Feb 15, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (70)

Hello all you One Short Story To Be Told followers on what is a cool Friday evening in Cork, Ireland. And cool, as there has been little activity this week, is the word that best describes the past seven days for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Two of my volumes have reached new homes. Volume Six: Home landed in the hands of Austin Collins of Drogheda, Co. Louth on Tuesday. And Volume Five: Full Circle broke new ground for One Short Story To Be Told on Wednesday – and created a hot spot in the otherwise cool week in the process – when it arrived at the home of Paul O’Connor who resides inĀ Ab Den Burg, Texel, The Netherlands.

But, apart from that, I have no news to ring in your ears this evening – which is odd as three more of my volumes have been promised new homes.

Perhaps, I think, Lorraine Shaw, who has promised John Wilson of Crosshaven, Ireland that he will be next to welcome Volume Two: Wink into his home, has yet to locate her local post office in Seoul.

Perhaps Dave Allen has placed Volume Four: Sleepyhead in the post, and the service that will transport Sleepyhead from Sydney to Mumbai, India – where Elle Detonet who awaits Sleepyhead resides – is currently doing what it needs to do.

And perhaps the fact that Tony Reddin and Ruairi De Barra (the current and next custodian of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return) are both employed in sea going occupations is hindering their need to liaise.

Then again maybe all three of those volumes have landed in new homes and I just haven’t been informed!

I just don’t know, folks, I just don’t know. And I don’t know either how Volume Three: Grey Skies and its latest custodian, Gordon Kinsella, are getting on.

But then, as regular readers will know, there are times when the One Short Story To Be Told adventure behaves in this manner. And all I can do is trust that the Universe, and those who have accepted the profound responsibility of keeping a story alive, are working in my favour.

So that, folks, is what I am – and will continue – doing at the moment. Perhaps next week will bring a flurry of activity. Then again, maybe it won’t!

88*Googolplex to each and every one of you. Have a great weekend.

leyton attens/Stanley Notte

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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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