Jul 5, 2014
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (142)

A tad late with this update, but given how I’ve been lately a tad is actually an achievement I’d say. Anyway not a lot to say this week. No books have changed hands, and I’ve found it hard to connect with those currently in possession of a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

The exception to the ‘hard to connect to’ has been Andrier Treson (AKA Theresa Anderson), who took possession of Volume Three: Grey Skies recently.  Andrier informs me she took time out on a sunny morning to read said volume, that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and that she has already begun thinking about who shall be next. A few people – Steve Meaney to name one – have expressed an interest in receiving this edition of One Short Story To Be Told, but don’t let that hold you back from shouting if you would like to be next.

I also managed to connect with Bill Grant a previous custodian of Volume One: Waiting for Life To Return and garnered his feedback on my very first publication. This is what he had to say –  “Stan this is a great book, with a great story about the simplicity of life. Sorry for delay in passing it on. I would like to read Volume Two if possible.’

Thanks Bill for the kind words, and especially for the interest in reading more of my tales – that’s always such a compliment!

And that’s it for this week. Although I should mention  a One Short Story To Be Told follower I met during the week suggested it may be time to bring the six volumes currently traveling the globe back home. I have to say that’s not something I’ve considered before. But hey, it is an idea. It would entail me asking all current custodians  NOT to pass my stories on, bringing to an end One Short Story To Be Told in it’s current format, and considering a new approach (perhaps publishing a collection of tales?). No decision has been made yet, and I’d like to get a feel from those of you who have been so kind and energetic about the idea to date before I do anything. So, over to you guys. Please let me know what you think.

88*Googolplex 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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88*Googolplex leyton attens