May 25, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (32)

If you happen to be hoping for a short Friday Forum from the One Short Story To Be Told world this week, then you are in luck. Because this week may have been the quietest ever in our eighteen month history.

Liz Nicholson did light up our week with this intriguing message last Monday:

Wink has been waiting for good weather for a photo shoot. Most of the time he has spent indoors (in a comfortable cottage) but today he went for a stroll. He posed on the gatepost, against a backdrop of May. He nestled among the bluebells. He told the forget-me-nots not to forget him. 
He has been read and enjoyed and hopes someone will post his pictures for everyone to see. He is such a smart looking story! 
With the onset of better weather Wink is getting itchy feet. He is wondering where he could roam next. Liz Nicholson is wondering, too.
Wink is also wondering whether he could make a guest appearance on a blog, with one of these photos and an explanation of his wanderings. Or more than one blog because Liz has two.

Obviously I said yes to all questions/requests – how could I not when Liz included these fabulous photographs!

Thank you Liz, the wait, as they say, was worth it.

Now apart from the excitement provided by Wink and Liz the week has been notable for … well there’s no other way of saying this…nothing!

I did contact Tim Prenderville via Facebook regarding Waiting For Life To Return and it’s arrival/non arrival in Sydney (no confirmation on anything has since been received). Paul McSweeney has reiterated his promise of photographs of Volume Five. And Len O Donovan did confirm his arrival in Perth with photographic evidence. Sadly the evidence did not include Grey Skies or Sleepyhead. But these are small things, and did not provide the One Short Story To Be Told world, and therefore this blog, with any activity to report.

So, as indicated at the outset, this is a short entry. Hope that suits you. Certainly those of you hoping to make the most of the rare sunshine here in southern Ireland will be glad I’ve already reached the point where I say goodbye and then detail the location and holders of our five volumes.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  California, Sydney, Tim, Ben. I have no more to say!

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson and Wink, as indicated above, now have itchy feet. A good time to email to indicate you would like to be next to welcome Volume Two into your home.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Currently Down Under on holidays with Len O Donovan. Still not sure if Len is seeking requests for the next owner while on vacation, but you can try or if you like.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Mark Fenton, Perth Australia.  I have nothing more to 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.


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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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