Dec 7, 2012
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Opportunity knocks today for all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. Because Derek O’ Sullivan, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies), was in touch last night to say this:
‘I am ready to pass on a really great read to the next lucky Superhero. All I ask is that they outline the reason they should the next guardian of Grey Skies, and this wonderfully crafted book in nine words’
‘The next lucky Superhero’ is a nice phrase isn’t it?
And if you are me, which I am, the words ‘Wonderfully crafted book’ initiate a smile. As does the rest of Derek’s message which reads, ‘I will pursue the rest of the One Short Story To Be Told series. Congrats, Stan; you should be very proud!’

But let’s not focus on phrases that please me. Let’s, instead, focus on the opportunity you have. And being the next recipient of a One Short Story To Be Told volume may well be the best motivation ever offered to write a sentence that contains just nine words, folks. So get writing. And send responses to me at, or to the FB page.

Other news this week saw Volume One (Waiting for Life To Return) take a trip to Brussels, thanks to current custodian Andy Mackin. Letitia Notte decide that Leonard O’ Donovan would be next to receive Volume Two (Wink). This news pleased Len no end. ‘Wink’ will be, following Volume Three (Grey Skies) and Volume Four (Sleepyhead), the third One Short Story To Be Told volume he has entertained. And, as the news came on the same day that he passed Volume Five (Full Circle) to Paddy O’ Shea, well it eased the pain ‘letting go’ of ‘Full Circle’ inflicted upon his being.

Paddy O’ Shea, meanwhile, has clear plans for ‘Full Circle’. First, and this is a serious synchronicity, he is taking ‘Full Circle’ to Brussels. Yes, the very same place Andy Mackin has just taken Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). And second, Paddy intends passing ‘Full Circle’ to a friend while in Brussels.
The second part of Paddy’s plan was very exciting for me to hear, as One Short Story To Be Told has never before officially landed on mainland Europe. In fact our only forays to that large area to date have been Andy’s aforementioned trip to Brussels, and a similar trip to Paris, undertaken by Valerie Spencer in August 2011, again with ‘Waiting For Life To Return’.
So, ‘Full Circle’ will break new ground if – nay, WHEN – Paddy’s plan comes to fruition. And breaking new ground is always music to my ears.
Others with plans afoot till include Sinead O’ Meara, who has nominated Dave Allen in Perth, Australia as next in line for Volume Four (Sleepyhead), and Paul A Depuis, who has nominated Adrian Hickey as the person to next carry the baton for Volume Six (Home). Neither of these plans have, as yet, come to fruition. But we are sure they will soon. As we are sure Andy Mackin will soon be looking for a new owner for Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). I will, of course, up date you on those, and other developments, as they arise.
And so it is time for me to bade you farewell. Stay safe, folks. Have a great weekend. And remember the odds of you being next to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume are greatly enhanced if you contact a current custodian. All contact details are, as always, outlined below my signature.
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: Leonard O’ Donovan will shortly be in possession. Len is available on FB, go to, or you can use if you prefer.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is seeking nine word requests as to why you should be next. Derek is not a FB user, so forwarded requests to
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: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. But, as Paddy has clear plans regarding who will be next in line, I won’t frustrate you by telling you how to contact him.
Volume Six (Home): Soon to be in the hands of Adrian Hickey, another non FB user. Contact Adrian through

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