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Dec 28, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (63)

Hi there, I hope, all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, have had a great Christmas, and that there are a few more festive days ahead of you before 2013 arrives in a blaze of bells and singing.

As the year draws to a close we here at One Short Story To Be Told, like so many others at this time of year, have been in reflective mood this week. And taking a look back at 2012 has made for some interesting reading. The year has seen two new volumes – Five: Full Circle and Six; Home – launched into the world. And activity, when one looks closely at the movement of all six volumes now out in the world, has been varied and exciting.

48 people have welcomed a One Short Story To Be Told volume into their home in the past twelve months. Volume Three (Grey Skies) has been the most active, resting in no fewer than ten houses since last January. While Volume Five (Full Circle) is next busiest, reaching eight new people, which is a big number when you consider that Full Circle only found it’s first home on 5th March, two days after it was launched.

Our other volumes can claim to be more active on their travels, however. As they have, in contrast to Volume Three and Five, who, apart from brief (and unofficial) trips to Sweden and Brussels respectively, have remained in the Cork area throughout 2012, have been finding far flung and unfamiliar abodes in which to rest. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) has been to Perth, Australia twice, as well as Toronto, Canada. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has enjoyed sojourns to, and between, Chicago, California and Sydney, as well as short holiday to Brussels. While Volume Two (Wink) has travelled to Stockport, England and Brisbane, Australia.

Compiling that information I was tempted to calculate air miles travelled, but… well it is the holiday season.

Of course the nicest thing, for me at least, throughout the year has been the feedback that my readers have provided. It has proved impossible, despite a concerted effort, to pick a favorite, as you have all been so kind. And I must admit I had a similarly difficulty when perusing the photographs that have been forwarded throughout the year. So many made such an effort, it’s hard to believe. And the creativity they employed? Well, fantastic is the only adequate word. So, rather than plump for one favorite, and display it with a glowing reference here, I’ve decided to end the year with a photo free post.

Now, before I go, let me tell you that Volume Two (Wink) will end the year on a high. Because today it was transferred to it’s twentieth owner. Lorraine Shaw is the lady now in possession of ‘Wink’. And, as Lorraine is soon to return to Soeul, South Korea, where she currently resides, One Short Story To Be Told will shortly have officially landed on a brand new continent. Now that’s what I call an end of year preset! Photographic evidence of Lorraine accepting ‘Wink’ from Leonard O’ Donovan is in existence, and I will share that with you in my first 2103 update.
88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte. And have a Happy New Year!

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin is the man to talk to if you’d like to get your hands on Volume One. Tony is a FB user, so you can get him there. Or email us at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink: Lorraine Shaw took possession today, 28th December 2012. Get one her FB page https://www.facebook.com/lorr.shaw?fref=ts to ask to be next.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan has decided that John Kearney will be next to receive ‘Grey Skies’. Handover arrangements are being made. If you want to talk John before he takes possession try him on Facebook, or contact oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Landed in Dave Allen’s hands in Perth, Australia on Tuesday. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you on FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go to FB to submit a request to him.

Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, a non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Dec 21, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told: Friday Forum (62)

Here at One Short Story To Be Told we are looking forward to the third Christmas since our birth in October 2010. And we hope you, too, are anticipating a jolly festive season, especially since you have been so kind to One Short Story To Be Told throughout this year.

And I’m delighted to announce that one man who has followed the One Short Story To Be Told adventure avidly this year, Mr John (Shaky) Kearney, has been given a great Christmas present. He, by way of this nine word sentence – ‘We read to know that we are not alone.’ – has been chosen by Derek O’ Sullivan as the next in line for Volume Three (Grey Skies). John is, due to work commitments, out of touch at the moment, but I am hopeful that we will be able to relate the good news to him before 25th December.

Commiserations to the other entrants. Maybe your time will come soon. Actually, before I leave this subject, I’d like to say I thought all entries were wonderful, and I’m glad I didn’t have to make the decision.  And, as a taster for those of you wondering how hard Derek’s decision was, here a few samples of the quality of entry (names not included). Joy to be beheld if it lands with me. Tickets check, passport check, reading material? Volume three please. Pick me or ill get out the voodoo doll. Send me grey skies to brighten up my year. A welcoming hearth awaits a tired traveller at Christmas! A visit to Deise will turn Grey Skies blue!

Meanwhile Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is hoping to be in a new home for Christmas. It depends, however, on Andy Mackin and Tony Reddin managing to arrange the handover. And, as Paddy O’ Shea did not manage to pass Volume Five (Full Circle) to a new owner in Brussels last week, we now know the homes in which our other volumes will reside for Christmas 2012. There as follows.

Volume Two (Wink) will be with Leonard O’ Donovan. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) will enjoy the holiday season in Perth, Australia, where it arrived last Tuesday. Dave Allen, whose home ‘Sleepyhead’ will help decorate, is looking forward to the experience. Volume Six (Home) will be Cobh, Co. Cork, where Adrain Hickey and his family will play host.

I’d imagine all will ring in the new year in these locations, too. But, as decisions regarding when and where my tales go lye completely with the current custodians, I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened before then. If anything does happen I’ll let you know next Friday, when Christmas will (sadly) be over, and we’ll all be staring 2013 in the face.

Finally, Leyton and I visited one of One Short Story To Be Told’s biggest fans during the week. Anna O’ Donovan is a little under the weather at the moment and we were delighted to bring a little cheer to her on Wednesday afternoon. And what fun we had! Laughter and more laughter were the order of the day. And we got to meet the wonderful Katie- Hanna Grafton, Marie McCarthy and Ka Butler as well. Thanks to all for a great afternoon, and the lovely pics below.

Have a great festive season guys, and thanks you for all the support, interaction and kind words over the past twelve months. 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin is the man to talk to if you’d like to get your hands on Volume One. Tony is a FB user, and you can get him here. Or email us at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink: Leonard O’ Donovan now in possession. Len is available on FB, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts, or you can use oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you prefer.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan has decided that John Kearney will be next to receive ‘Grey Skies’. Handover arrangements are being made. If you want to talk John before he takes possession try him on Facebook, or contact  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Landed in Dave Allen’s hands in Perth, Australia on Tuesday. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go here to submit a request to him.

Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, a non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Dec 15, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told has had a week where our stories have, literally, criss-crossed the globe. Volume Two (Wink) completed it’s journey from Brisbane, Australia to Cork, Ireland on Tuesday when it landed in the hands of Len O’ Donovan (who has now played host to three One Short Story To Be Told volumes), passing Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – who is en route from Cork to Sydney as we speak – on the way.

Volume Five (Full Circle) meanwhile, thanks to current custodian Paddy O’ Shea, enjoyed a brief sojourn to Brussels. Paddy didn’t, as planned, manage to pass ‘Full Circle’ on while there. But he did supply One Short Story To Be Told with a couple of nice pictures to brighten up this post.

                              

 

Volume Six (Home) also landed in a new home this week. Adrain Hickey – who previously played host to Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) in May 2011 – collected ‘Home’ from the One Short Story To Be Told headquarters on Thursday evening.

The other two One Short Story To Be Told editions – Volume One (One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Volume Three (Grey Skies) – currently gracing earth with their presence are both soon to move house as well. ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ has been promised to Tony Reddin, who returns home from a business trip this weekend, by Andy Mackin. And Derek O’ Sullivan, the current guardian of ‘Grey Skies’, is mulling over the entries he received to his ‘Tell me in nine words why you should be next to receive Volume Three’ competition. The entries, I will tell you, were very creative. And as One Short Story To Be Told loves creativity I’m tempted to share a few with you. But, in order to maintain an aura of neutrality, I will resist that temptation until Derek has announced his choice of winner.

Oh, and just to ensure this week was had an international feel, Jennifer Franklin forwarded pictures of Volume Two (Wink) in Sweden last October. The fact that I had no idea a One Short Story To Be Told volume had been in Sweden made the arrival of these photographs all the more pleasurable. Thanks again, Jenny.

        

And that’s it for this Friday folks, talk soon and 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin will take possession of ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ over the coming weekend. Tony is a FB user, and you can get him here.
Volume Two – Wink: Leonard O’ Donovan now in possession. Len is available on FB, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts, or you can use oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you prefer.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is mulling over his ‘Nine word’ entries. White smoke is imminent, I would say.
Volume Four – Sleepyhead: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go here to submit a request to him.
Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, another non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

 

 

Dec 7, 2012
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Opportunity knocks today for all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. Because Derek O’ Sullivan, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies), was in touch last night to say this:
‘I am ready to pass on a really great read to the next lucky Superhero. All I ask is that they outline the reason they should the next guardian of Grey Skies, and this wonderfully crafted book in nine words’
‘The next lucky Superhero’ is a nice phrase isn’t it?
And if you are me, which I am, the words ‘Wonderfully crafted book’ initiate a smile. As does the rest of Derek’s message which reads, ‘I will pursue the rest of the One Short Story To Be Told series. Congrats, Stan; you should be very proud!’

But let’s not focus on phrases that please me. Let’s, instead, focus on the opportunity you have. And being the next recipient of a One Short Story To Be Told volume may well be the best motivation ever offered to write a sentence that contains just nine words, folks. So get writing. And send responses to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, or to the FB page.

Other news this week saw Volume One (Waiting for Life To Return) take a trip to Brussels, thanks to current custodian Andy Mackin. Letitia Notte decide that Leonard O’ Donovan would be next to receive Volume Two (Wink). This news pleased Len no end. ‘Wink’ will be, following Volume Three (Grey Skies) and Volume Four (Sleepyhead), the third One Short Story To Be Told volume he has entertained. And, as the news came on the same day that he passed Volume Five (Full Circle) to Paddy O’ Shea, well it eased the pain ‘letting go’ of ‘Full Circle’ inflicted upon his being.

Paddy O’ Shea, meanwhile, has clear plans for ‘Full Circle’. First, and this is a serious synchronicity, he is taking ‘Full Circle’ to Brussels. Yes, the very same place Andy Mackin has just taken Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). And second, Paddy intends passing ‘Full Circle’ to a friend while in Brussels.
The second part of Paddy’s plan was very exciting for me to hear, as One Short Story To Be Told has never before officially landed on mainland Europe. In fact our only forays to that large area to date have been Andy’s aforementioned trip to Brussels, and a similar trip to Paris, undertaken by Valerie Spencer in August 2011, again with ‘Waiting For Life To Return’.
So, ‘Full Circle’ will break new ground if – nay, WHEN – Paddy’s plan comes to fruition. And breaking new ground is always music to my ears.
Others with plans afoot till include Sinead O’ Meara, who has nominated Dave Allen in Perth, Australia as next in line for Volume Four (Sleepyhead), and Paul A Depuis, who has nominated Adrian Hickey as the person to next carry the baton for Volume Six (Home). Neither of these plans have, as yet, come to fruition. But we are sure they will soon. As we are sure Andy Mackin will soon be looking for a new owner for Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). I will, of course, up date you on those, and other developments, as they arise.
And so it is time for me to bade you farewell. Stay safe, folks. Have a great weekend. And remember the odds of you being next to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume are greatly enhanced if you contact a current custodian. All contact details are, as always, outlined below my signature.
88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.
Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Andy is contactable herehttps://www.facebook.com/andy.mackin.94?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.
Volume Two – Wink: Leonard O’ Donovan will shortly be in possession. Len is available on FB, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts, or you can use oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you prefer.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is seeking nine word requests as to why you should be next. Derek is not a FB user, so forwarded requests to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Four – Sleepyhead: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, https://www.facebook.com/dave.michael.allen?fref=ts, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. But, as Paddy has clear plans regarding who will be next in line, I won’t frustrate you by telling you how to contact him.
Volume Six (Home): Soon to be in the hands of Adrian Hickey, another non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Nov 30, 2012
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Hi all, and welcome to the latest news bulletin from One Short Story To Be Told. This has, I have to say, been a very quiet week. So I won’t be keeping you long today.

All, bar one, of the six volumes I have floating and flying around the globe have remained static (so far as I know) since last Friday. In fact I could say they have all been static. But that would, I feel, be unkind to Volume Six (Home), who has been trying to make a move this week. So far, however, Paul Depuis (who is releasing ‘Home’) and Adrian Hickey (who is keenly awaiting ‘Home”s arrival) have failed to connect. Perhaps the weekend will see them attain the success they crave.

Certainly the tenacity with which Adrian approached Paul’s movie role competition would indicate he will not be deterred. Actually I’ve been meaning to share Adrian’s entry with you for a while (it is very entertaining). So perhaps I’ll do that now. In fact I will. Here we go.

Hi Paul, my favourite character would be Jules Winnfield (played by Samuel L Jackson) in Pulp Fiction. I thought his bible speech was so fucking cool, his afro uber brilliant, and he had the best lines in the movie. He was also a righteous mother fucking super cool bad ass! So, let’s not have Volume Six eating purple snacks, share the love;

Jules: There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.” Now… I been sayin’ that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You’d be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here… he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd. Yours, Adrian Hickey AKA Racey Hadikin.

Pretty cool huh? I can’t wait for Adrain to post the video of him playing the part on YOUTUBE!

Now before I go I should tell you that there is one other possibility of activity this week (my bracketed ‘So far as I know’ earlier hinted at this). It is possible that Volume Four (Sleepyhead) began it’s journey from Cork to Perth. But, if it has, I am unaware of it as Sinead O’ Meara, who has promised Volume Four to Dave Allen, nor Dave Allen (the promisee) have not been in touch to conform departure or arrival. Not that I’m worried. Not at all. Sinead is as trustworthy as any human on the planet. And Dave? Well Dave is so excited at the prospect of Sleepyhead staying with him there is no way it’s arrival would go unannounced.

And that is that for this week folks. There may be news on the other four One Short Story To Be Told volumes (Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5 for those of you who are interested) next week. Then again there may not.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Andy is contactable here https://www.facebook.com/andy.mackin.94?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.

Volume Two – Wink: Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Australia still in possession. Reach her here https://www.facebook.com/Tate.Lionetti?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is the current custodian. Derek is not a FB user, so requests can be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, https://www.facebook.com/dave.michael.allen?fref=ts, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Leonard O’ Donovan now holds Full Circle in his possession. FB users can get Len here - https://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts. Non FB users email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com please.

Volume Six (Home): Soon to be in the hands of Adrain Hickey, a non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Nov 23, 2012
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Good day all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, or should I say (adopts Australian accent), ‘G’day.’

It wouldn’t be out of place if I did use an Australian accent this week, as that country/continent has come to the fore once again in the past seven days.

As you know Volume Two (Wink) currently resides there (in Brisbane to be precise), and now, due to Sinead O’ Meara nominating Dave Allen as the next recipient of  Volume Four (Sleepyhead), we will, once again, have two One Short Story To Be Told volumes down under at the same time. Dave responded to the news that Volume Four is on its way to him with this statement; ‘Awesome. Can’t wait. Looks like Sleepyhead will get a taste of sunshine over here for our summer!’

So Sinead’s time is up, so to speak. And all that remains is for her to let us know what she thought of the One Short Story To Be Told experience. We await her feedback with bated breath.

Keeping the Australian theme (if I can call it that) going Letitia Notte, of Brisbane, announced yesterday that it is time for her to release Volume Two ‘Wink’. No idea where it is heading next, but if you’d like Letitia to select you, a nudge – on her FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Tate.Lionetti?fref=ts), or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com - right now would be well timed. And I get the feeling that if you are Down Under you’re chances of success are high!

All else has been quiet this week. No news has been forthcoming from the owners of Volume’s One, Five and Six – Andy Mackin, Len O’Donovan and Paul Depuis, respectively.  I’m a little surprised that Paul hasn’t been in touch – he was close to deciding on the next recipient for ‘Home’ last week. But then life is life, and he, most likely, has had other things – work, relationships, fun – to focus on.

I did receive a short note from Derek O’ Sullivan, the man who currently provides a home to Volume Three (Grey Skies), last night. I’ll share his words verbatim. And the photograph that accompanied his words, too. It reinforces the message that people have lives, you see.

‘Having a great read! But taking a little longer than I thought with Olga looking over my shoulder. I used to go bed and read for an hour, now I’m asleep within five minutes!’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, the joy of being a new Daddy! I’m sure plenty of you can relate to Derek’s sentiments.

And that folks, is it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you soon.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Andy is contactable here https://www.facebook.com/andy.mackin.94?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.

Volume Two – Wink: Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Australia still in possession. Reach her here https://www.facebook.com/Tate.Lionetti?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is the current custodian. Derek is not a FB user, so requests can be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, https://www.facebook.com/dave.michael.allen?fref=ts, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Leonard O’ Donovan now holds Full Circle in his possession. FB users can get Len here - https://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts. Non FB users email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com please.

Volume Six (Home): Paul J Depuis remains the custodian of Home. A decision as to who will next welcome Home into their home is, I believe, imminent. But if you want to talk to Paul his FB page (https://www.facebook.com/paul.depuis?fref=ts) is the best place to go.

 

Nov 16, 2012
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Well, well, well – what an interesting week it’s been here at One Short Story To Be Told! Feedback has arrived from Anne Byrne (Volume Five), and Paul Depuis (Volume Six). Both Anne and Paul have been very complimentary, and I thank them for their kind words. The feedback has been posted to the relevant page of the blog, so if you missed it during the week be sure to check out the relevant page.

Meanwhile Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has landed in it’s eighteenth home, and the hands of Andy Mackin. Andy is, as I reported earlier in the week, delighted to finally get his hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume. And the arrival of Waiting For LIfe To Return reminded him that he had photographs from the launch of Volume Six (Home) to pass on to me. I’m delighted to include them here. His son, Cian, has been following this adventure from the start, and it warms my heart to cast my eyes on his joyous face in these pictures.

My heart was also warmed by the response to a Facebook post on Wednesday. A simple request on my Stan Notte profile, asking my Facebook followers to share this idea, has led to 38 new members landing on the One Short Story To Be Told page. It also led to Nancy Johnson Koper providing me with helpful suggestions. So thanks to all who shared, joined this adventure and, in particular Nancy. As there a plenty of people who are friends with my leyton attens page, and not my Stan Notte page, I will share a similar post on the leyton page next week. Those of you are friends with both pages are, therefore, forewarned.

As for activity regarding my six volumes? Well it’s been quiet on that front this week. But then that was to be expected given five of them have recently arrived in new homes. I am expecting an announcement from Paul Depuis regarding the result of his ‘Tell me the movie role you would most like to play.’ competition soon. And that, of course, will decide the next destination for Volume Six (Home). I’d also expect Sinead O’ Meara to have news for me on Volume Four (Sleepyhead) in the near future. But for now it’s a waiting game.

And that, as they say, is that for this week. The details on those currently in possession of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes, and how you can contact them to let them know you want one of my tales to visit your home, appears, as always, below my signature. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and remember if you want anything in life action is required. (That is particularly true in regard to getting your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume, by the way)

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Here is contactable herehttps://www.facebook.com/andy.mackin.94?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.
Volume Two – Wink: Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Australia now in possession. Reach her herehttps://www.facebook.com/Tate.Lionetti?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is the current custodian. Derek is not a FB user, so requests can be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Sinead O’Meara. Requests through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Five – Full Circle: Leonard O’ Donovan now holds Full Circle in his possession. FB users can get Len here - https://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts. Non FB users email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com please.

Nov 10, 2012
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Hello, my One Short Story To Be Told friends, and welcome to the latest Friday Forum. As it’s Saturday, and my weekly updates, due to the distractions of life, drift from Friday to Saturday frequently enough now, I’m thinking I should have a back up name. The Friday Forum Saturday Supplement springs to mind. But perhaps I’m over thinking the matter! And I’m sure you’d rather I gave you details relevant to what One Short Story To Be Told is all about – which is creating a journey for selected tales – rather than muse on possible titles of blog updates.

So, with that in mind, let’s get to those relevant details, which I’ll start by telling you that the photographs in this this post all came in this week.

It has been a busy week, as I expected, for the One Short Story To Be Told tales. Promises from last week have, I’m delighted to say, been kept. And as a consequence three of our volumes – namely Volume Two (Wink), Volume Three (Grey Skies) and Volume Five (Full Circle) – have arrived in new homes.

Wink arrived in Brisbane, Australia, and the hands of Letitia Notte, on Wednesday. Leonard O’ Donovan received Full Circle from Anne Byrne on Thursday. And Derek O’ Sullivan had the delight of opening a package that contained Grey Skies on Friday morning. All three have been in touch to express their excitement, which of course is great!.

As well as that Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) began it’s journey from Chicago to Blarney (Ireland) on Monday. So, as I said, promises were kept. Thank you all.

 

The week was notable also for Paul J Depuis announcing he was running a competition to decide the next recipient of our newest edition – Volume Six (Home). If you missed the announcement mid week, here’s a reminder of what Paul wants you to do. So my simple question is … If you could play your favourite character in a film who would it be and why? Answers on a postca…ah, no. E-mails, FB posts, and blog entries will suffice.

Finally, I’d like to share a few words that Paul Murphy passed to me regarding his experience with Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return).

‘Stan, without blowing smoke up your arse,  I was pretty taken by the idea – and also the writing.  It left me wanting to get the next version, so that must be a good thing.  It is clear you have talent, and that has made me want to look for my own a bit more.  Maybe the word ‘Inspired’ could be used. Have a good weekend and let me know when I can have the second one.  Also I hope it is longer.’

I have said before that kind words are always welcome here at One Short Story To Be Told. And I stand by that statement. But Paul’s words kinda go further than being kind. And I can only thank him for his generosity in offering such sentiments.

And that folks is it for this week. You can, I’m sure, figure that their has been no news from Sinead O’ Meara, the current custodian of Volume Four (Sleepyhead), over the past seven days. Maybe next Friday (or Saturday, depending on distractions!) I’ll have something on that front.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Here is contactable herehttps://www.facebook.com/andy.mackin.94?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.
Volume Two – Wink: Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Australia now in possession. Reach her herehttps://www.facebook.com/Tate.Lionetti?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is the current custodian. Derek is not a FB user, so requests can be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Sinead O’Meara. Requests through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.
Volume Five – Full Circle: Leonard O’ Donovan is due to (gleefully) accept Full Circle from Anne Byrne soon. FB users can get Len here - https://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts. Non FB users email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com please.

Nov 2, 2012
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Friday Forum (55)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and 88*Googolplex to each and every one of you. I have to tell you that today was a very, very good day for me, and I am in top form as I eek these words from keyboard to screen. I won’t divulge the reasons for today being a very, very good day. But I will say I hope you, too, have had a stonker of a day!

This good day comes at the end of a busy, but also good, week for One Short Story To Be Told. It began last Saturday with the launch of Volume Six (Home) of this adventure. Delighted to say it was a great night (Thanks, again, to all who came along). The goodness continued with an excited Paul Depuis, as the photo shows, collecting ‘Home’ on Tuesday and setting it on it’s journey.

Also on Tuesday Volume Two (Wink) landed in the hands of Letitia Notte, who currently resides in Brisbane, Australia. Needless to say excitement abounded there, too.

And then, on Wednesday, Paul Murphy, of Chigago, Illinois, informed me that he had chosen the next recipient of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) – the lucky man is Andy Mackin of Blarney, Co. Cork  (who greeted the news with a whoop and a whoopee and then a wayhay!) – and Cormac O’ Caoimh announced that Derek O’ Sullivan(who also whooped in delight on hearing the news) would provide Volume Three (Grey Skies) with it’s fourteenth home.

Thursday saw Anne Byrne decide it was time for to relinquish her hold on Volume Five (Full Circle), and announce Leonard O’ Donovan would carry that particular mantle forward. Leonard was beside himself, not least because Full Circle will be the third One Short Story To Be Told volume he will welcome into his home. ‘Three down, three to go’ were Leonard’s words. A statement that leaves me in no doubt that he has decided that every One Short Story To Be Told volume will, at some stage, pass through his hands. ‘Best of luck with the quest Len’ I replied, before silently adding that Colette O Donoghue will, to say the least, be intrigued by that plan.

And finally, just last night, I spoke to Sinead O’ Meara the current custodian of Volume Four (Sleepyhead). Sinead informs me that the time for Sleepyhead to move on has arrived, but no firm decision regarding who shall be next has been made just yet. Sinead was also very complimentary of the tale Sleepyhead during our chat. Thank you for the kind words Sinead. I appreciate them.

Speaking of kind words brings me to the final piece of good news provided this week.

Both Paul McSweeny (who recently read Volume Two), and Cormac O Caoimh (who just passed Volume Three to Derek O’ Sullivan) have forwarded their feedback on their experience of the  One Short Story To Be Told Tales – namely ‘Wink’ and ‘Grey Skies’ respectfully – contained within.

I have to say it still amazes me that people are so appreciative of my writing. But man it is good for the soul! Paul and Cormac’s words have been added to the blog pages dedicated to Wink and Grey Skies, but I’ll include them here in case, a) you are too tired to go clicking for them, and b) because it warms my heart every time I read them.

WHAT PAUL SAID ABOUT WINK: Wink, for me, is a very literal story. I felt I was beside Jim
throughout the story – particularly as he dressed himself for the funeral. I also believe that anyone who has lost a parent, grown up in a difficult environment, or left home at a young age will understand what Jim experiences in ‘Wink.’ And there is no doubt in my mind that the connection one feels Jim has with his mother is something everyone will understand. Overall a wonderfully engaging tale, and one I would recommend. Thanks leyton/Stan for putting into the world, and I wish you continued success with this great idea.

WHAT CORMAC SAID ABOUT GREY SKIES: Having read Volume Three (Grey Skies) of One Short Story To Be Told I highly recommend you try get your hands on…I wont say “A copy” …I will say “The Copy”… because the wonderful thing about these books is that there is only one copy made of each Volume, and it is passed from person to person. On top of that…it is a great book too. Thanks Ray Horgan for passing it on to me. And thanks leyton; I always thought One Short Story To Be Told was a fantastic idea…..and the book itself didnt disappoint! Thank you very much. Very enjoyable

There is, I believe, no better way for to sign of this post. So have a great weekend. And 88*Googolplex to you all. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Here is contactable here https://www.facebook.com/andy.mackin.94?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.

Volume Two – Wink:  Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Australia now in possession. Reach her here https://www.facebook.com/Tate.Lionetti?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is the current custodian. Derek is not a FB user, so requests can be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Sinead O’Meara. Requests through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Leonard O’ Donovan is due to (gleefully) accept Full Circle from Anne Byrne soon. FB users can get Len here – https://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts. Non FB users email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com please.

Oct 28, 2012
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Volume Six is freed.

Hey folks, delighted to inform you that all went well last night.

Tom Barry’s staff were amazing as always. And it was great to see a few old and good friends give a portion of their tome to be there when ‘Home’ was released into the world. I’ll have photo’s, videos and our latest animation up online later today.

But the most important thing about last night was finding ‘Home’s’ first home.

And the pleasure of providing ‘Home’s’ home goes to Paul Depuis.

Congrats Paul, I’ll be in touch soon.

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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