Sep 21, 2012
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Friday Forum (49)

Hey, all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and apologies for not posting a Friday Forum last week. Especially if you missed me! Mitgation exists as I was on an intensive course both on the day and the day before and after. Though none of that eases your pain, if indeed my absence inflicted any, which I doubt.

But I’m back now and, I hope, all is well.

In truth, there was not much to report last week, nor indeed this. Volumes Two (Wink), Three (Grey Skies), Four (Sleepyhead) and Five (Full Circle) were and are settling into new homes. Conversations with Ray Horgan (current custodian to both Volumes Three and Five), Sinead O’ Meara (with whom Volume Four is in residence) and Paul McSweeny (who has Volume Two tucked away somewhere) informs me that all is well on those fronts.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) is, on the other hand, still between homes – a place I’m beginning to think it enjoys. That’s because Volume One’s current situation mirrors closely the path it took while traveling from Tim Prenderville’s home in California to Ben Keating’s abode in Sydney, Australia during which it kind of went missing for a bit.

So what is the current situation you ask?

Well Ben Keating placed our inaugural volume in a registered package destined for Paul Murphy in Chicago on the 4th September, and here we are 17 days later wondering where exactly Waiting For Life To Return is. Of course it’s possible that my expectation of the Australian postal system, registered or not, is a touch too high and 17 days is well below the average travel time. But I think it’s more likely that Waiting For Life To Return just wants to live up to it’s title! Anyway I’ve dropped Ben a quick note to see if this wandering tale’s movements between Sydney and Chicago and can be tracked online. There is, I believe, nothing more I can do.

There is one other piece of news I’d like to share with you this Friday evening. And it’s BIG news – or at least I think so. I hope you’ll think so, too. I’ve decided that it is time for Volume Six of this adventure to be released. Not only that I’ve decided on a date – 27th October 2012 – and I’ve chosen the tale that will be given an opportunity to travel the world!

The tale is – perhaps with the idea of the title being an indicator to how it will behave – called ‘Home”. And I have to tell you it was thrilled when I whispered the news into it’s little ear.

More detail of this event will, no doubt, fill forthcoming posts from One Short Story To Be Told. And while it goes without saying I will add that you are more than welcome to join us on the night here in Cork.

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Oh, here’s where you need to go if you want to get your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at

Volume Two – Wink:  The man you need to get to is Paul McSweeney. Get him at

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here,

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here,

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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.

Each volume of One Short Story To Be Told contains just ONE STORY - and there is ONLY ONE COPY OF EACH VOLUME. Yes, that's right: we are not selling books. Rather, we are asking that people realise, or remember, that stories are special, and to assist us in helping our stories to live forever. This, you will be aware, is the lofty ambition every story ever written holds close to its heart.

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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