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Oct 26, 2012
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Hey there One Short Story To Be Tolders. It’s Friday, which means a Friday Forum and an 88*Googolplex from me to each and every one of you!

And this Friday is an exciting one, because it is the eve of Volume Six of this adventure entering the world. Needless to say I am very excited. As is ‘Home’ the story that will grace the pages of Volume Six, and will begin what we know will be an extraordinary journey tomorrow.

In case you’ve forgotten ‘Home’ will be launched onto the no longer unsuspecting world in Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack St, Cork at 7.30pm on Saturday 27th October, which is tomorrow. YIPPEE!

As for the other five volumes, well all has been quiet on that front this week. Cormac O Caoimh, current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies) has been in touch to say that he is now looking for a new owner. But that is about it really. Mind you I am glad of the quiet, as preparing for tomorrow night has kept be busy, busy, busy. But all is in place now, and all I need to do tomorrow is turn up! Hopefully you will, too.

Prior to the event I will appear on Cork FM’s ‘Le Cheile’ radio show tomorrow morning at 11am. Thanks to Anne Dalton for the invite. You can listen in here if you are free and so inclined. I’m sure I’ll be amazing!

And that’s it for today folks. I’ll leave you, as I always do, with an 88*Googolplex and remind you as I am offering that wonderful phrase that those who have a One Short Story To Be Told volume in their hands are listed below. Letting them know that you want to welcome a One Short Story To Be Told into your home and life is always a good idea.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink:  Jennifer Franklin is now in possession. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: In the possession of Cormac O Caoimh. Requests to receive Grey Skies from Cormac should 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: Anne Byrne has taken custody of Full Circle. Anne is a Facebooker, so you can reach her here https://www.facebook.com/anne.byrne.72, if you want to beg, plea or politely request Anne pass Full Circle to you.

Oct 20, 2012
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As I’m in Paris celebrating 25 years of marriage with my wife this will be a brief post. I’m sure you understand why.

Two of our volumes – One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Five (Full Circle) are in a ‘Pending’ state. That’s because Paul Murphy and Jenny Franklin, their current owners, have decided upon their destination, but have not, as yet, reached a point where they can release our little books. Which, of course, is fine.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) meanwhile has reached a new home. Cormac O Caiomh and Ray Horgan enjoyed the handover, as the photo shows. Cormac becomes the thirteenth recipient of Grey Skies, a number we know will not have any negative conotations to it, despite the old wives tales and superstitions attached to it.

Meanwhile Volume Five (Full Circle) which Ray has promised to Anne Byrne is somewhere in East Cork trying to connect with Anne Byrne. Fear of greater confusion keeps me from commenting further.

Finally Volume Four (Sleepyhead) is enjoying Sinead O’Meara’s company so much no sign of a move has been displayed. But then Sinead is currently celebrating a landmark, and knowing Sleepyhead there was no way he was missing out on that.

Just before I go I want to appease any worried minds. All is in place for next Saturday, 27th October 2012. I will be in Tom Barry’s at 7.30, and ‘Home’ the latest tale to be released under the One Short Story To Be Told banner will be set free. It would, of course, be great to see you there.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink:  Jennifer Franklin is now in possession. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Soon to be in the possession of Cormac O Caoimh. Requests to receive Grey Skies from Cormac should 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: Anne Byrne will take custody of Full Circle over this weekend. Anne is a Facebooker, so you can reach her here https://www.facebook.com/anne.byrne.72, if you want to beg, plea or politely request Anne pass Full Circle to you.

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Oct 12, 2012
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Good afternoon all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. As I write the rain is pouring down here in Ireland. But I’m delighted to say that the weather has not dampened the spirit of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes that are criss crossing the globe. They are far too happy to allow a little (or a lot of) rain to affect their happiness.

Of the five volumes out in the world three are currently delighting in the thrill that a new home provides. Volume Two (Wink), as reported last week, is now in the hands of Jennifer Franklin, and has the added bonus of being on holiday with it’s new and lovely owner. Where precisely Wink is located we cannot say. But , as we all know, a vacation is great for the soul, especially when taken with good company.

Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) meanwhile are bouncy up and down with excitement as Ray Horgan has announced the names of those he has chosen as the next baton holders.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) will soon be in the home of that talented singer/songwriter Cormac O’Caoimh, a treat not to be underestimated. And Volume Five (Full Circle) will have the pleasure of a trip to East Cork to be welcomed by the brilliant beaming smile that always lights the face of Anne Byrne.

Both transfers are due to take place in the next few days. So those of you seeking an opportunity to greet a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home take note of the contact details that will, as always, appear below my farewell salutation at the end of this post.

Our other two volumes – One (Waiting For Life To Return), Four (Sleepyhead) – are happily snuggling up to Paul Murphy and Sinead O’ Meara in Chicago, USA and Blackrock, Cork, Ireland respectively. Is it any wonder then that the weather is an irrelevance to them?

As for the forthcoming Volume Six (Home), well all news is good on that front. Printing is complete, and transfer to our binder Albert Browne will be completed early next week. Those of you on Facebook will have seen that the invite to Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street on the 27th October has been posted. Marc Crowley is beavering away on the animated film that plays such a crucial role on our launch nights. This, as it requires Marc to interpret a script written by Stanley Notte, and then invent an interesting series of images to enliven Stanley’s words, is no easy task. But, as Marc is supremely talented, our faith that the final product will be of a high standard, is as strong as that held by the proverbial canine family pet.

So the only outstanding issue for the release of ‘Home” is that of a physical invite, otherwise known as a flyer. But as another super talented individual, one Gordan Kinsella, is working on that and has promised a product will be with us soon…well canine family pets and the faith they display is again to the fore.

And that folks is all the news from the One Short Story To Be Told adventure on this the 12th day of October in the year of 2012. Have a great weekend. And if you haven’t already mark the 27th October 2012 in your diary with the following words ‘Launch of Volume Six (Home) of One Short Story To Be Told, Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork; Time 7.30pm.’ please do so now.

You could, of course, tag the phrase ‘It’s gonna be great’ to that notation. Because it is. Because it always is.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink:  Jennifer Franklin is now in possession. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Soon to be in the possession of Cormac O Caoimh. Requests to receive Grey Skies from Cormac should 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: Anne Byrne will take custody of Full Circle over this weekend. Anne is a Facebooker, so you can reach her here https://www.facebook.com/anne.byrne.72, if you want to beg, plea or politely request Anne pass Full Circle to you.

 

Oct 5, 2012
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Hi there guys. It’s Friday (thank Crunchie) and time, therefore, for my weekly update on the adventures of the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes currently whizzing around the world and – you’ll be delighted to hear – the latest on the impending arrival of Volume Six.

News on the five volumes out there in the big, bright world that is the planet earth is scant this week. Those of you following this adventure on Facebook will know that VolumeTwo (Wink) reached it’s 17th home last Tuesday. Jennifer Franklin, who previously provided shelter to Volume Three, was the lucky recipient. Wink, of course, is delighted to reach another new home. And we here at One Short Story To Be Told are delighted that another person has enjoyed the idea so much that they felt the need to receive another volume could not be ignored. So thank you Jennifer, and thank you, too, Paul.

The news of Volume Two moving on is the only real news this week. Ray Horgan who currently holds Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) has been in touch, but only briefly. And we have forwarded the names of those who have expressed an interest in accepting the baton from Ray. But no move appears to be imminent – unless, of course, I am being kept in the dark; which, of course, would be nothing new.

Sinead O’ Meara and Paul Murphy – holders of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) and Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) have not been in touch this week. But as Sinead is always a busy woman and Paul completed the Chicago marathon last Sunday that is understandable. Maybe we’ll have something next week.

Meanwhile loads of energy has been expended in the preparation of Volume Six (Home) of One Short Story To Be Told. The design of the book is now nearing completion. The venue – which sees us return to our spiritual home of Tom Barry’s – has been confirmed. The printer and binder have been notified of Volume Six’s impending arrival and needs (It would be an exaggeration to say both parties have adopted a state of red alert, but they have assured us of their full co-operation on the lead up to the 27th October. Marc, our animator, has been contacted. So perhaps the only thing not to move forward this week is the script for the animated film. But a note to self has that earmarked for attention over the next couple of days.

Another note to self focuses on the need to get an invitation organised and circulated as soon as possible. And while Gordon Kinsella is working on said invitation I feel the time is ripe now to state categorically that you all welcome in Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork at 8pm on Saturday 27th October 2012 to witness ‘Home’ fly the nest. I will also state categorically state that I will be delighted to see you there, and that an 88*Googolplex will be awaiting your arrival.

Until then – or next week – stay safe my friends. And if moments of doubt should visit you feel free to remind yourself that I always have an 88*Googolplex ready to cheer you up.

88*Googolplex, leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink:  Jennifer Franklin is now in possession. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

 

Sep 28, 2012
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Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Told followers, and welcome to the 50th Friday Forum. I can’t believe it is almost a year since I began this regular FRiday update, nor that we are now hurtling towards the 2nd anniversary of the launch of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Much has happened in that time. And I’m tempted to dive into a full review at the moment. But I’ll resist that temptation, your time I’m sure is precious as the weekend approaches. I will, however, commit to completing a photographic gallery of our Volume’s adventures between now and our second anniversary, which falls in the same week that the sixth One Short Story To Be Told volume will be released into the world.

You’ll be delighted to know that all is on schedule for that event. ‘Home’, the chosen story, has been wrapped up in the information that comprises a One Short Story To Be Told volume, and been shipped of to the wonderfully talented Mary Laffin who will cajole and coerce the information into a real publication. The binder, the equally wonderful, Albert Browne has been notified of pending visit, the printer has too. And contact has been established with prospective venues. Perhaps the only thing that hasn’t been done is conformation with our animator Marc Crowley. I’ll get on that today, me thinks.

While my efforts have been focused on the next volume of One Short Story To Be Told, the five volumes already out in the world have, of course, been doing their thing.

In the case of Volume’s Three (Grey Skies), Volume Four (Sleepyhead) and Volume Five (Full Circle) that simply means enjoying the company of their current custodian. Sinead O’ Meara (who has volume four) and Ray Horgan (who holds volume’s three and five) have both assured me that enjoyment is an accurate expression

Volumes One and Two are both, however, on the move. The fact that Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) landed in Chicago, USA on Monday was a fabulous start to the week. Paul Murphy, the new custodian, has been in touch since to say that he has begun reading, and started with the comments from previous owners. He also tells me he is running a marathon on Sunday. So best of luck with that. I meantime am wondering if Volume One will pop up the Ryder Cup course! Wouldn’t that be great.

Volume Two (Wink), meanwhile, will be transferred from the hands of Paul McSweeney to Jenny Franklin over the next few days. And I must say that it is always a pleasure to see a previous reader seek out another volume. So thank you Jenny for paying me just such a compliment!

So I’ll leave you get to your weekend on that note. But please remember that our volume are always looking for people to offer them a home. And while your remembering them you might reach out and touch one of the current recipients (they are listed below)- it will make, a story, me and you very happy.

Thank you, 88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/leyton attens.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink:  Jennifer Franklin will be in possession shortly. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

 

 

Sep 21, 2012
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Hey, all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and apologies for not posting a Friday Forum last week. Especially if you missed me! Mitgation exists as I was on an intensive course both on the day and the day before and after. Though none of that eases your pain, if indeed my absence inflicted any, which I doubt.

But I’m back now and, I hope, all is well.

In truth, there was not much to report last week, nor indeed this. Volumes Two (Wink), Three (Grey Skies), Four (Sleepyhead) and Five (Full Circle) were and are settling into new homes. Conversations with Ray Horgan (current custodian to both Volumes Three and Five), Sinead O’ Meara (with whom Volume Four is in residence) and Paul McSweeny (who has Volume Two tucked away somewhere) informs me that all is well on those fronts.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is, on the other hand, still between homes – a place I’m beginning to think it enjoys. That’s because Volume One’s current situation mirrors closely the path it took while traveling from Tim Prenderville’s home in California to Ben Keating’s abode in Sydney, Australia during which it kind of went missing for a bit.

So what is the current situation you ask?

Well Ben Keating placed our inaugural volume in a registered package destined for Paul Murphy in Chicago on the 4th September, and here we are 17 days later wondering where exactly Waiting For Life To Return is. Of course it’s possible that my expectation of the Australian postal system, registered or not, is a touch too high and 17 days is well below the average travel time. But I think it’s more likely that Waiting For Life To Return just wants to live up to it’s title! Anyway I’ve dropped Ben a quick note to see if this wandering tale’s movements between Sydney and Chicago and can be tracked online. There is, I believe, nothing more I can do.

There is one other piece of news I’d like to share with you this Friday evening. And it’s BIG news – or at least I think so. I hope you’ll think so, too. I’ve decided that it is time for Volume Six of this adventure to be released. Not only that I’ve decided on a date – 27th October 2012 – and I’ve chosen the tale that will be given an opportunity to travel the world!

The tale is – perhaps with the idea of the title being an indicator to how it will behave – called ‘Home”. And I have to tell you it was thrilled when I whispered the news into it’s little ear.

More detail of this event will, no doubt, fill forthcoming posts from One Short Story To Be Told. And while it goes without saying I will add that you are more than welcome to join us on the night here in Cork.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Oh, here’s where you need to go if you want to get your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Two – Wink:  The man you need to get to is Paul McSweeney. Get him at https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Sep 7, 2012
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Man it’s been a busy week her in One Short Story To Be Told land. Our books are flying (literally in some cases) all over the place – which, I may say, is exactly what this project is all about – and I’ve managed, thanks to the co-operation of a few recent custodians, made inroads into the ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list.

I’ll deal with the ‘Flying all over the place’ element of the week first.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) left Sidney, and the home of Ben Keating on Tuesday and is currently somewhere between there and Chicago, Illinois, the home of (soon to be custodian number 16) Paul Murphy. I’d like to extend my thanks to Ben for participating in this adventure, particularly as ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ arrived in his abode during a busy period for him

That move followed swiftly on the heels of Volume Five (Full Circle) reaching the home of Ray Horgan, an environment it will share with Volume Three (Grey Skies), which arrived in Ray’s hand at almost precisely the same time.

Ray kindly provided photographic evidence of the ‘Twin Arrivals’, and I’m delighted to include that picture here.

The final move of the week occurred today when Paul McSweeney accepted custody of Volume Two (Wink) from Sandra Cambridge. Photographic evidence, I am assured, has been secured of this event, and I await those pictures with bated breath.

 

And now to the feedback! William Crowley and Janette Aisling-O’ Meara are those who helped me reduce the ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list from five to three, and I thank them for that. More importantly I thank them for their kind words; it’s always a special moment when one’s work is acknowledged in such a manner!

Here’s what William had to say: There should be only good fiction.!! While Volume  Three of leyton atten’s adventure is subtitled “One Short Story,” it is more accurately a generously-sized life story for all of us readers, with a surprising tenderness to some of the writing – or maybe not, if you know leyton attens? A very nice reading experience that both satisfies and creates a hunger for more. leyton has created an intriguing and complex character in Volume Three, one for whom there are obviously many more stories, past and present, left to tell. While I wished the storyline was longer and…without disclosing the storyline….How is he going to get himself out of this? That is the question the book answers so well, and you never will want the story to end. A lesson for us all….. Bravo Mr attens. 

And here’s what Janette had to say: I would like to thank Len O’Donovan again for mailing Volume Four from Ireland to Canada, so that I could finally read, and see for myself, the phenomenon that is’ One Short Story To Be Told’.  I really enjoyed reading Sleepy Head.  However, unlike the protagonist, I also loved it in the world of the awake as much as I did while sleeping. I was also delighted to realize that I liked the prelude and epilogue just as much as the story itself.  I even quelled my schoolmarm tendencies and enjoyed the lack of punctuation and capital letters in the last few pages and just went with the ‘flow’. And so, with absolutely no fanfare at all, on a trip to Ireland for good times and the Christening of our daughter Maeve O’Meara, I passed Volume Four on to my sister-in-law Sinead O’Meara.  There are no photos – or even witnesses – to commemorate this event – although there are many baptism photos and other pics at Gougane Barra; but since the book is precious it did not accompany us on any of our outings.  Plus I forgot! And now I sit here in Canada. I would like though to post a photo of Maeve wearing her googolplex T shirt ( a gift from Stan Notte, Len O Donovan and paul ‘Max’ McSweeney) as thanks, and to compliment her earlier photo where she is snoozing with Sleepyhead.  Her name is scrambled on the t-shirt  and reads AMEE VAROMA.  This is possibly the best name leyton attens has come up with to date, and will be forever her alter ego.

Needless to say the picture of Maeve – or Amee Varoma – that accompanied that feedback was a highpoint of a week filled with highlights. So thank you again Janette.

Yes folks it’s been a good week. One that has energised me, and will help me through next week, which will, by contrast, be quiet. Unless of course I can get hold of Ben Keating, Ray Coveney and Paul A Crean and reduce that ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list again!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Oh, here’s where you need to go if you want to get your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Two – Wink:  The man you need to get to is Paul McSweeney. Get him at https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Aug 31, 2012
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Hi all, hope you are well on what (here in Ireland at least) is a balmy Friday evening. In fact it’s been a pretty balmy week overall, and, from my perspective at least, the balminess has not been restricted to the weather. That’s because there has been a lot of activity with the little packages I have floating around our great big world this week. In fact, I have something to report on each of our volumes.

First, let me deal with the news that – I have to tell you Tim Prenderville – had ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ close to breaking out the Margaritas: Ben Keating has chosen the next destination for Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). Amazingly Ben has opted to send ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ back to the U.S. of A. – the continent from which it travelled in order to reach Ben. Paul Murphy, of Chicago, is the man tasked with being the seventeenth custodian of our very first publication; a fact I like to imagine excites him. Exactly when Paul will have the pleasure of welcoming ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ into his home I can’t say, as I’m not certain Volume One has begun it’s journey just yet, nor how long it will take. So stayed tuned for updates.

Volume Two (Wink) is also on the move this week. Sandra Cambridge, who I met over last weekend, has chosen Paul McSweeney to provide home number sixteen to ‘Wink”. This decision will see Paul welcome a third One Short Story To Be Told edition into his home, an event he assures me only occurred because he took an opportunity to ask Sandra face to face to consider him. Whatever the basis for Sandra’s decision, one thing is certain; Paul is sure to treat ‘Wink’ as well as he treated Volume’s One and and Five.

The third edition of the One Short Story To Be Told (Grey Skies) betters Volume’s One and Two this week by actually reaching a new home. One Ray Horgan received the baton for this story from Ray Coveney on Wednesday. Ray Coveney creates a little bit of history in the process. He is the first One Short Story To Be Told owner to receive, read and release a volume without me conversing with them in any form or fashion. Yes, no emails, no Facebook posts or messages, no phone calls, no talk. I have to say I never thought that would happen. But then the world never ceases to amaze me.

Perhaps because it didn’t want to be outdone by Volume Three the story that was released on One Short Story To Be Told’s first birthday – i.e. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – also found itself a new home this week. That home is being provided by Sinead O’ Meara, a lady of high reputation, who resides in a leafy suburb of Cork titled Blackrock. Sinead is the eighth person to provide shelter to ‘Sleepyhead’, and her acceptance of Volume Four brings ‘Sleepyhead’ back to Ireland after four months split between Australia and Canada.

All of the above leaves me awaiting feedback from four (Ben, Sandra, Ray Coveney and Janette) recent custodians. And as William Crowley has yet to forward his take on Volume Three I’m now in danger of being snowed under by a growing ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list, a situation that may – and indeed should – motivate me to contact those people.

Actually I’ve just realised that the ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list will grow again shortly as Paul A Crean is due to pass Volume Five (Full Circle) to Ray Horgan – and yes, that’s the same Ray Horgan who got his hands on Volume Three this week – shortly. I’ll definitely need to get active on that list now.

One final note folks; I’m pretty sure that this is the first time I have reported a move or perspective move for all five of our Volumes in one week. That is a fact I’d ask you to remind me of if when things quieten on the ‘One Short Story To Be Told stories on the move’ front (which they inevitably will). Because I’m sure I’ll be harping on about ‘a lack of activity’ at that stage.

And that’s it for this week folks. I’ll leave you with the list of people who you need to talk to if you’d like to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume. And, as always, I’ll tag those names to the Volume they possess, or will soon possess in some cases.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return: Current custodian Ben Keating, Sydney, Australia. The man you need to get to, however, is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Two – Wink: Current Custodian Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Ireland. The man you need to get to, however, is Paul McSweeney. Get him at https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Already moved from Ray Coveney to Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: Current custodian Paul A Crean. Full Circle is promised to Ray Horgan. Again get Ray at https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Aug 24, 2012
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Hi guys, hope you have a good week. I, from a One Short Story To Be Told viewpoint at least, certainly have; and that’s despite only four days elapsing since I returned to the One Short Story To Be Told land.

First the big news. Mr Ben Keating, current owner of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has been in touch. And I mean directly. This, as you will know, is a first, as all contact before now has been through previous owner Tim Prenderville. Ben informs me that he is preparing to pass Volume One on, which is, of course, great news. I am exited and delighted by this development, as is Waiting For Life To Return. So thank you Ben for taking the time. And thanks again (and always) to Tim for his assistance, and indeed persistence.

The other owner with whom I’ve been in touch with since Monday is Sandra Cambridge, who currently provides a home to Volume Two (Wink). Sandra and Wink are just back from London where – Sandra informs me – they had a ball at Chelsea football grounds, went up west for a nose, and enjoyed relaxing under the the sun in Chiswick.

Sandra also says that, as Wink is is fully rested, it is ready to move on and find it’s next home. For those of you interested in numbers that will be home number 16. This, of course, is an exciting piece of news – and one that should activate those of you thinking (or dreaming) of welcoming a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home. If that is you Sandra’s contact details appear at the foot of this missive.

All other owners of a One Short Story To Be Told volume have remained out of reach to me since Monday. I am, therefore, unable to confirm whether the proposed moves for Volume Three (Grey Skies) from William Crowley to Ray Coveney, Volume Four (Sleepyhead) from Janette Aisling-O’Meara to Sinead O’ Meara or Volume Five (Full Circle) from Paul A Crean to Ray Horgan have taken place. But I will, due to a promise to oneself to follow up as hard as I can over the weekend, have news next week.

The one other notable activity this week was the arrival of not one, but two sets of feedback. The first is from Mark Fenton, who recently released Sleepyhead into Janette Aisling-O’Meara’s custody. And the second is the long awaited opinion of Len O’ Donovan, who now prefers to be know as Elando Novon, on Volume Three Grey Skies. Both sets of feedback have been posted on the relevant page of the One Short Story To Be Told blog, but I’ll save you the trouble of navigating in cyper-space by reproducing them here.

Mark Fenton on Sleepyhead: “Jobsagoodun” Leyton! A unique concept……. Keep the Ideas Flowing. Mark

Len O’Donovan’s (aka Elando Novon) on “GreySkies”:  Everything is possible if you put your mind to it. A story that needed to be told and thankfully came out of the bin and onto print. Congrats & continued success. “There is a light that never goes out” Len.

Thanks guys for the kind words – I was particularly enamoured by The Smiths lyric Len/Olando.

And that folks is all I have this week (apart from a few details on current locations which will appear, as always, after I sign off). I wish you well for the coming seven days, and beyond of course. Talk soon. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return: Current custodian Ben Keating, Sydney, Australia.

Volume Two – Wink: Current Custodian Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Ireland. Catch Sandra here https://www.facebook.com/sandra.cambridge.9

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Current custodian William Crowley. Grey Skies is promised to Ray Coveney, however. It may in fact already be in his hands.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Janette Aisling-O’Meara. Sleepyhead is promised to Sinead O’Meara, however. It may in fact already be in her hands.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Current custodian Paul A Crean. Full Circle is promised to Ray Horgan, however. It may in fact already be in his hands.

Aug 20, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (44)

When Adam Guritz returned to the pop/rock music spotlight with The Counting Crows second album ‘Recovering The Satellites’ it included a track called “Have You Seen Me Lately’ on which Adam pondered how his abscence from music charts/magazines during the intervening period had gone almost unnoticed. Now I’m not for a moment suggesting that I – or One Short Story To Be Told – has had the same effect on the cultural landscape as August and Everything After (The Crows debut album) did in the early nineties. But the past three weeks has highlighted how easily one can feel neglected.

You will (maybe that should be maybe?) be aware that I have not posted a Friday Forum (or anything else) since 27th July 2012. This has been due to

a) a two week holiday to London, for the Olympic Games no less and,

b) an extremely busy week upon my return – one that had a ‘Complete a DIY task before the visitors arrive’ deadline at it’s close.

But what occupied me between 27th July and beginning this post (24 days now) pales into insignificance when I consider my abscence from this blog, the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page and the email listing that compliments those forums has been marked by emptiness, barrenness and bereftivity. Or to put it bluntly, being away swiftly lost it’s gloss when I realised that nobody – not an owner nor prospective owner – contacted me during my absence.

Given that evidence I spent the weekend veering between the notion of abandoning the One Short Story To Be Told project entirely (a notion suggested by a part of me suddenly obsessed with the notion that One Short Story To Be Told has failed to make any impact on the world outside my head/bedroom/PC) and the far more practical notion of just getting on with putting One Short Story To Be Told back into the world (this, of course was driven by the rest of me reminding me that the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes have been warmly welcomed into over fifty homes; that the pictures and feedback provided by those owners have been filled with creativity, inguinity and positivity; and that any number of people I meet express an interest in providing a new home to the One Short Story To Be Told tales).

Thankfully the rest of me – as the appearance of this post would indicate – won out. And One Short Story To Be Told is, until the next crisis of confidence anyway, here to stay.  Having made that decision I  immediately got busy contacting our current owners. Here’s what ensued.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ben Keating in Sydney, Australia and the current custodian of Volume One remains outside my contact range. So I reached out to the always reliable Tim Prenderville for an update instead. A promise of seeking an update from Tim was, not surprisingly, immediately forthcoming. I await Tim’s response eagerly. Requests to be next are still being taken via oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge is currently on holidays. I had a brief chat with Sandra and we agreed to communicate again on her return midweek.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Grey Skies may (or may not) have been transferred from William Crowley to Ray Coveney. When I spoke to William that was his intention. Confirmation of this move will be communicated to you as soon as I have received said confirmation.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara of Toronto, Canada – the current custodian of Sleepyhead – is currently holidaying here in Ireland. As part of her trip Janette intends to pass custody of Sleepyhead to Sinead O’Meara, her sister-in-all. Sinead is currently beside herself with excitement. Janette is currently planning the handover and trying to appease her husband Michael, who was taken aback when informed that he would not be making the decision on who would be next (don’t ask!). I am currently awaiting confirmation of the change of custodian. And Sleepyhead is delirious with excitement.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (That’s the last time I’ll say that as news of Volume Six’s arrival will appear here next week!). Following a request to be next Ray Horgan has been chosen to be next to welcome Full Circle into his home (see how it works!). The transfer of possession is planned for this week. Again confirmation will be communicated to you as soon as I have it. Ray Horgan can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9 if you want to ask/demand to be next.

So there you have it folks, all you need to know regarding One Short Story To Be Told on the 20th of August in the year of 2012. I apologise for the mawkish tone at the outset, but I find a crisis of confidence is best erased by expression; even if it is done via a typewriter. I should also add that I have applied a little poetic license in the telling of this tale. It therefore may or may not be true that I was on holidays, in London, worried, considering abandonment or communicated with any of our owners in the fashion outlined above. But hey, I am a writer, and poetic license is a vital tool of our trade!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

ps If you’re a fan of the epilogue that usually follows my farewell you’re out of luck this time around. I feel all has been covered above that particular line on this particular occasion.

pss I should have pointed out that as me taking a holiday (which I may or may not have done), and not updating the One Short Story To Be Told project while doing (or not doing) so, is an example of life being more important than the travels and travails of the One Short Story To Be Told tales I never, for a moment, felt any angst toward those who did not adorn my blog, Facebook page or inbox during my absence.

psss I’ve decided to go for Friday Forum 44 despite my last post being numbered 41 because number 41…oh to hell with an explanation. I decided because I could. End of, as they say.

What It’s All About

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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.

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