Jun 30, 2012
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Friday Forum (37)

This Friday Forum comes to you on a Saturday due, in the main, to the distractions of a busy schedule. In fact, if I’m honest – and honesty is the best policy – my commitment to a weekly update for this adventure never entered my mind until 11pm last night. Now I know I could have immediately turned to the PC and had this post completed before midnight at that point. But, as I was engrossed in a recording of  one Roger Federer, who was close to exiting the Wimbledon Tennis Championship in the first week, when I remembered my commitment…well the joy of competition, and my love of tennis, won out.

So here I am on a bright and blustery Saturday afternoon trying to extract the pertinent events for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure from a mind that has absorbed a huge amount of information this week. So far it that task has not been easy. But one piece of information – a piece that arrived at the very outset of this week – has sprung to mind. Why? you ask. Well, even though I had full faith in the old saying ‘No news is good news’ when I posted it at the close of last week’s update about Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return), we all know that good news is far more preferable to no news.  So when Tim Prenderville contacted me last Saturday to tell me that Ben Keating had been in touch with him about Waiting For Life To Return I was delighted; or delighra as we say here in Cork.

The message from Tim was short and sweet and, from my perspective, fabulously salubrious. Ben, it transpires, works in the teaching profession and is in the midst of his busy period. In fact he’s so busy he can only communicate in phrases. Yes, that’s right he doesn’t even have time to compose full sentences! That of course makes the fact he found time to let Tim know that Volume One is safe even better. So BIG thanks Ben for finding the time. And BIGGER thanks to Tim for initiating the contact, for caring enough to do so and for passing the message this way.

Ah, yes the mind is kicking in now, and the pertinent events are coming to the fore.

So here we go. Volume’s Three (Grey Skies), Four (Sleepyhead) and Five (Full Circle) were all, you may recall, earmarked for new homes last week. And this week has seen the detail of how those stories will make their respective transitions put into place. Well for two of them anyway. Volume Five (Full Circle) is due to land on the lap of Paul A Crean tomorrow (Sunday 1st July 2012), and Volume Three (Grey Skies) will be handed to Jenny Franklin (yes we got a surname) on Tuesday.

Jenny’s acceptance of Grey Skies has added spice to it as, as reported last week, it will see Grey Skies return to Barrack Street. But as it is now clear that Jenny will provide the 50th home for a One Short Story To Be Told volume, the occasion is also a landmark moment in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. Jenny has kindly agreed, therefore, that the handover will take place in Tom Barry’s Bar (the place this whole adventure started and was home to Gray Skies launch as well), and Len O Donovan, who will be relinquishing Grey Skies from his control, has informed me he will honor the moment appropriately as long as both elements of my personality are in attendance. I have, of course, agreed. Tuesday is also the first anniversary of Grey Skies launch, a fact that will make the occasion all the more special!

The transfer of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada is not, meanwhile, nearly as advanced as either of the above. But I’m assuming that Len O Donovan is taking it one step at a time, and that once Tuesday has been negotiated will turn his mind to that matter.

Details regarding Volume Two (Wink) and it’s relationship with it’s new owner Sandra Cambridge are in scant supply too. In fact there are none. So, I’m going to employ the same mantra for this relationship as I did vis-a-vis Ben Keating and Waiting For Life To Return last week. Yes folks ‘No news is good news’ is my mantra on Wink for this week. Please God, I’ll have good news on it next week.

Until then, stay safe my One Short Story To Be Tolders, enjoy the sun (if you have any where you live), and, if you have time, contact one of the One Short Story To Be Told custodians listed below about playing your part in our adventure.

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Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating who, much to my delight, has been in touch with Tim Prenderville, who in turn was in touch with me. Ben, due largely to a busy schedule, is hard to get. So it’s probably best to drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): 15th recipient Sandra Cambridge took possession last Monday week. Despite the silence since I can assure you, as I know Sandra personally, she would be delighted if you were to ask to be next. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Destined for Jenny Franklin on Tuesday 3rd July. All is in place for handover. All requests for Jenny need to be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, as she is not a techy.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  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 Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean will be the next custodian. Handover from Paul McSweeney to Paul A Crean will take place tomorrow, Sunday 1st July 2012. Paul A Crean – 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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