Apr 20, 2012
leyton attens

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Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and a gigantic 88*Googolplex to you all on what is a clear, but blustery day here on the Emerald Isle.

Clear, but blustery are words that could quite easily be used to describe the past seven days in the One Short Story To Be Told world, too my friends: I have been clear in my thinking and actions, but there have been activities that have upset my equilibrium (either for good or bad) from time to time.

The first of them arrived last Sunday with the announcement from Colette O’ Donoghue and Elle Detonet that Grey Skies (Volume Three) and Full Circle (Volume Five) had been involved in a skydive, no less! The manner in which my heart reacted to that news, despite both stories returning safely, made me glad I wasn’t forewarned of such daredevilish activities. But I have to say, I want people to be creative while in possession of my little books, and the photographs since supplied, as you can see, are wonderful! Oh, I added the one of the Easter Eggs simply because I love it. Brilliant Colette.

The next blustery event (which was a good one) was Georgina Lynch’s announcement that Liz Nicholson, of Stockport in England would be next to welcome Wink (Volume Two) into their home. Liz was delighted with the news, and the contract has since been dispatched. Not sure if Wink is on the way yet, but as Liz has not been in touch I’m sure it hasn’t landed. Obviously I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

A quiet few days followed and then the blustery stuff (all good) began in earnest yesterday, and carried on in to today.

First Colette announced Full Circle was on the move. Derek Chandley, the other half the clandestine deal that saw Volume’s Five and Three switch homes, is now awaiting a delivery. Colette was sad, Derek chuffed and Full Circle…well over the moon isn’t quite high enough. But I’ve no better analogy right now.

Second, Astrid Walsh, she who took the amazing photograph on the left  forwarded her (slightly tardy) feedback on Grey Skies. Very sweet it is, too. It’s now (along with this photo) displayed on Volume Three’s page of the blog, but for those of you not willing to go the extra mile that is a click of your mouse here it is right in front of you:

Grey Skies has left a blustery happy sad place in my heart. My cheeks are so cold it makes me feel alive! This is a precious story nestled within a crazy adventure. I am so glad it got to accompany me in my rucksack through the journey of life for a moment and that it is now whirling off with someone else. Good luck little Grey Skies, I hope you brought your wine gums!

Ah, yes now you know why the blustery theme is being applied!

Finally today saw Mark Fenton of Perth Australia put Facebook to good use. He’s informed me that Sleepyhead is safe and sound, and that he has someone in mind as the next – and seventh – recipient. No names revealed just yet. But thanks Mark for easing my mind.

There is one other blustery matter that has, to be honest, been a regular in my sails this week. And it has not been easing my mind. A continuous silence is the only communication on the whereabouts and health of the volume that began our adventure. Last known movements of Waiting For Life To Return were the proposed exchange between Tim Prenderville in California and Ben Keating in Sidney. Unfortunately it’s weeks now since I heard anything. So I don’t know if Tim released Waiting, or Ben has received it. Maybe it’s lost in the post. I simply don’t know.

What, my friends, do you think I should do? I’ve messaged Tim. I can’t message Ben’s Facebook page. So what’s left. Pray?

Perhaps that is the answer. And you know I’ve said often enough that trusting the Universe is a very good thing. So, right this second, I’m sending a mesage to said Universe to look after my little package, and trusting with all I have that it will be OK. Can I ask that you do the same? Please do.

That’s it for this week. Below, as always, you will find the minute detail that may help you procure a volume of One Short Story To Be Told.  Talk soon and an 88*Googolplex to all you.

leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  No further comment to be added to those above. Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia has a Facebook page. If you have technical knowledge that allows you contact him please try here https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson of Stockport is either in possession or will be shortly. Email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): On it’s way, or possibly already landed, in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at derekchandley@hotmail.com or Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession. He has a name in mind as the next recipient. But you can contact him here if you want.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I wonder when I will have to stop saying that?) Colette has decided that the decision on who will be next to delve inside the cover will be made on Monday (23rd April 2012*). Colette’s (very active) Facebook page or her email, which is colette2601@yahoo.com, are the avenues of inquiry you need on this front. Strike now, I would say!

*I’ll add a little mystery here. Monday 23rd April 2012 is going to be a BIG day in the history of One Short Story To Be Told.

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