Mar 15, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (74)

The good news in another relatively quiet week for One Short Story To Be Told is that both Gordon Kinsella and Paul O Connor have been in touch. This of course means that Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle are safe and sound. I suppose there was never any real doubt in the end.

Paul on the Dyke.Paul’s message included the picture of him reading Volume Five displayed on the left and was short, sweet and a tad mysterious, too. Here it is:

Hi Stan, I received the book from Paddy and I intend to pass it on shortly, as soon as I find the right person. Here’s a pic of me reading it on the dyke. I’ll be heading on Friday so lots of last minute preparations to be dealt with. I’ll give you a further update from the cruise … Slán, Paul.

Don’t ask me to explain “The Cruise”, because I can’t. But I do know that Paul was due to go to sea, so let’s assume it’s a work related thing. It is obvious, too, I would say that now would be a good time to contact Paul if you are looking to welcome One Short Story To Be Told into your life. If you want to do that then email me at

Gordan’s contact was a little more detailed, but as it was by telephone I won’t be providing a word for word account of Gordon’s time with Volume Three: Grey Skies. I will say that he was very complimentary about the book and idea, and that I was suitably flattered by his words. I should also say the Gordon did not say he was ready to pass the book on, but as he has read it (and more than once) I’d imagine a strong nudge by a suitable suitor could easily land one the prize. Gordon is available on Facebook, or through me as always.

JockeyThe final piece of news this week welcomes Ultan Finnegan to a select group. You may recall that Ruairi De Barra informed me last week that Ultan would be next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. Well this week John Wilson decided that Ultan would be next to receive Volume Four: Sleepyhead, as well. This means Ultan will join two very special groups. First, he will join the group of people who have received and read three One Short Story To Be Told volumes (Volume Six: Home was with Ultan in January). I’m not going to name all of these people, mainly because I don’t know them off by heart. But there are not many, I am certain of that.

Second, as Volume One and Volume Four will be in Ultan’s possession at the same time, he will, according to my recollection at least, become only the third person – after Colette O’ Donoghue and Len O Donovan – to have held two of my volumes at the same time.  So well done Ultan.

John Wilson also forwarded a nice photograph while breaking the news about Ultan being next to receive Volume Four. It’s my pleasure to include it here. And I have even greater pleasure in including the lovely words John attached to that photograph. So here they are:

‘Great story, Stan. I felt I was in there with them. And the tale got me thinking back to my own childhood memories. Keep me in mind for more One Short Story To Be Told volumes. Cheers, John.’

Thanks John for playing your part in this adventure, and thanks for the kind words. As I’ve said before, kind words always brighten up my day.

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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.

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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
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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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