Jul 20, 2014
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (146)

Hi all, and welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum. It’s been a relatively quiet couple of weeks on the One Short Story To Be Told front – mainly because, as always, people have busy lives. And that will always be more important than any story telling idea, even one as cool as this! (I hope you spotted that blatant act of self affirmation, folks).

There has, however, been some movement and activity since I last updated you.

V4 to NatThe most significant news is that Volume Four: Sleepyhead has landed in a new home – that of of Natalie McCormack. Natalie becomes the 12th person to provide a home for Sleepyhead, while Ruairi De Barra, who relinquished his hold on that particular tale, provided the photographic evidence of it’s departure on the left, and had this to say about Sleepyhead.

‘Thanks again Stan for the opportunity to read a One Short Story To Be Told tale. I found Sleepyhead to be a very engaging tale, even though it is very different to the three other One Short Story To Be Told stories I have read.’

Leonard O’ Donobvan meanwhile has decied that Sandra Cambridge will be next to receive Volume Six: Home. There are three important points to be made about this transaction (if that doesn’t sound to formal).

First, this is the second One Short Story To Be Told volume Sandra has welcomed into her home (I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it agin, it is always a thrill when someone shows an interest in reading more of my work).

Second, relinquishing his hold on this tale means Leonard’s interaction with the One Short Story To Be Told adventure is coming to an end. He does still have Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return in his possession. But when he decides whose next for that volume he will have owned, read and passed on all six  One Short to be told tales. As he is only the second person ever to have achieved this I will honor him with a special post when he does, finally, let Waiting go.

And third, Sandra becomes the tenth recipient of Volume Six.

As for the other One Short Story To Be Told tales out in the world….well this is the latest on them.

Andrier Treson has been in touch regarding Volume Three: Grey Skies and said this: Hi Stan. I have read Grey Skies and loved the story. I was also delighted by everything else that goes with the tale. The book itself is gorgeous, and the introduction, author biography and the manner in which you ask for the idea to be kept alive are captivating. It has been a pleasure to, once agin, be involved in this idea. I will forward a photograph of Grey Skies this weekend, and send feedback as well.’.

So, it looks like Grey Skies could soon be on the move, and now would be a good time for you to indicate your interest in being next to welcome it into your home.

I also spoke to Sue Ellen Carroll, who is the current custodian of Volume Five: Full Circle recently. Sue’s life is currently hectic, and that has prevented her from making a decision as to who will be next to receive this story. Though she has read it. Hopefully I’ll have some news on a move, and some feedback sooner rather than later.

Volume Two: Wink, meanwhile, is proving the most difficult of my tales to track down. Multiple efforts to contact Eva Linehan, the current custodian of that particular One Short Story To Be Told edition, have failed over the past few weeks. But I’m hoping the holiday season explains that, and that I will have an update soon.

And that’s it for now folks. Hope you are all well. 88*Googolplex Leyton Attens/Stanley Notte.

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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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