Jan 5, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (64)

Well, well, well. After battling hard to remember what day it was throughout the festive season One Short Story To Be Told lost track on the 4th January! Yes folks, I’m a day late with this Friday Forum because I thought yesterday was Thursday. But I’m sure I’m not the only one to lose a day as 2012 drew to a close. And I’m grateful I didn’t lose two or thee!

I suppose the fact that it has been a busy week here in One Short Story To Be Told contributed to my loss of memory, too. And it has been a busy week, folks. No less than three One Short Story To Be Told volumes have arrived in new homes. The first of those was Volume Three (Grey Skies), who moved from Derek O’ Sullivan’s home to John “Shaky’ Kearney’s abode. That happened on New Years Day. And that move was swiftly followed by Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return)’s transfer to Tony Reddin (from Andy Mackin), and Adrain Hickey announcing that Ultan Finnegan would be next to entertain Volume Six (Home).

Photographic evidence of ‘Grey Skies’ move has been promised. And I will post that as soon as I get it. In fact, with so many moves taking place, I now have a backlog of feedback to chase. Sinead O’ Meara (Volume Four), Letitia Notte (Volume Two), Leonard O’ Donovan (Volume Two and Five!), Andy Mackin (Volume One) and Derek O’ Sullivan (Volume Three) have all yet to let me know what they thought of the stories they recently played custodian to. So looks like next week will be a busy one as well. Oh, and if any of those named above are reading this – please pass on a few words!

But I’ll close this week’s update with a couple of pictures that I was unable to load to the blog during the week due to a wordpress update that confused me (maybe that’s another reason I lost a day!). The first is of Lorraine Shaw accepting Volume Five (Full Circle) from Leonard O’ Donovan last year! And the other two were provided by Dave Allen, who recently visited Sydney with some friends, and took Volume Four (Sleepyhead) with him.


And that’s it for this, the first week of 2013 folks. I hope the new year brings you all you want, and that you will stay with us here at One Short Story To Be Told as the months tick by.

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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: John Kearney gave One Short Story To Be Told the perfect start to 2013 by collecting ‘Grey Skies’ from Derek O’ Sullivan on the 1st Jan. John is available on Facebook for requests. oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com is your other option.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Enjoying itself in Australia at the moment. Dave Allen, of Perth is the man in possession, and he 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): Scheduled to move from the home of Adrian Hickey to the latest custodian Ultan Finnegan any day now. Ultan is available for requests on FB. I will, as always, also take requests at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.







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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.

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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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