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Jul 27, 2012
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Hi all, on what is, for Ireland anyway, a surprisingly sunny Friday. The sun arrives at the end of a quiet week for One Short Story To Be Told, at least on the moving front. But then most of our stories are settling in to new homes, so that’s to be expected.

Three of our owners were in touch this week. Sandra Cambridge, who is providing a residence for Volume Two (Wink) informs us that she is enjoying the read, and will offer a more detailed update soon.

Paul A Crean, who is currently snuggling Volume Five (Full Circle), has informed us – you may recall – that he is ruminating on who deserves to be next. A decision may well be with us before we reach 42 on the One Short Story To Be Told blogging entries.

But the best contact has been from William Crowley, who I announced as the new owner of Volume Three (Grey Skies) a wee while ago. That announcement turned out to be premature as William’s accident (which I also mentioned here) intervened in his plans. So I’m not sure if William has taken ownership of Grey Skies from Jenny Franklin. I think I’m safe in saying he has, as that was his intention when we communicated on Monday. But as I’ve had no confirmation of that proposed action…well I’m not pinning any colours to my mast. Not just yet, anyway.

As for the other volumes. Well One and Four – or Ben Keating and Janette-Aisling O’ Meara if we go with the custodians names – have not been in touch this week. No great shock or surprise on that front, I’d have to say. Janette was very active with photos of Sleepyhead winging across the Atlantic last week. And she is also the mother of a young baby, and planning a holiday at the moment; one can’t expect a teeny book or a madcap adventure to trump those two things for attention.

And Ben, as you know, has had to put Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) on hold as he is in the midst of a busy period in work. ‘How long does that last?’ a One Short Story To Be Tolder asked me during the week. To which I replied, ‘I don’t know. I didn’t think it appropriate to ask such a question during the busy period. And I’m sure Ben, and Tim (my contact with Ben), will let me know when there is time to focus on Volume One.’

Of course my One Short Story To Be Tolder then pointed out that such an arrangement leaves me at the behest of all sort of permeations – holidays for Tim and Ben – or Ben and Tim – succeeding each other. Ben’s busy period being extended. Tim finding it difficult to find time when Ben’s schedule eases – that could lead to a very long estrangement (his word not mine) from Volume One and Waiting For Life To Return. But, you know, I was unmoved by all such inferences. And that is great! I find myself in a place where my trust in Ben, and Tim, is unwavering. And that, in my opinion, is the thing that will ensure Waiting For Life To Return has a great time with Ben, and will begin the next leg of his journey when the time is exactly right.

And on that positive note – and with a swift thank you to Ray Horgan for his short message during the week – I’ll say chow. Till next week guys. 88*Googolplex to you all. leyton attend/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge in possession. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Grey Skies has – I hope – taken up residency in the home of William Crowley.But even if it hasn’t William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, is now in possession. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean of Cork City, Ireland is currently ruminating on who deserves to be next to welcome Full Circle into their home. If you’d like to be considered Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

 

Jul 20, 2012
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Hey, we’ve reached forty updates; and therefore, if one believes the saying, life has just begun for One Short Story To Be Told.

Of course, I know that life actually began for One Short Story To Be Told back on 23rd October 2010, the day we launched our first volume. And that is just as well, because if this weeks activity was an indicator of the One Short Story To Be Told life…well I’d be saying, ‘Hey, is that it?’, or words to that affect.

That statement would be based on a week in which three of our five volumes – namely one, two and five – were, and I use this word only to play on the analogy I began with, lifeless. In other words no news from Ben Keating, Sandra Cambridge or Paul A Crean on the story’s ‘Waiting For Life To Return’, ‘Wink’ and ‘Full Circle.

One could add to the above that William Crowley, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies) was also silent without being unveracitacious (man there is no way that is a word! But it’s definitely a nicer way of saying ‘without lying’ anyway), but that would be unfair to Grey Skies as Jenny Franklin – who recently passed Grey Skies to William – has been in touch with her feedback.

That feedback is, I have to say, in line with the time Grey Skies spent with Jenny – i.e it is short and sweet. And this is it: Grey Skies is a thought provoking tale with a happy outcome. Delighted to be part of the journey. Jennifer Franklin.

William, by the way, has good reason to have been silent; he injured himself during the week I’m told. So best wishes to William from all at One Short Story To Be Told, including our tales.

Now despite my focus on ‘Life beginning at 40′ being a phrase that fits well with the past week of One Short Story To Be Told’s life, the big news of the week one has to say goes against that grain. You will probably have seen the photograph of Sleepyhead Janette-Aisling O’ Meara forwarded on Wednesday, and it would be remiss of me not to point out that that image is of a human being who is definitely starting life. Though obviously not at 40.

As I said when posting it the other day I one the shot, and that is all the excuse I need to include it here. Oh yeah, baby (pardon the pun) feast your eyes on our Sleepyhead (Volume Four) and Maeve O’ Meara, an adorable Irish/Canadian sleepyhead.

And that, apart from the usual contact info about our tales below, is that for this week folks. Stay safe. And I’ll talk to you next week (if not before). 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge in possession. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Grey Skies has taken up residency in the home of William Crowley. William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, is now in possession. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean of Cork City, Ireland in possession. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

 

 

 

Jul 13, 2012
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What an interesting week its been here in One Short Story To Be Told land. In fact it’s been one of those weeks that reminds me that no matter how quiet it may seem there’s is always someone with this adventure in their mind.

Two people approached me during the week regarding media coverage. One of those I am not at liberty to discuss just yet. But fingers crossed I will be at some point in the near future. And the second was a very welcome invitation to return to the studios of my local community radio station CorkFM to update their listeners on the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. So thanks to Aine De Barra for the interest and invite. I’m looking forward to the show on Sunday. It’s on at 7pm and if you’re so inclined you can listen here.

It’s a good time to be talking about One Short Story To Be Told too. There has, after all, been a high level of activity these past few weeks, and particularly in the last seven days. Those of you who read the midweek post will know that Volume Three (Grey Skies) enjoyed a short stay with 50th One Short Story To Be Told custodian Jenny Franklin, and is now (if all plans went accordingly) in the hands of William Crowley. I must say I’m delighted William managed to get his hands on a volume; he has been a keen follower since One Short Story To Be Told began.

But even if you are checking on One Short Story To be Told everyday (if you are please let me know, that would awesome) you are unlikely to have read Paul McSweeney’s feedback on Volume Five (Full Circle). That’s because I neglected to advertise it with a blog post, email or Facebook entry when I loaded onto Volume Five page of the blog during the week. You can of course visit that page now, but I’ll save you the non-enormous effort of going to that page by faithfully reproducing it here.

Hi Stan/leyton
I know Full Circle is a tale of redemption.But for me it also it also represents all that is good in humanity. The love of family and friends and the support systems in place for people with issues. All in all its a positive story showing the strength  of the human character. A very well written and entertaining tale. I’m just glad I am part of this fantastic journey that is One Short Story To Be Told. Keep up the good work.
Paul Mc Sweeney.
I do have another piece of news from this week. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) began it’s proposed journey to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara on Tuesday. This move, as you know, sees Sleepyhead head for Toronto Canada, having recently left Perth, Australia. So it’s safe to say Sleepyhead is enjoying an ‘international’ lifestyle right now.
The journey to Canada is estimated at ten days, so please God we’ll have news of a safe arrival for next Friday’s update.
I’ll wrap up this update by telling you that there was no news on Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To Return), Two (Wink) or Five (Full Circle) over the past seven days. That, of course, does not prevent nor preclude you from contacting their respective custodians about being next in line. How you can do so is outlined, as always, in the ‘Where we (the volumes) are at’ section below. And I must say that no news was expected. Wink and Full Circle are in new and relatively new homes, and Ben Keating, current custodian of Volume One, is living in the eye of the storm that is his busy period at work.
But hey, as the past few weeks have shown it could all be different next Friday!
Until then 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge in possession. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): After a short but blissfully happy stay at 110 Barrack Street, the home of Jenny Franklin, Grey Skies has taken up residency in the home of William Crowley. William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): En-route to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, who is waiting in eager anticipation. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean of Cork City, Ireland in possession. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jul 7, 2012
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I’m a day late for the second week running, which makes me think I really need to look at my scheduling – especially on Fridays! For those of you interested – of which I doubt there are not to many – my love of tennis, and a certain Andy Murray attempting to reach a Wimbledon final – also played a part in the time required to update you as scheduled not being available to me. So maybe – as the tennis finishes on Sunday – I don’t need to rethink…but wait the Olympics is on the way!

Stop, stop I hear you cry. And you’re right. All you want is the pertinent facts. So here there are.

This week saw two handovers completed. On Sunday Volume Five (Full Circle) reached it’s fourth home via the hands of Paul A Crean and two days later (Tuesday) Volume Three (Grey Skies) was passed to Jenny Franklin. Tuesday’s event was a big one. Jenny was (and is) our 50th owner. And if you missed the pics earlier in the week..well here they are again. Enjoy.

Oh, and just to ensure Paul and Paul don’t feel neglected, here’s the shot they provided of their handover. It’s proved pretty popular on our Facebook page, by the way.

Outside of the fabulous events above it’s been a quiet week. But hey, I’m not complaining – to do so when the 50th landmark has been reached would be greedy, at least. Sandra Cambridge was in touch to say that Volume Two (Wink) is doing well in her home. And I hear whispers that Volume Four (Sleepyhead) will begin it’s journey to Canada, and the home of Janette-Aisling O’ Meara, pretty soon.

That of course leaves us with Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) to discuss. No news from Ben Keating. But I expected that with him being in a busy period. As I’ve said before, our custodians have lives…and man that is more important than keeping One Short Story To Be Told tales on the move. And I have total faith in Ben, and indeed Tim (my contact with Ben) anyway. So nought to worry about, me thinks.

On that note I’ll say chow. So until next week, 88*Googolplex. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge in possession. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Now deliriously happy at 110 Barrack Street, the home of Jenny Franklin. Jenny is a total non-techy so any requests to be next stop on the Grey Skies journey should be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Soon to be heading to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean now in possession – oh, and he has been in touch via Facebook to say he is looking forward to the read. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jun 30, 2012
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This Friday Forum comes to you on a Saturday due, in the main, to the distractions of a busy schedule. In fact, if I’m honest – and honesty is the best policy – my commitment to a weekly update for this adventure never entered my mind until 11pm last night. Now I know I could have immediately turned to the PC and had this post completed before midnight at that point. But, as I was engrossed in a recording of  one Roger Federer, who was close to exiting the Wimbledon Tennis Championship in the first week, when I remembered my commitment…well the joy of competition, and my love of tennis, won out.

So here I am on a bright and blustery Saturday afternoon trying to extract the pertinent events for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure from a mind that has absorbed a huge amount of information this week. So far it that task has not been easy. But one piece of information – a piece that arrived at the very outset of this week – has sprung to mind. Why? you ask. Well, even though I had full faith in the old saying ‘No news is good news’ when I posted it at the close of last week’s update about Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), we all know that good news is far more preferable to no news.  So when Tim Prenderville contacted me last Saturday to tell me that Ben Keating had been in touch with him about Waiting For Life To Return I was delighted; or delighra as we say here in Cork.

The message from Tim was short and sweet and, from my perspective, fabulously salubrious. Ben, it transpires, works in the teaching profession and is in the midst of his busy period. In fact he’s so busy he can only communicate in phrases. Yes, that’s right he doesn’t even have time to compose full sentences! That of course makes the fact he found time to let Tim know that Volume One is safe even better. So BIG thanks Ben for finding the time. And BIGGER thanks to Tim for initiating the contact, for caring enough to do so and for passing the message this way.

Ah, yes the mind is kicking in now, and the pertinent events are coming to the fore.

So here we go. Volume’s Three (Grey Skies), Four (Sleepyhead) and Five (Full Circle) were all, you may recall, earmarked for new homes last week. And this week has seen the detail of how those stories will make their respective transitions put into place. Well for two of them anyway. Volume Five (Full Circle) is due to land on the lap of Paul A Crean tomorrow (Sunday 1st July 2012), and Volume Three (Grey Skies) will be handed to Jenny Franklin (yes we got a surname) on Tuesday.

Jenny’s acceptance of Grey Skies has added spice to it as, as reported last week, it will see Grey Skies return to Barrack Street. But as it is now clear that Jenny will provide the 50th home for a One Short Story To Be Told volume, the occasion is also a landmark moment in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. Jenny has kindly agreed, therefore, that the handover will take place in Tom Barry’s Bar (the place this whole adventure started and was home to Gray Skies launch as well), and Len O Donovan, who will be relinquishing Grey Skies from his control, has informed me he will honor the moment appropriately as long as both elements of my personality are in attendance. I have, of course, agreed. Tuesday is also the first anniversary of Grey Skies launch, a fact that will make the occasion all the more special!

The transfer of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada is not, meanwhile, nearly as advanced as either of the above. But I’m assuming that Len O Donovan is taking it one step at a time, and that once Tuesday has been negotiated will turn his mind to that matter.

Details regarding Volume Two (Wink) and it’s relationship with it’s new owner Sandra Cambridge are in scant supply too. In fact there are none. So, I’m going to employ the same mantra for this relationship as I did vis-a-vis Ben Keating and Waiting For Life To Return last week. Yes folks ‘No news is good news’ is my mantra on Wink for this week. Please God, I’ll have good news on it next week.

Until then, stay safe my One Short Story To Be Tolders, enjoy the sun (if you have any where you live), and, if you have time, contact one of the One Short Story To Be Told custodians listed below about playing your part in our adventure.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating who, much to my delight, has been in touch with Tim Prenderville, who in turn was in touch with me. Ben, due largely to a busy schedule, is hard to get. So it’s probably best to drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge took possession last Monday week. Despite the silence since I can assure you, as I know Sandra personally, she would be delighted if you were to ask to be next. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Destined for Jenny Franklin on Tuesday 3rd July. All is in place for handover. All requests for Jenny need to be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, as she is not a techy.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Soon to be heading to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean will be the next custodian. Handover from Paul McSweeney to Paul A Crean will take place tomorrow, Sunday 1st July 2012. Paul A Crean – can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, but – as that page looks seriously inactive you might be better off going through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jun 22, 2012
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Lots and lots and lots of lots (that’s four lots) of news this week. In fact, with news on four (yes, now you know why!) One Short Story To Be Told Volumes moving home, it’s a record making seven days.

First, as you probably know, Volume Two (Wink) landed in Berrings, Co Cork and the hands of it’s fifteenth owner Sandra Cambridge last Monday. On the same day Paul McSweeney announced that a certain Paul A Creen had agreed to be the next, and fourth, owner of Volume Five (Full Circle). Contracts are on the way to both Sandra and Paul, though the exactness of the handover between the two Paul’s is not known. Perhaps Mr McSweeney will reveal all when he forwards his feedback, which I’m excited about, on Volume Five.

All of the above happened on Monday, and the week remained quiet – if not stagnant – until lunchtime today when I was handed news on both Volume Three (Grey Skies) and Volume Four (Sleepyhead). You will know that both these volumes recently returned from Down Under, and that Len O Donovan had been tasked with finding new homes. Well these are the decisions. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – in a move that is sure to turn the heads of other volumes – is off to Canada – Toronto, Canada to be exact. It will be welcomed by Janette-Aisling O’Meara, it’s seventh owner, and is sure to brag about the fact that it has, in a short time, clocked up a large amount of air miles. Congratulations Janette.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) meanwhile is staying in Cork and will, in a twist that Grey Skies got a real kick out of, take up residence in Barrack Street, Cork just a few paces from Tom Barry’s Bar – the place in which his journey began. Jenny (who is currently without a surname – which means I haven’t been given it, not that she isn’t using one) is the lady who will welcome Grey Skies back to Barrack Street and at the same time become owner number nine of our third edition.

There is one other interesting thing going on at the moment. To date our five volumes have had a combined 48 owners. So we are, as you may recall me mentioning a few weeks ago, heading for 50; a nice little landmark. Now as Paul A Creen, Janette Aisling O’ Meara or Jenny No Surname are not included in that 48 one of them will be the fiftieth owner of a One Short Story To Be Told Volume. This realisation has bated my breath, and I’m kinda excited now. I was also thinking I might mark this landmark somehow. Any suggestions?

Finally we come to Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), the only newsless volume this week. Ben Keating has now been in possession of our inaugural edition for four weeks. And like last week – and each of the proceeding weeks, too – since Waiting For Life To Return landed in Sydney, Australia I have no news from Ben. This obviously leads me to activate the old saying ‘No News is good news’ as my mantra. And that is really all I can say.

Details of all new and old owners are, as always, displayed below. Should you fancy being a One Short Story To Be Told volume recipient don’t be shy in asking either the listed owners or me.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating.  This https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is Ben’s Facebook page. If you can figure out a way to message him on that then you’re smarter than me. But if you do, please let me know. I’d love to have a chat with him myself.

Volume Two (Wink): 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge took possession last Monday. If you want to get a request to Sandra go to: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Soon to be heading to Janette Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Destined for Jenny No Surname and a return to Barrack Street. All requests for Jenny need to be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, as she is not a techy.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney has announced Paul A Crean as the new owner. Handover currently being arranged. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, but – as that page looks seriously inactive you might be better off going through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jun 15, 2012
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Another week slips by, and again I’ve been withdrawn from the world. It’s something I need to address this withdrawal, and here’s why. My stories aren’t getting the attention they deserve because of it.

What do I mean by that? Well Liz Nicholson informed me on Monday that she had chosen the next recipient of Volume Two (Wink), and I’ve not revealed that news to the world (or at least to the 200+ followers of this adventure). Now Wink won’t lose any sleep on the matter – he is after all thrilled to be on the move – but such an event deserved a little more attention from me. it deserved a blog/Facebook post and an email of it’s own, at least. So I’m promising now to give these events my full attention in future. And who, I hear you ask, is next to welcome Wink into their home? Well there were a number of names forwarded to Liz who, due to a lack of personal  knowledge of said names, decided that a random draw was the fairest way to come to a conclusion. That random draw saw SANDRA CAMBRIDGE’s name float to the surface, and Wink is, as we speak, on it’s merry way to Berrings, Co Cork where Sandra resides. So congratulations Sandra, and commiserations to those who (you are too many to mention) liked a Facebook page post or emailed to say ‘I want to be next,’ but didn’t float to the surface first in Liz’s random draw.

Oh, and I did tell Sandra. She was delighted.

There have been other developments this week, too. And they too could, and maybe did, merit more attention. But don’t worry I’ll not overload you with information today. Instead I’ll be brief. Volume Three (Grey Skies) returned from Australia, bringing with him Volume Four (Sleepyhead). That meant in one swift swoop the number of One Short Story To Be Told tales Down Under reduced from three to one, an event marked by the sudden appearance of heavy rain in Ireland.

Why did Grey Skies bring Sleepyhead with him? Well Len O’Donovan (current custodian of Grey Skies, and former custodian of Sleepyhead) and Mark (the current official custodian of Sleepyhead) colluded and concurred Down Under until they had decided on Sleepyhead’s next destination.  That destination has yet to be revealed. But Len and Mark also agreed that Len would be entrusted with overseeing that move – possibly because Len enjoy’s tracking posted items! We await their announcement with bated breath.

Volume Five (Full Circle) meanwhile was disappointed that his current custodian – Paul McSweeney – was unable to find him a new owner through a suggestion to get new members on the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page. But Paul has addressed this disappointment by informing Full Circle that he has found a new owner for him! Full Circle is, needless to say, thrilled.

Again the name has not been revealed to Yours Truly just yet, but I expect it will be over this weekend. My breath, once more, is bated.

Finally we come to Volume One. I’m aware and regret that I upset previous owner Tim Prenderville in last week’s Friday Forum. This was caused by a typing error (a mistake I’m loath to make again) that led to the name ‘Tim’ and not ‘Ben’ appearing at the start of a sentence that referred to ‘a lack of contact’. So I need to do two things here. First, reiterate that Tim Prenderville and I were in regular contact during Waiting For Life To Return’s time with him in California. And second – because it is as true this week as it was last – state that not being in contact with Ben is challenging.

To put that in context I should say this: Ben Keating is the first owner of a One Short Story To Be Told volume that I do not know and have had no direct contact with. And today, three weeks after he received Volume One, I have no idea as to what is happening. Has Ben read the story? Does he like the idea? Does he not like the idea? Is Volume One happy? This leads my mind to consider questions such as ‘How will this work?’ and ‘What if he passes it on and I don’t know about it?’. Worse still, I occasionally find myself thinking about the possibility of Volume One being cast into a draw or under a bed and forgotten about. I know that the truth is those endings are unlikely: Tim Prenderville did, after all, ensure Ben knew what he was getting involved in before sending Waiting For Life To Return to  Sydney; And Ben Keating did, as soon as Waiting landed, contact Tim to say ‘It’s here’ and added a promise to ‘Keep the ball rolling’.

But hey, I think its understandable that I should fret just a little. This is an idea that revolves around special books being kept alive. And I am the one tracking, and therefore responsible, for the thing! Actually I’m responsible full stop – I did create the adventure.

But then maybe the learning for me here is not to fret. Maybe I’m – again – being shown that the Universe is the greatest trust! And maybe I should stop going on about Ben and not being in touch with him.

You know what I will! And if Ben gets in touch, he gets in touch. And if he doesn’t? Well, I’ll deal with it. Don’t ask how – I don’t know. With that thought I’ll sign off, but – as always – the concise information regarding the whereabouts and withwhomabouts of my tales appears below my farewell.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating.  This https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is Ben’s Facebook page. If you can figure out a way to message him on that then you’re smarter than me. But if you do, please let me know. I’d love to have a chat with him myself.

Volume Two (Wink):  On its way from Liz Nicholson to new owner and 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge. If you want to get a request to be next in early Sandra can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Back from it’s holidays with Len O Donovan. Brought the rain to Ireland. No news on a new home, but doesn’t everyone get back to normal slowly after a break. You can contact Len at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Now back in Ireland with Grey Skies. It’s next destination has been decided, but not revealed. Again, my breath is bated.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney has informed Full Circle that he has found a new home for him. All will be revealed soon, I hope.

Jun 8, 2012
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Hi all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. Welcome to Friday – and another Friday Forum. You will know by the lack of updates since last Friday’s Friday Forum that it has been a quiet week here in my imaginary yet also real world. But there has been some activity, let me tell you. And I’ll return to that shortly.

First let me say that Waiting For Life To Return (Volume One), since landing in Sydney, has remained utterly silent. This, of course, means that I have had no contact with Ben Keating (his message that Waiting had landed came via previous owner Tim Prenderville), and that Waiting may well be developing a habit of keeping me in the dark. Now those of you who have welcomed one of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes into your homes will know that I do not suffocate owners, but do like to be kept up to date. So the lack of contact with Tim, despite his promise to ‘Keep the ball rolling’ is, as you can imagine, challenging. What can you do? Nothing I would say. I just felt the need to let the Universe know where I stood.

Now let’s return to the activity I mentioned. Liz Nicholson’s announcement that she is seeking a new home for Volume Two (Wink) has, I’m delighted to say, piqued the interest of a number of you. Your requests thrill me, and will be passed to Liz early next week. Which of course means that if you haven’t yet put your name forward you still can! I look forward to hearing form you! Oh, and if you haven’t checked out Wink’s appearance on http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/ (Liz’s blog), you should. It’s pretty cool.

And that folks is it! Yep, that’s it. But what about Volumes three, four and five I hear you cry. And that’s a good point, a very good point! Volume three and four are still in Perth – unless they moved and didn’t tell me (which now that I think about it is possible) – and have, probably due to Volume Three (Grey Skies) being on holidays, remained silent all week. And Volume Five? Well how could I forget.

Volume Five is still with Paul McSweeney, who lat week requested you find another person to follow One Short Story To Be Told in order to be considered as the next – and fourth – recipient of Full Circle. Sadly that request has not garnered the kind of interest Liz Nicholson’s simple “ASK’ did. Which explains why I’d forgotten. But hey, the offer still stands. And I would say if you can get someone to follow this adventure of mine this week you’d be guaranteed to be next to receive Full Circle.

That, let me tell you, sounds very tempting to me and, as temptation often needs attention, a good place to stop. So 88*Googolplex fellow adventurers, talk soon.

leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Now in Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. No contact details available for Ben. This https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is his Facebook page. But if you can figure out a way to message him you’re smarter than me. Oh, and if you do, let me know (I have no problem with you gloating about a higher IQ!)

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson is still taking requests. There’s about a dozen in so far. You can get her at http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/ or through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently Down Under on holidays with Len O Donovan. Still not sure if Len is seeking requests for the next owner while on vacation, but you can try https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com if you like.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton, Perth Australia.  I have no idea of Mark’s current status/situation/stance on Volume Four. But you can get him here https://www.facebook.com/mark.fenton.5209, if you’d like to ask him yourself.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) With the promise of photos now honoured Paul, like Liz, is seeking he/she who will be next. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership. You can always go through me as well. And remember if you get a friend to join this adventure … well you’ll be top of the pile.

Jun 1, 2012
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Let’s get straight to the important point: It’s been a good week.

But the most IMPORTANT POINT? Two holders of One Short Story To Be Told are now looking for a new owner! WHICH MEANS YOU CAN BE NEXT!

Yes, Liz Nicholson, current custodian of Volume Two (Wink), and Paul McSweeney, Volume Five (Full Circle) have both been in touch to say they feel the time is right.

Liz has put a cut off point of the end of June in place (don’t let that deter you from acting now) while Paul is a tad more efficient – he is going to act in ten days – and demanding; he wants you to introduce somebody new to One Short Story To Be Told to be in with a chance of providing Full Circle with it’s fourth home. Both messages also had a tad more to them. Liz provided the following narrative:

I let Wink take a bow (or a wink) today on  http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/
Like you, I have more than one name (and more than one email address) which I explain in the ‘about me’ part of the blog, but I can assure you this is me and Wink enjoyed his outing on WordPress. Feel free, of course, to share the link in any way you wish. 
At the end of June I will be going to Portugal, and would like to pass Wink on before then – otherwise he will be languishing unread and with no means of reaching the post for a month or so.  So please encourage people to ask! 

While Paul provided two photos. Pics are always welcomed with a massive 88*Googolplex here in the One Short Story To Be Told world, but the second of Paul’s pics, due to a touch of nostalgia,  got a high five as well.

Now I did say at the outset that this has been a busy week. And I must say, too, that I find great irony in the fact that in a week where I was withdrawn from the world, and the internet in particular, news of all five volumes of our adventure was provided. I’ve covered Volumes Two and Five above, so here’s the OTHER NEWS.

First the great news that Waiting for Life To Return, following a protracted journey, had landed in Sydney, Australia arrived on Saturday (I didn’t – due to the afore mentioned withdrawal – get it until Tuesday). Thanks Ben Keating for letting us know. And then Len O’ Donovan – he who holds Volume Three (Grey Skies) and is holidays Down Under in the same vicinity in which Mark Fenton – the current custodian of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – resides posted this message on Facebook:

Greetings fellow bookkeepers! Update from Perth, Grey Skies & Sleepyhead are having a ball & not looking forward to leaving these wonderful shores. See you all in two weeks.

So, fellow One Short Story To Be Tolders the week ends with five active volumes and the promise of two new homes (at least) on the horizon. Given that you probably don’t need me to tell you that I have a smile the width of the Grand Canyon on my face, or that the air around me tastes like seaweed flavoured ice-cream. But there, I’ve said it anyway.

Till next week, 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

PS I look forward to your requests reaching me. PLEASE DON’T BE SHY!

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Now in Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Yippee! I have no more to say!

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson is now awaiting requests. You can get her at  http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/ or through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently Down Under on holidays with Len O Donovan. Still not sure if Len is seeking requests for the next owner while on vacation, but you can try https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com if you like.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton, Perth Australia.  I have nothing more to say.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) With the promise of photos now honoured Paul, like Liz, is now seeking he/she who will be next.

Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership. You can always go through me as well.

 

May 25, 2012
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If you happen to be hoping for a short Friday Forum from the One Short Story To Be Told world this week, then you are in luck. Because this week may have been the quietest ever in our eighteen month history.

Liz Nicholson did light up our week with this intriguing message last Monday:

Wink has been waiting for good weather for a photo shoot. Most of the time he has spent indoors (in a comfortable cottage) but today he went for a stroll. He posed on the gatepost, against a backdrop of May. He nestled among the bluebells. He told the forget-me-nots not to forget him. 
He has been read and enjoyed and hopes someone will post his pictures for everyone to see. He is such a smart looking story! 
With the onset of better weather Wink is getting itchy feet. He is wondering where he could roam next. Liz Nicholson is wondering, too.
Wink is also wondering whether he could make a guest appearance on a blog, with one of these photos and an explanation of his wanderings. Or more than one blog because Liz has two.

Obviously I said yes to all questions/requests – how could I not when Liz included these fabulous photographs!

Thank you Liz, the wait, as they say, was worth it.

Now apart from the excitement provided by Wink and Liz the week has been notable for … well there’s no other way of saying this…nothing!

I did contact Tim Prenderville via Facebook regarding Waiting For Life To Return and it’s arrival/non arrival in Sydney (no confirmation on anything has since been received). Paul McSweeney has reiterated his promise of photographs of Volume Five. And Len O Donovan did confirm his arrival in Perth with photographic evidence. Sadly the evidence did not include Grey Skies or Sleepyhead. But these are small things, and did not provide the One Short Story To Be Told world, and therefore this blog, with any activity to report.

So, as indicated at the outset, this is a short entry. Hope that suits you. Certainly those of you hoping to make the most of the rare sunshine here in southern Ireland will be glad I’ve already reached the point where I say goodbye and then detail the location and holders of our five volumes.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  California, Sydney, Tim, Ben. I have no more to say!

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson and Wink, as indicated above, now have itchy feet. A good time to email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com to indicate you would like to be next to welcome Volume Two into your home.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently Down Under on holidays with Len O Donovan. Still not sure if Len is seeking requests for the next owner while on vacation, but you can try https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com if you like.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton, Perth Australia.  I have nothing more to say.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney’s caring hands are still in control. Promise of photo’s not yet fulfilled. We await with bated breath. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership.

 

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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.

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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?
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