Nov 30, 2012
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Friday Forum (59)

Hi all, and welcome to the latest news bulletin from One Short Story To Be Told. This has, I have to say, been a very quiet week. So I won’t be keeping you long today.

All, bar one, of the six volumes I have floating and flying around the globe have remained static (so far as I know) since last Friday. In fact I could say they have all been static. But that would, I feel, be unkind to Volume Six (Home), who has been trying to make a move this week. So far, however, Paul Depuis (who is releasing ‘Home’) and Adrian Hickey (who is keenly awaiting ‘Home”s arrival) have failed to connect. Perhaps the weekend will see them attain the success they crave.

Certainly the tenacity with which Adrian approached Paul’s movie role competition would indicate he will not be deterred. Actually I’ve been meaning to share Adrian’s entry with you for a while (it is very entertaining). So perhaps I’ll do that now. In fact I will. Here we go.

Hi Paul, my favourite character would be Jules Winnfield (played by Samuel L Jackson) in Pulp Fiction. I thought his bible speech was so fucking cool, his afro uber brilliant, and he had the best lines in the movie. He was also a righteous mother fucking super cool bad ass! So, let’s not have Volume Six eating purple snacks, share the love;

Jules: There’s a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.” Now… I been sayin’ that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You’d be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here… he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd. Yours, Adrian Hickey AKA Racey Hadikin.

Pretty cool huh? I can’t wait for Adrain to post the video of him playing the part on YOUTUBE!

Now before I go I should tell you that there is one other possibility of activity this week (my bracketed ‘So far as I know’ earlier hinted at this). It is possible that Volume Four (Sleepyhead) began it’s journey from Cork to Perth. But, if it has, I am unaware of it as Sinead O’ Meara, who has promised Volume Four to Dave Allen, nor Dave Allen (the promisee) have not been in touch to conform departure or arrival. Not that I’m worried. Not at all. Sinead is as trustworthy as any human on the planet. And Dave? Well Dave is so excited at the prospect of Sleepyhead staying with him there is no way it’s arrival would go unannounced.

And that is that for this week folks. There may be news on the other four One Short Story To Be Told volumes (Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5 for those of you who are interested) next week. Then again there may not.

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Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; The man you need to get to is Andy Mackin. Andy is contactable here https://www.facebook.com/andy.mackin.94?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if not.

Volume Two – Wink: Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Australia still in possession. Reach her here https://www.facebook.com/Tate.Lionetti?fref=ts if you use FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com 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 oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, https://www.facebook.com/dave.michael.allen?fref=ts, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Leonard O’ Donovan now holds Full Circle in his possession. FB users can get Len here – https://www.facebook.com/leonard.odonovan.5?fref=ts. Non FB users email oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com please.

Volume Six (Home): Soon to be in the hands of Adrain Hickey, a non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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