May 11, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (30)

Good evening One Short Story To Be Tolders, and 88*Googolplex to you all. We have reached the end of another week, a quiet one (again) I might add.

But, hey the One Short Story To Be Told books and stories are not insignificant commodities I want passed indiscriminately from hand to hand. They are beautifully bound, unique packages that are meant to be enjoyed by those who hold them in their hands. I am, therefore, quite happy to have periods of time where little occurs but owners enjoy books and books enjoy owners. And this is where we are right now.

Having said that there has been some activity in the One Short Story To Be Told world. And there is more promised.

Tim Prenderville has been in touch to say Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) began it’s second journey to Sidney and Ben Keating last Friday. So its a week into a ten to twelve day trip as I write. Fingers crossed we’ll have news of a safe landing before our 31st Friday Forum. And Liz Nicholson forwarded a lovely little note to announce the arrival of Volume Two (Wink) in Stockport, UK last Saturday. Thank you for that Liz, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on Wink, the book and the One Short Story To Be Told experience.

I know too that Volume Five (Full Circle) has been warmly received by Paul McSweeney. The promise of photographs has not yet materialized, but we have faith in Paul, and therefore don’t mind waiting.

We are also currently waiting on Colette O Donoghue’s feedback on Volume Five. But given Colette’s extraordinary track record with every One Short Story To Be Told volume, there is no issue in waiting for Colette.

The final possibility of activity lays with Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Four (Sleepyhead). In the former case Derek Chandley, in a moment long forgotten by this author, promised Grey Skies to Len O Donovon, and this move – due to a move of Len’s – is now imminent apparently. And in the latter…well Mark Fenton is still thinking, but a move is still…yes, you’ve guessed… imminent.

And that’s it for this week guys and dolls. Short, sweet and (I hope) salubrious. I’ll leave you as always with names and contact details, and promise to see you next week.



Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  In the middle of 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 took possession last Saturday. Email me at if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently residing with Derek Chandley. Derek is available for requests at Facebook or Of course the promise that Len O Donovan will be next may nullify your efforts. But, hey that wouldn’t stop me trying.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton of Perth Australia in possession.  Mark is still 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!) Paul McSweeney’s caring hands are still in control. Promise of photo’s not yet fulfilled. We await with bated breath. Paul is available at or for your heartfelt requests for ownership. And as Paul is a very easy man to deal with this could be a very good route to take.




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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.

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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
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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?
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