Feb 24, 2012
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Another week down, another week of activity. And I have to say a week that has infused me with love and hope. It all began with Tim Prenderville announcing the arrival of Waiting For Life To Return (Volume One) in California. That news was coupled with the fab photo featured on the right. I was, needless to say, relieved and delighted with Tim’s news. But I could not have known what more was to follow his announcement. First I had a number of One Short Story To Be Tolders contact me to say they too had been worried that Waiting may not make it (this may seem insignificant, but to me it was heart-warming; especially as I have never met some of those who were fretting). So BIG thanks to all who took the trouble to worry and let me that they had. Special mention on that front to Liz in the UK. Never met her, never spoken to her 9in person), and yet she was the first to express her relief.

Second we had a eureka moment days after this photo landed. Gratitude must be extended to Finola Linehan for her spotting talent, as it was she who noticed that the background on this photo bears a striking significance to the front cover illustration each of the One Short Story To Be Told editions bears. Tim since informed me it was totally coincidental, but as I believe in the Universe (and there being no coincidences) I have to take this occurrence as a sign. A sign of what I don’t know. But it’s a good sign. ‘m certain of that!

So a good start to the week. It was followed by Kerstin Walsh announcing Volume Three (Grey Skies) was on the move. Her twin sister Astrid being the lucky recipient (That move has not yet taken place, but will this weekend). Obviously that was good news. Better again Kerstin posted a little piece on the twins blog about One Short Story To Be Told and that has had a major effect. The Facebook ‘Insights’ page currently tells me that almost 50 people are talking (in that cyper-space world) about One Short Story To Be told, and that is a direct consequence of the post.

That post also led to Sarah Whittle (of the UK) becoming the 184th member of the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page. So hello Sarah Whittle – delighted to have you on board! One final piece of Kerstin news. Her feedback has arrived (minus a photo – what is about Volume Three and photos!) and is now included on Sleepyhead’s page. It’s pretty cool, too.

Of course the last person on board the One Short Story To Be Told page was a man named Mark Fenton. This happened last week. But it turns out (today) that this was a significant moment; a very significant moment, in fact. That’s because Mark was told by both Len and (mother) Anna O Donovan he could not be the next recipient of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) unless he was on the page. Obviously Mark heeded Len and Anna’s words, and so will be next to receive Sleepyhead. And the big deal (I hear you asking) is that Mark lives in PERTH, AUSTRALIA!

Yes, folks we may have just survived Waiting heading to California, but we are being forced to endure another long distant flight! But hey, isn’t it great, too? I think it is! In parts anyway. I didn’t have the courage to ask Anna if the parcel was registered or not (it was on the way when I received the news), so get worrying again. But sing loud, too – because Sleepyhead is overjoyed!

At the same time as breaking the Australian news, feedback from both O’ Donovan’s (that’s Len and Anna, remember) was provided. Great photo’s were attached, and the Volume Four page now looks superdupa as a result.

The rest of the week has been taken up with preparations the launch of Volume Five. There have been challenges. And I almost lost my faith in the Universe at times. But as I speak all is just about on track, and the surprises – which are interactive – I have planned are looking good. I’m not going to reveal too much, but I will say that this week my getting my ‘Five a day‘ has had nothing to do with vegetables and a lot to do with Superheroes! All will be revealed in Mr Bradley’s, Barrack St, Cork at 7.30pm on Saturday week (3rd March). Oh and I’d love to see you there! Which reminds me, I have an invite for you! And it’s here on the left. It’s rather cool. And a MASSIVE thank you goes to Skillian Dragon for his creative genius on this. I had nothing to do with it.

So a busy week, as you can see. Next week promises more of the same as I put the final touches to the launch night. An extract from ‘Full Circle’ (who is beside himself with excitement, by the way) will be released Monday or Tuesday. I have some radio stuff lined up as well. And you and your attendance will, obviously, be on my mind. But I’ll leave you with the   necessary details for each of our Volumes (one of which has a bit of info about Saturday week!) 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is now in possession. Contact details for Tim are Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Philip O’ Byrne’s has told me he is aiming to hand Wink to the new (13th) owner at the launch of Volume Five. He has not, however, made any decision as to who that owner will be. You can talk to Philip  at phobyrne@live.ie, or get him on Facebook.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Soon to be in the hands of  Astrid Walsh. Begging notes and pleas to be next can be forwarded to astridwalsh@ireland.com or (yes you’ve guessed right!) Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead); Anna O Donovan has decided that Sleepyhead is to head to Perth, Australia. Mark Fenton will be the sixth home that Volume Four has resided in. Mark can be reached here.


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