Jun 1, 2012
leyton attens

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Let’s get straight to the important point: It’s been a good week.

But the most IMPORTANT POINT? Two holders of One Short Story To Be Told are now looking for a new owner! WHICH MEANS YOU CAN BE NEXT!

Yes, Liz Nicholson, current custodian of Volume Two (Wink), and Paul McSweeney, Volume Five (Full Circle) have both been in touch to say they feel the time is right.

Liz has put a cut off point of the end of June in place (don’t let that deter you from acting now) while Paul is a tad more efficient – he is going to act in ten days – and demanding; he wants you to introduce somebody new to One Short Story To Be Told to be in with a chance of providing Full Circle with it’s fourth home. Both messages also had a tad more to them. Liz provided the following narrative:

I let Wink take a bow (or a wink) today on  http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/
Like you, I have more than one name (and more than one email address) which I explain in the ‘about me’ part of the blog, but I can assure you this is me and Wink enjoyed his outing on WordPress. Feel free, of course, to share the link in any way you wish. 
At the end of June I will be going to Portugal, and would like to pass Wink on before then – otherwise he will be languishing unread and with no means of reaching the post for a month or so.  So please encourage people to ask! 

While Paul provided two photos. Pics are always welcomed with a massive 88*Googolplex here in the One Short Story To Be Told world, but the second of Paul’s pics, due to a touch of nostalgia,  got a high five as well.

Now I did say at the outset that this has been a busy week. And I must say, too, that I find great irony in the fact that in a week where I was withdrawn from the world, and the internet in particular, news of all five volumes of our adventure was provided. I’ve covered Volumes Two and Five above, so here’s the OTHER NEWS.

First the great news that Waiting for Life To Return, following a protracted journey, had landed in Sydney, Australia arrived on Saturday (I didn’t – due to the afore mentioned withdrawal – get it until Tuesday). Thanks Ben Keating for letting us know. And then Len O’ Donovan – he who holds Volume Three (Grey Skies) and is holidays Down Under in the same vicinity in which Mark Fenton – the current custodian of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – resides posted this message on Facebook:

Greetings fellow bookkeepers! Update from Perth, Grey Skies & Sleepyhead are having a ball & not looking forward to leaving these wonderful shores. See you all in two weeks.

So, fellow One Short Story To Be Tolders the week ends with five active volumes and the promise of two new homes (at least) on the horizon. Given that you probably don’t need me to tell you that I have a smile the width of the Grand Canyon on my face, or that the air around me tastes like seaweed flavoured ice-cream. But there, I’ve said it anyway.

Till next week, 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

PS I look forward to your requests reaching me. PLEASE DON’T BE SHY!

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Now in Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Yippee! I have no more to say!

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson is now awaiting requests. You can get her at  http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/ or through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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 https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com 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!) With the promise of photos now honoured Paul, like Liz, is now seeking he/she who will be next.

Paul is available at  https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney or mcsweeney.paul2@gmail.com for your heartfelt requests for ownership. You can always go through me as well.


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