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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

Oct 25, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (106)

Hi all and welcome to the Friday Forum once again. My apologies at the outset for not posting, despite a promise to do so, a Friday Forum last week.

I am insanely busy at the moment (in a good way) and finding it hard to find the time on a Friday to get to you. ‘Priortise’ I hear you cry. And you’re right. So I have plans afoot to do just that. So keep your fingers crossed that the Friday Forum will, as it should, be a weekly thing from now on.

Anyway to the news. I’m delighted to announce that Volume Six: Home is soon to have a new abode. Because Caroline McSweeney, she of many abodes herself (but mainly Denmark)  has ended her time with my particular Home, and is forwarding it to…drum roll please…Leonard O’ Donovan. Len is delighted, as he now moves one step closer to becoming just the second person (after Collette O’ Donoghue) to have received all six of my stories.

Meanwhile Elle De Tonet is still ruminating on who she should pass Volume Four: Sleepyhead to.

‘This is a big decision,’ Elle told me last week, ‘especially as Sleepyhead was missing for almost half of this calendar year.’

I have to say, it’s hard to argue with that statement. Elle has, however, promised a decision will be made over this coming weekend. So those of you who have gone to the trouble of contacting me (thank you by the way) or Elle will know very soon if you are to be next to receive Sleepyhead.

Two other current custodians have spoken to me since I last spoke to you. And here’s what they had to say:

Sabine Lengger (current custodian of Volume Five: Full Circle): Hi there, Sorry, I haven’t finished it yet – am enjoying a little bit every evening though. Also, for passing it on, should I just choose someone – or how does that work? Cheers Sabine

Annushka Krautz (current custodian of Volume Two: Wink): Hello Daddy Notte (another alias of mine, by the way)! I am almost finished, and am loving it  - so descriptive! Would have loved to have read it quicker but I dont have a lot of freetime at the mo. But when I do it is a bliss to read.

As for Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To return) and Three (Grey Skies)…well I last spoke to James Brandon about Volume One on the 23rd September (my fault for no contact since) and he was ready to pass a final update on his One Short Story To Be Told experience. So I must make a point of talking to him next week – especially as it sounds like a new owner could be needed very soon. And Ruairi De Barra, he of the sea going occupation, well he sent me this about Volume Three: Grey Skies on the 16th September:

Vol three is ready to move on: I loved it, a really powerful read. I have loved them all but Grey Skies is my fav at the moment. But lets not tell the rest of them in case of jealousy. Thank you so much again for sharing your story with me, it’s a privilege. Cheers R.

Three things strike me about that message.

1. I have been majorly distracted over the past few weeks.

2. I never intended NOT to tell you all that Grey Skies was Ruairi’s favourite One Short Story To Be Told so far (he has read three – the others being Waiting For Life To Return and Wink) – how could I when that his high praise indeed?

And 3. Most importantly YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON VOLUME THREE: GREY SKIES in the very near future.

As usual all you have to do is let me, or Ruairi, know you want it, and then hope the universe leans in your favour!.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


Oct 13, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (104)

Hi all, and welcome to another One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum. There is very good news for those of you looking to get your hands on one of my stories – because three current custodians are now looking to find someone to provide a new home to a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

They are (in reverse numerical order) :

Caroline McSweeney who has Volume Six: Home in her possession.

Sabine Lengger who has Volume Five: Full Circle.

And – massive drum roll please! – Elle Detonet who recently found Volume Four: Sleepyhead after a six month absence.

Let me know via email FB or the blog if you’re interested.

88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/leyton attens.


Oct 4, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (103)

Hi there all you One Short STory To Be Tolders, and welcome to the first Friday Forum in three weeks. I must apologise at the outset for my three week silence. I have been busy launching a new business and working hard on my superhero project. Having said that, neglecting this project is not, I feel, forgivable. So I have suitably chasitised myself today.

So where are we with this project? Well, mainly due to my inactivity, it has been a quiet few weeks. I can confirm that Volume Two: Wink landed in Berrings, Co Cork, and the hands of Annushka Krautz. I can also inform you that Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, Volume Three; Grey Skies, Volume Five: Full Circle and Volume Six: Home are all safe and sound in the hands of James Brandon, Ruairi De Barra, Sabin Lengger and Caroline McSweeny respectively.

But the big news over the past three weeks has been the resurrection of Volume Four: Sleepyhead, which – much to my surprise – was found by Elle Detonet who had reported it missing in May of this year.That means that my full compliment of six stories are now available for circulation again. A fact that really should motivate me.

So here’s my promise to you: I will contact each and every one of the people currently in possession of a One Short Story To Be Told story this coming weekend. And I will ensure these updates are done weekly from now on.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in receiving a One Short Story To Be Told volume, please give me a nudge. Having someone look too read one of my stories is the best motivation I can have after all.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


Sep 15, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (100)

As you can see, my One Short Story To Be Tolders, we have reached our 100th Friday Forum update. I must say reaching the 100 mark feels good, especially as the third anniversary of the One Short Story To Be Told launch is now just five weeks away.

There has been a lot of activity in those three years, though, sadly, none of that activity has occurred this week. That, largely, I have to say, is down to me. Actually scratch that – it is entirely down to me. So, rather than bore you with the detail of my lack of contact with the current custodians of my stories, I’m going to say 88*Googolplex, and get on with contacting those I need to contact.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

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.


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