Feb 22, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (71)

Another Friday arrives and, once again, I sit down to consider all things One Short Story To Be Told from the past week. It was, until yesterday, a week that offered nothing but silence from my six volumes circumnavigating the globe. But then a flurry of messages rolled in. None of those messages were connected with Volume Three: Grey Skies, or Volume Five: Full Circle. So I’m going to assume that Gordon Kinsella and Paul O’ Connor are enjoying the One Short Story To Be Told experience, and place the focus of this update on the other four One Short Story To Be Told volumes.

The first message arrived from Lorraine Shaw, who has promised to pass Volume Two: Wink to John Wilson of Crosshaven, Co. Cork. The good news is that Lorraine has located the post office in Seoul. The bad news is that it was closed when she found it last Saturday. So getting Volume Two: Wink on the move to John Wilson is going to be a tad difficult for Lorraine as she works the five days the post office is open! ‘Plan B has to be activated,’ she said. And I can’t wait to find out what that is!

Of course delays in getting One Short Story To Be Told volumes on the move is a regular feature of this adventure. People do have lives, after all. But I’m glad to report that two volumes have taken steps to overcome just such delays in the past week. Dave Allen informed me yesterday that he now has an address for Elle Detonet in Mumbai, India – and that Volume Four: Sleeepyhead well begin it’s journey there shortly. And, just this morning, Ruairi De Barra, who has been waiting to get his hands on Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return for almost three weeks sent me this message:

Hi ya! Volume One handover complete! What a lovely prospect for the weekend! Cheers

All I can say is “Enjoy, Ruairi, and thanks Tony Reddin for playing your part in my adventure.”

The big news of this week, however, arrived yesterday. And it comes from Austin Collins, the current custodian of my newest edition Volume Six: Home. Tell you what, I’ll let Austin’s words tell the tale.

Hi leyton/Stan. Many thanks for the chance to be part of the world of One Short Story To Be Told. It’s a very interesting, unique and enjoyable concept. ‘Home’ is a well written story, with a big ghastly impact on the reader. A story of a subject well known and suffered by a lot of people, and hidden and shunned by the rest.¬†It was was an enjoyable read. But it awakens horrors and fears that leave a mark in the memory of the reader. Again many thanks, and I look forward to getting a chance to read another chapter in the world and life of leyton attens. Now I’m looking for the next custodian! Austin Collins 88*googolplex.

I was so pleased to see 88*Googolplex close Austin’s update that a smile as broad as The Grand Canyon immediately dressed my face! And I’m sure that a few of you One Short Story To Be Tolders will be smiling at the prospect of contacting Austin to ask if you can be next to welcome Volume Six: Home into your home.

So I’ll let you get on with the ‘asking’ and bid you farewell in my usual manner: 88*Googolplex to you all leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

PS. Austin Collins is available on FB, at this page or through me via 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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