Feb 10, 2012
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Friday Forum (17)

Oh, my beating heart and racing head! I am worried, very worried. I know there is no reason for this. Really I do. But Volume One (Waiting for Life To Return) has not landed in the US of A yet, and I can’t help but worry. John Linehan has assured (and then reassured) me that he packaged Waiting well, and included a return address but…well I’m feeling the pressure. Still no news is good news, as someone once said. So lets get the chin up and focus on positive news.

A beaming Eric (right) passes 'Wink' to a beaming Philip. Stan looks on while....beaming!

That, I have to say, has been in abundant supply this week. Positive feedback on Volume Two (Wink) has arrived from Eddie O Mahoney and Eric Downey. We managed to find (eventually) the pic of Waiting tucked up in bed in Brenda O’ Keeffe’s house (THANKS Colette). Philip O Byrne became the twelfth owner of Volume Two (Wink). Anne O Donovan informs me that she loved Volume Four (Sleepyhead) -this is an unofficial piece of feedback, but hey one needs to share good things (especially when worry is around!). And Kerstin Walsh, according to Grey Skies (the best judge), is treating Volume Three wonderfully.

Jeepers when I put all that down, worrying seems more than a tad silly.

So where does that leave all you wannabe One Short Story To Be Told owners? Well in a pretty good place actually. Philip, Kerstin and Anna have given no indication as to next owners. And Tim Prendiville (as he hasn’t received Volume One yet!) has hardly began thinking about ‘Who’s next?’. So you have four live lines of inquiry. Could be a good week to be emailing, facebooking, texting or whatever other form of communication you fancy (and have with current owner).

Sadly I can only help with the internet based forms of those communication lines. But I’m glad to do that. So here, my Dearest One Short Story To Tolders, is the information I can provide.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): (Still) in transit. Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is the end user (so to speak). I’ll post contact details for Tim just as soon as Waiting has landed, and I have them. Meanwhile you could possibly could get him at Irishocity’s Weblog.

Volume Two (Wink): Now in Philip O’ Byrne’s hands. Email phobyrne@live.ie, or get him on FB.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Cuddling up with Kerstin Walsh. Contact kerstinwalsh@ireland.com, or FB.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Anna O Donovan is still in control here. Reach out to Anna through len2605@hotmail.com.

Finally, the preparations for the launch of Volume Five (Full Circle) are going extremely well. I received the first draft of the book layout today. It looks well. Some small adjustments are inevitable, but that shouldn’t take too long (2-3 hours). A draft of the invite is ready, too. It’s brilliant. And I can say that without fear of sounding egomanical because I didn’t create it! More on who did between now and the 3rd March when Volume Five is freed. The animated film has been scripted, the sound recorded, and Marc is doing his thing. So all on track there. And the surprises I have in store are coming along nicely as well. So all in all I’m happy. Which is a huge shift from where I was when I started this piece. Ain’t writing great!

Best of luck if you are chasing a volume. Talk next week.



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Imagine you are a story. You'd want to be heard, wouldn't you? You wouldn't want to be lying idle on a PC drive, or to sit collecting dust on a shelf or in an attic. You'd want to live, forever.

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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One Short Story To Be Told gives stories a chance to be heard. See, I believe that editors and publishers aren't always right. I believe people want to hear as many stories as possible. I believe people want not just to read a story, but to share it too.

In essence I believe that humans are on the stories' side.

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