Sep 28, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (50)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Told followers, and welcome to the 50th Friday Forum. I can’t believe it is almost a year since I began this regular FRiday update, nor that we are now hurtling towards the 2nd anniversary of the launch of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Much has happened in that time. And I’m tempted to dive into a full review at the moment. But I’ll resist that temptation, your time I’m sure is precious as the weekend approaches. I will, however, commit to completing a photographic gallery of our Volume’s adventures between now and our second anniversary, which falls in the same week that the sixth One Short Story To Be Told volume will be released into the world.

You’ll be delighted to know that all is on schedule for that event. ‘Home’, the chosen story, has been wrapped up in the information that comprises a One Short Story To Be Told volume, and been shipped of to the wonderfully talented Mary Laffin who will cajole and coerce the information into a real publication. The binder, the equally wonderful, Albert Browne has been notified of pending visit, the printer has too. And contact has been established with prospective venues. Perhaps the only thing that hasn’t been done is conformation with our animator Marc Crowley. I’ll get on that today, me thinks.

While my efforts have been focused on the next volume of One Short Story To Be Told, the five volumes already out in the world have, of course, been doing their thing.

In the case of Volume’s Three (Grey Skies), Volume Four (Sleepyhead) and Volume Five (Full Circle) that simply means enjoying the company of their current custodian. Sinead O’ Meara (who has volume four) and Ray Horgan (who holds volume’s three and five) have both assured me that enjoyment is an accurate expression

Volumes One and Two are both, however, on the move. The fact that Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) landed in Chicago, USA on Monday was a fabulous start to the week. Paul Murphy, the new custodian, has been in touch since to say that he has begun reading, and started with the comments from previous owners. He also tells me he is running a marathon on Sunday. So best of luck with that. I meantime am wondering if Volume One will pop up the Ryder Cup course! Wouldn’t that be great.

Volume Two (Wink), meanwhile, will be transferred from the hands of Paul McSweeney to Jenny Franklin over the next few days. And I must say that it is always a pleasure to see a previous reader seek out another volume. So thank you Jenny for paying me just such a compliment!

So I’ll leave you get to your weekend on that note. But please remember that our volume are always looking for people to offer them a home. And while your remembering them you might reach out and touch one of the current recipients (they are listed below)- it will make, a story, me and you very happy.

Thank you, 88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/leyton attens.

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:  Jennifer Franklin will be in possession shortly. You can reach her through me 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?
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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