Oct 5, 2012
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Friday Forum (51)

Hi there guys. It’s Friday (thank Crunchie) and time, therefore, for my weekly update on the adventures of the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes currently whizzing around the world and – you’ll be delighted to hear – the latest on the impending arrival of Volume Six.

News on the five volumes out there in the big, bright world that is the planet earth is scant this week. Those of you following this adventure on Facebook will know that VolumeTwo (Wink) reached it’s 17th home last Tuesday. Jennifer Franklin, who previously provided shelter to Volume Three, was the lucky recipient. Wink, of course, is delighted to reach another new home. And we here at One Short Story To Be Told are delighted that another person has enjoyed the idea so much that they felt the need to receive another volume could not be ignored. So thank you Jennifer, and thank you, too, Paul.

The news of Volume Two moving on is the only real news this week. Ray Horgan who currently holds Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) has been in touch, but only briefly. And we have forwarded the names of those who have expressed an interest in accepting the baton from Ray. But no move appears to be imminent – unless, of course, I am being kept in the dark; which, of course, would be nothing new.

Sinead O’ Meara and Paul Murphy – holders of Volume Four (Sleepyhead) and Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) have not been in touch this week. But as Sinead is always a busy woman and Paul completed the Chicago marathon last Sunday that is understandable. Maybe we’ll have something next week.

Meanwhile loads of energy has been expended in the preparation of Volume Six (Home) of One Short Story To Be Told. The design of the book is now nearing completion. The venue – which sees us return to our spiritual home of Tom Barry’s – has been confirmed. The printer and binder have been notified of Volume Six’s impending arrival and needs (It would be an exaggeration to say both parties have adopted a state of red alert, but they have assured us of their full co-operation on the lead up to the 27th October. Marc, our animator, has been contacted. So perhaps the only thing not to move forward this week is the script for the animated film. But a note to self has that earmarked for attention over the next couple of days.

Another note to self focuses on the need to get an invitation organised and circulated as soon as possible. And while Gordon Kinsella is working on said invitation I feel the time is ripe now to state categorically that you all welcome in Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork at 8pm on Saturday 27th October 2012 to witness ‘Home’ fly the nest. I will also state categorically state that I will be delighted to see you there, and that an 88*Googolplex will be awaiting your arrival.

Until then – or next week – stay safe my friends. And if moments of doubt should visit you feel free to remind yourself that I always have an 88*Googolplex ready to cheer you up.

88*Googolplex, leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

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 oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink:  Jennifer Franklin is now in possession. You can reach her through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: The man you need to get to is Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9


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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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