Feb 16, 2014
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (121)

Hi all, and welcome to another One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum. Apologies for the lack of updates over the past few weeks, but we had a family bereavement and, as I’ve said many times in the past in relation to my books (though that has always been in relation to those in possession of a One Short Story To Be Told Volume), real life is more important than any story.

James and book

 Now to the current situation regarding the six tales I have navigating the globe under the One Short Story To Be Told moniker.
Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return – The first ever One Short Story To Be Told has been transferred from the hands of James Brandon to those of Billy Grant in Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland. Billy has ‘Waiting For Life To Return, and I quote, ‘In a very safe place.’, and is looking forward to reading it. The picture (left) shows James with Volume One on the day he posted it, and after a long and sleepless night fishing.
Volume Two: Wink – is with Eva Linehan since the 30th January. Eva has exams looming on the horizon so Wink has beensafely tucked away in her room for the moment. She has however promised a certain Steve Meaney he will be next to receive Wink. Steve has lightened my heart by seeking out a second volume of One Short Story To Be Told. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – it’s always great when someone shows an interest in reading more of my work. The picture on the right was sent by Annushka and shows ‘The beautiful Pepsi enjoying the book.’ I love it when people get creative when photographing my books! So thanks Annushka.

Volume Three: Grey Skies. So far as I know Ruairi De Barra posted Grey Skies to Austin Collins of Drogheda, Ireland recently. No confirmation of its arrival has been received thus far, however.

Ruairi Vol 4Volume Four: Sleepyhead – Sleepyhead safely reached its 11th home with Ruairi De Barra (the one and only person on the planet to have read Volume’s One, Two, Three and now Four of One Short Story To Be Told in chronological order!) on the 31st January. Ruairi immediately took the photograph on the left of Sleepyhead on board L.E. Eithne where he is currently serving. Since then L.E. Eithne, Ruairi and Sleepyhead have been at sea in some of the worst weather ever recorded on the coasts of Ireland. So I am glad to report they are all safe and sound. Sleepyhead’s reaching Ruairi was big news as the fourth story in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure had not been to a new home since the 22nd March 2013. You may recall this was, in large part, due to Elle Detonet mislaying my fourth volume (which in turn led to me announcing it was entirely lost to the world!) Perhaps in an attempt to make up for this long sabbatical Ruairi has swiftly decided Sleepyhead needs to move to home number twelve, and is now actively seeking suitors. So, get you name to me, or Ruairi of course, if you would like to be the twelfth person to welcome Sleepyhead into your home.
Volume Five: Full Circle – Sabine Lengger informed me two weeks ago that Full Circle is heading back to Cork City and to a new One Short Story To Be Told owner, and indeed participant, in the form of Sue-Ellen Maloney. The move has yet to be completed however.
Volume Six: Home – Leonard O’ Donovan still retains possession of the last story in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure (well to date anyway). He has recently given the tale to his mother Anne, to help her pass a little time while in hospital. Both Len and Anne have read other One Short Story To Be Told tales, a fact that again gladdens my heart.
There is work for me to do updating the blog regarding feedback and even some owners. I plan to complete that work this week. And I also plan to have a google map tracking the complete journeys of each of the books in place soon as well.
Stay tuned for updates on the google map, and stay extra tuned if you are one of those holding back on feedback. I’m on a real mission with that today (and hopefully that will last!)
88*Googolplex Stan/Leyton.

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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.

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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