Jul 27, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (41)

Hi all, on what is, for Ireland anyway, a surprisingly sunny Friday. The sun arrives at the end of a quiet week for One Short Story To Be Told, at least on the moving front. But then most of our stories are settling in to new homes, so that’s to be expected.

Three of our owners were in touch this week. Sandra Cambridge, who is providing a residence for Volume Two (Wink) informs us that she is enjoying the read, and will offer a more detailed update soon.

Paul A Crean, who is currently snuggling Volume Five (Full Circle), has informed us – you may recall – that he is ruminating on who deserves to be next. A decision may well be with us before we reach 42 on the One Short Story To Be Told blogging entries.

But the best contact has been from William Crowley, who I announced as the new owner of Volume Three (Grey Skies) a wee while ago. That announcement turned out to be premature as William’s accident (which I also mentioned here) intervened in his plans. So I’m not sure if William has taken ownership of Grey Skies from Jenny Franklin. I think I’m safe in saying he has, as that was his intention when we communicated on Monday. But as I’ve had no confirmation of that proposed action…well I’m not pinning any colours to my mast. Not just yet, anyway.

As for the other volumes. Well One and Four – or Ben Keating and Janette-Aisling O’ Meara if we go with the custodians names – have not been in touch this week. No great shock or surprise on that front, I’d have to say. Janette was very active with photos of Sleepyhead winging across the Atlantic last week. And she is also the mother of a young baby, and planning a holiday at the moment; one can’t expect a teeny book or a madcap adventure to trump those two things for attention.

And Ben, as you know, has had to put Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) on hold as he is in the midst of a busy period in work. ‘How long does that last?’ a One Short Story To Be Tolder asked me during the week. To which I replied, ‘I don’t know. I didn’t think it appropriate to ask such a question during the busy period. And I’m sure Ben, and Tim (my contact with Ben), will let me know when there is time to focus on Volume One.’

Of course my One Short Story To Be Tolder then pointed out that such an arrangement leaves me at the behest of all sort of permeations – holidays for Tim and Ben – or Ben and Tim – succeeding each other. Ben’s busy period being extended. Tim finding it difficult to find time when Ben’s schedule eases – that could lead to a very long estrangement (his word not mine) from Volume One and Waiting For Life To Return. But, you know, I was unmoved by all such inferences. And that is great! I find myself in a place where my trust in Ben, and Tim, is unwavering. And that, in my opinion, is the thing that will ensure Waiting For Life To Return has a great time with Ben, and will begin the next leg of his journey when the time is exactly right.

And on that positive note – and with a swift thank you to Ray Horgan for his short message during the week – I’ll say chow. Till next week guys. 88*Googolplex to you all. leyton attend/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): Grey Skies has – I hope – taken up residency in the home of William Crowley.But even if it hasn’t 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 is currently ruminating on who deserves to be next to welcome Full Circle into their home. If you’d like to be considered Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com


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