Dec 2, 2011
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Friday Forum (8)

It’s Friday, and time for me to write about the One Short Story To Be Told activity over the last week. But I find myself feeling a lacklustre about this post. I keep thinking nothing has happened. But then the truth when I look at the week is very different. Ivan Bevan has paid me a huge compliment (for those of you who haven’t read it here it is again: Wink has blown me away. I moved so smoothly through the pages that I had to go back over to check that I had really read that many pages. I have read thousands of books and this author is up there with the best), and Georgina Lynch has twice lifted my spirits. First when she contacted me last Saturday to say ‘I’ve just finished Sleepyhead!! What a beautiful read. Really enjoyed it. Your gift of descriptive writing is very special.’ and second when she commented on Ivan’s comment above with this little ditty: Ivan just it the nail on the head there!!!

So what, I ask myself, is the problem? Why do I feel that the One Short Story To Be Told project is not going well?Well… I suppose it’s the fact the One Short Story To Be Told stories (Waiting For Life To Return, Wink, Grey Skies and Sleepyhead) have not moved. You see this is the problem with having bits of you out there in the world – YOU CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THEM (In fact I’m beginning to understand how my mother, and probably every other mother, felt the kids – that’s me, my brother and two sisters in this case (is there a synchronicity in the number four here?) – left home.

And you know, now that I think about it, it’s only been three weeks since all four volumes moved at the same time. So maybe I should practice some patience. And maybe I should listen to myself when I say (and I say this regularly) trust the universe.

So I am going to trust the universe today. And I’m not going to, as I thought I would when I sat down to write this, focus on things that have not happened. Instead I’m going to celebrate Ivan and Georgina’s comments. I’m going to revel in the fact that since I last spoke to you, a lot of people I’ve met have asked about One Short story To Be Told, that they have said ‘It’s going well. isn’t it? or ‘It’s a great idea Stan.’  or ‘I must get my hands on one of those books of yours.’ (Yes, I could go on: but I wont to bore you). I’m going to remind myself (and you) that Cork pollyanna became member number 175 on our Facebook page. And finally I’m going to tell you – and therefore myself – that four (there’s that number again) more leyton t-shirts were ordered.

Having revisited those moments I realise now that I’ve nothing to complain (or worry) about! And so I’ll just remind you who currently has possession of our volumes and trust that you will do what is right for you (and by extension my stories) once you have finished reading.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ciaran Bermingham.

Volume Two (Wink): Ivan Bevan

Volume Three (Grey Skies):  Dante Griffin

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Georgina Lynch

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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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