May 4, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (29)

Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to another Friday Forum. This forum comes at the end of an odd week. I haven’t been feeling great, a sensation I cannot attribute directly to anything. It could be withdrawal symptoms. I have ceased smoking since last Sunday. It could be tiredness. I did have a manic weekend. But then it could be any number of things, none of which would be of any great interest to you. So let’s cease with the philosophy and get on with wrapping up the One Short Story To Be Told week.

It has been a quiet week, a fact I am grateful for given my afore mentioned mood. The quietness is understandable, too. Two of our volumes are on the other side of the world. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is somewhere between America and Australia, a journey that will take ten to twelve days. And Volume Four (Sleepyhead) is in Perth with Mark Fenton as they both try to overcome the rejection I announced last week.

Volume Two (Wink) in the meantime is supposed to have been forwarded to Liz Nicholson in Stockport. But Georgina Lynch (the forwarder, so to speak) is, I know, under a little family pressure and as I’ve not heard from Liz I assume the family (rightly) has taken priority for Georgina.

So it has been left to Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) to provide activity. And they haven’t left us down. Derek Chandley was in touch early in the week to say he was enjoying Grey Skies (that I took to mean he was available for requests, too) and just this morning PAul McSweeney announced that Full Circle was now in his abode. His exact words, which he released on Facebook, were Full Circle has arrived at Paul Mc Sweeneys door and Paul is so happy that he cant stop dancing around his living room!

I’m sure Full Circle is delighted with that as a starting point. I am, of course, assuming Paul danced with Full Circle.

The move also leaves Colette O Donoghue without a single One Short Story To Be Told volume for company. Worse still, as there are no volumes that Colette hasn’t owned, there is no light on the darkened One Short Story To Be Told horizon for her either. Perhaps my heartfelt thanks for all the effort, fun and creativity you have put into pursuing and owning each of the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes will provide a scintilla of light in this dark moment Colette. I hope so, I have nothing more to offer. Oh, and I look forward to reading your feedback on Volume Five with bated breath. I just know it will be fun.

And that’s that really. I have, despite the dip in my mood, been grafting away on the future of One Short Story To Be Told. And that future is looking bright. You may be fed up of hearing that, and getting no detail. So I will qualify that statement by saying that I am due to meet a very talented man next week, and should that meeting go well there is every chance you will be feasting your eyes on something that will allow you be part of that bright future.

Hmm that sounds enigmatic. I like that. Yes I do.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Oh here’s the details you need for each of our volumes.

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. is the route to try.

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

Volume Three (Grey Skies): In Derek Chandley’s house. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or .

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’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Landed in Paul McSweeney’s caring hands and dancing feet this morning. Paul is available at or for your heartfelt requests for ownership.




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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.

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?

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