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Aug 13, 2013
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Volume Six: Home in Melbourne.

Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. Just thought I’d share this wonderful picture with you. It was taken by James ‘Paudie’ Horgan, who until recently was the current custodian of Volume Six: Home. The shot was taken at Mornington Pier, Melbourne. Big thanks to James for taking the time to take and forward the picture.

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Volume Six: Home somewhere in Sydney

Volume Six: Home somewhere in Sydney

Jul 1, 2013
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Yabba Dabba Do!

Yabba Dabba Doo! James Horgan has confirmed that Volume Six: Home has landed safely in Melbourne Australia. Thanks for confirming the news James. And thanks too to David Daly who let me know that the book had landed, and that he shared my sense of relief. James is the 7th person to provide a home to the story ‘Home’. And, as the One Short Story To Be Told volumes have now rested in 91 homes between them, the adventure is closing in on the 100 homes landmark. Am I excited by that – you bet your life I am.
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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!
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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

Mar 25, 2013
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Volume Six back from Everest Base Camp

Hello there all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. I am delighted to inform you that Volume Six: Home has returned safely from Everest Base Camp. The current custodian, namely Colette O’ Donoghue, has been in touch this morning, and has had this to say:
Hello to all One Short Story To Be Told followers. I am more than glad to report that both myself and Volume Six: Home successfully made it to Everest Base Camp. What an adventure it was, and even more so for the fact that not only was the story enjoyed by me, but also by another avid fan of One Short Story To Be Told John Linehan, who took care of “Home” on St. Patricks Day for me. Some photos to follow later, watch this space 🙂
P.s…….I am now taking requests for a new home for “Home”!!!!
Obviously Colette’s PS will interest a lot of you. So if you want Volume Six: Home to be heading your way you can contact Colette directly through Facebook or drop me a note at I and Colette look forward to hearing from you.
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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

Nov 13, 2012
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Yet more positive feedback!

Following hot on the heels of Anne Byrne’s feedback on Volume Five (Full Circle) which arrived yesterday, come the thoughts of Paul Depuis on Volume Six (Home).

‘I thought ‘Home’ was deep, very well written and very powerful. I really enjoyed it as sad as the story is The build up to the story and, – I suppose you could call it the after-build of the story was fantastic! Both brought a smile to my fantastic face! It’s easy to see how much time and effort went into it, and for that I congratulate you leyton. A brilliant idea, story and adventure! I just wish Ryanair provided flights to The Ethereal Plains, or even Bissextile, as both sound like very interesting places!’ 88*Googolplex Paul J Depuis.

Again, I am tingling with joy! Thanks Paul!
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Nov 8, 2012
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Do you want to get your hands on Volume Six (Home)?

Okay guys, Paul Depuis is ready to pass on Volume Six (Home).
He is, however, running a competition.
This is what Paul is asking you to do.
‘Well leyton and my One Short Story To Be Told”ees!!! I’m reluctantly parting ways with Volume Six (Home) after nearly two weeks together, which included walking, driving, chilling out and even spooning together! I feel it’s my duty to let Home carry on its amazing journey. We have a bond now, one I’m sure we’ll keep.
BUT, now to make things interesting, and add to the fun factor of this adventure.
I’m asking one simple question, and the answer I personally find the best will decide the next person to receive Volume Six (Home). 6
So my simple question is … If you could play your favourite character in a film who would it be and why?
Mine, for example, would be Rocky – simply because he’s my hero.
So, lets have a bit of crack. Answer the simple question, and I’ll decide the winner in the next few days. And if no one wants to play my game? Well Volume Six (Home) is quite happy sitting next to the fire eating small purple snacks!
88 *googolplex to you all :)’
There you go folks, reply here if you have an answer.
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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!
Oct 31, 2012
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Two Down Under, Six Takes off.

It’s been a good day for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. Volume Two (Wink) has arrived in the hands of Letitia Notte (Stanley’s daughter) in Brisabane, Australia. Wink is the third of our tales to reach the southern hemisphere, following Waiting For Life To Return’s visit to Sydney and Sleepyhead’s trip to Perth. We look forward to hearing from Letitia and Wink.

At the same time Paul Depuis popped over to Stanley and, as the photo shows, gleefully accepted the responsibility of setting Volume Six (Home) on it’s journey. Needless to say ‘Home’ was more gleeful than Paul.but then who wouldn’t be when starting out an adventure that has no bounds at all!

Yes, it’s been a good day.

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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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