Jun 13, 2014
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (124 (or 139?))

My God, it has been 15 – yes that’s 15 – weeks since I updated the One Short Story To Be Told blog! That’s why I’m not sure if this is update 124 or 139! I’ll decide later. But for now I’ll say two things.

1. I can’t believe it’s been that long.

2. I apologise for the delay, there really is no excuse for it (even if I have been very busy).

Needless to say my inactivity has compounded any inactivity there would have been due to the likes of Sue-Ellen Maloney (current custodian of Volume Five: Full Circle) and Eva Linhan (current custodian of Volume Two: Wink) being busy with local elections and exams respectively.

I have, however, contacted all current custodians today. To date Sue-Ellen (I forgot all about it!), and Leonard O’ Donovan (a proud current custodian of Volume Six: Home and Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, which he┬árecently received) have replied. I do know that Gerry Rush (he dropped me a FB post last week) ┬áis looking for a new owner for Volume Three: Grey Skies, so if you’re interested in that please let me know. And the last I heard – boy, that sound bad! – Ruairi De Barra planned to pass Volume Four: Sleepyhead to Natalie McCormack. I must confirm that today or tomorrow!

And that, in a nutshell, is it. If you are interested in reading a One Short Story To Be Told Volume let me know. As I said Gerry Rushe is looking to pass Volume Three on, and Sue-Ellen, Leonard O’ Donovan and Eva Linehan should also be ready, or close to ready, to relinquish their hold on the stories Full Circle, Home and Wink. So now would be a good time to say, ‘Can I be next?’, or words to that effect.

Apologies again for my inactivity, I promise to do all I can to avoid a repeat in the future.


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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