Browsing articles in "Uncategorized"
Aug 2, 2014
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (148)

On Tuesday 29th July 2014 One Short Story To Be Told lost a great friend when Anne O’Donovan passed away. As a mark of respect for Anna, and her family, who I enjoyed many a good time with, this weeks update will carry no other news.

May she rest in peace.

2012-12-19 17.33.11

(L to R) Leyton Attens, Ka, Katie, Anna O’Donovan

Jan 18, 2014
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (118)

Friday Forum (118): Still very quiet on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week guys. Contracts have landed in the hands of Austin Collins and Ruairi De Barra, and Elle Detonet assures me Volume Four – Sleepyhead will be in the post on Monday (the above mentioned Ruairi De Barra will be delighted by that).
No news from Annushka Krautz or Eva Linehan to confirm the transfer of Volume Two – Wink. The same applies for Volumes One – Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Three – Grey Skies. And no news either from Sabine Lengger on the next destination of Volume Five – Full Circle.
Volume Six – Home meanwhile remains snuggled happily with Leonard O Donovan. Hopefully next week will bring confirmation of new homes for my tales – I know they, like me, are looking forward to it.
88*Googolplex Leyton/Stan

Jun 28, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (89)

One of my favourite Motown records was recorded by Diana Ross in 1971. It’s called ‘I’m Still Waiting’, and tells a tale of a girl who spends her life waiting for a childhood sweetheart to return her love. Now I’m not saying that this week has seen me reminiscing about young love, but the title of that record does some up my week in regards to One Short Story To Be Told – because I’ve passed the week waiting.

Waiting for news from James “Paudie’ Horgan, who is himself waiting on the arrival of Volume Six: Home.

Waiting for the contract I sent to Steve Meaney in relation to Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return  to arrive at more door.

Waiting for Paul O’ Connor, the current custodian of Volume Five: Full Circle, to send word (any word in fact) regarding his plans/experience of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Waiting in vain, to quote the great Bob Marley, for Volume Four: Sleepyhead to be found and re-enter the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Waiting in vain for Derek O’ Sullivan to forward his feedback on Volume Three: Grey Skies.

And waiting in vain for any news on Volume Three: Grey Skies from Gordon Kinsella. But wait – I’m being harsh on Gordon here: he promised he’d be in touch this weekend on the matter.

So, as you can see, it’s been a week short on news. David Daly was in touch to say that his brother-in-law had sent Volume Six: Home on it’s way to James “Paudie’ Horgan – but that news is outweighed by the first entry under ‘Waiting’ in this post.

But wait! As I type, and I mean that literally, Ruairi De Barra has messaged me via Facebook with news of Volume Two: Wink. This is what he has had to say:

“Wink is onboard LE Eithne (an Irish Naval Service vessel for those of you not familiar with the Irish Defence Forces) and has raised great interest. A shipmate of mine, Christy ‘Jake’  O’Donavan, asked if he may read it. And then two more, Paul Brophy and John Buckley also made requests to read Wink before it leaves the ship. I loved the story, too - It brought up feelings in me of unfinished business with my own father’s life and death. Thanks for sharing it with me!.’

 Now that, I have to say, is a wonderfully uplifting message. And a great way to sign off on a weekly post.

So 88*Googolplex all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. I’ll be in touch soon!


Jul 18, 2012
leyton attens

A stroke of genius!

In a stroke of genius Janette-Aisling O’Meara has created what could quite possibly be my favorite ever One Short Story To Be Told photograph. Our story Sleepyhead resting peacefully on another type – maybe too cute to be true is the phrase – sleepyhead. Love it!

Apr 10, 2012
leyton attens

Volume Two on it’s way to it’s 14th Recipient.

OK Guys, Georgina Lynch, after much soul searching, has made a decision and Wink is off to the UK. An excited and delighted Liz Nicholson of Stockport will become the 14th recipient of Volume Two. Congrats Liz! Oh and 88*Googolplex to you all.

Mar 19, 2012
leyton attens

Volume Three moves again.

News just in. Astrid has passed Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Colette O’ Donoghue, who has now, at one time or another, been the custodian of each of our first four volumes. Congratulations Colette, and thanks for letting me know about the move Astrid! 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan
PS – I’d be careful if I were you Derek Chandley – Volume Five is the only volume Colette has not held in her hands. Therefore you must be in her sights!

Mar 7, 2012
leyton attens

Two little (not) pieces of info.

Couple of things just in today. First Volume Four (Sleepyhead) landed Down Under – YIPPEE! Perth, Sidney to be exact. Message from Mark, the new custodian, as follows:
Just to let you know that the book arrived safely! We will sign the contract and return it to Leyton. Will take the book, and the T-shirts on an outing at the weekend and forward the pictures to the blog/website. Thanks for the opportunity, looking forward to the read.

Second the idea of taking photos of the One Short Story To Be Told books that look like the cover of said books seems to be catching on. The latest to draw inspiration from that cover is Astrid Walsh, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies). More interestingly it was up on Astrid’s blog - – before I got to put it up here. Hmmm. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Mar 2, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (20)

This will be a short entry, folks. In fact, I can’t believe I’ve found time for the Friday Forum. It has been a busy, busy week, with the preparations for tomorrow night’s launch constantly at the forefront. Right now all is FALLING into place, though little is in place. Time to trust the Universe again, me thinks.

The most important thing is ready, however. Volume Five is printed and bound, and I will be collecting it tonight. Thanks Mary, John and Albert. So everything else is non-essential so to speak, but Marc’s animation will – he assures me 0- be ready. As will all the other bits, including the surprises! Can’t say any more, even if you twist my arm.

The perceptive of you may see a clue between now and then. This is a fact, not a teaser. Let me know if you do!

As the launch is now all but upon us I have added a page for Volume Five to this blog. And I eagerly await the moment when I type the name of he or she who will begin Full circle’s journey. Oh yeah baby, I can’t wait.

But wait I must. And prepare I must. So I’ll let you go now, back to the whatever it is you and I do when One Short Story To Be Told isn’t taking up our time (answers on a postcard please.

Oh, one thing I forgot: Welcome Sue-Ellen Maloney, Sean DeBhaileis, Tina Horan and Denise Kennedy to the One Short Story To Be Told facebook page (Denise joined just now – and I mean JUST NOW).

I’ll leave you as always with the details of current locations, owners and contact details for each of our volumes. The section is decorated this week with a fabulous shot Philip O’ Byrne provided. ‘A work in progress with a work in progress’ I call it.

This time next week there’ll be a fifth entry in this section! My God, when I put it like that I get excited.

88*Googolplex to you all!


Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is in possession. No time to talk to Tim this week, but no news is good news. Contact details for Tim are Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Philip O’ Byrne’s will hand Wink Georgina Lynch at tomorrow evening’s launch. Wink is thrilled. Philip is sad. Georgina is thrilled.  You can get Georgina on FB

Volume Three (Grey Skies): So far as I know Astrid Walsh is now in possession. All requests to be next are to be forwarded to or (yes you’ve guessed right!) Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Last time I checked (Tues) the An Post tracking system had Sleepyhead tagged as ‘Shipped from Dublin’. No news since. I’ll need to prioritise this next week. Mark Fenton of Perth Australia, as you know, is the intended target (so to speak). Mark can be reached here.

Dec 9, 2011
leyton attens

Georgina is definitely struggling!

Any doubt about how hard Geogina Lynch is finding it to make a decision who should be next to receive Volume Four of One Short Story To Be Told was utterly dispelled when this post arrived via Facebook just after I posted the Friday Forum!

Georgina Lynch Really feeling the time has come for me to let the book go, finding it sooooo hard to decide but I have given myself the deadline of tomorrow evening……please help ( never knew it would be this difficult)……happy Friday all X

On the bright side it gives you another opportunity to let your voice be heard!

88*Googleplex leyton/Stan

Nov 26, 2011
leyton attens

Friday Forum (7)

At the end of a busy week I’m a day late posting the Friday Forum due to a day long commitment yesterday that refused to allow time and space for internet access. But the god news is that due to a quiet week on the One Short Story To Be Told front you’ve not missed (or waited for) anything extraordinary.

I had a brief chat with Ciaran Bermingham, the current owner of Volume One, on Wednesday and Ivan Bevan posted this short remark ‘I just got the “Wink” of the title role in Volume 2. The words just flow off the pages – excellent reading’ earlier today. And that is about it with regards to the four volumes currently out in the world. I suppose (and know) that I could be worried, but as I’ve said before, one must trust that whatever is happening in the world is what the Universe has provided.

The only other bit of news is that Cork Pollyanna became the 175th member of the facebook page.

So I’ll let you get back to doing whatever it is you do best (and waiting – or acting! – on a One Short Volume To Be Told volume to enter your life) with a reminder of who currently has each of our volumes in their possession.

Volume One: Ciaran Bermingham.

Volume Two: Ivan Bevan.

Volume Three: Dante Griffin.

Volume Four: Georgina Lynch


leyton attens/Stanley Notte


What It’s All About

Imagine you are a story. You'd want to be heard, wouldn't you? You wouldn't want to be lying idle on a PC drive, or to sit collecting dust on a shelf or in an attic. You'd want to live, forever.

But in this modern world stories find it increasingly difficult to be told. The age old practice of gathering around fires to relate tales of yore and now has all but disappeared. Magazines are increasingly fussy. Writers increasingly frustrated. They write the stories, try to find them a home, but are rejected time and time again. So the stories lie idle, their tiny hearts still beating, but drowned out in the chaos of the modern world.

But they still want to be heard. They still want to find someone that loves them, and then someone else, and someone else and...

One Short Story To Be Told gives stories a chance to be heard. See, I believe that editors and publishers aren't always right. I believe people want to hear as many stories as possible. I believe people want not just to read a story, but to share it too.

In essence I believe that humans are on the stories' side.

So One Short Story To Be Told strives to make stories feel special by allowing them to be treated to the very best type of attention available to man, beast or story on a regular basis. That, of course, is ONE TO ONE attention.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

Our stories can only achieve this goal, however, with the assistance of story lovers. They need story lovers to read them (obviously). But more importantly they need story lovers to GIVE: or to put it another way 'to pass the story on'. Only then can we achieve the third part of
our mission statement (if it is indeed that) ONE STORY. ONE EDITION. ONE JOURNEY.

The journey, you see, is key. And so I ask you at this point to imagine how wonderful a journey that is made up of ONE to ONE attention would be? How special you would feel if you were to spend the rest of your life in the company of people who gave you their undivided attention while you were with them?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
If you are please subscribe to this blog, join our Facebook Page or email and ask to be added to our mailing list.
You will be doing a great deed if you do.
88*Googolplex leyton attens