Mar 10, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (73)

Illness (flu), and a subsequent lack of energy has led to the late arrival of my weekly update on all things related to One Short Story To Be Told, but I’m sure your Friday wasn’t too badly affected by my absence.

In truth, this was another quite week for One Short Story To Be Told. Ruairi De Barra was in touch to say that he had enjoyed Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, and that he had found Ultan Finnegan’s (who recently held Volume Six: Home in his hands), request to be next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into his home irresistible. So congratulations Ultan on securing your second One Short Story To Be Told volume, the contract is on the way.

Ultan has also been talking to John Wilson who was in touch on Friday to say that VolumeTwo: Wink had arrived in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. This was great news as Wink had been traveling from Korea and I was a tad worried that the postal system would be found wanting. John is actually considering the next owner of Volume Two already – so if you’re interested you will need to act swiftly,

The only other news this week was from Elle Detonet in Mumbai. She informed me that her contract had arrived. No sign of Volume Four: Sleepyhead just yet, however. And, as I have no idea how long it takes for a parcel to travel from Australia to Mumbai, I cannot even guess when Elle should see Volume Four: Sleepyhead sit alongside her contract.

As for the other three One Short Story To Be Told volumes…well silence has been the order of the day all week. No surprise that Colette O’ Donoghue, who has Volume Six: Home in her possession, has not been in touch. She is, after all, involved in a trek to Everest Base Camp at the moment. But the silence from Paul O’ Connor, who is currently providing a Dutch home to Volume Five: Full Circle, and Gordon Kinsella, who has Volume Three: Grey Skies in his possession, is harder to explain.

Still no news is good news, as they say. So, I’ll put all worries to the back of my mind and assume that there will be news next week.

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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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