Nov 23, 2012
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Good day all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, or should I say (adopts Australian accent), ‘G’day.’

It wouldn’t be out of place if I did use an Australian accent this week, as that country/continent has come to the fore once again in the past seven days.

As you know Volume Two (Wink) currently resides there (in Brisbane to be precise), and now, due to Sinead O’ Meara nominating Dave Allen as the next recipient of  Volume Four (Sleepyhead), we will, once again, have two One Short Story To Be Told volumes down under at the same time. Dave responded to the news that Volume Four is on its way to him with this statement; ‘Awesome. Can’t wait. Looks like Sleepyhead will get a taste of sunshine over here for our summer!’

So Sinead’s time is up, so to speak. And all that remains is for her to let us know what she thought of the One Short Story To Be Told experience. We await her feedback with bated breath.

Keeping the Australian theme (if I can call it that) going Letitia Notte, of Brisbane, announced yesterday that it is time for her to release Volume Two ‘Wink’. No idea where it is heading next, but if you’d like Letitia to select you, a nudge – on her FB page (, or through – right now would be well timed. And I get the feeling that if you are Down Under you’re chances of success are high!

All else has been quiet this week. No news has been forthcoming from the owners of Volume’s One, Five and Six – Andy Mackin, Len O’Donovan and Paul Depuis, respectively.  I’m a little surprised that Paul hasn’t been in touch – he was close to deciding on the next recipient for ‘Home’ last week. But then life is life, and he, most likely, has had other things – work, relationships, fun – to focus on.

I did receive a short note from Derek O’ Sullivan, the man who currently provides a home to Volume Three (Grey Skies), last night. I’ll share his words verbatim. And the photograph that accompanied his words, too. It reinforces the message that people have lives, you see.

‘Having a great read! But taking a little longer than I thought with Olga looking over my shoulder. I used to go bed and read for an hour, now I’m asleep within five minutes!’














Ah, the joy of being a new Daddy! I’m sure plenty of you can relate to Derek’s sentiments.

And that folks, is it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you soon.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Andy is contactable here if you use FB, or through if not.

Volume Two – Wink: Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Australia still 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: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here,, or through

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.

Volume Six (Home): Paul J Depuis remains the custodian of Home. A decision as to who will next welcome Home into their home is, I believe, imminent. But if you want to talk to Paul his FB page ( is the best place to go.


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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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