Apr 6, 2012
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Friday Forum (25)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Tolders and welcome to what is my ‘Quarter of a Century’ update. It’s odd to think that it is now over six months since I began the idea of a weekly update called the Friday Forum, mainly because the time has flown by.

Speaking of things being ‘odd’. it has struck me this week that running this whole One Short Story To Be Told adventure can be strange. There are times when I feel snowed under with the activity that surrounds the little books I am putting out into the world. And yet at other times, I feel there is little or nothing happening. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining (I like quiet time, and I want people to enjoy the books and experience), just making an observation.

This week has been one of the latter times. Silence continues to be the dominant description of Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Four (Sleepyhead). The first is, as you may remember, is on route from Tim Prenderville in California to Ben Keating in Sidney, Australia. And the second resides with Mark Fenton of Perth, Australia. Maybe it’s the Australian connection that is responsible for the lack of communication, but I have no knowledge of our friends Down Under being of a quiet persuasion. Then again, as I said last week, no news is good news.

Having said all that there has been a flurry of activity over the past two days with other volumes. Colette O’ Donoghue excitedly announced that Volume Five (Full Circle) has landed in her abode. The excitement is more than justified. Full Circle’s arrival does, after all, mean that Colette has now cradled each of our five volumes at some stage. Impressive stuff, it has to be said.

And then Georgina Lynch announced that she will decide who the next recipient of Volume Two (Wink) will be this weekend, and that Easter Sunday would be the day of destiny, so to speak. This of course means someone, somewhere will get an extra and unusual Easter gift, and that there will be new feedback appearing here on the blog shortly.

And what, I hear you cry, of Volume Three (Grey Skies). Well that edition – and not by chance I would say – remains with the above mentioned Colette O Donoghue. It is destined, due to a covertly agreed arrangement, to travel to Derek Chandley next. But, as her excited announcement regarding Full Circle’s arrival promised photos of Volume’s Three and Five together, it is obvious Colette has plans that need to be kept before Derek is granted access.

The only other thing to report is that all is well on the planning and plotting front. The future of One Short Story To Be Told is therefore looking well at the moment.

When will I reveal the fruits of these labours? Now that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

On that cryptic note I’ll switch to the details that allow you, if you so wish, to pursue a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

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Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Awaiting news from Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia regarding arrival. No update on Ben’s contact details. News of either as soon as I get it.

Volume Two (Wink): Decision as to next recipient promised (and pending) on Sunday. If you want to you still have time to give Georgina a nudge in your direction.  If that idea appeals contact her FB page or email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Still in Watergrasshill with Colette O Donoghue, but now enjoying the company of Volume Five (Full Circle) as well. Promised and destined to Derek Chandley next. Derek is available for requests at derekchandley@hotmail.com or Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. No news from Mark this week, as I said. But you can contact him here if you want.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one (and will be for a while). Now in residence with Colette O’ Donoghue, and enjoying the comapny of Volume Three (Grey Skies).Colette’s Facebook page or her email, which is colette2601@yahoo.com, are the avenues of inquiry you need on this front.


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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.

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