Dec 9, 2011
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You know the way sometimes a week seems to drag but when you look back on it’s flown? Well that’s what the One Short Story To Be Told week has been like this week. Maybe I prefaced that type of week with my comments here last Friday (one never knows how the Universe will interpret thoughts), but you know it doesn’t matter because, when I look back on it, this has been a fantastic week.

You will be aware that Wink (Volume Two) had an exciting day on Wednesday. Not only did it get it’s first ever public outing, but it reached it’s tenth – yes double figures! – recipient immediately afterwards. Eddie O Mahoney has been in touch since to say that his adorable wife Aileen did her end, and he is in possession of Wink as we speak.

The week was notable for a number of other things as well. Jim McCarthy’s extraordinary praise following Wink’s public debut, kind words from many others on the same occasion and one One Short Story To Be Told follower (who shall remain nameless) more than once informing me that ‘The bug has bitten! I’m determined to get his hands on a One Short Story To be Told volume.’ But the most important event of the week is my return to the writing page. I had been struggling for a month or so. And the frustration of a stagnant novel (Have I mentioned the novel before? I don’t think I have. Maybe I should have. Maybe I did? No, I didn’t) was becoming a dreadfully heavy weight; one that leyton, as he is the main character, felt as well.

Anyway, to get to the point, after a few days of scribbling about leyton and how he would like his story to begin, the page – for the first time in a long time – felt welcoming yesterday. Please God that will continue. I’ve not tested it yet today, but I will later. Yes, I’ll keep you posted.

The final notable event of this week was managing to speak to all four owners of the One Short Story To Be Told volumes. I say that rather blandly I note, but believe me when I say such an occurrence excites me terribly. As I write I’m trembling inside, and considering a somersault or two (That won’t happen; I can’t somersault. But maybe I’ll do a bit of juggling. I can do that!). The news from those owners is all good – which definitely warrants a rather large YIPPEE! Their comments are laid out from the next line on, so I’ll silence myself and let you get on with reading them.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ciaran Bermingham, a ¬†very talented actor, is extraordinarily busy right now. But he has, he tells me, been very impressed by the content of Volume One. ‘Wonderful’ was the exact term used. He also says he has about ten pages to go, and has set a target of getting Volume One to it’s next owner/destination before Christmas. I’m not holding Ciaran to that, but you might want to encourage him. And who am I to stop you.

Volume Two (Wink): As stated above (and more than once during the week) Wink has had a landmark week. It is currently settling into Eddie O’ Mahoney’s home/life, and is tremendously proud of reaching double figures on the owner front. We await Eddie’s feedback with baited breath – and only hope it will be as good as that received from the previous owner¬†Ivan Bevan.

Volume Three (Grey Skies). Grey Skies is still in the hands of Dante Griffin. Marius, his mother and previous owner, assured me today that all is well with Dante and Grey Skies, and that our precious Volume is in safe hands. She also said Dante hopes to have chosen a new owner by Christmas (anyone sense a theme developing here?) If that happens – and I am taking the same position on that statement as I did to Ciaran’s – I’ll be delighted because I have to say that, as Dante is by far the youngest person ever to own a One Short Story To Be Told volume, I’m itching to receive his feedback. But I’ll have to be patient, and while being so remind myself that before he ever took possession of Volume Three Dante described the entire One Short Story To Be Told as ‘Cool as Fuck!’ High praise – but then high expectations to live up to as well. Best not to think about that.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): As reported earlier in the week Georgina Lynch has finished reading Sleepyhead (thank you Georgina for the kind words! Oh sod it let’s be honest: Thank you for the high praise!) and when I spoke to her today she was in a bit of a quandary regarding the next recipient as quite a few people had been in touch with her. From my end that’s great to hear, but for Georgina…well it’s proving difficult. In the end she committed to choosing and getting the Sleepyhead to a new owner by (have you guessed?) Christamas. Told you there was a theme developing! Finally Georgina says she has told lots of people about One Short Story To Be Told (Thank you again, Georgina) and that the reaction was universally excitement!

So that’s it. Looks like three people (and maybe four if Eddie acts swiftly) will be receiving a unique and special – but temporary – gift this Christmas. Dare I say ‘It could be you!’

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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.

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