Oct 12, 2012
leyton attens

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Good afternoon all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. As I write the rain is pouring down here in Ireland. But I’m delighted to say that the weather has not dampened the spirit of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes that are criss crossing the globe. They are far too happy to allow a little (or a lot of) rain to affect their happiness.

Of the five volumes out in the world three are currently delighting in the thrill that a new home provides. Volume Two (Wink), as reported last week, is now in the hands of Jennifer Franklin, and has the added bonus of being on holiday with it’s new and lovely owner. Where precisely Wink is located we cannot say. But , as we all know, a vacation is great for the soul, especially when taken with good company.

Volume’s Three (Grey Skies) and Five (Full Circle) meanwhile are bouncy up and down with excitement as Ray Horgan has announced the names of those he has chosen as the next baton holders.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) will soon be in the home of that talented singer/songwriter Cormac O’Caoimh, a treat not to be underestimated. And Volume Five (Full Circle) will have the pleasure of a trip to East Cork to be welcomed by the brilliant beaming smile that always lights the face of Anne Byrne.

Both transfers are due to take place in the next few days. So those of you seeking an opportunity to greet a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home take note of the contact details that will, as always, appear below my farewell salutation at the end of this post.

Our other two volumes – One (Waiting For Life To Return), Four (Sleepyhead) – are happily snuggling up to Paul Murphy and Sinead O’ Meara in Chicago, USA and Blackrock, Cork, Ireland respectively. Is it any wonder then that the weather is an irrelevance to them?

As for the forthcoming Volume Six (Home), well all news is good on that front. Printing is complete, and transfer to our binder Albert Browne will be completed early next week. Those of you on Facebook will have seen that the invite to Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street on the 27th October has been posted. Marc Crowley is beavering away on the animated film that plays such a crucial role on our launch nights. This, as it requires Marc to interpret a script written by Stanley Notte, and then invent an interesting series of images to enliven Stanley’s words, is no easy task. But, as Marc is supremely talented, our faith that the final product will be of a high standard, is as strong as that held by the proverbial canine family pet.

So the only outstanding issue for the release of ‘Home” is that of a physical invite, otherwise known as a flyer. But as another super talented individual, one Gordan Kinsella, is working on that and has promised a product will be with us soon…well canine family pets and the faith they display is again to the fore.

And that folks is all the news from the One Short Story To Be Told adventure on this the 12th day of October in the year of 2012. Have a great weekend. And if you haven’t already mark the 27th October 2012 in your diary with the following words ‘Launch of Volume Six (Home) of One Short Story To Be Told, Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork; Time 7.30pm.’ please do so now.

You could, of course, tag the phrase ‘It’s gonna be great’ to that notation. Because it is. Because it always is.

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: Soon to be in the possession of Cormac O Caoimh. Requests to receive Grey Skies from Cormac should be forwarded to me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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

Volume Five – Full Circle: Anne Byrne will take custody of Full Circle over this weekend. Anne is a Facebooker, so you can reach her here https://www.facebook.com/anne.byrne.72, if you want to beg, plea or politely request Anne pass Full Circle to you.


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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.

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