Feb 3, 2012
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Time flies, they say, when you re having fun. Well it also flies, I’ve found this week, when one is busy. But then the busyness I have ben embroiled in this week has also been fun. That fun has been contributed to in no small way by the current owners of the One short Story To be Told volumes. John Linehan, as you know, had – or sent – Waiting For Life To Return, on a sleepover with Brenda o’ Keefe. Brenda in turn passed on wonderful feedback.* Len O Donovan who has remained the contact for Volume Four despite passing Sleepyhead on to his Mother, has been in touch using his Superhero name Elando Novan (God but I just LOVE when people do that) to say that Anna has delved into Sleepyhead, and that the O Donovan feedback will be arriving in double format shortly. And Kerstin Walsh who, due to the unavailability of a signature on Monday (An Post have their guidelines when dealing with special packages), only took possession of Volume Three yesterday was in touch (appropriately) three times last night. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I have to quote some of the FANTASTIC feedback. So here goes. ‘Finished! Twice. I think you’re some kind of weird, crazy genius! Actually weird is the wrong word – fantastical is more accurate.’

leyton and I have taken those words – Weird. Crazy. Geniuses and fantastical! – as the most positive statement yet on the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.  And we’re pretty darned pleased I can tell you.

Add to all that that Brenda O’ Keefe also became the one hundred and eighty first member of our facebook page, that Volume Five, and the story Full Circle, was sent on to the wonderful Mary Bulman to be prepared for publication and… and well it’s been a great week.

And I haven’t mentioned that John Linehan has Waiting For Life To return packaged and ready for it’s journey to.. wait for it… the US of A yet!

Man, but it’s been a great week.

You’ll have noted that the one volume I haven’t mentioned is numero Two. Well on that front Eric Downey informs me that Wink will be on it’s travels next Wednesday. One Philip O’ Byrne will be the man who will be Wink’s twelfth (or a round dozen, if you prefer) recipient. Contract has been dispatched and we await Eric’s feedback with great anticipation.

Now all that leaves those of you seeking a One Short Story To be Told volume with fewer than normal options this week. But I still need to outline them so here they are.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In transit from John Linehan to Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California. I’ll post contact details for Tim just as soon as Waiting has landed.

Volume Two (Wink): Currently in Eric Downey’s hands. But soon to be (next Wed) in Philip O’ Byrne’s. You know what? I’ll give you Philip’s contact, you can always let him know before he receives Wink that you want it next. Keep the options open as they say. phobyrne@live.ie

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Just landed in the hands of Kerstin Walsh (she of the ‘Weird  no fantastical – crazy genius’ quote). Striking early is recommended here too. Do that at kerstinwalsh@ireland.com

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Under the patient perusal of Anna O Donovan. No indication of a move being imminent. You can get to Anna through her son Len – or his superhero Elando Novon – by utilising this address len2605@hotmail.com.

Oh and Len, Kerstin and Philip are facebook users. So you can go there too!

Till next week (could it be as exciting as this?)



*In case you missed it – or like me like to reread it – here’s what  ‘Babysitter’ Brenda O’ Keefe had to say about Volume One: I received Volume One of One Short Story To Be Told from a dear friend on 30/1/2102 who knew I would love the idea. And I do indeed love the concept! In fact I now look forward to getting another volume of One Short Story To Be Told in the future. Waiting For Life to Return is a short but powerful story that is relevant to us all. Well done leyton! Brenda O’Keefe, Cork, Ireland.

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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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