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Jul 30, 2013
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Volume One is on the move again!

I’m delighted to announce that James Brandon has agreed to play a role in the continuing adventure, and will soon become the 24th recipient of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.

Congratulations James, and commiserations to all those who put their name forward (but were unsuccessful on this occasion) to be next.
Do keep trying guys. It warms my heart to see so many interested in this idea. And patience and persistence, as you know, are always rewarded.
Oh, and you won’t have to wait too much longer for another chance to welcome a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home. Stay tuned for updates.

88*googlepex to all leyton attens/Stanley Notte
PS – Remember if you want anything in life you need to take AN ACTION. Receiving a One Short Story To Be Told volume is exactly the same. Yes, you can sit back and watch our stories criss cross the globe, and that is fine. But if you really want to receive one it’s best, I think, to be in touch with the current owners. And be persistent. ‘He who shouts loudest and all that!
May 31, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (85)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. And welcome to my 85th Friday Forum. Apologies for not posting number 84 last week, but there was a good reason – I was in catatonic shock due to bad news on the One Short Story To Be Told front. But before I get to that let me give you the good news that has entered the One Short Story To Be Told world since I last communicated with you.

All good news relates to my stories finding new homes, something I always welcome. So here we go.

David Daly has decided that Volume Six: Home will nestle in the arms of James ‘Paudie’ Horgan next. As James resides in Australia ‘Home’, which is the newest of the One Short Story To Be Told tales, will make it’s first trip out of Ireland in order to reach it’s seventh owner. Needless to say, I’m delighted by that news.

Meanwhile Adrian Hickey has announced he is ready to let Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return leave his abode, and that Steve Meaney, (a recent but fervent follower of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure) will be the person to provide our inaugural volume with it’s 23rd home.

Ultan Finnegan has also informed me that Ruairi De Barra will accept the responsibility of helping Volume Two: Wink continue it’s journey. Coincidentally Ruairi will provide Wink with it’s 23rd home as well.

I should say that I have no idea when these movements will take place. But I will update as soon as I do.

Now to the bad news, and my catatonic shock. First I have no news from Paul O’ Connor or Gordon Kinsella regarding Volume’s Five or Three. This, of course, is a concern – both parties have been in possession of their respective One Short Story To Be Told volume for four months now. But in comparison with the news that forced me into a catatonic shock – well it’s like comparing a sprat with a giant whale.

So what is that news? Well it looks likely now that Volume Four: Sleepyhead has reached the end of it’s journey. Why? Well because the current custodian Elle Detonet (who received Sleepyhead while in Mumbia, carried it all over India, and brought it home safely to Ireland at the start of March) has mislaid my beautifully bound book. Of course I am hopeful that this mysterious disappearance will be followed by an equally mysterious reappearance – but as it stands, and it’s ben standing like this for over a week now – the One Short Story To Be Told adventure has suffered it’s first (and hopefully last) loss. As that loss translates into the death of a story I’m sure you can understand my inability to provide an update last week. And I’m sure you will understand, too, why I need to sign off right now.

So until next week, 88*Googolplex leyton attens/ Stanley Notte.

ps I’ll leave you with the last picture taken of Volume Four: Sleepyhead, which thankfully is a magnificent one. Here’s hoping posting it isn’t a requiem.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four: Sleepyhead being admired in Mumbai, India.


May 14, 2013
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Three One Short Story To Be Told tales need a new home.

Hi all, just a reminder that we have three people looking to find a new home for One Short Story To Be Told stories. They are David Daly (Volume Six: Home), Elle Detonet (Volume Four: Sleepyhead) and Adrain Hickey (Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return).
Both David and Elle are available  on FB if you use that platform – and you can reach all three by getting back to me here.
So if you would like to be next to welcome any of these tales into your home get asking. Oh, and Adrain and Elle have both said that those who have never had a One Short Story To Be Told tale will be prioritized!
88*googlepex to all leyton attens/Stanley Notte
PS – Remember if you want anything in life you need to take AN ACTION. Receiving a One Short Story To Be Told volume is exactly the same. Yes you can sit back and watch our stories criss cross the globe, and that is fine. But if you really want to receive one it’s best, I think, to be in touch with the current owners. And be persistent. ‘He who shouts loudest’ and all that!
Apr 20, 2013
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Kind words (again).

Kind words, via Ultan Finnegan, just slipped into the One Short Story To Be Told world again. Here’s what he has had to say.

Well. Where oh where do I start. Volume One:Waiting For Life To Return was joyful. A wonderful start to the journey into the everlasting. Having read Volume One and Volume Six: Home I have seen the current, start and latest stories. Wonderful.
Volume One gives the start of a lovely series. It breaks the ground like a bulb after a long winter. The light of Spring shines, and the flower starts to grow. As does this story unfold gently into the light that graces its pages.
Volume Two: Wink is now calling to me, and it will be treated to the days light soon – as with the upturn in light so shall this book see its turn to share daylight with me. I will update next week on how its continues to grow.

Thank you Ultan. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Jan 3, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told is busy, busy, busy.

Well the busy start to the year continues for One Short Story To Be Told. Andy Mackin was in touch last night to say that Tony Reddin is now in possession of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). And that message was swiftly followed by communication from Adrian Hickey (AKA Racey Hadikan) that informed me he has finished Volume Six (Home), and that the new custodian will be Ultan Finnegan (AKA Tuela Fanning AKA Nutela Innfang). As my books/stories have landed in three new homes this week I think it’s time to do a count of homes provided, the 100 mark can’t – I imagine – be too far away. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Dec 9, 2012
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Andy Mackin, without a word to anyone – apart from tony Reddin (I Hope) – has decided on the next recipient of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). Tony Reddin is, I’m sure you’ve guessed, the lucky man to provide the nineteenth home to ‘Waiting For Life To Return’.
88*Googolplex to you all leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Dec 2, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told reaches Brussels.

Andy Mackin, the current custodian of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is in Brussels for a few days. He has Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) with him, and kindly passed on these beautiful photographs. I have to say it’s always a thrill when one of my books lands in a new place! Maybe I should start counting them! 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Nov 14, 2012
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Volume One reaches it’s eighteenth home.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has completed it’s journey from Chicago to Blarney, Co Cork, Ireland. Mr Andy Macken, the new custodian is delighted to finally get his hands on one of our tales. And his son, Cian, who is our youngest fan, will no doubt be delighted, too.
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Nov 6, 2012
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Bye, bye Chicago.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) of One Short Story To Be Told departed Chicago last night. It’s on it’s way to Andy Mackin who resides in Blarney, Co. Cork. We await Paul’s feedback with bated breath, and wish Andy the very best of enjoyment, too.
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

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

Volume Two – Wink:  The man you need to get to is Paul McSweeney. Get him at

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here,

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here,


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.
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