Nov 11, 2011
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Friday Forum (5)

So we reach another Friday and number five in our travel log. And it’s been a busy week. Can I say a big thank you to Frank Hanover for inviting One Short Story To Be Told to be his guest on Words On Top last Tuesday. A great time was had by all. And the show garnered at least one new follower of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure – hello again Anne Byrne. We also welcomed Georgina Lynch, Liz Nicholnsan, Cian and Emmet Mackin and Mary Teresa McCarthy to the blog, email listing or facebook page this week. Hello to you all! We did lose one follower from FB but we’re not going to mention that.

As for our stories..well it’s been a productive week and a very busy Friday (as in today) because ALL of our volumes are on the move! Yes I said all!

Volume One is on the way to Ciaran Birmingham. John Martin had promised it to him before he took possession. We await feedback from John with bated breath.

Volume Two will be released from John Linehan’s clutches tomorrow morning. Ivan Bevan says he can’t wait to get his hands on it, and he can’t be blamed. John promised it to him on the 14th October – almost a month ago!

Volume Three – God but I love this – will be given to Dante Griffin. Dante is the teenage son of the current owner Marius and I suggested that Marius simply allow Dante to read VolumeThree and then officially pass it on to someone else. But – and this is the bit I LOVE – Dante was adamant he wanted to be officially involved because the idea is “Cool as Fuck”. Now I don’t know about you, but a compliment like that from a teenage boy means a whole God damn lot to me!

Finally Paul Allen has had a tough time deciding on the next (and second) recipient of our latest edition. I know he came close to making One Short Story To Be Told history along the way but an email directly to him from  Georgina Lynch swung the decision in her direction. Congratulations Georgina.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for news on a public outing for leyton next week. And get in touch with those new owners if you want to be next to read (and I know you do) a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

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What It’s All About

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?
Feels good, doesn't it?

Well that's what is being creating for the One Short Story To Be Told stories.

But the future of One Short Story To Be Told is dependent on homes being available to them. It is dependent on people who are willing to provide a One Short Story To Be Told volume with a loving and caring (but temporary) home. Could you be one of those people? Would you provide one of those homes? I fervently hope so.
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