Aug 20, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (44)

When Adam Guritz returned to the pop/rock music spotlight with The Counting Crows second album ‘Recovering The Satellites’ it included a track called “Have You Seen Me Lately’ on which Adam pondered how his abscence from music charts/magazines during the intervening period had gone almost unnoticed. Now I’m not for a moment suggesting that I – or One Short Story To Be Told – has had the same effect on the cultural landscape as August and Everything After (The Crows debut album) did in the early nineties. But the past three weeks has highlighted how easily one can feel neglected.

You will (maybe that should be maybe?) be aware that I have not posted a Friday Forum (or anything else) since 27th July 2012. This has been due to

a) a two week holiday to London, for the Olympic Games no less and,

b) an extremely busy week upon my return – one that had a ‘Complete a DIY task before the visitors arrive’ deadline at it’s close.

But what occupied me between 27th July and beginning this post (24 days now) pales into insignificance when I consider my abscence from this blog, the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page and the email listing that compliments those forums has been marked by emptiness, barrenness and bereftivity. Or to put it bluntly, being away swiftly lost it’s gloss when I realised that nobody – not an owner nor prospective owner – contacted me during my absence.

Given that evidence I spent the weekend veering between the notion of abandoning the One Short Story To Be Told project entirely (a notion suggested by a part of me suddenly obsessed with the notion that One Short Story To Be Told has failed to make any impact on the world outside my head/bedroom/PC) and the far more practical notion of just getting on with putting One Short Story To Be Told back into the world (this, of course was driven by the rest of me reminding me that the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes have been warmly welcomed into over fifty homes; that the pictures and feedback provided by those owners have been filled with creativity, inguinity and positivity; and that any number of people I meet express an interest in providing a new home to the One Short Story To Be Told tales).

Thankfully the rest of me – as the appearance of this post would indicate – won out. And One Short Story To Be Told is, until the next crisis of confidence anyway, here to stay.  Having made that decision I  immediately got busy contacting our current owners. Here’s what ensued.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ben Keating in Sydney, Australia and the current custodian of Volume One remains outside my contact range. So I reached out to the always reliable Tim Prenderville for an update instead. A promise of seeking an update from Tim was, not surprisingly, immediately forthcoming. I await Tim’s response eagerly. Requests to be next are still being taken via oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge is currently on holidays. I had a brief chat with Sandra and we agreed to communicate again on her return midweek.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Grey Skies may (or may not) have been transferred from William Crowley to Ray Coveney. When I spoke to William that was his intention. Confirmation of this move will be communicated to you as soon as I have received said confirmation.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara of Toronto, Canada – the current custodian of Sleepyhead – is currently holidaying here in Ireland. As part of her trip Janette intends to pass custody of Sleepyhead to Sinead O’Meara, her sister-in-all. Sinead is currently beside herself with excitement. Janette is currently planning the handover and trying to appease her husband Michael, who was taken aback when informed that he would not be making the decision on who would be next (don’t ask!). I am currently awaiting confirmation of the change of custodian. And Sleepyhead is delirious with excitement.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (That’s the last time I’ll say that as news of Volume Six’s arrival will appear here next week!). Following a request to be next Ray Horgan has been chosen to be next to welcome Full Circle into his home (see how it works!). The transfer of possession is planned for this week. Again confirmation will be communicated to you as soon as I have it. Ray Horgan can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9 if you want to ask/demand to be next.

So there you have it folks, all you need to know regarding One Short Story To Be Told on the 20th of August in the year of 2012. I apologise for the mawkish tone at the outset, but I find a crisis of confidence is best erased by expression; even if it is done via a typewriter. I should also add that I have applied a little poetic license in the telling of this tale. It therefore may or may not be true that I was on holidays, in London, worried, considering abandonment or communicated with any of our owners in the fashion outlined above. But hey, I am a writer, and poetic license is a vital tool of our trade!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

ps If you’re a fan of the epilogue that usually follows my farewell you’re out of luck this time around. I feel all has been covered above that particular line on this particular occasion.

pss I should have pointed out that as me taking a holiday (which I may or may not have done), and not updating the One Short Story To Be Told project while doing (or not doing) so, is an example of life being more important than the travels and travails of the One Short Story To Be Told tales I never, for a moment, felt any angst toward those who did not adorn my blog, Facebook page or inbox during my absence.

psss I’ve decided to go for Friday Forum 44 despite my last post being numbered 41 because number 41…oh to hell with an explanation. I decided because I could. End of, as they say.

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