Jun 24, 2014
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told (140)

This Friday Forum goes out on a Tuesday (and 4 days late) because a) I had a hectic week last week and was either too busy or too tired to do this over the weekend and b) I refuse to miss another update.

So here’s the news. I have spoken to all current custodians of my stories with the following outcomes:

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.Now in the hands of Leonard O’ Donovan, who becomes only the second person to have owned and read all six One Short Story To Be Told volumes. Needless to say Leonard is thrilled to have reached the landmark that until now had only been done by Colette O Donoghue.

Volume Two: Wink. Eva Linehan is still in possession of this volume. Eva is close to finishing school examinations, and has begun reading.

V3 GRusheVolume Three: Grey Skies.

This tale found a new home this week when Gerry Rushe passed possession to Andrier Treson who, under her real name of Theresa Anderson, was the very first recipient of a One Short Story To Be Told story was back in October 2010. Gerry also provided a picture and a little feedback:

Volume Three: Grey Skies is a story that needs to be read by everyone from the age of 12 and up. If every adolescent had a copy of it when puberty hits, I truly believe it could save lives. I’ve read it 5 times now and in that time 3 people I’ve known most of my adult life are no longer with us. Please cherish the words in the story!!

Thanks Gerry for the kind words, they are appreciated.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead is still in the hands of Ruairi De Barra, but he has decided that Natalie McCormack will be next to provide a home for Sleepyhead. Who knows I might even have that moved confirmed by Friday.

Volume Five: Full Circle. Sue-Ellen Maloney-Carroll has been in touch to say she has read and enjoyed this tale. She has also promised a picture and feedback in the near future. And, in a move that will thrill the afore mentioned Ruairi De Barra, she has decided that Ruairi will be next to receive Full Circle. This ┬ámove will mean Ruairi will have read the first five One Short Story To Be Told tales in the order in which they have been released (which is a first), and means Ruairi is close to joining the exclusive club that Leonard O’ Donovan and Colette O’ Donoghue share. A fact made all the more interesting when….

Volume Six: Home is still in the custody of Leonard O’ Donovan who is, he tells me, ready to pass it on. Watch this space.

Now in the words of a very famous cartoon character ‘That’s all folks!”. Talk soon 88*Googolplex Leyton/Stan

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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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88*Googolplex leyton attens