Nov 18, 2011
leyton attens

Friday Forum (6)

Gosh doesn’t time fly? It feels like just yesterday I was telling you that all four of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes were on the move – and yet it’s already a week ago! Of course this week has been busy following up on the proposed moves. That work has included contracts being drawn up, posted and (thank the Lord) returned, contacting new owners Ciaran Bermingham (Volume One) and Ivan Bevan (Volume Two), checking in with Marius Griffin who has passed Volume Three to her son Dante, and organising a photo shoot with Paul Allen before he passed Volume Four onto Georgina Lynch.

But the highlight of the week was actually meeting Georgina Lynch to pass Volume Four to her. This may surprise you but actually meeting any recipient, never mind a new one, is a rare enough experience for us these days. So it was a pleasure to be there when the baton, so to speak, was passed. And Georgina’s excitement on the occasion made it altogether more memorable. (Such a shame we didn’t think to photograph the event).

In the midst of all that we also welcomed three new members to the facebook page – welcome again Robyn, Ciara and Clare. Received (and posted) feedback from Paul Allen on Volume Four, were delighted to have Kerrie Collins contact us with her feedback on Volume One, and thrilled that both those sets of feedback were positive. Yes its been a good week.

And the position at the end of that week? Well it’s as follows.

Volume One: ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ is still in the hands of John Martin. Ciaran has received, read (with great enjoyment) and returned his contract and has arranged to meet John tomorrow for the handover. A moment he ‘can’t wait for’

Volume Two: As reported on the day Ivan Bevan final got his hands on ‘Wink’ last Saturday. His contract has also landed in leyton’s lap. When we spoke to him today he was delighted to have ‘Wink’ in his home and has assigned some time over the weekend to give his very best attention to what he described as a ‘lovely item’

Volume Three: As Dante and Marius share the same home we assume that this handover went smoothly. Certainly ‘Grey Skies’ was delighted by Marius’s choice, and as our stories are the most important thing in this whole adventure that alone keeps our minds at ease.

Volume Four: As yesterday’s post and our earlier comments above indicated Sleepyhead was greeted by a very excited Georgina Lynch at approx 3.15 yesterday. Georgina was in touch briefly last night (with excitement still intact) and is looking forward to diving in.

Finally I would suggest that a week where all four books are in the hands of new owners is a very good time for anyone who wants to read one of our volumes to take an action. All begging letters, nudges in one’s own direction or simple requests are therefore welcomed. You can do any of the above through the blog, emailing oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, contacting us on facebook or writing to: leyton attens, grassy knoll 99, the ethereal plains, c/0 plunkett chambers, 21-23 oliver plunkett st, cork, ireland. We will ensure your message is passed on.

You could alternatively go directly to the current owners. Ciaran Bermingham, Ivan Bevan, Dante Griffin and Georgina Lynch all have  a facebook page and can therefore, thanks to the amazing world we live in, be contacted quite easily (if of course you use social networking)

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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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