Mar 1, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (72)

Another week comes to a close for One Short Story To Be Told. And I have to say it’s been a quiet one. But then it did include one fantastic piece of news so I’m not complaining!

Before I get to the big news, let me say that there has been no news from Volume’s One, Two, Three, Four or Five this week. And that leads me to believe the following.

1. Gordon Kinsella and Paul O’ Connor (custodians of Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle) continue to enjoy the One Short Story To Be Told experience.

2. That Ruairi De Barra, who took possession of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return last Friday is enjoying the hazy glow that I like to believe the arrival of a One Short Story To be Told volume delivers.

3. That Lorraine Shaw has yet to put Volume Two: Wink in the mail for John ‘Jockey’ Wilson, and that this may be due to work commitments, and the local post office in Seoul not opening on a Saturday.

4. That Dave Allen has yet to post Volume Four: Sleepyhead to Elle Detonet in Mumbai.

5. That all is well with all these volumes.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume's Three: Grey Skies and Five: Full Circle enjoying an Easter pyramid in Colette O Donoghue's residence.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume’s Three: Grey Skies and Five: Full Circle enjoying an Easter pyramid in Colette O Donoghue’s residence.

Believing number five on my list was made a lot easier by the big news that arrived at the One Short Story To Be Told¬†door this week. But then why wouldn’t any worries and fears evaporate when one is informed that a book they have written and published is about to head for Everest!

Yes, folks One Short Story to Be Told Volume Six: Home will, in the company of Colette O’ Donoghue (who, by the way, has been one of our biggest fans for quite a while now), begins a journey that will culminate at Everest Base Camp this Sunday, 3rd MArch 2013.

Precisely when Colette and Volume Six will arrive at Everest BAse Camp I’m not sure. But, given that Colette has shown great tenacity in her pursuit of the One Short Story To be Told volumes over the past two years, and that the arrival of Volume Six: Home conferred on Colette the honor of being the only person in the whole wide world to have provided a home to all six One Short Story To Be Told stories, one thing is sure – Colette will want to mark this mix of historic events creatively. So, I am expecting the photographic evidence Colette provides upon her return from (or maybe even during) her Everest expedition to, at least, be as a creative as the shot of Volume’s Three and Five I have included on the left.

But hey, no pressure Collete!

So, until next week (when Volume Six: Home will be a lot closer to Everest Base Camp than it is now), 88*Googolplex folks! 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.

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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