Nov 16, 2012
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Well, well, well – what an interesting week it’s been here at One Short Story To Be Told! Feedback has arrived from Anne Byrne (Volume Five), and Paul Depuis (Volume Six). Both Anne and Paul have been very complimentary, and I thank them for their kind words. The feedback has been posted to the relevant page of the blog, so if you missed it during the week be sure to check out the relevant page.

Meanwhile Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has landed in it’s eighteenth home, and the hands of Andy Mackin. Andy is, as I reported earlier in the week, delighted to finally get his hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume. And the arrival of Waiting For LIfe To Return reminded him that he had photographs from the launch of Volume Six (Home) to pass on to me. I’m delighted to include them here. His son, Cian, has been following this adventure from the start, and it warms my heart to cast my eyes on his joyous face in these pictures.

My heart was also warmed by the response to a Facebook post on Wednesday. A simple request on my Stan Notte profile, asking my Facebook followers to share this idea, has led to 38 new members landing on the One Short Story To Be Told page. It also led to Nancy Johnson Koper providing me with helpful suggestions. So thanks to all who shared, joined this adventure and, in particular Nancy. As there a plenty of people who are friends with my leyton attens page, and not my Stan Notte page, I will share a similar post on the leyton page next week. Those of you are friends with both pages are, therefore, forewarned.

As for activity regarding my six volumes? Well it’s been quiet on that front this week. But then that was to be expected given five of them have recently arrived in new homes. I am expecting an announcement from Paul Depuis regarding the result of his ‘Tell me the movie role you would most like to play.’ competition soon. And that, of course, will decide the next destination for Volume Six (Home). I’d also expect Sinead O’ Meara to have news for me on Volume Four (Sleepyhead) in the near future. But for now it’s a waiting game.

And that, as they say, is that for this week. The details on those currently in possession of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes, and how you can contact them to let them know you want one of my tales to visit your home, appears, as always, below my signature. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and remember if you want anything in life action is required. (That is particularly true in regard to getting your hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume, by the way)

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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 now holds Full Circle in his possession. 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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