Oct 20, 2012
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As I’m in Paris celebrating 25 years of marriage with my wife this will be a brief post. I’m sure you understand why.

Two of our volumes – One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Five (Full Circle) are in a ‘Pending’ state. That’s because Paul Murphy and Jenny Franklin, their current owners, have decided upon their destination, but have not, as yet, reached a point where they can release our little books. Which, of course, is fine.

Volume Three (Grey Skies) meanwhile has reached a new home. Cormac O Caiomh and Ray Horgan enjoyed the handover, as the photo shows. Cormac becomes the thirteenth recipient of Grey Skies, a number we know will not have any negative conotations to it, despite the old wives tales and superstitions attached to it.

Meanwhile Volume Five (Full Circle) which Ray has promised to Anne Byrne is somewhere in East Cork trying to connect with Anne Byrne. Fear of greater confusion keeps me from commenting further.

Finally Volume Four (Sleepyhead) is enjoying Sinead O’Meara’s company so much no sign of a move has been displayed. But then Sinead is currently celebrating a landmark, and knowing Sleepyhead there was no way he was missing out on that.

Just before I go I want to appease any worried minds. All is in place for next Saturday, 27th October 2012. I will be in Tom Barry’s at 7.30, and ‘Home’ the latest tale to be released under the One Short Story To Be Told banner will be set free. It would, of course, be great to see you there.

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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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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
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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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