Jan 28, 2012
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Friday Forum (15)

I’m going to keep this weeks Friday Forum short because I have had an amazing but exhausting week. I could rant about breakthrough’s and amazing events, but one hasn’t had a proper nights sleep in eight nights… well energy is low.

Amid all the amazing events there has been activity for our beautiful volumes, so I’ll get straight to it.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) remains with John Linehan. He has, he tells me, read Waiting For Life To Return and got someone in mind as the next recipient. But he is currently re-reading the other content of volume one. Intriguing is the word he used.

Volume Two (Wink) is still with Eric Downey  He too informs me he has someone in mind as the next recipient. But whoever it will have to wait another little while as Eric is not quite finished reading. Though he, much like John, has finished the story and is focusing on other content.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) winged it’s way to Kerstin Walsh today. So if the postal service does it’s thing, and is as efficient as it is most of the time, Grey Skies should be in Kerstin’s expectant hands on Monday. Grey Skies is a tad disappointed that the handover wasn’t completed this week. But as I’ve said it’s been an eventful seven days; and sometimes the business of living ones life interferes with best laid plans.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead) is the one volume that is definitely on the move. Leonard O Donovan has decided to keep things in the family and is passing Sleepyhead to his mother, the wonderful Anna O Donovan. That transfer should take place over the weekend. Needless to say Sleepyhead is delighted. Grey Skies meanwhile took this news hard. ‘I’d just managed to get back on level par by heading towards my fourth recipient, and now you’re telling me Sleepyhead is on to his fifth!’ were his exact words. Amazing how competitive stories can get isn’t it?

There is one other piece of news to relay. Luan Cuffe of Dublin, Ireland became member number 180 of our Facebook page on Wednesday. Maybe I should now calculate the total number of followers. Yes, there’s something to do over the weekend. It will need to be done before the 3rd of March and the launch of Volume Five.

Preparations for that event are going well by the way. I’ll provide more detail in next weeks Friday Forum. As long as my energy levels have returned to normal of course.

That’s it, short and sweet as promised. I’ll leave you as always with contact details.

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): Anne O Donovan. Actually I’m not sure how this will work, Anna is of a generation where email and Facebook are alien lifeforms. Perhaps Leonard O Donovan at len2605@hotmail.com or Facebook is the best route. yes, certainly for now. I’ll update you if it changes.


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