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Jul 3, 2013
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Volume Three: Grey Skies heading to new pastures.

So Gordon Kinsella has been in touch, and informed me that Volume Three: Grey Skies will be heading to the home of Ruairi De Barra next. Man but Ruairi is doing a sterling job of seeking out the One Short Story To Be Told volumes. Grey Skies will be the third of my volumes to head to his abode. And given that the previous ones were Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Two: Wink (in that Order) it looks like Ruairi is trying to get them in numerical order. That, of course, may not be true, it may just be coincidence that Ruirai has received the volumes in that order. But whether Ruairi has a plan or not, it’s great for me to see another person actively seeking out my work. So thanks Gordon for making a decision. And thanks Ruairi for showing such an interest in the Oneshortstorytobetold adventure.
In addition to the thrill of seeing someone seek out my work I am also excited by the fact that Grey Skies arrival at Ruairi’s door will see the number of home’s visited by the Oneshortstorytobetold volumes reach 92, just eight away from a century!
Oh boy there’s an exciting few weeks (or maybe months) ahead while as we countdown (or UP) to that magical number!

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 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
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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

 

Jul 10, 2012
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Grey Skies goes to Number 10.

It always amazes how unpredictable the journeys being created for the One Short Story To Be Told volumes can be. Sometimes a tale will spend months in a custodian’s home, and then on other occasions a swift turnover is the order of the day.
Jenny Franklin has provided the latter for us today. Grey Skies, who only arrived at 110 Barrack Street nine days ago, is, she tells me, moving on tonight. A certain William Crowley will become the tenth person to welcome Grey Skies into his home. I’m delighted. Grey Skies is surprised, but thrilled. And William? Well we have to wait to hear.
We’ll also have to wait for Jenny’s feedback. But it will positive, Jenny was clear on that.
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

May 15, 2012
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Grey Skies finds it’s eighth home.

Derek Chandley has been in touch to say that Grey Skies (Volume Three) has been passed on to Len O Donovan. Len becomes the eight owner of Grey Skies, the 48th person to have possession of any One Short Story To Be Told volume and joins the growing list of those who have welcomed more than one One Short Story To Be Told volume into his home. Not bad for a days work. Oh and Len tells us that he is of on holidays today. His destination? Only Australia!
So, if Waiting lands in Sydney as expected this week, there’ll be three One Short Story To Be Told volumes Down Under at the same time. Never thought I’d be saying that.
88*Googolplex
leyton/Stan

Feb 22, 2012
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Volume Three new home, oh and mice!

Well Kerstin Walsh has decided her twin sis, one Astrid Walsh, is next for Volume Three. Blood beat water again in that most traditional of battles! In another life – one where water maybe thicker than blood – Astrid and Kerstin are known as City Mouse, Country Mouse, which would be nothing more than mildly interesting, if they hadn’t decided to use their City Mouse, Country Mouse blog to extol the virtues of One Short Story To Be Told. You can see it here

Me thinks that is our first guest appearance on a blog ticked off! Coolio.
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan. PS news on Volume Five launch coming tomorrow! It’s only ten days away.

Oct 1, 2011
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End of the week.

So the end of another busy weeks dawns. We reach that ending with the knowledge that Volume’s One and Two are happy, and assuming – because no news is good news – that Volume Three is too. On the downside we are still awaiting feedback (and, please God, photo’s) from Collette O Donoghue and Nuala McGrath. But trust is a huge thing, and we have huge amounts of it. We know the ladies won’t let us down.
Finally Maureen Collins has informed us that she will be passing Volume One to her daughter Kerri. The process is in process, if yo get what we mean. Kerri will be the TENTH recipient of Volume One, which means Waiting For Life To Return has an average ownership of almost one a month. Not bad, we thinks.
If you’re interested in numbers Volume Two is currently with it’s eighth owner, while Marius Griffin is the second person to provide Volume Three (the current baby of our family) with a home.
88*googleplex, leyton and Stan

Sep 28, 2011
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Just an Update.


Volume Two of One Short Story To Be Told (Wink) landed in John Linehan’s hands yesterday. He is delighted. ‘Wink’ on the other hand is, to put it succinctly, feverish with excitement. ‘Wink’ did say that Collette O Donoghue had been ‘a darling’, and that he would miss her. So thanks Collette!
That’s the good news.
The bad news is I can’t get hold of the current owners, Maureen and Marius, of Volume’s One and Three. Needless to say my heart rate has been affected in an acceleratory manner by this. But I am refusing to panic. Putting my trust in The Universe, and waiting patiently. So if anyone out there knows anything or sees Maureen or Marius (is it a woman who’s name begins with ‘M’ thing I wonder) let me know will you.
Ta. 88*googleplex
Sep 4, 2011
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Volume Three moves for the first time!

Been so busy the last couple of days I forgot to tell you guys that Volume Three (Grey Skies) is on the move. Interestingly (if all went well) it will have passed from Nuala McGrath to Marius Griffin exactly two months to the day after it’s launch. That smidgen of information didn’t increase the excitement levels of ‘Grey Skies’, but only because it was of the scale at the news of a new home!

88*googleplex leyton
Aug 14, 2011
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A week in review.

A lot of news to get through today, it’s been a busy week for me and our stories. I’ll start by telling you that my two week stint in Waterstones, Cork ended yesterday. I had a ball and Kerry and all her staff were great. I really enjoyed the canteen food, too – which was a plus. My human friend Stanley, as you can see, kindly snapped me as I left the premises. He, I have to say, was emotional at the time. But then he is a big softie!

All other news is about the One Short Story To Be Told volumes I have out in the world, and goes as follows.


Volume One: ‎’Waiting For Life To Return’ nudged his way in to my mind a little earlier today and told me that Valerie Spencer, his current owner, is – and I quote – ‘A Dear!’.


Volume Two: Paddy Fitzhenry who you will remember took ‘Wink’ to Canada has been in touch to say our little volume is having a great time. Aww isn’t that nice. I’m expecting ‘Wink’ to be in touch on foot of that, he does like to have his say.


Volume Three: ‘Grey Skies’ is still basking in his new found freedom. He has been in touch every day, but his long chats can be summarised by saying that Nuala McGrath is treating him splendidly. In fact she is treating him so well that ‘Grey Skies’ is not sure he wants to move on! I, of course, have told him that’s not cricket (to use a rather spiffing english phrase), and that Nulala has already indicated she has a new home in mind for him. He took that news better than I thought.


So that’s it your up to date (or as up to date as you need to be). I do have further visits and moves afoot, but to tell now would only spoil the surprise.
88*googleplex
leyton
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