Jun 8, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (34)

Hi all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. Welcome to Friday – and another Friday Forum. You will know by the lack of updates since last Friday’s Friday Forum that it has been a quiet week here in my imaginary yet also real world. But there has been some activity, let me tell you. And I’ll return to that shortly.

First let me say that Waiting For Life To Return (Volume One), since landing in Sydney, has remained utterly silent. This, of course, means that I have had no contact with Ben Keating (his message that Waiting had landed came via previous owner Tim Prenderville), and that Waiting may well be developing a habit of keeping me in the dark. Now those of you who have welcomed one of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes into your homes will know that I do not suffocate owners, but do like to be kept up to date. So the lack of contact with Tim, despite his promise to ‘Keep the ball rolling’ is, as you can imagine, challenging. What can you do? Nothing I would say. I just felt the need to let the Universe know where I stood.

Now let’s return to the activity I mentioned. Liz Nicholson’s announcement that she is seeking a new home for Volume Two (Wink) has, I’m delighted to say, piqued the interest of a number of you. Your requests thrill me, and will be passed to Liz early next week. Which of course means that if you haven’t yet put your name forward you still can! I look forward to hearing form you! Oh, and if you haven’t checked out Wink’s appearance on http://jaymountney.wordpress.com/ (Liz’s blog), you should. It’s pretty cool.

And that folks is it! Yep, that’s it. But what about Volumes three, four and five I hear you cry. And that’s a good point, a very good point! Volume three and four are still in Perth – unless they moved and didn’t tell me (which now that I think about it is possible) – and have, probably due to Volume Three (Grey Skies) being on holidays, remained silent all week. And Volume Five? Well how could I forget.

Volume Five is still with Paul McSweeney, who lat week requested you find another person to follow One Short Story To Be Told in order to be considered as the next – and fourth – recipient of Full Circle. Sadly that request has not garnered the kind of interest Liz Nicholson’s simple “ASK’ did. Which explains why I’d forgotten. But hey, the offer still stands. And I would say if you can get someone to follow this adventure of mine this week you’d be guaranteed to be next to receive Full Circle.

That, let me tell you, sounds very tempting to me and, as temptation often needs attention, a good place to stop. So 88*Googolplex fellow adventurers, talk soon.

leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Now in Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. No contact details available for Ben. This https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is his Facebook page. But if you can figure out a way to message him you’re smarter than me. Oh, and if you do, let me know (I have no problem with you gloating about a higher IQ!)

Volume Two (Wink):  Liz Nicholson is still taking requests. There’s about a dozen in so far. 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 no idea of Mark’s current status/situation/stance on Volume Four. But you can get him here https://www.facebook.com/mark.fenton.5209, if you’d like to ask him yourself.

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 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. And remember if you get a friend to join this adventure … well you’ll be top of the pile.

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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.

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