Mar 23, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (75)

In a week where I have struggled to get over an illness that began a month ago I’m glad to report that all has been quiet on the One Short Story To Be Told front.

Sleepyhead in Mumbai

Sleepyhead in Mumbai

Elle Detonet was in touch yesterday to say that Volume Four: Sleepyhead had landed in Mumbai, India. Her message – So SleepyHead arrived in Mumbai today…. All way from Oz..Thank You Dave Allen! And so its Indian adventure begins… 1st Stop today… A temple.. SleepyHead will indeed be sleepy by the time its adventure ends on May 1st!  was full of excitement, and she has wasted no time in getting busy with the old camera.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the results of her efforts are worth casting an eye over. They have certainly have whetted my appetite for more.

One man who may envy Elle’s excitement at the arrival of a One Short Story To Be Told volume is Ultan Finnegan. Ultan is waiting for two One Short Story To Be Told volume’s (namely one and two) to be passed to him. And when I spoke to him regarding their pending arrival today he had this to say; Not Yet Stan. John ‘Jockey’ Wilson asked for my address and I passed it on. Ruari said he would contact me on Thursday – but nothing yet. On flippin tenderhooks now! I have to say it’s great to hear that people are eager to receive my work. But I feel your pain, too, Ultan. Hopefully the next couple of days will bring you good news.

Meanwhile I have to extend my congratulations to the current custodian of One Short Story To Be Told Volume Six: Home. Colette O’ Donoghue completed a trek to Everest Base Camp in the past week, and that is a mighty achievement! Colette is back at home in Watergrasshill, Co Cork now. And I’m sure she is enjoying a well earned rest. But, as Volume Six: Home accompanied her to Nepal, and was no doubt photographed in some exotic locations, I hope she doesn’t take too long to get back to normality. Those are pictures I am very keen to see.

So that’s the update on Volume’s One, Two, Four and Six. The other One Short Story To Be Told tales – Grey Skies (Volume Three) and Full Circle (Volume Five) – I have out in the world were not in touch this week. Perhaps I’ll have news from their current custodians Gordan Kinsella and Paul O’ Connor next week. Actually you could help me in that regard. I know that Gordan and Paul are both mulling over who should be next to welcome a One Short Story To Be Told volume into their home. So perhaps a nudge from you would help them make up their mind. If it does I would have news for the blog next week – and you could be mentioned here as the next lucky recipient! Now that sounds like a good deal to me! So, if you want to help me out, and increase your chances of being mentioned here, contact Gordan or Paul (or both) through their Facebook page, or email me at

See you next week – 88*Googolplex Stanley Notte/leyton attens.



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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?

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