Jul 7, 2012
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Friday Forum (38)

I’m a day late for the second week running, which makes me think I really need to look at my scheduling – especially on Fridays! For those of you interested – of which I doubt there are not to many – my love of tennis, and a certain Andy Murray attempting to reach a Wimbledon final – also played a part in the time required to update you as scheduled not being available to me. So maybe – as the tennis finishes on Sunday – I don’t need to rethink…but wait the Olympics is on the way!

Stop, stop I hear you cry. And you’re right. All you want is the pertinent facts. So here there are.

This week saw two handovers completed. On Sunday Volume Five (Full Circle) reached it’s fourth home via the hands of Paul A Crean and two days later (Tuesday) Volume Three (Grey Skies) was passed to Jenny Franklin. Tuesday’s event was a big one. Jenny was (and is) our 50th owner. And if you missed the pics earlier in the week..well here they are again. Enjoy.

Oh, and just to ensure Paul and Paul don’t feel neglected, here’s the shot they provided of their handover. It’s proved pretty popular on our Facebook page, by the way.

Outside of the fabulous events above it’s been a quiet week. But hey, I’m not complaining – to do so when the 50th landmark has been reached would be greedy, at least. Sandra Cambridge was in touch to say that Volume Two (Wink) is doing well in her home. And I hear whispers that Volume Four (Sleepyhead) will begin it’s journey to Canada, and the home of Janette-Aisling O’ Meara, pretty soon.

That of course leaves us with Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) to discuss. No news from Ben Keating. But I expected that with him being in a busy period. As I’ve said before, our custodians have lives…and man that is more important than keeping One Short Story To Be Told tales on the move. And I have total faith in Ben, and indeed Tim (my contact with Ben) anyway. So nought to worry about, me thinks.

On that note I’ll say chow. So until next week, 88*Googolplex. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. 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): Sandra Cambridge in possession. 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): Now deliriously happy at 110 Barrack Street, the home of Jenny Franklin. Jenny is a total non-techy so any requests to be next stop on the Grey Skies journey should be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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 now in possession – oh, and he has been in touch via Facebook to say he is looking forward to the read. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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Imagine you are a story. You'd want to be heard, wouldn't you? You wouldn't want to be lying idle on a PC drive, or to sit collecting dust on a shelf or in an attic. You'd want to live, forever.

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.

But they still want to be heard. They still want to find someone that loves them, and then someone else, and someone else and...

One Short Story To Be Told gives stories a chance to be heard. See, I believe that editors and publishers aren't always right. I believe people want to hear as many stories as possible. I believe people want not just to read a story, but to share it too.

In essence I believe that humans are on the stories' side.

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Our stories can only achieve this goal, however, with the assistance of story lovers. They need story lovers to read them (obviously). But more importantly they need story lovers to GIVE: or to put it another way 'to pass the story on'. Only then can we achieve the third part of
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The journey, you see, is key. And so I ask you at this point to imagine how wonderful a journey that is made up of ONE to ONE attention would be? How special you would feel if you were to spend the rest of your life in the company of people who gave you their undivided attention while you were with them?
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