Jan 6, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (12)

This really should be Friday Forum (13) but I took a week away from blogging, facebooking and general internet activity last week (It was Christmas after all) so it’s number twelve.  That week off meant no activity in the One Short Story To Be Told for me. But I guessed – correctly it turned out – that most everybody would be capable of surviving Christmas without any missives from me.

The owners of our magical little volumes took Christmas off, too – well from One Short Story To be Tolding at least – and I heard not a jot from them until this week. The news is, for the most part, good. Colette O Donoghue has treated Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Volume Four (Sleepyhead) splendidly, and is now ready to begin passing the batons. Her suggestion that you do something clever with her full name or her Superhero name (Cleo Othello Gudtone) to help her decide on the next owner has created quite a stir among the facebookers in our One Short Story To Be Told group. But for those of you who missed the simple, but also difficult, task Colette has set here’s a reminder.

Colette convinced Georgina Lynch to pass Sleepyhead to her by composing this:

Loyal follower,
Colette =

Clever, and not as easy as one may think (even if one, as Colette did at the end, ignores all grammatical rules), but it’s this type of thing Colette wants you to do with her real or superhero name. Now I know some of you are groaning right now (I probably would be too) but it’s a bit of fun and well worth an effort I would suggest. And if the idea really irritates you take the time to tell Colette just how annoyed you are – any contact puts you in the frame. And SHE DOES HAVE TWO VOLUMES TO GIVE AWAY!

Mr Eric Downey who currently possesses Volume Two (Wink) was in touch to say that Christmas didn’t provide much reading time for him. He has started Volume Two and was very complimentary of the design as well as the illustrations (thanks Kerstin!) used. And he has promised to act on all outstanding One Short Story To Be Told matters next week. That to me would indicate we could be talking about a new owner of Volume Two when I sit to compose Friday Forum (13) this time next week.

Sadly I have to report that my Christmas wish to Santa Clause has not been granted, and Dante Griffin’s silence regarding Volume Three remains intact. The only upside I can give you on this matter is that I am aware of one One Short Story To Be Tolder that is in a position to contact Dante (or at least someone close to him) and I have been reliably informed that they will be pursuing that line of inquiry ASAP.

So I’ll ask all who read this to keep fingers, toes and noses crossed on that matter – Dante releasing (yes it feels like he has imprisoned Grey Skies at this stage) will be of benefit to all.

Another thing that will benefit all One Short Story To Be Told followers is the arrival of Volume Five of this adventure. That, believe it or not, is scheduled (if indeed leyton has a schedule) to occur in approximately seven weeks. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but our minds have begun to drift in that direction. So you can expect announcements about a date, venue (that will be a tough one!), story title and other details in the coming weeks. I’m sure you’re trembling with anticipation now! Oh, how I wish.

So that’s it for this week. I would like to extend an enormous Happy New Year to each and every one of you before I go. Your support has been of great value to me and the One Short story To Be Told project over the past twelve months or so. Thank you for that, and please God, the Universe and my non-extinguishable  love of meeting people, I’ll see you soon.

Oh I nearly forgot the contact details for the current owners! Silly, silly me.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Colette O Donoghue.  colette2601@yahoo.com or Facebook

Volume Two (Wink): Eric Downey. edowney2@facebook.com or eric.downey@gmail.com or Facebook

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Dante Griffin. Facebook page and you could try corktribaldance@gmail.com.
Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Colette O Donoghue.  colette2601@yahoo.com or Facebook

88*Googolplex as always

Stanley Notte/leyton attens

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