Jun 15, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (35)

Another week slips by, and again I’ve been withdrawn from the world. It’s something I need to address this withdrawal, and here’s why. My stories aren’t getting the attention they deserve because of it.

What do I mean by that? Well Liz Nicholson informed me on Monday that she had chosen the next recipient of Volume Two (Wink), and I’ve not revealed that news to the world (or at least to the 200+ followers of this adventure). Now Wink won’t lose any sleep on the matter – he is after all thrilled to be on the move – but such an event deserved a little more attention from me. it deserved a blog/Facebook post and an email of it’s own, at least. So I’m promising now to give these events my full attention in future. And who, I hear you ask, is next to welcome Wink into their home? Well there were a number of names forwarded to Liz who, due to a lack of personal  knowledge of said names, decided that a random draw was the fairest way to come to a conclusion. That random draw saw SANDRA CAMBRIDGE’s name float to the surface, and Wink is, as we speak, on it’s merry way to Berrings, Co Cork where Sandra resides. So congratulations Sandra, and commiserations to those who (you are too many to mention) liked a Facebook page post or emailed to say ‘I want to be next,’ but didn’t float to the surface first in Liz’s random draw.

Oh, and I did tell Sandra. She was delighted.

There have been other developments this week, too. And they too could, and maybe did, merit more attention. But don’t worry I’ll not overload you with information today. Instead I’ll be brief. Volume Three (Grey Skies) returned from Australia, bringing with him Volume Four (Sleepyhead). That meant in one swift swoop the number of One Short Story To Be Told tales Down Under reduced from three to one, an event marked by the sudden appearance of heavy rain in Ireland.

Why did Grey Skies bring Sleepyhead with him? Well Len O’Donovan (current custodian of Grey Skies, and former custodian of Sleepyhead) and Mark (the current official custodian of Sleepyhead) colluded and concurred Down Under until they had decided on Sleepyhead’s next destination.  That destination has yet to be revealed. But Len and Mark also agreed that Len would be entrusted with overseeing that move – possibly because Len enjoy’s tracking posted items! We await their announcement with bated breath.

Volume Five (Full Circle) meanwhile was disappointed that his current custodian – Paul McSweeney – was unable to find him a new owner through a suggestion to get new members on the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page. But Paul has addressed this disappointment by informing Full Circle that he has found a new owner for him! Full Circle is, needless to say, thrilled.

Again the name has not been revealed to Yours Truly just yet, but I expect it will be over this weekend. My breath, once more, is bated.

Finally we come to Volume One. I’m aware and regret that I upset previous owner Tim Prenderville in last week’s Friday Forum. This was caused by a typing error (a mistake I’m loath to make again) that led to the name ‘Tim’ and not ‘Ben’ appearing at the start of a sentence that referred to ‘a lack of contact’. So I need to do two things here. First, reiterate that Tim Prenderville and I were in regular contact during Waiting For Life To Return’s time with him in California. And second – because it is as true this week as it was last – state that not being in contact with Ben is challenging.

To put that in context I should say this: Ben Keating is the first owner of a One Short Story To Be Told volume that I do not know and have had no direct contact with. And today, three weeks after he received Volume One, I have no idea as to what is happening. Has Ben read the story? Does he like the idea? Does he not like the idea? Is Volume One happy? This leads my mind to consider questions such as ‘How will this work?’ and ‘What if he passes it on and I don’t know about it?’. Worse still, I occasionally find myself thinking about the possibility of Volume One being cast into a draw or under a bed and forgotten about. I know that the truth is those endings are unlikely: Tim Prenderville did, after all, ensure Ben knew what he was getting involved in before sending Waiting For Life To Return to  Sydney; And Ben Keating did, as soon as Waiting landed, contact Tim to say ‘It’s here’ and added a promise to ‘Keep the ball rolling’.

But hey, I think its understandable that I should fret just a little. This is an idea that revolves around special books being kept alive. And I am the one tracking, and therefore responsible, for the thing! Actually I’m responsible full stop – I did create the adventure.

But then maybe the learning for me here is not to fret. Maybe I’m – again – being shown that the Universe is the greatest trust! And maybe I should stop going on about Ben and not being in touch with him.

You know what I will! And if Ben gets in touch, he gets in touch. And if he doesn’t? Well, I’ll deal with it. Don’t ask how – I don’t know. With that thought I’ll sign off, but – as always – the concise information regarding the whereabouts and withwhomabouts of my tales appears below my farewell.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating.  This https://www.facebook.com/ben.keating1 is Ben’s Facebook page. If you can figure out a way to message him on that then you’re smarter than me. But if you do, please let me know. I’d love to have a chat with him myself.

Volume Two (Wink):  On its way from Liz Nicholson to new owner and 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge. If you want to get a request to be next in early Sandra can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Back from it’s holidays with Len O Donovan. Brought the rain to Ireland. No news on a new home, but doesn’t everyone get back to normal slowly after a break. You can contact Len at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=751626854 or len2605@hotmail.com if you’d like to ask to be next.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Now back in Ireland with Grey Skies. It’s next destination has been decided, but not revealed. Again, my breath is bated.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney has informed Full Circle that he has found a new home for him. All will be revealed soon, I hope.

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