will do what is right for you (and by extension my stories) once you have finished reading.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ciaran Bermingham.

Volume Two (Wink): Ivan Bevan

Volume Three (Grey Skies):  Dante Griffin

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Georgina Lynch

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Nov 26, 2011
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Friday Forum (7)

At the end of a busy week I’m a day late posting the Friday Forum due to a day long commitment yesterday that refused to allow time and space for internet access. But the god news is that due to a quiet week on the One Short Story To Be Told front you’ve not missed (or waited for) anything extraordinary.

I had a brief chat with Ciaran Bermingham, the current owner of Volume One, on Wednesday and Ivan Bevan posted this short remark ‘I just got the “Wink” of the title role in Volume 2. The words just flow off the pages – excellent reading’ earlier today. And that is about it with regards to the four volumes currently out in the world. I suppose (and know) that I could be worried, but as I’ve said before, one must trust that whatever is happening in the world is what the Universe has provided.

The only other bit of news is that Cork Pollyanna became the 175th member of the facebook page.

So I’ll let you get back to doing whatever it is you do best (and waiting – or acting! – on a One Short Volume To Be Told volume to enter your life) with a reminder of who currently has each of our volumes in their possession.

Volume One: Ciaran Bermingham.

Volume Two: Ivan Bevan.

Volume Three: Dante Griffin.

Volume Four: Georgina Lynch


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Nov 18, 2011
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Friday Forum (6)

Gosh doesn’t time fly? It feels like just yesterday I was telling you that all four of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes were on the move – and yet it’s already a week ago! Of course this week has been busy following up on the proposed moves. That work has included contracts being drawn up, posted and (thank the Lord) returned, contacting new owners Ciaran Bermingham (Volume One) and Ivan Bevan (Volume Two), checking in with Marius Griffin who has passed Volume Three to her son Dante, and organising a photo shoot with Paul Allen before he passed Volume Four onto Georgina Lynch.

But the highlight of the week was actually meeting Georgina Lynch to pass Volume Four to her. This may surprise you but actually meeting any recipient, never mind a new one, is a rare enough experience for us these days. So it was a pleasure to be there when the baton, so to speak, was passed. And Georgina’s excitement on the occasion made it altogether more memorable. (Such a shame we didn’t think to photograph the event).

In the midst of all that we also welcomed three new members to the facebook page – welcome again Robyn, Ciara and Clare. Received (and posted) feedback from Paul Allen on Volume Four, were delighted to have Kerrie Collins contact us with her feedback on Volume One, and thrilled that both those sets of feedback were positive. Yes its been a good week.

And the position at the end of that week? Well it’s as follows.

Volume One: ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ is still in the hands of John Martin. Ciaran has received, read (with great enjoyment) and returned his contract and has arranged to meet John tomorrow for the handover. A moment he ‘can’t wait for’

Volume Two: As reported on the day Ivan Bevan final got his hands on ‘Wink’ last Saturday. His contract has also landed in leyton’s lap. When we spoke to him today he was delighted to have ‘Wink’ in his home and has assigned some time over the weekend to give his very best attention to what he described as a ‘lovely item’

Volume Three: As Dante and Marius share the same home we assume that this handover went smoothly. Certainly ‘Grey Skies’ was delighted by Marius’s choice, and as our stories are the most important thing in this whole adventure that alone keeps our minds at ease.

Volume Four: As yesterday’s post and our earlier comments above indicated Sleepyhead was greeted by a very excited Georgina Lynch at approx 3.15 yesterday. Georgina was in touch briefly last night (with excitement still intact) and is looking forward to diving in.

Finally I would suggest that a week where all four books are in the hands of new owners is a very good time for anyone who wants to read one of our volumes to take an action. All begging letters, nudges in one’s own direction or simple requests are therefore welcomed. You can do any of the above through the blog, emailing, contacting us on facebook or writing to: leyton attens, grassy knoll 99, the ethereal plains, c/0 plunkett chambers, 21-23 oliver plunkett st, cork, ireland. We will ensure your message is passed on.

You could alternatively go directly to the current owners. Ciaran Bermingham, Ivan Bevan, Dante Griffin and Georgina Lynch all have  a facebook page and can therefore, thanks to the amazing world we live in, be contacted quite easily (if of course you use social networking)


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Nov 11, 2011
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Friday Forum (5)

So we reach another Friday and number five in our travel log. And it’s been a busy week. Can I say a big thank you to Frank Hanover for inviting One Short Story To Be Told to be his guest on Words On Top last Tuesday. A great time was had by all. And the show garnered at least one new follower of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure – hello again Anne Byrne. We also welcomed Georgina Lynch, Liz Nicholnsan, Cian and Emmet Mackin and Mary Teresa McCarthy to the blog, email listing or facebook page this week. Hello to you all! We did lose one follower from FB but we’re not going to mention that.

As for our stories..well it’s been a productive week and a very busy Friday (as in today) because ALL of our volumes are on the move! Yes I said all!

Volume One is on the way to Ciaran Birmingham. John Martin had promised it to him before he took possession. We await feedback from John with bated breath.

Volume Two will be released from John Linehan’s clutches tomorrow morning. Ivan Bevan says he can’t wait to get his hands on it, and he can’t be blamed. John promised it to him on the 14th October – almost a month ago!

Volume Three – God but I love this – will be given to Dante Griffin. Dante is the teenage son of the current owner Marius and I suggested that Marius simply allow Dante to read VolumeThree and then officially pass it on to someone else. But – and this is the bit I LOVE – Dante was adamant he wanted to be officially involved because the idea is “Cool as Fuck”. Now I don’t know about you, but a compliment like that from a teenage boy means a whole God damn lot to me!

Finally Paul Allen has had a tough time deciding on the next (and second) recipient of our latest edition. I know he came close to making One Short Story To Be Told history along the way but an email directly to him from  Georgina Lynch swung the decision in her direction. Congratulations Georgina.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for news on a public outing for leyton next week. And get in touch with those new owners if you want to be next to read (and I know you do) a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

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Nov 5, 2011
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Friday Forum (4)

Yes I know it’s Saturday, but this is The Friday Forum (4). I was sooo busy yesterday I forgot I had this to do. Busy or not it’s been a good week – maybe even a great week – in the One Short Story To Be Told world. Brand new leyton attens T-Shirts have been delivered. John Martin, Paul Allen and Ivan Bevan, the current custodians of Volumes One, Two and Four have been in touch. And we’ve welcomed new members to the FB page as well. Oh and leyton has agreed to go out into the public domain again. More of that next week, but for now let’s update you on the four One Short story To Be Told volumes currently out in the world.

Volume One: John Martin eased our minds mid week by letting us know that ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ is safe and sound. He and ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ are looking forward to a good read. In other news Maureen Collins, a previous owner of Volume One, posted an interesting photo on FB. you can see it here

Volume Two: Strange one this. Despite information to the contrary, and an announcement by One Short Story To Be Told, that Ivan Bevan had taken custody of ‘Wink’ it turns out that John Linehan has NOT, as yet, transferred possession to Ivan. We were stunned when we heard that, and immediately contacted ‘Wink’, only to find he is as happy as kitten suckling on it’s mother. Who could have known?

Volume Three: Marius Griffin is away at the moment so no news, unfortunately from her. ‘Grey Skies’ has been in touch but remained mysterious throughout the conversation. He is happy though.

Volume Four: Paul Allen has acted swiftly. He has read ‘Sleepyhead’ and all other content of Volume Four, been in touch three times, and is very close to a decision on the next owner. Phew! We love you Paul.

So that’s that for this week. Talk to you all soon.

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Oct 29, 2011
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I Told You Trusting Worked!

Just one day after I posted a Friday Forum that talked about trust and Paul Allen has been in touch via facebook regarding Volume Four! Here’s what he had to say:

I have read One Short Story to be told Volume 4(Sleepyhead). I was delighted to be the first to read, it and it was a great read. It brought back memories of my childhood, getting called for school in particular, and one of the dreams I used to have myself; except I was playing for Liverpool and not Leeds. Keep up the good work Leyton/Stan.
I’m assuming that as he has read Volume Four Paul will shortly be looking for a new owner. So maybe now would be a good time to take an action. Paul is on FB so you can message him there. Alternatively let me know what you have/want to say to Paul and I will pass it on.
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Oct 21, 2011
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Friday Forum (2)

This will be short and sweet – I’m up to my eyeballs in the preparation for tomorrow’s launch!

So let’s start with that, shall we. Volume Four is ready for release and sitting beside me.  ’Sleepyhead’, I have to tell you, is chomping at the bit. ‘My first owner’ he says ‘is going to be special. I think everything else is in place, but I’m too tired to list them all, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Anyway if you are in Tom Barry’s Bar tomorrow evening from 6pm you’ll see for yourself.

As for the stories already out in the world. Well Volume One was passed to a new owner during the week, so he’s obviously ecstatic. John (Martin), according to ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ , is sound as a pound!

Volume Two is settling in with Ivan Bevan. So no problems on that front.

And Volume Three is still with Marius Griffin. I’m not sure what is going on there as both Marius and ‘Grey Skies’ have failed to answer the two calls I made this week. Still no news is good news as they say.

That’s it! I told you it would be short. See those of you who can make it in Tom Barry’s tomorrow night.  Those who don’t? I’ll talk to you here or on facebook or by email as soon as I have the name of the first recipient of Volume Four and a very excited ‘Sleepyhead’


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Oct 14, 2011
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Friday Forum

This is the first in what I plan to be a regular Friday update on the One Short Story To Be Told Volumes. In other words I will be updating every Friday on movements, emotions and status of each of our Volumes. Of course I’m praying that as the number of Volumes criss-crossing the globe increases I won’t buckle under pressure.

But for the moment that’s not an issue as there are just (JUST; God I never give myself enough credit!) three Volumes in circulation.
So let’s start with Volume One. ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ is currently in the hands of Kerrie Collins. I have had no contact with Kerrie as yet, but have (worriedly) emailed her today for an update. Truthfully I’m not that worried as ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ has been in touch and says he is very happy.
Volume Two (‘Wink’) has had a good week as John Linehan has passed him on to Ivan Bevan (any week that includes a new owner being announced or reached is a good one for our stories!). Ivan is delighted he was chosen. And ‘Wink’ is over the moon to have reached his ninth home. I await feedback and a photograph from John, but he has orally informed he was ‘impressed’.
So a pat on the back for me today, me thinkd!
Volume Three (‘Grey Skies’) meanwhile is still with his second owner, Marius Griffin. Marius has told me she is taking her time with ‘Grey Skies’, and while a new home is always a priority for our stories ‘Grey Skies’ has been in touch to say he loves Marius so much he’s not even thinking about a new home just now.
So all good on the ‘stories in circulation’ front.
Of course I’m preparing for the launch of Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told at the moment as well. And I’m thrilled to tell you that all is on track for the 22nd October (that’s Saturday week!). The chosen story – ‘Sleepyhead’ – is printed (thanks Mary for the layout and John for the printing), and is with Albert ‘The Wonderful Binder’ Browne. Tom Barry’s, Barrack Street is booked, and the free beverages are organised. And Marc has his superbly creative brain firmly focused on the animation for the night. I can’t wait to see what Marc comes up with.
So that’s it for the first ever Friday Forum. I’ll be in touch again next week, so stay tuned for regular reminders of Saturday 22nd October the day ‘Sleepyhead’ is released into the world.

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