Mar 9, 2012
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Friday Forum (21)

The end of another week arrives, and I have to say I’m glad not to be facing into a launch as I was last Friday. Not that I didn’t enjoy last Saturday night, it was great. But, as you know yourself, one can’t have the foot to the pedal all the time.

This week was quieter than last, but that’s not to say I’ve been totally idle. One of the things I’m learning is that each launch not only is busy in the lead in, but inevitably they will create tasks to be done. This launch led to the loading of Marc’s animation (you can get it here), drawing up the contract for Volume Five, arranging for Derek Chandley to pick up Full Circle and, wonderfully, welcoming a number of Superheroes to our adventure.

The upshot of all that is that Derek (as you can see above) is now enjoying Volume Five, Marc’s animation is out in cyperspace and I now need to focus on getting the second presentation we showed last Saturday (the one about Superheroes) ready to broadcast over the net. This is important as I know some of you are reading this wondering what in the name of the Lordly earth is he talking about. Be patient One Short Story To Be Tolders, all will be made clear next week.

Outside the launch a few things have happened. They are all connected to the
four volumes that were floating about the world before last Saturday, and I will outline those events in the last section of this post (which as you know deals with the current location, owner and happenings of each book). Before I do that however I’d like to apologise to those of you who have seen the picture on the right earlier this week. But I love the shot and therefore felt compelled to include it again. But now that I’ve said sorry (did I need to now I wonder) here’s the details you are really looking for.

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Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is still in possession. Tim has been in touch to say he has read Waiting For Life To Return, and that it reminded him of a tale he penned himself a few years ago. He did kindly add that he thought the piece was well written. More importantly he has begun the search for the next recipient. If you want to make your case the contact details are as follows Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): The plan for Philip O’ Byrne to hand Wink to Georgina Lynch at the launch of Volume Five fell apart. Plan B is to swing into action tomorrow (Saturday 10th March). Wink is thrilled with the news (but, with good reason, a little sceptical). Philip is adamant plan B will work. Georgina meanwhile is hoping that receiving Wink tomorrow will ease the disgust that filled her every fibre when she was unable to make last Saturday. All of that means those of you hoping to twist Georgina’s arm need to visit her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): UNBELIEVABLY Colette O Donoghue has been chosen by Astrid Walsh as the next recipient. More UNBELIEVABLY I haven’t been informed officially yet! It’s a good job Astrid takes nice photo’s I hear you shout! Don’t know when or where the handover will take place, but you can rest assured Colette (rightly so) is currently purring like a very well fed cat and grinning like…yes, you’ve guessed… a Chesire cat. OK. OK. Rant over. Details for Colette are and the old reliable Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): An Post did it’s job perfectly. Sleepyhead landed safely in the hands of Mark Fenton in Perth Australia mid week. Mark has plans for reading and outings this weekend. Still no need for you NOT to ask if you can be next. Reach Mark here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): THE NEW ONE! As the photo earlier showed Derek Chandley now has possession of Full Circle. The photo was taken immediately after I passed the volume to him. So he is keen, one could safely say. Derek is available for requests at or that strange place called Facebook

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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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