Jan 28, 2013
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Friday Forum (67)

Personal commitments and a few internet connection problems lead to a late posting of this Friday Forum. But life is life, as they say. Or better late than never, as they also say.

It has been a quiet few days for One Short Story To Be Told anyway. My attempts to source feedback have been unsuccessful. And none of my six volumes have travelled to a new home since I last posted anything.

But there are two current custodians now seeking new homes for our stories. So those of you eager to get your hands on another, or indeed your first, One Short Story To Be Told volume get ready to act.

Ultan Finnegan (or Tuella Fanning, as he signs himself below) as acted swiftly on Volume Six (Home). Here’s what he had to say last Friday.

Volume 6 has been read and fully enjoyed by Tuela Fanning. It will pass on shortly after this super hero finds another worthy of its fine fine words. Many thanks Leyton for your adventures.

This message is ambiguous as exactly how Ultan (Tuella) is going to find ‘another worthy of it’s fine words’. But if I was keen to get my hands on a One Short Story To Be Told volume I’d be contacting Ultan to express my keenness. You can reach him through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com, or via Ultan Finnegan’s facebook page. There won’t be many going by that name on there.

The second call for a new owner is much more succinct. Lorraine Shaw, who took Volume Two (Wink) with her on her return to Seoul over the new year has had this to say;

Dear Leyton, Wink has been charmingly decorating the bookshelf in my box-room apartment in Seoul for way longer than appropriate, but surely you can understand my reluctance to let such a wonderful reminder of my brief visit to Eire go!  Alas I must give up my selfish reign over this beautifully written piece of work so that others may appreciate the emotional poignancy of the tale.  It is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming in equal measure, and therefore truly a success – because no doubt many will turn its pages wondering in awe how Leyton managed to invade and portray their memories so vividly.  For a brief time I was drawn into the pages and transported back to Ireland.  And now Wink has achieved it’s purpose here and is ready to find it’s next home.  Potential suitors (of the book of course) may contact me through facebook or email to express their interest. Winks to all, Lorraine Shaw.

Obviously I’m delighted with Lorraine’s feedback on this tale. But more importantly YOU can increase your chances of being next by connecting directly with Lorraine. I’ll take requests through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com as always. But lorr.shaw@gmail.com and this Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/lorr.shaw?fref=ts – will get you there far more quickly. Best of Luck.

Finally I intend to provide a full update on their whereabouts of all volumes (and those you need to be in touch with to be next) on Wednesday. ‘Till then 88*Googolplex leyton attunes/Stanley Notte


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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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