Jun 22, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (36)

Lots and lots and lots of lots (that’s four lots) of news this week. In fact, with news on four (yes, now you know why!) One Short Story To Be Told Volumes moving home, it’s a record making seven days.

First, as you probably know, Volume Two (Wink) landed in Berrings, Co Cork and the hands of it’s fifteenth owner Sandra Cambridge last Monday. On the same day Paul McSweeney announced that a certain Paul A Creen had agreed to be the next, and fourth, owner of Volume Five (Full Circle). Contracts are on the way to both Sandra and Paul, though the exactness of the handover between the two Paul’s is not known. Perhaps Mr McSweeney will reveal all when he forwards his feedback, which I’m excited about, on Volume Five.

All of the above happened on Monday, and the week remained quiet – if not stagnant – until lunchtime today when I was handed news on both Volume Three (Grey Skies) and Volume Four (Sleepyhead). You will know that both these volumes recently returned from Down Under, and that Len O Donovan had been tasked with finding new homes. Well these are the decisions. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – in a move that is sure to turn the heads of other volumes – is off to Canada – Toronto, Canada to be exact. It will be welcomed by Janette-Aisling O’Meara, it’s seventh owner, and is sure to brag about the fact that it has, in a short time, clocked up a large amount of air miles. Congratulations Janette.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) meanwhile is staying in Cork and will, in a twist that Grey Skies got a real kick out of, take up residence in Barrack Street, Cork just a few paces from Tom Barry’s Bar – the place in which his journey began. Jenny (who is currently without a surname – which means I haven’t been given it, not that she isn’t using one) is the lady who will welcome Grey Skies back to Barrack Street and at the same time become owner number nine of our third edition.

There is one other interesting thing going on at the moment. To date our five volumes have had a combined 48 owners. So we are, as you may recall me mentioning a few weeks ago, heading for 50; a nice little landmark. Now as Paul A Creen, Janette Aisling O’ Meara or Jenny No Surname are not included in that 48 one of them will be the fiftieth owner of a One Short Story To Be Told Volume. This realisation has bated my breath, and I’m kinda excited now. I was also thinking I might mark this landmark somehow. Any suggestions?

Finally we come to Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), the only newsless volume this week. Ben Keating has now been in possession of our inaugural edition for four weeks. And like last week – and each of the proceeding weeks, too – since Waiting For Life To Return landed in Sydney, Australia I have no news from Ben. This obviously leads me to activate the old saying ‘No News is good news’ as my mantra. And that is really all I can say.

Details of all new and old owners are, as always, displayed below. Should you fancy being a One Short Story To Be Told volume recipient don’t be shy in asking either the listed owners or me.

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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): 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge took possession last Monday. If you want to get a request to Sandra go to: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Soon to be heading to Janette Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Destined for Jenny No Surname and a return to Barrack Street. All requests for Jenny need to be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, as she is not a techy.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!) Paul McSweeney has announced Paul A Crean as the new owner. Handover currently being arranged. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, but – as that page looks seriously inactive you might be better off going through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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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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