Dec 28, 2012
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (63)

Hi there, I hope, all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, have had a great Christmas, and that there are a few more festive days ahead of you before 2013 arrives in a blaze of bells and singing.

As the year draws to a close we here at One Short Story To Be Told, like so many others at this time of year, have been in reflective mood this week. And taking a look back at 2012 has made for some interesting reading. The year has seen two new volumes – Five: Full Circle and Six; Home – launched into the world. And activity, when one looks closely at the movement of all six volumes now out in the world, has been varied and exciting.

48 people have welcomed a One Short Story To Be Told volume into their home in the past twelve months. Volume Three (Grey Skies) has been the most active, resting in no fewer than ten houses since last January. While Volume Five (Full Circle) is next busiest, reaching eight new people, which is a big number when you consider that Full Circle only found it’s first home on 5th March, two days after it was launched.

Our other volumes can claim to be more active on their travels, however. As they have, in contrast to Volume Three and Five, who, apart from brief (and unofficial) trips to Sweden and Brussels respectively, have remained in the Cork area throughout 2012, have been finding far flung and unfamiliar abodes in which to rest. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) has been to Perth, Australia twice, as well as Toronto, Canada. Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has enjoyed sojourns to, and between, Chicago, California and Sydney, as well as short holiday to Brussels. While Volume Two (Wink) has travelled to Stockport, England and Brisbane, Australia.

Compiling that information I was tempted to calculate air miles travelled, but… well it is the holiday season.

Of course the nicest thing, for me at least, throughout the year has been the feedback that my readers have provided. It has proved impossible, despite a concerted effort, to pick a favorite, as you have all been so kind. And I must admit I had a similarly difficulty when perusing the photographs that have been forwarded throughout the year. So many made such an effort, it’s hard to believe. And the creativity they employed? Well, fantastic is the only adequate word. So, rather than plump for one favorite, and display it with a glowing reference here, I’ve decided to end the year with a photo free post.

Now, before I go, let me tell you that Volume Two (Wink) will end the year on a high. Because today it was transferred to it’s twentieth owner. Lorraine Shaw is the lady now in possession of ‘Wink’. And, as Lorraine is soon to return to Soeul, South Korea, where she currently resides, One Short Story To Be Told will shortly have officially landed on a brand new continent. Now that’s what I call an end of year preset! Photographic evidence of Lorraine accepting ‘Wink’ from Leonard O’ Donovan is in existence, and I will share that with you in my first 2103 update.
88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte. And have a Happy New Year!

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin is the man to talk to if you’d like to get your hands on Volume One. Tony is a FB user, so you can get him there. Or email us at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink: Lorraine Shaw took possession today, 28th December 2012. Get one her FB page https://www.facebook.com/lorr.shaw?fref=ts to ask to be next.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Derek O Sullivan has decided that John Kearney will be next to receive ‘Grey Skies’. Handover arrangements are being made. If you want to talk John before he takes possession try him on Facebook, or contact oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Landed in Dave Allen’s hands in Perth, Australia on Tuesday. Dave can be cajoled into forwarding Sleepyhead to you on FB, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Paddy O’ Shea now holds Full Circle in his possession. Go to FB to submit a request to him.

Volume Six (Home): Now in the hands of Adrian Hickey, a non FB user. Contact Adrian through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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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?
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