Mar 17, 2012
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Ah, I’m a day late, and maybe I should call this the Saturday Symposium, or some other moniker. But even if I did that, nothing would change. I’m still a day late, and it will still have been a very quiet week on the One Short Story To Be Told front.

Actually this may have been the quietest week in the eighteen month history of our adventure. I have not spoken to, or had contact from, a single owner. That, of course, doesn’t mean there is nothing going on. It has been the case in the past that there has been plenty of activity surrounding our volumes, and I haven’t been aware of it.So maybe Tim, Marc, Astrid, Derek and Georgina have been inundated with request, and have decided to keep that activity to themselves.

I in the meantime have kept myself busy plotting the future of One Short Story To Be Told, putting good vibes out into the Universe for Liz Nicholson (a One Short Story To be Tolder who had a medical appontment on the 12th March) and attending a friend’s wedding yesterday. Hence my tardiness.

The one thing that has been obvious about One Short Story To Be Told this week is that Georgina Lynch, who took possession of Volume Two (Wink) last Saturday – Hey, something DID happen – has been actively making Wink feel at home. Photographic evidence is provided below. Thank you Georgina for your energy, it has lit up my week.

One other thing MAY have happened. Astrid Walsh has announced her intention to pass Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Colette O Donoghue. And as that decision was never relayed to me, it is possible that the handover has taken place under the same circumstances. If it has could you let me know Astrid? Or Colette?

So that’s it really. I’ll leave you with the current locations etc of our volumes, none of which have changed (so far as I know Astrid and Colette!) since last week. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is still in possession. If you want to make your case the contact details are as follows Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Following the first ever One Short Story To be Told battle (pics here) Georgina Lynch took possession of Wink last Saturday morning.As the phots above show georgina has seen been busy making Wink feel at home. If you’d like to follow Georgina’s example you can convince her you should be next on her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Even I don’t know if Grey Skies is with Astrid or Colette. Someone tell me please. But if you want it there is no point talking to Astrid – she has decided that Colette is next. You can reach Colette at or the old reliable Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news on readings or promised trips. You can get Mark here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): IT’S STILL THE NEW ONE! Derek Chandley in possession. Actually I did speak with Derek this week. He has begun reading Volume Five, but as yet had not looked at Full Circle. Derek is available for requests at or, as always, Facebook

1 Comment

  • Thanks for the good vibes. They clearly worked as I’m home and reasonably OK – and gradually recovering from the general spaced-outness that tends to follow medical stuff.

    I enjoyed the pictures a lot. I do hope the book didn’t get chickenpox though.

    Soon, now that I can guarantee being around, I must do that taking action thing and contact people!

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