Dec 20, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (113)

The final One Short Story To Be Told post before that wonderful season called Christmas lands on our doorstep brings news of the adventure arriving back at almost full steam. And here’s why:

I’ve managed now to speak to all but one of the current custodians, and have a number of my six editions either on the move, or preparing to move.

So here is the latest on all six of my globe trotting tales.

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return – James Brandon has decided to send this story to Bill Grant of Cobh, Co. Cork. Bill is new to the One Short Story To Be Told adventure, and I can’t wait to get his reaction to the idea, and indeed the contract which is in the post today.

Volume Two: Wink – Annuska Krautz has chosen one Eva Linehan of Ballincollig, Cork to be the next recipient of the second tale  I thrust upon the world. There is a tad of confusion on my end, as I may have contacted the wrong Eva Linehan. But I’m hopeful all confusion will be eradicated before Santa departs the North Pole.

Volume Three: Grey Skies. Ruairi De Barra has forwarded number three in the One Short Story To Be Told series to Austin Collins of Drogheda, Co. Louth. Grey Skies will be the second One Short Story To Be Told tale that Austin has received, a fact that delights me –  it is always nice when someone shows a continued interest in this adventure: it is my writing that they want more of after all.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead. After a trip to India and a long sabbatical when I thought it had been consigned to the scrap heap, Sleepyhead is due to head to a new home – that of Ruairi De Barra – any day now. Ruairi will provide Sleepyhead with it’s eleventh home, and at the same time take another step toward completing his ambition to read all six of my tales. Sleepyhead will be the fourth of my tales Ruairi has provided with a temporary home, leaving him with just two more to welcome under his roof. It is worth noting that Ruairi has welcomed my tales into his home in numerical order (i.e. Volume One came first, then Volume Two, Three and now Four), and if he completes the task he has set himself by continuing that trend he will be the first to read all six stories in that order. Not that one needs to do that, each story is a stand alone entity. But it will be a nice feat. I’ll let you know as soon as Elle Detonet has forwarded Sleepyhead to Ruairi, which I hope will be soon.

Volume Five: Full Circle – This edition of One Short Story To Be Told is proving to be the hardest to get back on track. My many attempts to contact Sabine Lengger in Plymouth, England have yielded nothing but silence thus far. The situation is further complicated by the fact I don’t know Sabine at all, and indeed don’t know Paul O’ Connor the man who passed Full Circle to her either. So all I can do is continue to email Sabine, and cross my fingers that a reply will be forthcoming at some point.

Volume Six: Home – The final One Short Story To Be Told volume is currently nestled in the safe hands of Leonard O’ Donovan, another man on a mission to have read all of the One Short Story To Be Told tales. Home is the fifth of my tales Leonard has provided a home to, and I’m sure his focus will shift to Volume One: Waiting for Life To Return – the only One Short Story To Be Told story he has not yet received – early in the new year. In the meantime Leonard plans on providing Home with a warm and celebratory Christmas home.

Finally I have been unsuccessful in procuring any feedback that is outstanding on this idea. So I’ll just have to keep at it over the festive period.

And now it’s time for me to say 88*Googolplex and wish all you One Short Story To Be Told followers a peaceful and happy Christmas. Take care, enjoy the holiday, and I’ll speak to you just before we say adios to 2013 and bonjour to 2014.

88*Googolplex Leyton Attens/Stanley Notte.

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