Feb 8, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (69)

Hey there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. It’s Friday and time for me to update you on all things connected to the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

It’s been a pretty active week. My efforts to procure outstanding feedback have been largely successful. And, as I write, I now have just two past custodians – Sinead O’ Meara (Re Volume Four: Sleepyhead) and Derek O’ Sullivan (Re Volume Three: Grey Skies) – who have yet to forward their thoughts on their experience while in the company of a One Short Story To Be Told volume.

As you know I have been delighted with the feedback that has arrived over the past ten days. And the latest arrivals, from Letitia Notte of Brisbane, Aus (regarding Volume Two: Wink) and Paddy O’ Shea (regarding Volume Five: Full Circle) have expanded my delight. I’m not sure how best to explain that delight. So, I’m going to say that my delight has turned to an ‘Angel Delight’ – which as you know is a sweet desert. Perhaps the analogy is a tad odd, so if you can think of a better one feel free to forward it to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Anyway I’ll reveal what Paddy and Letitia had to say in a moment. But first let me tell you about a few moves decided upon this week.

Dave Allen has decided to forward Volume Four: Sleepyhead to Elle Detonet, who currently resides in Mumbai, India. As India is a country One Short Story To Be Told has not set foot in before, I was thrilled with this announcement. But then, as the regular readers of the One Short Story To Be Told updates will know, I love breaking new ground. When exactly the transfer will take place I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that as Volume Four is heading towards India Volume Two, and the story Wink, will be leaving South Korea. That’s because Lorraine Shaw informed me on Tuesday that John Wilson of Crosshaven, Co Cork will be the next (and therefore the 21st) recipient of Volume Two: Wink. John was delighted to be selected, and swiftly returned the contract I forwarded (He even included a note that said “Love the contract, Stan.”). All Lorraine needs to do now is find the local post office – which she has not done before. I jest you not!

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Five: Full Circle getting ready to head for Holland!

The latest custodian of Volume Five (Full Circle), the afore mentioned Paddy O’ Shea, also chose the next recipient of that story this Paddy O' Shea at the moment he parted with One Short Story To Be Told Volume Five: Full Circleweek. But, as the pictures included here show, Paddy has not just chosen Paul O’ Connor, who resides in Holland, as the ninth person to provide Full Circle with a home: He has also sent the book on it’s way. Again I was delighted with Paddy’s choice of destination. As mainland Europe, surprisingly, has eluded One Short Story To Be Told, as least officially, to date. So, new ground is broken again!

Now, back to the feedback. As I said both Letitia Notte and Paddy O’ Shea have been kind enough to be kind about the One Short Story To Be Told experience. So, rather that try to follow their eloquence I will sign off with their words. I think that is appropriate. So I’ll start with Letitia on Volume Two: Wink.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Two: Wink enjoying a little fun in Brisbane, Australia.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Two: Wink enjoying a little fun in Brisbane, Australia

Well I definitely held on to Wink far too long. But it was a captivating story that I just had to read over and over. It is a touching story, that no doubt numerous people can relate to in so many different ways. I myself am currently preparing to make a journey home but my nerves are good nerves.
A very touching and honest book about how family life isn’t always perfect, but at the end of the day ‘Family Comes First.’
Thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to getting my hands on another Volume of One Short Story To Be Told so I can be captivated by another one of Leyton’s intriguing stories. Thanks so much for the opportunity to have Wink in my possession and to have some fun here in Brissy with it.. xxxx

And I’ll finish with Paddy O’ Shea on Volume Five (Full Circle):

“Full Circle is a beautiful piece of writing that is both insightful and inspiring. A powerful story of courage and over-coming fear and self-doubt. I for one am honored to have been a small part of its journey! Thank you Leyton!” Paddy!
88*Googolplex to you all, leyton attens/Stanley Notte

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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.

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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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