Mar 1, 2014
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (123)


In fact I only jut noticed – literally! But boy am I glad I did notice, I’d have been majorly disappointed if this piece of news had passed me by.

What am I talking about? One Short Story To Be Told has reached the 100 readers/owners landmark!

Yep, we are 100, a centurion, a read/owned by a number that requires three digits to accurately convey the number of people who have participated this adventure.

Ok, ok, you may not be all that excited, especially if you are not one of the 100 who have helped my adventure reach this milestone. But I have to tell you I am thrilled, ecstatic and maybe even a little overawed. It’s funny, but when I started this adventure in October 2010 (is it really three and half years ago already) I never really considered hitting such landmarks. Perhaps that’s why I’m so delighted.

Of course my head is now thinking ‘How to I mark such an occasion?’. Do I settle for this announcement? Or do I do something more? Perhaps you, my followers, have some ideas? If you do please let me know.

Jeepers, I’ve just realized I have not told you who is number 100, the centurion, the person who moved One Short Story To Be Told into tree digit figures. Well it’s Sue-Ellen Carroll, who received Volume Five: Full Circle from Sabine Lengger on Wednesday 26th February 2014. Congrats Sue-Ellen, and thanks Sabine Lengger for playing your part in One Short Story To Be Told hitting a major milestone.

This week also Ruairi De Barra receive Volume Four: Sleepyhead from Elle Detonet, an event that would have dominated this update if not for the 100 mark being reached. Because Ruairi is, in part due to Sleepyhead being lost for six months last year, the first new owner of Sleepyhead in almost a year! Congrats Ruairi, and thanks to Elle for playing her part in this adventure.

Interestingly (and perhaps to help Sleepyhead recover from its lack of action last year) Ruairi has already decided that Natalie McCormack will receive Sleepyhead next.

Now, just before I go, I will quickly tell you that the blog is, for the first time in ages, fully up to date. So please have a look around it – it makes for interesting reading on the week we hit the 100 mark. Yabba Dabba Dooooooooo!

88*Googolplex, a very happy Stanley Notte/Leyton Attens.

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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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