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May 19, 2012
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There seems to be a pattern emerging from the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes at the moment, one I hope is a temporary thing. Volumes One, Two and Four are, to coin a phrase, ‘Sitting in the long grass’ – i.e doing nothing, while the two remaining tomes – three and five – provide the activity that fills these updates.

Of course, volumes having periods of inactivity is part of the process when one is seeking to create a journey filled with one to one attention, and I accept that entirely. But one does get to the point when ‘Silence is Golden’, to coin another phrase, is not so golden.

Have I reached that point now? No, but I’d say I’m close. And here’s why. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has been ‘in transit’ for exactly fourteen days now. Yes, California to Sydney is a long journey. No doubt about that. And if this 14 days was all there was to the transit of Waiting For Life To Return I wouldn’t be even a little angsty. But the facts of the matter are that Tim Prenderville announced he had sent Waiting on it’s way on the 30th March; a full six weeks ago. OK there was a failed delivery, but still…

You feel my pain I’m sure.

And then there is Volume Four (Sleepyhead). In Mark Fenton’s home since mid march, Sleepyhead has had the distinction of being the first One Short Story To Be Told volume to receive a rejection. That happened when it’s proposed move to the UK was rebuffed on the 23rd April, over three weeks ago. So no movement in two months, and no news for three weeks is the current status of Volume Four. Again, you feel my pain I’m sure.

Finally, and this is far less painful (if indeed any pain is really being felt; it is all – I’m sure you’ve guessed – all just literary licensed angst!), Volume Two (Wink) arrived in Stockport and the home of LIz Nicholson, two weeks ago, and has remained utterly silent ever since.

So, if my pain were real, and the Silence was not Golden, the only reason I would have to live this week – and last week and the week before – is the activity around Volume’s Three and Five. And boy have they been brilliant this week.

Both Colette and Derek, those who recently relinquished possession of Volume’s Five and Three respectively, have forwarded feedback. And very flattering feedback at that. And Grey Skies, having landed in Len O Donovan’s home, also supplied the news that we will soon have three editions Down Under (assuming, that is, Waiting will land soon). Actually Grey Skies is now there (Down Under) so there are two volumes currently resident in Australia.

Now before I go two things.

1. I am not in pain. So please don’t worry about me (as if you would).

and 2. As it was so lovely I’m going to reprint what Colette said about Volume Five. And, as it filled me with joy, I’m also adding Derek’s feedback on Grey Skies here.

Finally (which means I should have said three things) you’ll understand the joy these words give me when you have read them. That will be now.

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

And Derek Chandley on Volume Three (Grey Skies): To start, I was delighted to have received a second volume of “One Short Story To Be Told” ( I have previously read Volume Five – Full Circle). I thoroughly enjoyed Volume Three and I read it several times. Of the two volumes, I think I enjoyed Grey Skies that bit more. It is a harrowing read, given that the character involved is in utter despair. However, I can say with absolute certainty that the author has captured this despair with an ease and eloquence that requires some degree of skill. So full marks to the author! In conclusion, I’m looking forward to reading the other volumes and keep up the good work!

Ah, my heart beats a little quicker again.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Nearing (I hope) the end of a second attempt to reach Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. Ben can be reached here https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1.

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson in possession. if you’d like to ask to be next email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently Down Under on holidays with Len O Donovan. 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 of Perth Australia in possession.  Mark is still chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him here, I’d 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. And as Paul is a very easy man to deal with this could be a very good route to take. Oh, and if you are talking to Paul, ask about the photos. Ta

May 11, 2012
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Good evening One Short Story To Be Tolders, and 88*Googolplex to you all. We have reached the end of another week, a quiet one (again) I might add.

But, hey the One Short Story To Be Told books and stories are not insignificant commodities I want passed indiscriminately from hand to hand. They are beautifully bound, unique packages that are meant to be enjoyed by those who hold them in their hands. I am, therefore, quite happy to have periods of time where little occurs but owners enjoy books and books enjoy owners. And this is where we are right now.

Having said that there has been some activity in the One Short Story To Be Told world. And there is more promised.

Tim Prenderville has been in touch to say Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) began it’s second journey to Sidney and Ben Keating last Friday. So its a week into a ten to twelve day trip as I write. Fingers crossed we’ll have news of a safe landing before our 31st Friday Forum. And Liz Nicholson forwarded a lovely little note to announce the arrival of Volume Two (Wink) in Stockport, UK last Saturday. Thank you for that Liz, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on Wink, the book and the One Short Story To Be Told experience.

I know too that Volume Five (Full Circle) has been warmly received by Paul McSweeney. The promise of photographs has not yet materialized, but we have faith in Paul, and therefore don’t mind waiting.

We are also currently waiting on Colette O Donoghue’s feedback on Volume Five. But given Colette’s extraordinary track record with every One Short Story To Be Told volume, there is no issue in waiting for Colette.

The final possibility of activity lays with Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Four (Sleepyhead). In the former case Derek Chandley, in a moment long forgotten by this author, promised Grey Skies to Len O Donovon, and this move – due to a move of Len’s – is now imminent apparently. And in the latter…well Mark Fenton is still thinking, but a move is still…yes, you’ve guessed… imminent.

And that’s it for this week guys and dolls. Short, sweet and (I hope) salubrious. I’ll leave you as always with names and contact details, and promise to see you next week.

88*Googolplex

leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  In the middle of a second attempt to reach Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. I have total belief that it will happen this time. So now’s a good time to talk to Ben about being next.  https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is the route to try.

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson took possession last Saturday. Email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently residing with Derek Chandley. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or derekchandley@hotmail.com. Of course the promise that Len O Donovan will be next may nullify your efforts. But, hey that wouldn’t stop me trying.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession.  Mark is still chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him here, I’d 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. And as Paul is a very easy man to deal with this could be a very good route to take.

 

 

 

May 4, 2012
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Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to another Friday Forum. This forum comes at the end of an odd week. I haven’t been feeling great, a sensation I cannot attribute directly to anything. It could be withdrawal symptoms. I have ceased smoking since last Sunday. It could be tiredness. I did have a manic weekend. But then it could be any number of things, none of which would be of any great interest to you. So let’s cease with the philosophy and get on with wrapping up the One Short Story To Be Told week.

It has been a quiet week, a fact I am grateful for given my afore mentioned mood. The quietness is understandable, too. Two of our volumes are on the other side of the world. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is somewhere between America and Australia, a journey that will take ten to twelve days. And Volume Four (Sleepyhead) is in Perth with Mark Fenton as they both try to overcome the rejection I announced last week.

Volume Two (Wink) in the meantime is supposed to have been forwarded to Liz Nicholson in Stockport. But Georgina Lynch (the forwarder, so to speak) is, I know, under a little family pressure and as I’ve not heard from Liz I assume the family (rightly) has taken priority for Georgina.

So it has been left to Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) to provide activity. And they haven’t left us down. Derek Chandley was in touch early in the week to say he was enjoying Grey Skies (that I took to mean he was available for requests, too) and just this morning PAul McSweeney announced that Full Circle was now in his abode. His exact words, which he released on Facebook, were Full Circle has arrived at Paul Mc Sweeneys door and Paul is so happy that he cant stop dancing around his living room!

I’m sure Full Circle is delighted with that as a starting point. I am, of course, assuming Paul danced with Full Circle.

The move also leaves Colette O Donoghue without a single One Short Story To Be Told volume for company. Worse still, as there are no volumes that Colette hasn’t owned, there is no light on the darkened One Short Story To Be Told horizon for her either. Perhaps my heartfelt thanks for all the effort, fun and creativity you have put into pursuing and owning each of the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes will provide a scintilla of light in this dark moment Colette. I hope so, I have nothing more to offer. Oh, and I look forward to reading your feedback on Volume Five with bated breath. I just know it will be fun.

And that’s that really. I have, despite the dip in my mood, been grafting away on the future of One Short Story To Be Told. And that future is looking bright. You may be fed up of hearing that, and getting no detail. So I will qualify that statement by saying that I am due to meet a very talented man next week, and should that meeting go well there is every chance you will be feasting your eyes on something that will allow you be part of that bright future.

Hmm that sounds enigmatic. I like that. Yes I do.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Oh here’s the details you need for each of our volumes.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Making a second attempt to reach  Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. I have total belief that it will happen this time. So now’s a good time to talk to Ben about being next.  https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is the route to try.

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson of Stockport will be in possession shortly. Email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): In Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or derekchandley@hotmail.com .

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession.  Mark is currently chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him here, I’d say.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Landed in Paul McSweeney’s caring hands and dancing feet this morning. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership.

 

 

 

Apr 27, 2012
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Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, it’s been a busy week for our adventure. Plenty of activity, plenty of movement and, thank’s to the Universe, a lot of good news.

You may recall that last weeks missive included a note about the unknown whereabouts of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), and a promise from me that I was going to trust the afore mentioned Universe in that regard. Well the speed at which the Universe can act, once again, surprised me. Within 24 hrs, Tim Prenderville had been in touch to tell me Waiting For Life To Return was safe and sound, and that he would again (it had been returned to Tim due to a weak label) forward it to Ben Keating. So, the postal system is again in control.

This week also saw Volume Three (Grey Skies) land in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek has been touch to say he is enjoying Volume Three, and that begging letters are now invited. Colette O’ Donoghue also forwarded her feedback on Volume Three. It is, of course, on the relevant page of the blog. But you can read it here now.

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

Oh, and right this second – and I mean right this second Derek forwarded the picture above. I love the Universe.

Colette O Donoghue also announced that Volume Five (Full Circle) would be heading to Paul McSweeney next. That move leaves Colette bereft of One Short Story To Be Told volumes and, as she has no more volumes to seek, perhaps bereft full stop. I hope not. And Volume Six will be here in the not too distant future anyway. So, if you are bereft, look forward to that Colette!

I announced last week that Volume Two (Wink) was heading for Stockport, England and the hands of Liz Nicholson. That is still the intention, but a delay has occurred in the process. I fully expect the transfer to be completed this week, however. So stay tuned.

So that’s all but Volume Four (Sleepyhead) covered.  And maybe I wrote this post in this order to save the news of a One Short Story To Be Told rejection for last. And that would be understandable because I was shocked when Mark Fenton contacted me last weekend to say that the person he had chosen as the next recipient of Sleepyhead had informed him that she didn’t want to participate. Shocking stuff, I thought first. But you know better that the honesty came immediately rather than Sleepyhead entered a black hole, I would say now. Yes definitely the better path was taken.

Mark is currently chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him, I’d say.

And so we reach the point where I offer you an 88*Googolplex, inform you that the contact details you need for each volume are laid out below my name, and let you get back to living your life.

88*Googolplex

leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Making a second attempt to reach  Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. I have total belief that it will happen this time. So now’s a good time to talk to Ben about being next.  https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is the route to try.

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson of Stockport will be in possession shortly. Email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Now, as the photo above shows, in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or derekchandley@hotmail.com .

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession.  Mark is currently chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him here, I’d say.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I wonder when I will have to stop saying that?) Due to be transferred from Colette’s home to Paul McSweeny’s caring hands any day now. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership.

Apr 20, 2012
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Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and a gigantic 88*Googolplex to you all on what is a clear, but blustery day here on the Emerald Isle.

Clear, but blustery are words that could quite easily be used to describe the past seven days in the One Short Story To Be Told world, too my friends: I have been clear in my thinking and actions, but there have been activities that have upset my equilibrium (either for good or bad) from time to time.

The first of them arrived last Sunday with the announcement from Colette O’ Donoghue and Elle Detonet that Grey Skies (Volume Three) and Full Circle (Volume Five) had been involved in a skydive, no less! The manner in which my heart reacted to that news, despite both stories returning safely, made me glad I wasn’t forewarned of such daredevilish activities. But I have to say, I want people to be creative while in possession of my little books, and the photographs since supplied, as you can see, are wonderful! Oh, I added the one of the Easter Eggs simply because I love it. Brilliant Colette.

The next blustery event (which was a good one) was Georgina Lynch’s announcement that Liz Nicholson, of Stockport in England would be next to welcome Wink (Volume Two) into their home. Liz was delighted with the news, and the contract has since been dispatched. Not sure if Wink is on the way yet, but as Liz has not been in touch I’m sure it hasn’t landed. Obviously I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

A quiet few days followed and then the blustery stuff (all good) began in earnest yesterday, and carried on in to today.

First Colette announced Full Circle was on the move. Derek Chandley, the other half the clandestine deal that saw Volume’s Five and Three switch homes, is now awaiting a delivery. Colette was sad, Derek chuffed and Full Circle…well over the moon isn’t quite high enough. But I’ve no better analogy right now.

Second, Astrid Walsh, she who took the amazing photograph on the left  forwarded her (slightly tardy) feedback on Grey Skies. Very sweet it is, too. It’s now (along with this photo) displayed on Volume Three’s page of the blog, but for those of you not willing to go the extra mile that is a click of your mouse here it is right in front of you:

Grey Skies has left a blustery happy sad place in my heart. My cheeks are so cold it makes me feel alive! This is a precious story nestled within a crazy adventure. I am so glad it got to accompany me in my rucksack through the journey of life for a moment and that it is now whirling off with someone else. Good luck little Grey Skies, I hope you brought your wine gums!

Ah, yes now you know why the blustery theme is being applied!

Finally today saw Mark Fenton of Perth Australia put Facebook to good use. He’s informed me that Sleepyhead is safe and sound, and that he has someone in mind as the next – and seventh – recipient. No names revealed just yet. But thanks Mark for easing my mind.

There is one other blustery matter that has, to be honest, been a regular in my sails this week. And it has not been easing my mind. A continuous silence is the only communication on the whereabouts and health of the volume that began our adventure. Last known movements of Waiting For Life To Return were the proposed exchange between Tim Prenderville in California and Ben Keating in Sidney. Unfortunately it’s weeks now since I heard anything. So I don’t know if Tim released Waiting, or Ben has received it. Maybe it’s lost in the post. I simply don’t know.

What, my friends, do you think I should do? I’ve messaged Tim. I can’t message Ben’s Facebook page. So what’s left. Pray?

Perhaps that is the answer. And you know I’ve said often enough that trusting the Universe is a very good thing. So, right this second, I’m sending a mesage to said Universe to look after my little package, and trusting with all I have that it will be OK. Can I ask that you do the same? Please do.

That’s it for this week. Below, as always, you will find the minute detail that may help you procure a volume of One Short Story To Be Told.  Talk soon and an 88*Googolplex to all you.

leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  No further comment to be added to those above. Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia has a Facebook page. If you have technical knowledge that allows you contact him please try here https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson of Stockport is either in possession or will be shortly. Email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): On it’s way, or possibly already landed, in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at derekchandley@hotmail.com or Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. He has a name in mind as the next recipient. But you can contact him here if you want.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I wonder when I will have to stop saying that?) Colette has decided that the decision on who will be next to delve inside the cover will be made on Monday (23rd April 2012*). Colette’s (very active) Facebook page or her email, which is colette2601@yahoo.com, are the avenues of inquiry you need on this front. Strike now, I would say!

*I’ll add a little mystery here. Monday 23rd April 2012 is going to be a BIG day in the history of One Short Story To Be Told.

Apr 13, 2012
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This week’s update comes from the sunny south east of the Emerald Isle, which indicates that I’m enjoying a couple of days away. So forgive me if this is a little short, but…well you understand I’m sure.

No matter where I’m located it’s always nice to report that a new owner for a One Short Story To Be Told volume has been announced. And that is the case this week. Ok, Ok the more studious of you will know that Liz Nicholson (of Stockport in the UK) was chosen by Georgina Lynch last Sunday. But. as I said, it’s always nice to report a new owner has been announced, and there’s nothing wrong with doing it twice either!

The other big news of this week came from Mark Fenton in Perth, Australia. mark, as you know, is currently providing Sleepyhead with a comfortable home and had  promised pictures a few weeks ago. Well the wait for pictures – which actually turned out to be just one picture – was worth the wait. And here’s why:

Apr 6, 2012
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Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Tolders and welcome to what is my ‘Quarter of a Century’ update. It’s odd to think that it is now over six months since I began the idea of a weekly update called the Friday Forum, mainly because the time has flown by.

Speaking of things being ‘odd’. it has struck me this week that running this whole One Short Story To Be Told adventure can be strange. There are times when I feel snowed under with the activity that surrounds the little books I am putting out into the world. And yet at other times, I feel there is little or nothing happening. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining (I like quiet time, and I want people to enjoy the books and experience), just making an observation.

This week has been one of the latter times. Silence continues to be the dominant description of Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Four (Sleepyhead). The first is, as you may remember, is on route from Tim Prenderville in California to Ben Keating in Sidney, Australia. And the second resides with Mark Fenton of Perth, Australia. Maybe it’s the Australian connection that is responsible for the lack of communication, but I have no knowledge of our friends Down Under being of a quiet persuasion. Then again, as I said last week, no news is good news.

Having said all that there has been a flurry of activity over the past two days with other volumes. Colette O’ Donoghue excitedly announced that Volume Five (Full Circle) has landed in her abode. The excitement is more than justified. Full Circle’s arrival does, after all, mean that Colette has now cradled each of our five volumes at some stage. Impressive stuff, it has to be said.

And then Georgina Lynch announced that she will decide who the next recipient of Volume Two (Wink) will be this weekend, and that Easter Sunday would be the day of destiny, so to speak. This of course means someone, somewhere will get an extra and unusual Easter gift, and that there will be new feedback appearing here on the blog shortly.

And what, I hear you cry, of Volume Three (Grey Skies). Well that edition – and not by chance I would say – remains with the above mentioned Colette O Donoghue. It is destined, due to a covertly agreed arrangement, to travel to Derek Chandley next. But, as her excited announcement regarding Full Circle’s arrival promised photos of Volume’s Three and Five together, it is obvious Colette has plans that need to be kept before Derek is granted access.

The only other thing to report is that all is well on the planning and plotting front. The future of One Short Story To Be Told is therefore looking well at the moment.

When will I reveal the fruits of these labours? Now that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

On that cryptic note I’ll switch to the details that allow you, if you so wish, to pursue a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Awaiting news from Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia regarding arrival. No update on Ben’s contact details. News of either as soon as I get it.

Volume Two (Wink): Decision as to next recipient promised (and pending) on Sunday. If you want to you still have time to give Georgina a nudge in your direction.  If that idea appeals contact her FB page or email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Still in Watergrasshill with Colette O Donoghue, but now enjoying the company of Volume Five (Full Circle) as well. Promised and destined to Derek Chandley next. Derek is available for requests at derekchandley@hotmail.com or Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news from Mark this week, as I said. But you can contact him here if you want.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one (and will be for a while). Now in residence with Colette O’ Donoghue, and enjoying the comapny of Volume Three (Grey Skies).Colette’s Facebook page or her email, which is colette2601@yahoo.com, are the avenues of inquiry you need on this front.

 

Mar 30, 2012
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Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders! How the god damn hell are you this Friday evening? I hope the answer to that question is ‘MIGHTY FINE!’ It certainly is for me!

The first thing I’m going to do this week is tell you that Georgina Lynch, the current custodian of Volume Two (Wink), is actively seeking requests from those of you who would like to be next to welcome Wink into your home. So, if you’re interested (and you should be!) get typing and send requests to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, or directly to Georgina at her facebook page. Best of luck to you all!

The second thing I’m going to tell you is something you may already know. But I’m repeating it just in case. Tim Prenderville has relinquished his hold on Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), and forwarded it to Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. This of course means that there are now – or will be shortly – two One Short Story To Be Told volumes down under. The odds on a meeting are slim, however: Sidney and Perth are four hours apart apparently. Still, one can dream.

News on the three other volumes is slow. Mark Fenton – yes he of Perth, Australia (and the current custodian of Volune Four (Sleepyhead) – has not been in touch. But no news is good news, as they say.

Colette O Donoghue – the great collector of One Short Story To Be Told volumes – has forwarded the photograph of Volume Three (Grey Skies) on the left.

And Derek Chandley has been in touch with Colette via Facebook regarding the transfer of Volume Five (Full Circle). That event will, no doubt, be the catalyst for great excitement. And why wouldn’t it be when it will complete the collection, so to speak, for Colette.

But that is for next week (at least), so let’s not get into it now.

Before I go I would like to tell you that I’ve had a busy week, and the planning and plotting of the One Short Story To Be Told future is going well.

And that, my Dear One Short Story To Be Tolders, is it for this week. Good luck again to those of you seeking Volume Two (Wink) from Georgina. And the details of all our current custodians are below as always.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California has placed Waiting For Life To Return in an envelope and sent it on its merry way. News of Ben Keating, to whom Waiting is destined, as soon as I get it.

Volume Two (Wink): As mentioned earlier Georgina Lynch is now seeking requests. If you’d like to be next  contact her FB page or email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com. I assure you I will pass on your message.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently in Watergrasshill with Colette O Donoghue, or maybe riding a bike with Colette O Donoghue in Watergrasshill! Still destined for Derek Chandley next. Derek, as pointed out last week, is available for requests at derekchandley@hotmail.com or, as always, Facebook.And the good news is there has been no confirmation that the rumours that Derek has promised Grey Skies to Len O Donovan are true. But just in case, here’s where you can get Len: len2605@hotmail.com or FB.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news from Mark this week, as I said. But you can contact him here if you want.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one. Derek Chandley is still in possession so far as I know. He was – again as mentioned earlier – in touch with Colette for her address. So it would be best to send request for Full Circle to Colette’s Facebook page or her email, which is colette2601@yahoo.com.

 

Mar 23, 2012
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Hello all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and 88*Googolplex to you all on this beautiful Friday evening. As you can probably tell by that opening line I am in fine fettle today. And why wouldn’t I be?

Well the answer to that question could very easily be ‘Because there has been no news this week from Tim Prenderville in California regarding Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) or, indeed, from Mark Fenton in Perth regarding Volume Four (Sleepyhead)’.

And the answer to that question could just as easily be ‘Because Georgina Lynch has not graced the One Short Story To Be Told blog or Facebook page with any news or beautiful photographs of Volume Two (Wink) since I last put pen to paper (or finger to keys, if you want to be precise) to create a Friday Forum’.

But I’m not in the mood to be getting down. So, having placed my full trust in The Universe, I have focused instead on the energy that has surrounded Volumes Three and Five this week.

And boy has there been activity on those fronts! First Colette O Donoghue announced that Volume Three (Grey Skies) had landed in her abode. This, you may recall, is the fourth volume to rest its head in Watergrasshill. And Colette was justifiably excited and delighted (or excire and delira as we say here in Ireland). Second Derek Chandley provided us with his very kind feedback on Volume Five (Full Circle), which – as it was the first feedback on our latest Volume – swiftly reduced us to the same excira and delira state that Colette had been in a few days earlier.

And then, in a twist that was a first for One Short Story To Be Told, Colette and Derek entered into clandestine negotiations -the upshot of which was an agreement that they would trade the volumes currently in possession.

This of course means that Derek (who is a relative neophyte to our adventure) will be the seventh recipient of Volume Three (Grey Skies). And it will place Colette O Donoghue in the enviable position of being the only person in the whole, entire world (apart from author Stanley Notte, of course) to have read ALL five One Short Story To Be Told volumes! Needless to say Colette’s mood shot past excira and delira and reached a state no words exist for.

Mind you the manner in which Colette found herself crossing the final frontier (so to speak) has caused leyton to sit and ponder for long periods of time in the latter part of the week. He was concerned that he may have encouraged people to behave in a manner that is in contradiction to the ethos of One Short Story To Be Told. But, in the end he decided that Colette’s actions were underpinned by a desire to provide each of the One Short Story To Be Told stories with a warm and loving home. And, as there is no doubt that Colette provides just such an environment for One Short Story To Be Told stories, the nagging questions about clandestine negotiations and deals struck in private were put to bed.

Which, as leyton is a large part of me, you find me in very fine fettle this evening, folks.

But it’s time to take my very fine fettle elsewhere, too, folks.  So have a great weekend each and every one of you! And I’ll talk to you next week (if not before). I’ll leave you as always with the information you need if you are going to pursue one of our volumes. But I will add a plea to Tim, Mark and Georgina – or anyone who knows anything about their current status vis-a-vis their respective One Short Story To Be Told volumes – to drop me a line at the first available opportunity. Thanks in advance. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is still in possession. If you want to make your case to be next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home the contact details are as follows: Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Georgina Lynch is in possession of Wink. If you’d like to be next in possession contact her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently in Watergrasshill with Colette O Donoghue. And destined, it seems, for Derek Chandley next. Derek is available for requests at derekchandley@hotmail.com or, as always, Facebook. There are rumours that Derek has promised Grey Skies to Len O Donovan. If that turns out to be true, you can get Len at len2605@hotmail.com or here

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news from Mark this week. But you can still get him here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): The not so new, but still the newest one. Derek Chandley in possession so far as I know. But destined to head to Colette O Donoghue next. Colette is, as always, available for requests on Facebook or at colette2601@yahoo.com. 

Mar 17, 2012
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Friday Forum (22)

Ah, I’m a day late, and maybe I should call this the Saturday Symposium, or some other moniker. But even if I did that, nothing would change. I’m still a day late, and it will still have been a very quiet week on the One Short Story To Be Told front.

Actually this may have been the quietest week in the eighteen month history of our adventure. I have not spoken to, or had contact from, a single owner. That, of course, doesn’t mean there is nothing going on. It has been the case in the past that there has been plenty of activity surrounding our volumes, and I haven’t been aware of it.So maybe Tim, Marc, Astrid, Derek and Georgina have been inundated with request, and have decided to keep that activity to themselves.

I in the meantime have kept myself busy plotting the future of One Short Story To Be Told, putting good vibes out into the Universe for Liz Nicholson (a One Short Story To be Tolder who had a medical appontment on the 12th March) and attending a friend’s wedding yesterday. Hence my tardiness.

The one thing that has been obvious about One Short Story To Be Told this week is that Georgina Lynch, who took possession of Volume Two (Wink) last Saturday – Hey, something DID happen – has been actively making Wink feel at home. Photographic evidence is provided below. Thank you Georgina for your energy, it has lit up my week.

One other thing MAY have happened. Astrid Walsh has announced her intention to pass Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Colette O Donoghue. And as that decision was never relayed to me, it is possible that the handover has taken place under the same circumstances. If it has could you let me know Astrid? Or Colette?

So that’s it really. I’ll leave you with the current locations etc of our volumes, none of which have changed (so far as I know Astrid and Colette!) since last week. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is still in possession. If you want to make your case the contact details are as follows Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Following the first ever One Short Story To be Told battle (pics here) Georgina Lynch took possession of Wink last Saturday morning.As the phots above show georgina has seen been busy making Wink feel at home. If you’d like to follow Georgina’s example you can convince her you should be next on her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Even I don’t know if Grey Skies is with Astrid or Colette. Someone tell me please. But if you want it there is no point talking to Astrid – she has decided that Colette is next. You can reach Colette at colette2601@yahoo.com or the old reliable Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news on readings or promised trips. You can get Mark here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): IT’S STILL THE NEW ONE! Derek Chandley in possession. Actually I did speak with Derek this week. He has begun reading Volume Five, but as yet had not looked at Full Circle. Derek is available for requests at derekchandley@hotmail.com or, as always, Facebook

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