Jan 22, 2012
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Friday Forum (14)

OK, my hands are up! I’m twenty four hours (ish) late with this post. But – and this is a big but – I have very good reason. And that very good reason is very good news for One Short Story To Be Told. You see all yesterdays plans – get up, go to work, get home, write a bit and then compose the Friday Forum – were outshone ,and in the case of write a bit and compile the Friday Forum erased, by a phone call from Marius Griffin. Now you will remember Marius as the second recipient of Volume Three of this adventure. You will also recall that Marius is the mother of Dante, the third recipient of Volume Three. And you will without doubt (unless I’ve been wasting my time entirely) know that contacting Dante and Marius has been extraordinarily difficult. So when I tell you that the phone call from Marius Griffin included an invite to meet AND COLLECT VOLUME THREE TO PASS IT ON you will understand what I dropped everything and ran.

That, of course, meant no blogging last night. And today? you scream. Well today was taken up with work – until now. So here we are.

The upshot of meeting Marius sees me currently in possession of Volume Three with instruction to pass it on to one Kerstin Walsh. The transfer is arranged for Monday, and Grey Skies, who by the way – despite the elongated silence – was very complimentary of Dante (and Marius), is delirious. That word pretty much sums up Kerstin’s mood too.

All of that closes a busy week that saw Colette O Donoghue choose John Linehan as the next, and fourteenth, recipient of Volume One, John A Crean and Lorraine O’ Meara Foley become new members on the facebook page and Volume Five edge ever closer to completion.

Actually I’m very excited about Volume Five, especially as the surprises I’m planning are coming along nicely.

But I’m not going into that now. Instead I’ll tell you that Eric Downey has not completed reading Volume Two, but has assured me that it looks superb perched on his bedside locker. Eric also commented on the irony that after all his effort to get his hands on ‘Wink’ he has struggled to find time for it. ”That’s not much good to those waiting’ I replied, which I hope will be enough to see some news on a new owner next week.

I’ll also tell you that Len O Donovan’s promise to drop all other reading commitment’s in favour of Volume Four has not been kept, and you, I and ‘Sleepyhead’ will have to play the waiting game on that front.

But you know the thrill of Volume Three’s reactivation eases the pain typing those words inflicts. I hope it’s the same for you!

Of course you could always ease your pain by contacting the current custodians of our volumes to put the case for you being next to welcome them into your home. And if that appeals to you the relevant addresses would be helpful. So here they are.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): John Linehan jlenny90@hotmail.com or Facebook

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

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Kerstin Walsh kerstinwalsh@gmail.com or Facebook

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Leonard O Donovan len2605@hotmail.com or Facebook



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