Aug 31, 2012
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Friday Forum (46)

Hi all, hope you are well on what (here in Ireland at least) is a balmy Friday evening. In fact it’s been a pretty balmy week overall, and, from my perspective at least, the balminess has not been restricted to the weather. That’s because there has been a lot of activity with the little packages I have floating around our great big world this week. In fact, I have something to report on each of our volumes.

First, let me deal with the news that – I have to tell you Tim Prenderville – had ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ close to breaking out the Margaritas: Ben Keating has chosen the next destination for Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). Amazingly Ben has opted to send ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ back to the U.S. of A. – the continent from which it travelled in order to reach Ben. Paul Murphy, of Chicago, is the man tasked with being the seventeenth custodian of our very first publication; a fact I like to imagine excites him. Exactly when Paul will have the pleasure of welcoming ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ into his home I can’t say, as I’m not certain Volume One has begun it’s journey just yet, nor how long it will take. So stayed tuned for updates.

Volume Two (Wink) is also on the move this week. Sandra Cambridge, who I met over last weekend, has chosen Paul McSweeney to provide home number sixteen to ‘Wink”. This decision will see Paul welcome a third One Short Story To Be Told edition into his home, an event he assures me only occurred because he took an opportunity to ask Sandra face to face to consider him. Whatever the basis for Sandra’s decision, one thing is certain; Paul is sure to treat ‘Wink’ as well as he treated Volume’s One and and Five.

The third edition of the One Short Story To Be Told (Grey Skies) betters Volume’s One and Two this week by actually reaching a new home. One Ray Horgan received the baton for this story from Ray Coveney on Wednesday. Ray Coveney creates a little bit of history in the process. He is the first One Short Story To Be Told owner to receive, read and release a volume without me conversing with them in any form or fashion. Yes, no emails, no Facebook posts or messages, no phone calls, no talk. I have to say I never thought that would happen. But then the world never ceases to amaze me.

Perhaps because it didn’t want to be outdone by Volume Three the story that was released on One Short Story To Be Told’s first birthday – i.e. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – also found itself a new home this week. That home is being provided by Sinead O’ Meara, a lady of high reputation, who resides in a leafy suburb of Cork titled Blackrock. Sinead is the eighth person to provide shelter to ‘Sleepyhead’, and her acceptance of Volume Four brings ‘Sleepyhead’ back to Ireland after four months split between Australia and Canada.

All of the above leaves me awaiting feedback from four (Ben, Sandra, Ray Coveney and Janette) recent custodians. And as William Crowley has yet to forward his take on Volume Three I’m now in danger of being snowed under by a growing ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list, a situation that may – and indeed should – motivate me to contact those people.

Actually I’ve just realised that the ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list will grow again shortly as Paul A Crean is due to pass Volume Five (Full Circle) to Ray Horgan – and yes, that’s the same Ray Horgan who got his hands on Volume Three this week – shortly. I’ll definitely need to get active on that list now.

One final note folks; I’m pretty sure that this is the first time I have reported a move or perspective move for all five of our Volumes in one week. That is a fact I’d ask you to remind me of if when things quieten on the ‘One Short Story To Be Told stories on the move’ front (which they inevitably will). Because I’m sure I’ll be harping on about ‘a lack of activity’ at that stage.

And that’s it for this week folks. I’ll leave you with the list of people who you need to talk to if you’d like to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume. And, as always, I’ll tag those names to the Volume they possess, or will soon possess in some cases.

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Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return: Current custodian Ben Keating, Sydney, Australia. The man you need to get to, however, is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at

Volume Two – Wink: Current Custodian Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Ireland. The man you need to get to, however, is Paul McSweeney. Get him at

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Already moved from Ray Coveney to Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here,

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Sinead O’Meara. Requests through me at

Volume Five – Full Circle: Current custodian Paul A Crean. Full Circle is promised to Ray Horgan. Again get Ray at

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