Feb 17, 2012
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Well it’s been a quiet week here at One Short Story To Be Told. And you know that’s a good thing. I’ve realised that as much as the excitement of one of our volumes finding a new home is fantastic, it’s just as important that they, and their owners, enjoy the experience. I mean what would be the point of giving someone a story and then pressurising them into passing it on before they had enjoyed it?

So I’ve taken a back seat this week, and allowed Philip, Kerstin and Anna have some space with – in the correct order -Volumes Two, Three and Four. I’m reliably told that Anna has Sleepyhead prominently displayed in his abode. That Kerstin is treating Grey Skies splendidly. And that Philip has welcomed Wink with open arms, and then hugged it profusely ever since. I can ask for no more.

But.. (Yes, there is always a but!) there has been a slight problem in taking a back seat. A back seat infers no driving or directing, and given that is the position I have adopted all week I have not pursued the whereabouts of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). At the same time I’m assuming that Tim Prenderville (he who is awaiting Volume One) would be in touch once Waiting For Life To Return has landed in California. But (there’s that word again) he has not. So, exactly eleven days after John Linehan packed and posted our delicious and desirable book, I – and Waiting – and John – and Tim – are in limbo. (Should it take that long for a parcel to travel from Cork, Ireland to California, USA? Please inform me if you have any ideas on this).

But (there’s that word again!) what can I do? There is no point in pestering John, he has sent Waiting on it’s way. And Tim will surely act once Waiting has landed. So nothing is the answer to ‘What can I do?’, unless one decides to pray.

Actually, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to pray and trust. Pray that Waiting is safe, and on it’s way to Tim. And trust that the Universe will keep it’s gigantic angelic arms wrapped around our well wrapped (John said so, so it’s true) package.

And so there is nothing left to say. Nothing has changed since last week. And those of you seeking to be a next recipient are in the same place. But (last time I promise!) in case you’ve forgotten here’s a reminder of your options.

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 welcoming and hugging 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.

Till next week (or before if Tim gets in touch!)



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What It’s All About

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.

But they still want to be heard. They still want to find someone that loves them, and then someone else, and someone else and...

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.

So One Short Story To Be Told strives to make stories feel special by allowing them to be treated to the very best type of attention available to man, beast or story on a regular basis. That, of course, is ONE TO ONE attention.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

Our stories can only achieve this goal, however, with the assistance of story lovers. They need story lovers to read them (obviously). But more importantly they need story lovers to GIVE: or to put it another way 'to pass the story on'. Only then can we achieve the third part of
our mission statement (if it is indeed that) ONE STORY. ONE EDITION. ONE JOURNEY.

The journey, you see, is key. And so I ask you at this point to imagine how wonderful a journey that is made up of ONE to ONE attention would be? How special you would feel if you were to spend the rest of your life in the company of people who gave you their undivided attention while you were with them?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
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