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Nov 12, 2012
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Another nice piece of feedback!

 

Feedback from Anne Byrne regarding Volume Five (Full Circle) has arrived.

‘I have just had the pleasure of reading Full Circle. An inspiring and uplifting story of facing one’s fears, and of how more often than not, those fears are far worse in the dark recesses of our minds than in reality. I was inspired by Jim’s courage to ignore the physical manifestations of his fear and admired how he drew from the positive people and positive affirmations to carry him through with his mission. Needless to say I loved the book and look forward to reading many, many more stories from the wonderful Leyton / Stan in the future. xxxxx’

Anne’s kindness has filled me with joy. So Thank you Anne.
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Sep 7, 2012
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Friday Forum (47)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 4, 2012
leyton attens

The busy week continues.

Yes, with last Friday’s Friday Forum full of moves and potential moves it was bound to be, if all went to plan at least, a busy week this week. And so it is proving. Hot on the heels of Paul A Crean’s announcement that Volume Five (Full Circle) had been secluded in an agreed place for Ray Horgan to collect, come the following messages and photograph from the aforementioned Ray Horgan.

1. ‎”The Eagle has Landed.” Just to say “GREY SKIES” & “FULL CIRCLE” have landed safely in my hands and shall accompany me on my visit to east Cork this week. Thanks to Paul & Ray.

And

2. Just like the Number 14 bus; not a sign of one for awhile then two come together!

And then – just to make my day – Janette Aisling-O’ Meara sends this photograph and lovely feedback for Volume Four (Sleepyhead).
I would like to thank Len O’Donovan again for mailing Volume Four from Ireland to Canada, so that I could finally read, and see for myself, the phenomenon that is ’One Short Story To Be Told’.  I really enjoyed reading Sleepy Head.  However, unlike the protagonist, I also loved it in the world of the awake as much as I did while sleeping. I was also delighted to realize that I liked the prelude and epilogue just as much as the story itself.  I even quelled my schoolmarm tendencies and enjoyed the lack of punctuation and capital letters in the last few pages and just went with the ‘flow’.
And so, with absolutely no fanfare at all, on a trip to Ireland for good times and the Christening of our daughter Maeve O’Meara, I passed Volume Four on to my sister-in-law Sinead O’Meara.  There are no photos – or even witnesses – to commemorate this event: although there are many baptism photos and other pics at Gougane Barra. But since the book is precious it did not accompany us on any of our outings. Plus I forgot!

I would like though to post a photo of Maeve wearing her 88*Googolplex T shirt  (a gift from Stan Notte, Len O Donovan and Paul ‘Max’ McSweeney) as thanks, and to compliment her earlier photo where she is snoozing with Sleepyhead.  Her name is scrambled on the t-shirt  and reads AMEE VAROMA.  This is possibly the best name leyton attens has come up with to date, and will be forever her alter ego.

Me thinks all that deserves a rather large 88*GOOGOLPLEX. Oh, yeah it does. 88*GOOGOLPLEX to you all, leyton/Stan

 

Sep 2, 2012
leyton attens

The latest news.

The latest news, and I love it! Thank you, Paul A Crean.
I sit here in the late day sun in Tom Barrys pub and I can picture the shelf where I have left the Volume 5 of One Short Story To Be Told. Ray Horgan asked me to sequester it there, safely nestled in the narrow space. He will call on this watering hole, and instead of ordering his usual pint after the friendly greetings and banter, he will enquire of the barkeep whether a package has been left for his attention. I foresee a gentle scratch of the head and then a short lived rummage in the wooden-walled narrow space, and then the revealing of the prize. But for now It rests there, waiting for its journey to continue with a new pair of eyes.

Yes, Volume Five (Full Circle) is on the move, and this move has been arranged in the place where it all began; Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Jul 2, 2012
leyton attens

Good news (by two)

Two bits of good news today folks. First Sandra Cambridge was in touch to say that Wink has settles in, and is enjoying, her abode. Children drawing and martial arts are currently in fad, apparently.
Second Paul McSweeney was in touch to say that Volume Five (Full Circle) was successfully passed on to Paul A Crean. Better again photographic evidence of the event was provided.

Jun 18, 2012
leyton attens

Five gets to four!

As we wait news on Volume Two’s arrival in Sandra Cambridge’s abode, Paul McSweeney has announced that one PAul A Creen will be the next (and 4th) recipient of Volume Five (Full Circle). Needless to say Paul A and Full Circle are delighted. We are now waiting Paul McSweeney’s feedback as well.
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leyton/Stan

May 17, 2012
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Looks like being a busy week for One Short Story To Be Told. Feedback from Colette O Donoghue regarding Volume Five has arrived. And yes I am going to share it!

Full circle was once again, like other Volumes in the One Short Story 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

I have to, at this point, thank Colette for all the time and energy she has given One Short Story To Be Told. I, too, am a little sad that there are no volumes for her to chase at the moment.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Apr 24, 2012
leyton attens

Volume Five (Full Circle) announcement. Oh, and some maths!

Colette O Donoghue has finished her deliberations, and – in the nick of time – kept her promise to announce the next recipient of Full Circle (Volume Five).

Here’s what she had to say: Ok,so I have kept ye all waiting long enough,and I have, as promised, made my decision as to who will be the lucky recipient of Full Circle. As always, it was not an easy choice to make – and I know some of you will be left disappointed. Anyway as ye know by now,im a huge fan of Oneshortstorytobetold, and all to do with it, so when Max contacted me to tell me that he has gotten off the fence (he usualy sits ON the fence) and put in a request….well how could I refuse? So Paul/Max…you’re next 🙂

All that mean that Paul McSweeney of Cork City will be next to greet Full Circle. In doing so Paul joins the growing number of people who have owned more than one One Short Story To Be Told volume. He is also the third recipient of Full Circle. And, between them, our five volumes have now had 47 official homes. Which obviously means we are getting close to 50.

Of course if we factor in Colette, Paul, Derek and Georgina (those who have had more than one volume) we are well short of 50 people. But 50 official homes is an exciting landmark to have on the horizon. And with just three to go and Mark Fenton due to choose a new home for Sleephead any day now, it could happen real soon. Watch this space.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Mar 5, 2012
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Volume Five animation.

Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, it’s time to release Marc Crowley’s quaintly brilliant animated film that was shown at the launch of Volume Five of our little adventure on Saturday night.

It’s short, but sweet and was received very well by those in attendance. For those of you who didn’t make it to Mr Bradley’s all comments are welcome. You can get it here

I will share the second presentation that was shown as soon as I’ve figured out a few technical problems you don’t want to be bored with.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Mar 4, 2012
leyton attens

Launch of Volume Five.

Okay folks, I’m just about getting back to normal after a hectic week and a great night last night. Derek Chandley (who wasn’t in attendance) was drawn as he who will begin Full Circle and Volume Five’s Journey. Congrats Derek. I’ll be in touch soon (when I’m fully recovered from my excertions). Thanks again to all those who turned up. And TA (in abundance) to those who collaborate with me. They are Mary Laffan, Marc Crowley, Paddy O Shea and John Mack. Honourable mentions too for Kevin Minihane, Me Mam, Wife Eileen and the rest of my fantastically supportive family. An album of photos of the night is available here

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