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May 31, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (85)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. And welcome to my 85th Friday Forum. Apologies for not posting number 84 last week, but there was a good reason – I was in catatonic shock due to bad news on the One Short Story To Be Told front. But before I get to that let me give you the good news that has entered the One Short Story To Be Told world since I last communicated with you.

All good news relates to my stories finding new homes, something I always welcome. So here we go.

David Daly has decided that Volume Six: Home will nestle in the arms of James ‘Paudie’ Horgan next. As James resides in Australia ‘Home’, which is the newest of the One Short Story To Be Told tales, will make it’s first trip out of Ireland in order to reach it’s seventh owner. Needless to say, I’m delighted by that news.

Meanwhile Adrian Hickey has announced he is ready to let Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return leave his abode, and that Steve Meaney, (a recent but fervent follower of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure) will be the person to provide our inaugural volume with it’s 23rd home.

Ultan Finnegan has also informed me that Ruairi De Barra will accept the responsibility of helping Volume Two: Wink continue it’s journey. Coincidentally Ruairi will provide Wink with it’s 23rd home as well.

I should say that I have no idea when these movements will take place. But I will update as soon as I do.

Now to the bad news, and my catatonic shock. First I have no news from Paul O’ Connor or Gordon Kinsella regarding Volume’s Five or Three. This, of course, is a concern – both parties have been in possession of their respective One Short Story To Be Told volume for four months now. But in comparison with the news that forced me into a catatonic shock – well it’s like comparing a sprat with a giant whale.

So what is that news? Well it looks likely now that Volume Four: Sleepyhead has reached the end of it’s journey. Why? Well because the current custodian Elle Detonet (who received Sleepyhead while in Mumbia, carried it all over India, and brought it home safely to Ireland at the start of March) has mislaid my beautifully bound book. Of course I am hopeful that this mysterious disappearance will be followed by an equally mysterious reappearance – but as it stands, and it’s ben standing like this for over a week now – the One Short Story To Be Told adventure has suffered it’s first (and hopefully last) loss. As that loss translates into the death of a story I’m sure you can understand my inability to provide an update last week. And I’m sure you will understand, too, why I need to sign off right now.

So until next week, 88*Googolplex leyton attens/ Stanley Notte.

ps I’ll leave you with the last picture taken of Volume Four: Sleepyhead, which thankfully is a magnificent one. Here’s hoping posting it isn’t a requiem.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four: Sleepyhead being admired in Mumbai, India.


May 17, 2013
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Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to another Friday Forum.

I had hoped to announce new owners for up to three One Short Story To Be Told volumes today. But, due to incomplete deliberations, I actually have nothing to announce.

Well, maybe not. I can announce that Adrian Hickey, Elle Detonet  and David Daly are mulling over the names of those who have requested they be next to receive the One Short Story To Be Told volume they currently hold in their possession. They are, in case you’ve forgotten, Volume One: Waiting for Life To Return (Adrian), Volume Four: Sleepyhead (Elle) and Volume Six: Home (David). So, if you are waiting on a volume – and I know many of you are – please remain patient.

As for the remainder of my volumes? Well they seem to have gone into that strange non-communicative space that One Short Story To Be Told occupies from time to time. No doubt this is due to the custodians having busy schedules – as I so often say, ‘Life (or having one if you prefer) is more important than One Short Story To Be Told.’

Not that I’m saying I’d be happy if Ultan Finnegan, Gordon Kinsells or Paul O’ Connor, the current custodians of Volume Two: Wink, Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle forgot entirely about keeping the One Short Story To Be Told adventure alive. That would, I must say, be terrible – especially as it would mean a story has effectively died!

But let’s not ruminate on death. Let’s instead be positive and take the view that Grey Skies (which has been in Gordon’s possession since the 29th January – yes a full 4 months!), Full Circle (who has remained with Paul O’ Connor since the 13th February – yes, just over 3 months ) and Wink (who has been in the one place – i.e with Ultan Finnegan since 26th March – for a very short time when compared to Full Circle and Grey Skies) are enjoying a well earned rest. Yes let’s do that. Mind you if anyone would like to give any of these people a nudge or force their hand in regard to moving a One Short Story To Be Told story along….Well let’s just say you’d have my gratitude!

And you know what? I’ll get proactive on that front just as soon as I’ve signed off here. Which I’ll do right now, and in my usual fashion. 88*Googolplex as always leyton attens/Stanley Notte.



May 10, 2013
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Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to the Friday Forum. Can I start by apologizing for not posting a Friday Forum last week – time ran away from me over last weekend due, I’m delighted to say, work commitments. I do hope not having a message from me did not detrimentally effect your weekend, especially if it was a long one (as it was here in Ireland).

Anyway to the business of this weeks update. I’m delighted to inform you that there are three people now seeking new homes for a One Short Story To Be Told volume. There are, in chronological order if you don’t mind, Adrian Hickey who has Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return ready to go.  Elle Detonet who has arrived back in Ireland from India, and is keeping her promise of releasing Volume Four: Sleepyhead upon her return. And David Daly who has decided that now is the time for Volume Six: Home to find a new home.

You can reach all three with your requests via But if you prefer to take a direct route both Elle and David are available on facebook. Just click here Elle Detonet or here David Daly if you want to do that.

An additional piece of good news for those of you who have yet to get your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume is that both Elle and Adrian have informed me that they will prioritize requests from anyone who has yet to read one of my tales (I can think of a few who will be delighted with that news). So get requesting folks, and I look forward to letting you know who the new owners of Volume One, Four and Six are next week.

Finally, Adrian Hickey has also forwarded his feedback on Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. I’m delighted to say that, once again, my work has generated kind words from a reader. And the answer to the question Adrian raises regarding my intent when writing the story is ‘No.’ – but then I rarely have intentions when writing, preferring instead to trust a process that, in my opinion, cannot be explained.

Anyway, here’s what Adrian has had to say: Hey Leyton, as I received Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return in breath taking speed I thought that I would give it some time to rest and ponder, especially as Julia’s ex partner was so worn with life. I enjoyed the book it makes one consider what’s ahead for us all and how cruel life can be at times. Did you intend to write such a sad story? Or did darkness take you away for awhile? I have just read it three times in a row and found I had mixed emotions after each read. A positive factor is that the One Short Story To Be Told concept fits well with this story, as life will return on each passing of the book. I would like to think that he was happy when he went, maybe I am looking for some comfort of mind and hoping that was the case. Thanks for sharing your story with me. Adrian Hickey/Racey Hadikin 

I’ve said it before, and no doubt I’ll say it again in the future, I just love it when a superhero name is used to sign of on feedback. Thanks Adrian/Racey.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte


Apr 27, 2013
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This weeks Friday Forum contains two new pieces of feedback, and nothing more. Both sets of feedback pertain to the newest One Short Story To Be Told volume, which of course is number six, and features the story ‘Home’. A big thank you to Colette O’ Donoghue and David Daly for taking the time to forward their thoughts on ‘Home’. And a bigger thank you to them both for signing the feedback with their superhero name. I just love when that happens.

Oh, and I thought Colette titling her feedback as ‘Friday Feedback’ was clever, funny and delightful. And that David’s picture of ‘Home’ merited the use of the same three adjectives. Anyway here’s what they have said about Home.

David Daly brings some light to HomeTook a bit of quality time alone to finally read Volume Six: “Home”, a short but powerful tale which serves to remind people that there are dark areas where people get lost sometimes finding it impossible to find a way out. Cracking thought provoking story which had me reaching for the light. Well done again Stan. Dad Avidly (David Daly)

FEEDBACK FRIDAY: So “Home” came on an epic adventure with me to Nepal where it was enjoyed by not one but two avid followers. My feedback for this will be short as I find it hard to describe the emotions that it envoked. It is so sad and all too realistic of things that do happen in the world around us. But well done Leyton for creating such a vivid scene. Until the next volume 88*Googolplex, Cleo Othelo Gudtone (Colette O’ Donoghue).

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Apr 19, 2013
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I’m not sure this has ever happened before, but there has been absolutely no activity in the One Short Story To Be Told world since last Friday. Yep, not a jot, a tad, or an iota!

All of which means that Adrian Hickey,  Ultan Finnegan, Gordon Kinsella, Elle Detonet, Paul O’ Connor and David Daly, each of whom currently holds a One Short Story To Be Told volume in their hands, have not been in touch.

A complete lack of activity also means that feedback regarding Volume Three; Grey Skies from Derek O’ Sullivan remains outstanding, as does the thoughts of Colette O’ Donoghue on Volume Six: Home and Ultan Finnegan on Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.

So, I’ve nothing of note to share this balmy Friday evening, and will therefore say 88*Googolplex and go find something productive, like stare at a river, to do.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Apr 13, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (78)

In a week where there has been just one piece of activity related to the One Short Story To Be Told adventure I’ve decided to use this week’s Friday Forum to pay tribute to One Short Story To Be Told‘s biggest fan.

So take a bow Colette O’ Donoghue – you who have displayed a level of persistence to this adventure that has regularly left me speechless – and enjoy your special moment.

Colette, as many of you know, is the only person in the whole wide world to have provided a home to all six One Short Story To Be Told volume’s.  And in order to achieve this feat she has badgered, begged and blagged like no other. She has also, once in receipt of my books, gone out of her way to provide these updates with wonderful pictures. And, finally, she has been exceptionally kind when providing feedback about the tales that appear in the One Short Story To Be Told volume’s.

So below is the feedback  for Volume’s One to Five (we await her words on Volume Six), and a selection of pictures that Colette has provided since she first welcomed a One Short Story To Be Told volume into her home on 2nd September 2011.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume's Three: Grey Skies and Five: Full Circle enjoying an Easter pyramid in Colette O Donoghue's residence.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume’s Three: Grey Skies and Five: Full Circle enjoying an Easter pyramid in Colette O Donoghue’s residence.


COLETTE ON VOLUME ONE: WAITING FOR LIFE TO RETURN. December 2011. Having just recently finished the youthfully innocent and upbeat “Sleepyhead” (Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told), I must admit that I found “Waiting for Life to Return” a bit of a hard read. It just saddened me to think of such a lonliness and wouldnt wish it on anyone to have to go through that experience. Saying that, it was as always, beautifully written and yet again, I now look forward to the next Volume!

COLETTE ON VOLUME TWO: WINK Septemeber 2011. I was delighted to finally be selected as a recipient of Volume Two of One Short Story to be Told. “Wink” was certainly worth the wait. There is no denying that it is a melancholy tale, but one which takes a strong hold over you. I had the feeling that I was a fly on the wall, looking in on the story as it unfolded. It evokes many emotions, and I couldn’t put it down, which explains why it was passed along so swiftly, for others to enjoy. I look forward to reading other volumes of this unique idea in the not so distant future. Thank you leyton and Paddy for giving the me opportunity to be part of this exclusive “project”.


All ready for action!

All ready for action!

COLETTE ON VOLUME THREE: GREY SKIES. 17th March 2012. To hear that Grey Skies was kept waiting to be heard (in a bin no less) for such a long time is truly a sad thought. Although it is a very sad story, I found myself captivated by it…what would happen in the end…so much so that I was disappointed when I found myself at the last page. Such a lovely, touching story. One of your best Leyton.

COLETTE ON VOLUME FOUR: SLEEPYHEAD. 22nd Dec 2011. Some would say that it was coincidence CODECGthat I received word that I would be the third a recipient of Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told - and the story Sleepyhead (a tale which involves the main character dreaming about being a world famous soccer player) – on the same day that I paid my first visit to Anfield. I would like to disagree…… I call it FATE.
Sleepyhead, in contrast to Wink (and yes that means I have now read TWO One Short Story To Be Told Volumes), is an upbeat story. It reminded me of my own childhood battles to remain coccooned between the covers when the weekend arrived. Like the character John, I too for the most part failed in this mission due to my mother having different, “more productive”, plans for me. Sleepyhead was a joy to read, so much so that I was a little sad when I turned to the last page. I look forward to getting my hands on yet another Volume in the very near future, keep them coming leyton! Cleo Othello Gudtone AKA Colette O Donoghue.

Volume Six: Home at Everest Base CampCOLETTE ON VOLUME FIVE: FULL CIRCLE: 5 April 2012. Full circle was once again, like other Volumes in the One ShortStory To Be Told series, a dark but compelling read. Wonderfully written as always I could not put it down, and was trying to race ahead in my mind as to what the outcome would be.  I’m now a little sad, because there are no more Volumes for me to be chasing after. Well for now anyway. But I was absolutely thrilled with the introduction of Superhero Cleo Othello Gudtone, and then pleasantly surprised with the little “surprise” waiting at the end. Keep up the good work leyton



Apr 5, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (77)

As a writer I regularly suffer, as many creatives do, with severe bouts of doubt. Regularly I wonder if the words I pen have any value. And frequently I find myself thinking ‘Am I wasting my time?’ and mulling over the possibility that readers would consider my work as mundane, trite or simply ‘bad’. So, it is always (as I have said before) wonderful when a reader of a One Short Story To Be Told story has kind words to say, or shows an interest in reading further volumes.

But it is only this week I realised that, since I launched One Short Story To Be Told in October 2010, nice words about, and an interest in reading more of, my work have regularly visited my life. How exactly I have missed this very valuable lesson I am not sure. But I must say thank you to David Daly, Adrian Hickey, Ultan Finnegan, Ruairi De Barra and Colette O’ Donoghue for making me profoundly aware of that fact this week.

All of the above are people who have been very kind when providing feedback on the One Short Story To Be Told volumes they have read. And, more importantly, from my end (because I often wonder if nice words are provided simply because unkind words are more difficult to offer – oh, the madness of the creative mind!), they have all made a concerted effort to source more than one One Short Story To Be Told volume. In fact, Colette has made herculean efforts on that front, which explains how she has read all six of my volumes; Ultan and Adrian have both read three of my books; and David Daly and Ruairi will soon receive their second One Short Story To Be Told tale.

It was when I discovered (on Monday) that David and Ruairi were nominated as the next recipients of Volume Six: Home and Volume Two: Wink respectively, that the penny dropped regarding kind words and an interest in my work being regular visitors to my world since the launch of One Short Story To Be Told. ‘What,’ I thought, ‘is going on here? And why have both of these guys sought another volume?’ That thought led me to consider how many people had received, or attempted to receive, a second One Short Story To Be Told volume. And you know what? A trawl through the One Short Story To Be Bold blog, and a little thought, provided the answer, ‘Quite a few.’

Maybe I should list some. Yes, if only to ensure the lesson I have learned is not forgotten. Len O’ Donovan, Paul McSweeney, Jennifer Franklin, Georgina Lynch, John Linehan, Derek Chandley and Anne O’ Donovan have, like Colette, Ultan, Adrian, David and Ruairi, all read at least two One Short Story To Be Told volumes. In addition the list of people who have asked me to manipulate the travels of the One Short Story To Be Told  volumes to satisfy their need for more is even more substantial – which is reason enough NOT to list them all here! And then there was, I realized, the matter of those who have yet to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume, but have been, to say the least, keen to get their hands on one. Stand up and be counted Steve Meaney, Jean Prendergast and Barry Lynch – to name but three!

But enough of this counting, the lesson has, you will be delighted to know, learned. And I will not be questioning my work any time soon. Though I cannot promise it will never happen again.

Now, on to this weeks activity. First, David Daly was the name drawn from Colette O’ Donoghue’s ‘Lucky Dip’ as the person who would be next to provide Volume Six: Home with a loving, but temporary, home. David is suitably chuffed, I’m glad to report. Second, Ruairi De Barra informed me that Ultan Finnegan has promised him that he will be next to welcome Volume Two: Wink into his home. And finally, Elle Detonet forwarded a beautiful picture of Volume Four: Sleepyhead in Mumbai, India. She also added a note saying that the picture was taken during a circus parade, but that the kids she met were far more interested in my book than the animals. ‘Another indication that what I do has some worth!’ I said to myself when I read that. Yes, the lesson has indeed been learned.

So’ I’ll leave you with that picture this week. 88*Googolplex to you all from a very happy, humbled and hopeful leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four: Sleepyhead being admired in Mumbai, India.

Mar 31, 2013
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Well well well – after a few quiet weeks the past seven days have seen a flurry of activity in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. All of which I will include here, and as close to chronologically as I can manage.
First the wonderful Colette O Donoghue provided the much anticipated (by me anyway) photograph of Volume Six: Home at Everest Base Camp.

Volume Six: Home at Everest Base Camp

As you can see it’s rather a fetching shot. It is also one that sends tingles down my spine – because I know there are few, if any, stories that have been so highly regarded that the owner has wanted to a) bring it all the way to such an esteemed landmark, and b) ensure that said tales arrival at said landmark would be captured for prosperity. When I add the realization that Colette regards One Short Story To Be Told so highly she decided that Home should be photographed alone (i.e without any human company) well it just makes me feel fabazendous, which is a word I just made up by combing Fabulous, Amazing and Stupendous!

So thank you Colette!

While forwarding The photograph you have just feasted your eyes on Colette also informed me that she was looking to pass Volume Six: Home on now that her great adventure was over. Those of you who have indicated (via mouth, text, email or any other form of communication) that you would like to welcome Home – or any other One Short Story To Be Told volume – into your home will be delighted to know that I passed your name to Colette immediately. This left Colette with quite a few people to consider so she has decided that the decision will be made by ‘Lucky Dip’. Her intention was to complete the ‘Lucky Dip’ today, but I have not, as yet, had any word regarding a decision, or to put it topically (or Papally) there has been no white smoke in that regard. Still I’m sure, as you all have been waiting a while, you can wait another few days.

Following the excitement of Colette’s photograph and ‘Lucky Dip’ decision the mantle for One Short Story To Be Told news passed to one Ultan Finnegan, whom you may remember, due to the impending arrival of both Volume’s One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Two: Wink, was ‘On friggin tenterhooks’ last Friday.

Ultan V2Well it’s safe to say that no part of Ultan is on tenterhooks. Volume Two: Wink arrived, safe and Ruairi and Ultanwell, at his door on Tuesday. And Ultan was quick to a picture of him and Wink. Both, one has to say, look well.
Volume Two: Wink’s arrival was swiftly followed by that of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, which landed in Ultan’s hands at lunch time (remember this!) on Wednesday. And this time Ultan and Ruairi De Barra, who was relinquishing my second volume, posed in full uniform, to record the moment. Again all look well, and I was chuffed to discover, through the note Ruairi included with the photograph, that Ruairi, just like many who have read a One Short Story To Be Told story, has a developed an appetite for more of my musings. Mind you the note included a tad of bad news for those of you hoping that Ultan will pass Volume Two: Wink to you. Here’s what he said:
Hi Leyton Attens, Ultan Finegan has Volume One: Waiting For Life To Reurn. It’s safe and sound. He has promised to let me be Volume Two: Wink’s new home just as soon as it’s ready to trundle on! And I can’t wait!
Congrats Ruairi on securing your second One Short Story To Be Told volume.
If you are disappointed by the fact that Ultan has already decided who shall be next for Volume Two: Wink then hold onto hats, because, in a twist that bowled me over, Ultan has not just decided who should be next for Volume Two: Wink. He has, in a move that creates the shortest visit a One Short Story To Be Told volume has made to a household Ultan, read and PASSED ON Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.
Ultan and HicksNow, given that (as mentioned earlier) Ultan received Waiting For Life To Return at lunchtime on Wednesday, and had safely passed it on at 21.33 (the time his message and the photograph on the left regarding the handover arrived in my inbox) the same day I get the feeling that he has set a record that is unlikely to beaten, no matter how long One Short Story To Be Told runs.
The man who was lucky enough to convince Ultan to make take such swift action is Adrian Hickey AKA Racey Hadikan (boy, do I lobe superhero names). In doing so Adrian has secured his third One Short Story To Be Told…you know what I’m going to call it an ‘experience’. And again it is flattering for me to see people so keen to read more of my work. I’m sure, however, that those sentiments are no consolation to those of you who are waiting on your first One Short Story To Be Told volume. But be patient if you are waiting. And be persistent, too. All good things and all that.
Now, the other thing that is always flattering for me is receiving positive feedback on a One Short Story To Be Told story. And the final piece of news I have to share with you this week is about just that.
Sinead O’ Meara, who provided a home to Volume Four: Sleepyhead in November 2012, contacted me yesterday regarding her feedback. Now, one has to say that Sinead has taken her time in providing her feedback, and I must also to say I thought that feedback would not be forthcoming from Sinead. But, probably to show that it knows better than me how to make life wonderful, the Universe had obviously decided otherwise. And you know what? The Universe was right. Because there is no little doubt that had Sinead passed her feedback regarding Volume Four: Sleepyhead to me in early December (when she passed Sleepyhead to Dave Allen in Australia) it would not have had the impact it had yesterday. In fact it couldn’t have. Because the kernel of Sinead’s message is that, despite the passing of time (almost four months), Sleepyhead (or at least a piece of it) has stayed with her. Now that, I HAVE TO SAY, is a wonderful compliment for any writer to receive. And when that writer is oneself, well…words fail me.
So thank you Sinead for remembering. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. And thank you for raising my spirits.
Oh, I almost forgot – this is what Sinead had to say:
‘On a wet miserable morning, especially a Monday, I think of SLEEPYHEAD and it brings a smile to my face. I get the giggles as memories of my childhood come to me. Everyone who has had the good fortune to read this book will know exactly what I mean. If, on the other hand, you haven’t yet read it? You will HAVE TO!’
Jeepers, I’ve just realized that Sinead has also urged you all to read Sleepyhead. How did I miss that? I’ve no idea. But, seeing as missing it has allowed me to get excited all over again, I’m glad I did.
Until next week 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Mar 23, 2013
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In a week where I have struggled to get over an illness that began a month ago I’m glad to report that all has been quiet on the One Short Story To Be Told front.

Sleepyhead in Mumbai

Sleepyhead in Mumbai

Elle Detonet was in touch yesterday to say that Volume Four: Sleepyhead had landed in Mumbai, India. Her message - So SleepyHead arrived in Mumbai today…. All way from Oz..Thank You Dave Allen! And so its Indian adventure begins… 1st Stop today… A temple.. SleepyHead will indeed be sleepy by the time its adventure ends on May 1st! - was full of excitement, and she has wasted no time in getting busy with the old camera.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the results of her efforts are worth casting an eye over. They have certainly have whetted my appetite for more.

One man who may envy Elle’s excitement at the arrival of a One Short Story To Be Told volume is Ultan Finnegan. Ultan is waiting for two One Short Story To Be Told volume’s (namely one and two) to be passed to him. And when I spoke to him regarding their pending arrival today he had this to say; Not Yet Stan. John ‘Jockey’ Wilson asked for my address and I passed it on. Ruari said he would contact me on Thursday – but nothing yet. On flippin tenderhooks now! I have to say it’s great to hear that people are eager to receive my work. But I feel your pain, too, Ultan. Hopefully the next couple of days will bring you good news.

Meanwhile I have to extend my congratulations to the current custodian of One Short Story To Be Told Volume Six: Home. Colette O’ Donoghue completed a trek to Everest Base Camp in the past week, and that is a mighty achievement! Colette is back at home in Watergrasshill, Co Cork now. And I’m sure she is enjoying a well earned rest. But, as Volume Six: Home accompanied her to Nepal, and was no doubt photographed in some exotic locations, I hope she doesn’t take too long to get back to normality. Those are pictures I am very keen to see.

So that’s the update on Volume’s One, Two, Four and Six. The other One Short Story To Be Told tales – Grey Skies (Volume Three) and Full Circle (Volume Five) – I have out in the world were not in touch this week. Perhaps I’ll have news from their current custodians Gordan Kinsella and Paul O’ Connor next week. Actually you could help me in that regard. I know that Gordan and Paul are both mulling over who should be next to welcome a One Short Story To Be Told volume into their home. So perhaps a nudge from you would help them make up their mind. If it does I would have news for the blog next week – and you could be mentioned here as the next lucky recipient! Now that sounds like a good deal to me! So, if you want to help me out, and increase your chances of being mentioned here, contact Gordan or Paul (or both) through their Facebook page, or email me at

See you next week – 88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/leyton attens.



Mar 15, 2013
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The good news in another relatively quiet week for One Short Story To Be Told is that both Gordon Kinsella and Paul O Connor have been in touch. This of course means that Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle are safe and sound. I suppose there was never any real doubt in the end.

Paul on the Dyke.Paul’s message included the picture of him reading Volume Five displayed on the left and was short, sweet and a tad mysterious, too. Here it is:

Hi Stan, I received the book from Paddy and I intend to pass it on shortly, as soon as I find the right person. Here’s a pic of me reading it on the dyke. I’ll be heading on Friday so lots of last minute preparations to be dealt with. I’ll give you a further update from the cruise … Slán, Paul.

Don’t ask me to explain “The Cruise”, because I can’t. But I do know that Paul was due to go to sea, so let’s assume it’s a work related thing. It is obvious, too, I would say that now would be a good time to contact Paul if you are looking to welcome One Short Story To Be Told into your life. If you want to do that then email me at

Gordan’s contact was a little more detailed, but as it was by telephone I won’t be providing a word for word account of Gordon’s time with Volume Three: Grey Skies. I will say that he was very complimentary about the book and idea, and that I was suitably flattered by his words. I should also say the Gordon did not say he was ready to pass the book on, but as he has read it (and more than once) I’d imagine a strong nudge by a suitable suitor could easily land one the prize. Gordon is available on Facebook, or through me as always.

JockeyThe final piece of news this week welcomes Ultan Finnegan to a select group. You may recall that Ruairi De Barra informed me last week that Ultan would be next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. Well this week John Wilson decided that Ultan would be next to receive Volume Four: Sleepyhead, as well. This means Ultan will join two very special groups. First, he will join the group of people who have received and read three One Short Story To Be Told volumes (Volume Six: Home was with Ultan in January). I’m not going to name all of these people, mainly because I don’t know them off by heart. But there are not many, I am certain of that.

Second, as Volume One and Volume Four will be in Ultan’s possession at the same time, he will, according to my recollection at least, become only the third person – after Colette O’ Donoghue and Len O Donovan - to have held two of my volumes at the same time.  So well done Ultan.

John Wilson also forwarded a nice photograph while breaking the news about Ultan being next to receive Volume Four. It’s my pleasure to include it here. And I have even greater pleasure in including the lovely words John attached to that photograph. So here they are:

‘Great story, Stan. I felt I was in there with them. And the tale got me thinking back to my own childhood memories. Keep me in mind for more One Short Story To Be Told volumes. Cheers, John.’

Thanks John for playing your part in this adventure, and thanks for the kind words. As I’ve said before, kind words always brighten up my day.

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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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