Mar 23, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (23)

Hello all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and 88*Googolplex to you all on this beautiful Friday evening. As you can probably tell by that opening line I am in fine fettle today. And why wouldn’t I be?

Well the answer to that question could very easily be ‘Because there has been no news this week from Tim Prenderville in California regarding Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) or, indeed, from Mark Fenton in Perth regarding Volume Four (Sleepyhead)’.

And the answer to that question could just as easily be ‘Because Georgina Lynch has not graced the One Short Story To Be Told blog or Facebook page with any news or beautiful photographs of Volume Two (Wink) since I last put pen to paper (or finger to keys, if you want to be precise) to create a Friday Forum’.

But I’m not in the mood to be getting down. So, having placed my full trust in The Universe, I have focused instead on the energy that has surrounded Volumes Three and Five this week.

And boy has there been activity on those fronts! First Colette O Donoghue announced that Volume Three (Grey Skies) had landed in her abode. This, you may recall, is the fourth volume to rest its head in Watergrasshill. And Colette was justifiably excited and delighted (or excire and delira as we say here in Ireland). Second Derek Chandley provided us with his very kind feedback on Volume Five (Full Circle), which – as it was the first feedback on our latest Volume – swiftly reduced us to the same excira and delira state that Colette had been in a few days earlier.

And then, in a twist that was a first for One Short Story To Be Told, Colette and Derek entered into clandestine negotiations -the upshot of which was an agreement that they would trade the volumes currently in possession.

This of course means that Derek (who is a relative neophyte to our adventure) will be the seventh recipient of Volume Three (Grey Skies). And it will place Colette O Donoghue in the enviable position of being the only person in the whole, entire world (apart from author Stanley Notte, of course) to have read ALL five One Short Story To Be Told volumes! Needless to say Colette’s mood shot past excira and delira and reached a state no words exist for.

Mind you the manner in which Colette found herself crossing the final frontier (so to speak) has caused leyton to sit and ponder for long periods of time in the latter part of the week. He was concerned that he may have encouraged people to behave in a manner that is in contradiction to the ethos of One Short Story To Be Told. But, in the end he decided that Colette’s actions were underpinned by a desire to provide each of the One Short Story To Be Told stories with a warm and loving home. And, as there is no doubt that Colette provides just such an environment for One Short Story To Be Told stories, the nagging questions about clandestine negotiations and deals struck in private were put to bed.

Which, as leyton is a large part of me, you find me in very fine fettle this evening, folks.

But it’s time to take my very fine fettle elsewhere, too, folks.  So have a great weekend each and every one of you! And I’ll talk to you next week (if not before). I’ll leave you as always with the information you need if you are going to pursue one of our volumes. But I will add a plea to Tim, Mark and Georgina – or anyone who knows anything about their current status vis-a-vis their respective One Short Story To Be Told volumes – to drop me a line at the first available opportunity. Thanks in advance. 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 to be next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home the contact details are as follows: Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Georgina Lynch is in possession of Wink. If you’d like to be next in possession contact her FB page.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently in Watergrasshill with Colette O Donoghue. And destined, it seems, for Derek Chandley next. Derek is available for requests at or, as always, Facebook. There are rumours that Derek has promised Grey Skies to Len O Donovan. If that turns out to be true, you can get Len at or here

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news from Mark this week. But you can still get him here.

Volume Five (Full Circle): The not so new, but still the newest one. Derek Chandley in possession so far as I know. But destined to head to Colette O Donoghue next. Colette is, as always, available for requests on Facebook or at 

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