Dec 23, 2011
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Ho Ho Ho, it’s Christmas the season to be JOLLY! So I’m gonna be just that throughout this post. And I have good reason to be JOLLY, too: the past week has seen movement of volumes and shenanigans that could not fail to bring a smile to a face.

The majority of the jolliness I have been treated to has been related to Volume’s One and Four landing in Colette O’ Donoghue’s house. For those of you who do not practice facebooking it is worth having a look at this page. It gives you an idea as to what has been going on since Colette welcomed ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ and ‘Sleepyhead’ to Watergrasshill.


If that is too much trouble, the picture on the left of ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ and ‘Sleepyhead’ relaxing under the Xmas tree in Colette’s house is all I can give you. It’s the first of two (with more promised) that pictures Colette has forwarded.



Jolliness was, too, provided by Ciaran Bermingham’s kind words before he passed ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ on to Colette, as well as the feedback he provided for this here blog (you can view it on Volume One’s dedicated page. IT’S DOWN THE BOTTOM). And Georgina Lynch was so kind that Jolliness hardly covers the feeling that enveloped the One Short Story To Be Told universe when she provided feedback. I should point out, as more than one of you madcap followers have asked, that the One Short Story To Be Told Universe has not been in any way damaged by two volumes being in one place at the same time. Quite the contrary; it has been enhanced.

The down side to the week, which I refuse to allow mellow my jolliness, has been the inability to get feedback regarding volume two from Eddie O’ Mahoney (I must work harder), and the continued silence from Volume Three custodian Dante Griffin. I should however say that the latter of those two (i.e. Dante’s silence) has made a decision regarding a Christmas present very, very easy for leyton. Yes Santa Claus is in receipt of a letter asking – nay begging – that Dante ‘BREAK THE SILENCE.’

The mention of Santa reminds me to wish you all a wonderfully festive season, to cross my fingers, toes and ears that the man who comes down the chimney (even if you leave the front door open) brings exactly what you want,  and extend my very best wishes for 2012. I do hope you will stay with us in that new year, and that one of our Volumes will reach you, too.

Fianlly (well almost) can I say ‘Thank you’ to all who have provided homes for our volumes in 2011, and an even bigger THANKS to those of you who have stayed with One Short Story to Be Told and therefore nourished my soul. I appreciate it.

The final finally has to be the current owners. Not surprisingly given the time of year there is no change from last week, but I’ll type them anyway

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Colette O Donoghue. or Facebook

Volume Two (Wink): Eric Downey. or or Facebook

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Dante Griffin. Facebook page and you could try
Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Colette O Donoghue. or Facebook

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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.

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