Feb 1, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (68)

It’s been all about feedback at One Short Story To Be Told this week, and I must say that it is impossible for me not to smile when I read how positive Dave Daly, Dave Allen and Tony Reddin found the One Short Story To Be Told experience. So this post will consist of nothing more than their words, a photograph, and a farewell not from me.

David Daly passes Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Gordon Kinsella.

David Daly passes Volume Three (Grey Skies) to Gordon Kinsella.

First, this is Dave Daly on Volume Three (Grey Skies).

‘I read Volume Three (Grey Skies) from the start, and remember thinking how much it reminded me of Douglas Adams style. Then I got to the short story “Grey Skies” and was shocked by the stark contrast. For a first attempt at writing I must say it was fantastically well written and believable. I suppose there is a piece of that tale in us all. The rest of the book again picks you up and leaves a smile on your face. All the best Dad Avidly. (Seeing Dave adopt a superhero name to sign off just made his feedback even better)

Second, here’s Dave Allen’s take on Volume Four (Sleepyhead).

Hey Leyton. I have been the privileged custodian of “Sleepyhead’ for a bit longer than expected. I believe he thoroughly enjoyed his trip around Oz. More to the point, the book itself is reminiscent of a very innocent time of life – and makes you wonder when did all that change. The story is a happy distraction from the hustle and bustle of modern life, which I believe is the ultimate aim of any good storyteller. You are certainly on your way to reviving the dying art of storytelling. Thank you for sharing your talent/superpowers. Dave Allen.

All I can say is Wow!, and thanks, of course.

And finally, here’s Tony Reddin’s opinion of  Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return).

‘Moments after finishing this book I found myself staring at a book shelf at home. Upon this book shelf there was as much dust as there was books. These books were born, lived and then died. What I mean is they were bought, read and then rested on this book shelf – where they will probably remain long after I’m gone.
Waiting For Life To Return, the story in Volume One of One Short Story To Be Told, while sad, simply glows with life. It also pleads with you to extend its life [and the books] and engulfs you with curiousity as to what is next. Well done on this outstanding concept, I look forward to Volume Two. The only bad thing I have to say is to myself: ‘Why didn’t I get to this book earlier’.

Again it’s a Wow! from me. And I’m sure you can now see why I decided not to add any words of my own to this post – how on earth could I follow that!

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PS, I haven’t published a full list of current owners of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes for a couple of weeks now. So it’s time to put that right.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return; Tony Reddin is in possession, but has promised to pass our inaugural volume on to Ruairi De Barra. You can send requests to Ruairi via his Facebook page, or oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two – Wink: Lorraine Shaw is, so far as I know, is still actively looking for for the next owner. Get one her FB page https://www.facebook.com/lorr.shaw?fref=ts to ask to be next.

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Gordon Kinsella recently became the seventeenth recipient of Grey Skies. Gordon can be found on Facebook, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Dave Allen, of Perth is still in possession. He is, he tells me, currently mulling over a couple of names that appeal to him as the next custodian of ‘Sleepyhead’.

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 is currently in possession. He has, however, promised Austin Collins, of Drogheda, Ireland that he will pass ‘Home’ onto him. That transfer is due to take place in the next fortnight, and I’ll post contact details for Austin as soon as he has Volume Six in his possession.

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