Jul 20, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (40)

Hey, we’ve reached forty updates; and therefore, if one believes the saying, life has just begun for One Short Story To Be Told.

Of course, I know that life actually began for One Short Story To Be Told back on 23rd October 2010, the day we launched our first volume. And that is just as well, because if this weeks activity was an indicator of the One Short Story To Be Told life…well I’d be saying, ‘Hey, is that it?’, or words to that affect.

That statement would be based on a week in which three of our five volumes – namely one, two and five – were, and I use this word only to play on the analogy I began with, lifeless. In other words no news from Ben Keating, Sandra Cambridge or Paul A Crean on the story’s ‘Waiting For Life To Return’, ‘Wink’ and ‘Full Circle.

One could add to the above that William Crowley, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies) was also silent without being unveracitacious (man there is no way that is a word! But it’s definitely a nicer way of saying ‘without lying’ anyway), but that would be unfair to Grey Skies as Jenny Franklin – who recently passed Grey Skies to William – has been in touch with her feedback.

That feedback is, I have to say, in line with the time Grey Skies spent with Jenny – i.e it is short and sweet. And this is it: Grey Skies is a thought provoking tale with a happy outcome. Delighted to be part of the journey. Jennifer Franklin.

William, by the way, has good reason to have been silent; he injured himself during the week I’m told. So best wishes to William from all at One Short Story To Be Told, including our tales.

Now despite my focus on ‘Life beginning at 40′ being a phrase that fits well with the past week of One Short Story To Be Told’s life, the big news of the week one has to say goes against that grain. You will probably have seen the photograph of Sleepyhead Janette-Aisling O’ Meara forwarded on Wednesday, and it would be remiss of me not to point out that that image is of a human being who is definitely starting life. Though obviously not at 40.

As I said when posting it the other day I one the shot, and that is all the excuse I need to include it here. Oh yeah, baby (pardon the pun) feast your eyes on our Sleepyhead (Volume Four) and Maeve O’ Meara, an adorable Irish/Canadian sleepyhead.

And that, apart from the usual contact info about our tales below, is that for this week folks. Stay safe. And I’ll talk to you next week (if not before). 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): 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):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, is now in possession. 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




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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.

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.

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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
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?
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