Jul 13, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (39)

What an interesting week its been here in One Short Story To Be Told land. In fact it’s been one of those weeks that reminds me that no matter how quiet it may seem there’s is always someone with this adventure in their mind.

Two people approached me during the week regarding media coverage. One of those I am not at liberty to discuss just yet. But fingers crossed I will be at some point in the near future. And the second was a very welcome invitation to return to the studios of my local community radio station CorkFM to update their listeners on the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. So thanks to Aine De Barra for the interest and invite. I’m looking forward to the show on Sunday. It’s on at 7pm and if you’re so inclined you can listen here.

It’s a good time to be talking about One Short Story To Be Told too. There has, after all, been a high level of activity these past few weeks, and particularly in the last seven days. Those of you who read the midweek post will know that Volume Three (Grey Skies) enjoyed a short stay with 50th One Short Story To Be Told custodian Jenny Franklin, and is now (if all plans went accordingly) in the hands of William Crowley. I must say I’m delighted William managed to get his hands on a volume; he has been a keen follower since One Short Story To Be Told began.

But even if you are checking on One Short Story To be Told everyday (if you are please let me know, that would awesome) you are unlikely to have read Paul McSweeney’s feedback on Volume Five (Full Circle). That’s because I neglected to advertise it with a blog post, email or Facebook entry when I loaded onto Volume Five page of the blog during the week. You can of course visit that page now, but I’ll save you the non-enormous effort of going to that page by faithfully reproducing it here.

Hi Stan/leyton
I know Full Circle is a tale of redemption.But for me it also it also represents all that is good in humanity. The love of family and friends and the support systems in place for people with issues. All in all its a positive story showing the strength  of the human character. A very well written and entertaining tale. I’m just glad I am part of this fantastic journey that is One Short Story To Be Told. Keep up the good work.
Paul Mc Sweeney.
I do have another piece of news from this week. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) began it’s proposed journey to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara on Tuesday. This move, as you know, sees Sleepyhead head for Toronto Canada, having recently left Perth, Australia. So it’s safe to say Sleepyhead is enjoying an ‘international’ lifestyle right now.
The journey to Canada is estimated at ten days, so please God we’ll have news of a safe arrival for next Friday’s update.
I’ll wrap up this update by telling you that there was no news on Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To Return), Two (Wink) or Five (Full Circle) over the past seven days. That, of course, does not prevent nor preclude you from contacting their respective custodians about being next in line. How you can do so is outlined, as always, in the ‘Where we (the volumes) are at’ section below. And I must say that no news was expected. Wink and Full Circle are in new and relatively new homes, and Ben Keating, current custodian of Volume One, is living in the eye of the storm that is his busy period at work.
But hey, as the past few weeks have shown it could all be different next Friday!
Until then 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

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): After a short but blissfully happy stay at 110 Barrack Street, the home of Jenny Franklin, Grey Skies has taken up residency in the home of William Crowley. William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): En-route to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, who is waiting in eager anticipation. 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 of Cork City, Ireland in possession. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Leave a comment

What It’s All About

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.

So One Short Story To Be Told strives to make stories feel special by allowing them to be treated to the very best type of attention available to man, beast or story on a regular basis. That, of course, is ONE TO ONE attention.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

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
our mission statement (if it is indeed that) ONE STORY. ONE EDITION. ONE JOURNEY.

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?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
If you are please subscribe to this blog, join our Facebook Page or email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com and ask to be added to our mailing list.
You will be doing a great deed if you do.
88*Googolplex leyton attens