Oct 25, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (106)

Hi all and welcome to the Friday Forum once again. My apologies at the outset for not posting, despite a promise to do so, a Friday Forum last week.

I am insanely busy at the moment (in a good way) and finding it hard to find the time on a Friday to get to you. ‘Priortise’ I hear you cry. And you’re right. So I have plans afoot to do just that. So keep your fingers crossed that the Friday Forum will, as it should, be a weekly thing from now on.

Anyway to the news. I’m delighted to announce that Volume Six: Home is soon to have a new abode. Because Caroline McSweeney, she of many abodes herself (but mainly Denmark)  has ended her time with my particular Home, and is forwarding it to…drum roll please…Leonard O’ Donovan. Len is delighted, as he now moves one step closer to becoming just the second person (after Collette O’ Donoghue) to have received all six of my stories.

Meanwhile Elle De Tonet is still ruminating on who she should pass Volume Four: Sleepyhead to.

‘This is a big decision,’ Elle told me last week, ‘especially as Sleepyhead was missing for almost half of this calendar year.’

I have to say, it’s hard to argue with that statement. Elle has, however, promised a decision will be made over this coming weekend. So those of you who have gone to the trouble of contacting me (thank you by the way) or Elle will know very soon if you are to be next to receive Sleepyhead.

Two other current custodians have spoken to me since I last spoke to you. And here’s what they had to say:

Sabine Lengger (current custodian of Volume Five: Full Circle): Hi there, Sorry, I haven’t finished it yet – am enjoying a little bit every evening though. Also, for passing it on, should I just choose someone – or how does that work? Cheers Sabine

Annushka Krautz (current custodian of Volume Two: Wink): Hello Daddy Notte (another alias of mine, by the way)! I am almost finished, and am loving it  - so descriptive! Would have loved to have read it quicker but I dont have a lot of freetime at the mo. But when I do it is a bliss to read.

As for Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To return) and Three (Grey Skies)…well I last spoke to James Brandon about Volume One on the 23rd September (my fault for no contact since) and he was ready to pass a final update on his One Short Story To Be Told experience. So I must make a point of talking to him next week – especially as it sounds like a new owner could be needed very soon. And Ruairi De Barra, he of the sea going occupation, well he sent me this about Volume Three: Grey Skies on the 16th September:

Vol three is ready to move on: I loved it, a really powerful read. I have loved them all but Grey Skies is my fav at the moment. But lets not tell the rest of them in case of jealousy. Thank you so much again for sharing your story with me, it’s a privilege. Cheers R.

Three things strike me about that message.

1. I have been majorly distracted over the past few weeks.

2. I never intended NOT to tell you all that Grey Skies was Ruairi’s favourite One Short Story To Be Told so far (he has read three – the others being Waiting For Life To Return and Wink) – how could I when that his high praise indeed?

And 3. Most importantly YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON VOLUME THREE: GREY SKIES in the very near future.

As usual all you have to do is let me, or Ruairi, know you want it, and then hope the universe leans in your favour!.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/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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