Dec 15, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (61)

One Short Story To Be Told has had a week where our stories have, literally, criss-crossed the globe. Volume Two (Wink) completed it’s journey from Brisbane, Australia to Cork, Ireland on Tuesday when it landed in the hands of Len O’ Donovan (who has now played host to three One Short Story To Be Told volumes), passing Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – who is en route from Cork to Sydney as we speak – on the way.

Volume Five (Full Circle) meanwhile, thanks to current custodian Paddy O’ Shea, enjoyed a brief sojourn to Brussels. Paddy didn’t, as planned, manage to pass ‘Full Circle’ on while there. But he did supply One Short Story To Be Told with a couple of nice pictures to brighten up this post.



Volume Six (Home) also landed in a new home this week. Adrain Hickey – who previously played host to Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) in May 2011 – collected ‘Home’ from the One Short Story To Be Told headquarters on Thursday evening.

The other two One Short Story To Be Told editions – Volume One (One (Waiting For Life To Return) and Volume Three (Grey Skies) – currently gracing earth with their presence are both soon to move house as well. ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ has been promised to Tony Reddin, who returns home from a business trip this weekend, by Andy Mackin. And Derek O’ Sullivan, the current guardian of ‘Grey Skies’, is mulling over the entries he received to his ‘Tell me in nine words why you should be next to receive Volume Three’ competition. The entries, I will tell you, were very creative. And as One Short Story To Be Told loves creativity I’m tempted to share a few with you. But, in order to maintain an aura of neutrality, I will resist that temptation until Derek has announced his choice of winner.

Oh, and just to ensure this week was had an international feel, Jennifer Franklin forwarded pictures of Volume Two (Wink) in Sweden last October. The fact that I had no idea a One Short Story To Be Told volume had been in Sweden made the arrival of these photographs all the more pleasurable. Thanks again, Jenny.


And that’s it for this Friday folks, talk soon and 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin will take possession of ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ over the coming weekend. Tony is a FB user, and you can get him here.
Volume Two – Wink: Leonard O’ Donovan now in possession. Len is available on FB, go to, or you can use if you prefer.
Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan is mulling over his ‘Nine word’ entries. White smoke is imminent, I would say.
Volume Four – Sleepyhead: On it’s way to Dave Allen in Perth, Australia. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you here, or through
Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go here to submit a request to him.
Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, another non FB user. Contact Adrian through



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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.

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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
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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?
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