Nov 10, 2012
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Friday Forum (56)

Hello, my One Short Story To Be Told friends, and welcome to the latest Friday Forum. As it’s Saturday, and my weekly updates, due to the distractions of life, drift from Friday to Saturday frequently enough now, I’m thinking I should have a back up name. The Friday Forum Saturday Supplement springs to mind. But perhaps I’m over thinking the matter! And I’m sure you’d rather I gave you details relevant to what One Short Story To Be Told is all about – which is creating a journey for selected tales – rather than muse on possible titles of blog updates.

So, with that in mind, let’s get to those relevant details, which I’ll start by telling you that the photographs in this this post all came in this week.

It has been a busy week, as I expected, for the One Short Story To Be Told tales. Promises from last week have, I’m delighted to say, been kept. And as a consequence three of our volumes – namely Volume Two (Wink), Volume Three (Grey Skies) and Volume Five (Full Circle) – have arrived in new homes.

Wink arrived in Brisbane, Australia, and the hands of Letitia Notte, on Wednesday. Leonard O’ Donovan received Full Circle from Anne Byrne on Thursday. And Derek O’ Sullivan had the delight of opening a package that contained Grey Skies on Friday morning. All three have been in touch to express their excitement, which of course is great!.

As well as that Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) began it’s journey from Chicago to Blarney (Ireland) on Monday. So, as I said, promises were kept. Thank you all.


The week was notable also for Paul J Depuis announcing he was running a competition to decide the next recipient of our newest edition – Volume Six (Home). If you missed the announcement mid week, here’s a reminder of what Paul wants you to do. So my simple question is … If you could play your favourite character in a film who would it be and why? Answers on a postca…ah, no. E-mails, FB posts, and blog entries will suffice.

Finally, I’d like to share a few words that Paul Murphy passed to me regarding his experience with Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return).

‘Stan, without blowing smoke up your arse,  I was pretty taken by the idea – and also the writing.  It left me wanting to get the next version, so that must be a good thing.  It is clear you have talent, and that has made me want to look for my own a bit more.  Maybe the word ‘Inspired’ could be used. Have a good weekend and let me know when I can have the second one.  Also I hope it is longer.’

I have said before that kind words are always welcome here at One Short Story To Be Told. And I stand by that statement. But Paul’s words kinda go further than being kind. And I can only thank him for his generosity in offering such sentiments.

And that folks is it for this week. You can, I’m sure, figure that their has been no news from Sinead O’ Meara, the current custodian of Volume Four (Sleepyhead), over the past seven days. Maybe next Friday (or Saturday, depending on distractions!) I’ll have something on that front.

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Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Here is contactable here if you use FB, or through if not.
Volume Two – Wink: Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Australia now in possession. Reach her here if you use FB, or through if not.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is the current custodian. Derek is not a FB user, so requests can be forwarded to me at
Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Sinead O’Meara. Requests through me at
Volume Five – Full Circle: Leonard O’ Donovan is due to (gleefully) accept Full Circle from Anne Byrne soon. FB users can get Len here – Non FB users email please.

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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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