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Jun 19, 2013
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Volume Two: Wink reaches its 23rd home.

Just in from Ruairi De Barra folks:

Volume Two: Wink relaxing gently in to its home for the evening!

You know I just love it when one of my tales reaches a new home! This is Wink’s 23rd abode, by the way.

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V2 - Ruairi

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.


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

Dec 11, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told in Sweden

One Short Story To Be Told has, without my knowing been in Sweden, a place I, or my books, have ever been. The trip was undertaken by Jennifer Franklin back in October, while she was the seventeenth recipient of Volume Two (Wink).

And why am I only finding out now? Well it has taken Jennifer until now to provide feedback of her experience with ‘Wink’, and she never mentioned her holiday at any stage!

Not that I’m complaining – surprises like this are always welcome in One Short Story To Be Told land!

So here is Jennys’ feedback for Volume Two (Wink), and joy of joys, photographs of ‘Wink’ in Sweden (I really must get around to creating the ‘International Photo Album’ I’ve been thinking about)

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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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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!

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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,

Jun 18, 2012
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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.

May 6, 2012
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Wink reaches new home.

Hey Guys, Liz Nicholson has been in touch to say Wink landed in Stockport yesterday, Saturday 5th May, afternoon. This is exactly what she had to say:

Wink would like you to know that he arrived safely in Stockport at lunch time today. The weather is cold and grey but he is looking forward to spending May in an old (seventeenth century) house in a lane bordered with hawthorn trees. The may blossom should be spectacular and he fully expects to have his photograph taken with it when the temperatures improve. Meanwhile, Liz Nicholson has welcomed him warmly, has admired his jacket and is looking forward to reading the story within.

Happy days. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Apr 9, 2012
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Georgina’s feedback for Wink!

As the day for Wink to leave Georgina Lynch’s home edges closer I’ delighted to say she has taken a little time to let me know what she thought of Wink. To say the feedback is generous would, I feel, be  an understatement. And I had to take a number of deep breath’s while reading it for the first time. So I’d like to say ‘Thank you Georgina, I’m humbled’.

This is what Georgina had to say.

I have to say Stan, Wink was a deeply stunning read. Your beautiful words tore through me. I have to say that, after reading just one or two pages, I realised this was a “Get the kids to bed, turn off the tv/ radio and lock the door” type of book. Do not disturb!!! I felt as though I was feeling the pain and anxiety of the guy, and really felt that in this short story, I really was with him. The tenderness of his relationship with his mother, and the angry towards his father was captured with perfection.Your writing ability really blows me away – again….wow!!! Georgina x

These words have been posted on the Volume Two Page of the blog, and I’ve included a few of Georgina’s wonderful photos, too. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan (who is wonderful form thanks to Georgina!)

Mar 12, 2012
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A creative Wink handover.

Since the very earliest days of this One Short Story To Be Told adventure creativity has been in evidence. And I’m not talking  about our end of things (that’s pretty obvious). I’m talking about the receivers of the books.Our very first recipient, Terri Anderson, took Waiting For Life To Return on a day trip to a local college for her photos. Paul Allen produced an amazing shot of Sleepyhead (Volume Four) that drew from the tale itself. Colette O Donoghue had her dog read a volume (we can’t remember which she has had so many). There have been photos of our books in London on a day trip, Paris, with a glass of wine, safely tucked up in bed and just recently the fashion to take a photo inspired by the book covers has come to the fore. I could go on. But you get the point. Or do you? Actually you don’t ‘cos I’ve not made it yet! The point is this.

All that creativity was surpassed over the weekend when Philip O Byrne and Georgina Lynch enacted a battle for the latest handover of Wink. Just two shots (bad choice of words?)were provided of what I am told was a long, loveless and lunge filled liason. But they brought such a smile to my face I had to put them here.

Furthermore, I’ve decided that some of the previous creative moments deserve a revisit. So enjoy the gallery below. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan


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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