Jan 13, 2012
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Friday Forum (13)

Friday Forum Number 13 appearing on Friday 13th! If I was superstitious I’d be quaking now – especially as the thirteenth edition of the Friday Forum should, if I hadn’t taken a week off over Christmas, appeared last week. But I’m not superstitious, and I think the fact that this week has been a good one for One Short Story To Be Told, and that I am therefore in tip-top form as I sit to compose this entry, is proof enough of the senseless of superstition. But let’s not get into a philosophical debate about good and bad luck. Let’s focus on the past week, and the pleasurable happenings in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

One has to, I feel, begin with Colette O Donoghue (You will recall it is she who created all sorts of One Short Story To Be Told history just before we all embarked on the Christmas festivities) who has been very busy this week. I always felt that once Colette decided to pass on the TWO volumes of One Short Story To Be Told that spent Christmas in her abode, her actions would be worth keeping an eye on; there was something in the twinkling tone of voice when we spoke last year that hinted at mischevousness.

And I was not disappointed. Colette has provided excellent photographic evidence of Sleepyhead and Waiting For Life To Return. And the fun and games she had on FB with potential suitors was fantastic. I know now there were other, less visible, activities afoot too, and I can only say I thank you all for having such an interest.

The upshot of that activity was Colette choosing Len O Donovan (or Cleo Othello Gudtone choosing Elando Novon if you want to use their Superheroes names – which Colette and Len have taken too recently) as the next recipient of Volume Four of One Short Story to Be Told. I’m pleased to say that Sleepyhead landed in Len’s lap yesterday, that the very positive feedback from Colette (which you can see on the Volume Four page here) has arrived and that Sleepyhead is delighted to be on the move again.

As yet Colette has given no indication regarding any movement for Waiting For Life To Return, but I’m sure she is plotting/hatching something nteresting for volume one of One Short Story to be Told as I write and you read.

The news on the other One Short Story To be Told volumes is not I regret to say AS positive. But it is positive. Positivish, anyway. Unfortunately Eric Downey, the current custodian of Volume Two, has broken last week’s promise of moving Volume Two on this week. Life, as they say, has got in the way. He has been very complimentary again, but then flattery is always a good approach when one is discussing broken promises. And more importantly that does nothing for you anticipatory One Short Story To Be Tolders. Tellingly Eric has given no promise of action next week either. Perhaps edowney2@facebook.com and eric.downey@gmail.com need to be utilised!

The news on Volume Three – which I’m now (dramatically) terming ‘The Lost Volume’ – is actually better – relatively speaking at least. I had telephonic dialogue with a person very close to Dante Griffin (dialogue of any kind with Dante himself is impossible it seems) this week, and it had very good connotations. It will not see anything happen this week, but I have (fairly) high hopes that next week could be momentous – or at least carry some momentum. Let’s not build ourselves up only to have to be left down, hey.

You will, I hope, have received the news that Volume Five of One Short Story To Be Told will be launched on 3rd March 2012 (if you hadn’t, you have now). The hard work – and it is very hard work – of putting that tome together has begun. There will be a few surprises included, but I’m saying nothing more for now.

I’ll leave as always fellow story lovers with the concise version of what you need to know!

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): Leonard O Donovan len2605@hotmail.com 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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