Apr 27, 2012
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Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, it’s been a busy week for our adventure. Plenty of activity, plenty of movement and, thank’s to the Universe, a lot of good news.

You may recall that last weeks missive included a note about the unknown whereabouts of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), and a promise from me that I was going to trust the afore mentioned Universe in that regard. Well the speed at which the Universe can act, once again, surprised me. Within 24 hrs, Tim Prenderville had been in touch to tell me Waiting For Life To Return was safe and sound, and that he would again (it had been returned to Tim due to a weak label) forward it to Ben Keating. So, the postal system is again in control.

This week also saw Volume Three (Grey Skies) land in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek has been touch to say he is enjoying Volume Three, and that begging letters are now invited. Colette O’ Donoghue also forwarded her feedback on Volume Three. It is, of course, on the relevant page of the blog. But you can read it here now.

To hear that Grey Skies was kept waiting to be heard (in a bin no less) for such a long time is truly a sad thought. Although it is a very sad story, I found myself captivated by it…what would happen in the end…so much so that I was disappointed when I found myself at the last page. Such a lovely, touching story. One of your best Leyton.

Oh, and right this second – and I mean right this second Derek forwarded the picture above. I love the Universe.

Colette O Donoghue also announced that Volume Five (Full Circle) would be heading to Paul McSweeney next. That move leaves Colette bereft of One Short Story To Be Told volumes and, as she has no more volumes to seek, perhaps bereft full stop. I hope not. And Volume Six will be here in the not too distant future anyway. So, if you are bereft, look forward to that Colette!

I announced last week that Volume Two (Wink) was heading for Stockport, England and the hands of Liz Nicholson. That is still the intention, but a delay has occurred in the process. I fully expect the transfer to be completed this week, however. So stay tuned.

So that’s all but Volume Four (Sleepyhead) covered.  And maybe I wrote this post in this order to save the news of a One Short Story To Be Told rejection for last. And that would be understandable because I was shocked when Mark Fenton contacted me last weekend to say that the person he had chosen as the next recipient of Sleepyhead had informed him that she didn’t want to participate. Shocking stuff, I thought first. But you know better that the honesty came immediately rather than Sleepyhead entered a black hole, I would say now. Yes definitely the better path was taken.

Mark is currently chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him, I’d say.

And so we reach the point where I offer you an 88*Googolplex, inform you that the contact details you need for each volume are laid out below my name, and let you get back to living your life.



Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Making a second attempt to reach  Ben Keating of Sidney, Australia. I have total belief that it will happen this time. So now’s a good time to talk to Ben about being next.  https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is the route to try.

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

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Now, as the photo above shows, in Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or derekchandley@hotmail.com .

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession.  Mark is currently chewing over his next decision. A good time to contact him here, I’d say.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I wonder when I will have to stop saying that?) Due to be transferred from Colette’s home to Paul McSweeny’s caring hands any day now. Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership.

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What It’s All About

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.

So One Short Story To Be Told strives to make stories feel special by allowing them to be treated to the very best type of attention available to man, beast or story on a regular basis. That, of course, is ONE TO ONE attention.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

Our stories can only achieve this goal, however, with the assistance of story lovers. They need story lovers to read them (obviously). But more importantly they need story lovers to GIVE: or to put it another way 'to pass the story on'. Only then can we achieve the third part of
our mission statement (if it is indeed that) ONE STORY. ONE EDITION. ONE JOURNEY.

The journey, you see, is key. And so I ask you at this point to imagine how wonderful a journey that is made up of ONE to ONE attention would be? How special you would feel if you were to spend the rest of your life in the company of people who gave you their undivided attention while you were with them?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
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