Aug 24, 2012
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Friday Forum (45)

Hi guys, hope you have a good week. I, from a One Short Story To Be Told viewpoint at least, certainly have; and that’s despite only four days elapsing since I returned to the One Short Story To Be Told land.

First the big news. Mr Ben Keating, current owner of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has been in touch. And I mean directly. This, as you will know, is a first, as all contact before now has been through previous owner Tim Prenderville. Ben informs me that he is preparing to pass Volume One on, which is, of course, great news. I am exited and delighted by this development, as is Waiting For Life To Return. So thank you Ben for taking the time. And thanks again (and always) to Tim for his assistance, and indeed persistence.

The other owner with whom I’ve been in touch with since Monday is Sandra Cambridge, who currently provides a home to Volume Two (Wink). Sandra and Wink are just back from London where – Sandra informs me – they had a ball at Chelsea football grounds, went up west for a nose, and enjoyed relaxing under the the sun in Chiswick.

Sandra also says that, as Wink is is fully rested, it is ready to move on and find it’s next home. For those of you interested in numbers that will be home number 16. This, of course, is an exciting piece of news – and one that should activate those of you thinking (or dreaming) of welcoming a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home. If that is you Sandra’s contact details appear at the foot of this missive.

All other owners of a One Short Story To Be Told volume have remained out of reach to me since Monday. I am, therefore, unable to confirm whether the proposed moves for Volume Three (Grey Skies) from William Crowley to Ray Coveney, Volume Four (Sleepyhead) from Janette Aisling-O’Meara to Sinead O’ Meara or Volume Five (Full Circle) from Paul A Crean to Ray Horgan have taken place. But I will, due to a promise to oneself to follow up as hard as I can over the weekend, have news next week.

The one other notable activity this week was the arrival of not one, but two sets of feedback. The first is from Mark Fenton, who recently released Sleepyhead into Janette Aisling-O’Meara’s custody. And the second is the long awaited opinion of Len O’ Donovan, who now prefers to be know as Elando Novon, on Volume Three Grey Skies. Both sets of feedback have been posted on the relevant page of the One Short Story To Be Told blog, but I’ll save you the trouble of navigating in cyper-space by reproducing them here.

Mark Fenton on Sleepyhead: “Jobsagoodun” Leyton! A unique concept……. Keep the Ideas Flowing. Mark

Len O’Donovan’s (aka Elando Novon) on “GreySkies”:  Everything is possible if you put your mind to it. A story that needed to be told and thankfully came out of the bin and onto print. Congrats & continued success. “There is a light that never goes out” Len.

Thanks guys for the kind words – I was particularly enamoured by The Smiths lyric Len/Olando.

And that folks is all I have this week (apart from a few details on current locations which will appear, as always, after I sign off). I wish you well for the coming seven days, and beyond of course. Talk soon. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return: Current custodian Ben Keating, Sydney, Australia.

Volume Two – Wink: Current Custodian Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Ireland. Catch Sandra here

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Current custodian William Crowley. Grey Skies is promised to Ray Coveney, however. It may in fact already be in his hands.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Janette Aisling-O’Meara. Sleepyhead is promised to Sinead O’Meara, however. It may in fact already be in her hands.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Current custodian Paul A Crean. Full Circle is promised to Ray Horgan, however. It may in fact already be in his hands.

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