Aug 16, 2014
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (150)

Well we’ve reached a century and a half of Friday Forum’s here at One Short Story To Be Told. That seems to big a number to me, but the idea – or adventure – is almost four years old now. Roll on October, hey.

During that time there have been ups and downs, but such is life. And at the moment two custodians of One Short Story To Be Told volumes are, unfortunately, in one of the tough life situations we call downs. So, Sue Ellen Carroll and Leonard O’Donovan have, rightly, have put all thought of moving along Volume Five: Full Circle (in Sue’s hands) and Volume’s Six: Home and Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return (in Len’s hands) on the back burner. This means Sandra Cambridge, who has been promised Volume Six: Home is playing a waiting game at the moment. But then that’s true of a lot of people (though Sandra is the only one with a concrete promise!).

Obviously, as outside of Len and Sue there are only three other One Short Story To Be Told tales out in the world, that situation has had an impact on the amount of news I have for you this week.

Eva Linehan, who holds Volume Two; Wink at the moment, has been in touch to say she is back from holidays and will turn her attention to the reading of and passing on of that tale shortly. Natalie McCormack, who only recently received Volume Four: Sleepyhead, is settling into her task – i.e. reading the book.

JPKBut the big news since I last spoke to you is that Volume Three: Grey Skies has reached a new home – that of Jonathan Patrick Kenneally.

Jonathan, who is the 22nd recipient of Volume Three, and enjoying his first interaction with One Short Story To Be Told, secured ownership of Grey Skies by contacting previous owner Andreir Treson directly through Facebook, which is a point to note for those of you chasing any of the six stories I have out in the world.

Jonathan was also kind enough to forward a picture of Volume Three: Grey Skies the day (5th August 2014) it landed in his house. And, in a first for One Short Story To Be Told, the picture, as you can see, contains proof of the time of landing as well.

So that brings us up to date, apart from one small piece of news that could turn into a big piece (I hope). A quick chat with Derek O’ Sullivan – who had Volume Three: Grey Skies way back in November 2012 – delivered a promise of some feedback on his experience with One Short Story To Be Told. No doubt whatsoever that this would be the longest period I would have waited for feedback, but hey, I’ll be delighted when it arrives!

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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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