Jan 11, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (65)

Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. And welcome to my weekly update on the tales and travels of stories I have penned, gorgeously packaged and sent out into the world as a volume of One Short Story To Be Told, a notion of leyton attens (who, of course, is my pen name, alter ego and superhero)

Until today it had been a quiet week here in One Short Story To Be Told land. And it may have ended quietly had I not (as I promised you and myself) made an effort to get some information from those either a) in possession of one of my tales or b) have recently passed on a One Short Story To Be Told volume, but have yet to provide some feedback for inclusion in the blog.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Six (Home) relaxing with Adrian HickeyThat request led to Paddy O’ Shea calling today to tell me that he still has Volume Five (Full Circle), and is currently plotting a handover. Adrian Hickey (pictured right) emailing to inform me that he has passed on Volume Six (Home) to Ultan Finegan, and to offer these words of feedback: Hey Leyton, how goes! Myself and my partner Cheeky Colini have read Volume Six (Home) and enjoyed sharing in the your adventure once again. This volume demonstrates an individuals will to exist, irrespective of how harsh and stark the realities of life can be at times. With no pardon or remittance to the instigator this volume is darkness indeed in its brief few pages. Cheers, Racey Hadikin (You will note that Adrain used his (and his wife’s) superhero name in his feedback. A touch I enjoyed immensely.)

My request also prompted Len O’ Donovan to call regarding his feedback for Volume Two (Wink) and Volume Five (Full Circle). This, he promises, will be forwarded over the weekend. So expect a post on that over the coming days.

Finally, my request led to John Kearney providing One Short Story To Be Told with a unique highlight. I must say that John’s actions left me speechless for a few moments (a rare event in itself), before filling me with enormous joy. I’m sure  few of you will have a similar reaction. So what is all the excitement about? Well I’ll let John’s words, and photo, explain.

Today saw a great event take place as “One Short Story To Be Told” Volume Three (Grey Skies) visited the maternity ward of the Rotunda hospital Dublin to meet all the newly borns. While there, it was read to Leon Kevin Piggott McCabe by his mother Danielle Mc Cabe, my niece & God daughter. It was the first story read to this child in his short life (he was born on 07/01/2013 @18.31hrs) and that is something that can never be taken away from him.
Are you speechless? Maybe not, but your definitely impressed. A huge thanks and massive high five to John on this brilliant idea.
John also had Grey Skies…you know what, as following Leon is impossible,  I’ll save John’s other piece of news for another day. And let you leave this post with Leon at the forefront of your mind. 88*Googolplex (a very happy) leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

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 on 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 has promised Volume Three (Grey Skies) top David Daly. The transfer has not yet taken place so I won’t provide any contact details just yet.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Enjoying itself (so far as I Know) 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): Ultan Finnegan now in possession. Ultan is available for requests on FB. I will, as always, also take requests at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.



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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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