Apr 5, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (77)

As a writer I regularly suffer, as many creatives do, with severe bouts of doubt. Regularly I wonder if the words I pen have any value. And frequently I find myself thinking ‘Am I wasting my time?’ and mulling over the possibility that readers would consider my work as mundane, trite or simply ‘bad’. So, it is always (as I have said before) wonderful when a reader of a One Short Story To Be Told story has kind words to say, or shows an interest in reading further volumes.

But it is only this week I realised that, since I launched One Short Story To Be Told in October 2010, nice words about, and an interest in reading more of, my work have regularly visited my life. How exactly I have missed this very valuable lesson I am not sure. But I must say thank you to David Daly, Adrian Hickey, Ultan Finnegan, Ruairi De Barra and Colette O’ Donoghue for making me profoundly aware of that fact this week.

All of the above are people who have been very kind when providing feedback on the One Short Story To Be Told volumes they have read. And, more importantly, from my end (because I often wonder if nice words are provided simply because unkind words are more difficult to offer – oh, the madness of the creative mind!), they have all made a concerted effort to source more than one One Short Story To Be Told volume. In fact, Colette has made herculean efforts on that front, which explains how she has read all six of my volumes; Ultan and Adrian have both read three of my books; and David Daly and Ruairi will soon receive their second One Short Story To Be Told tale.

It was when I discovered (on Monday) that David and Ruairi were nominated as the next recipients of Volume Six: Home and Volume Two: Wink respectively, that the penny dropped regarding kind words and an interest in my work being regular visitors to my world since the launch of One Short Story To Be Told. ‘What,’ I thought, ‘is going on here? And why have both of these guys sought another volume?’ That thought led me to consider how many people had received, or attempted to receive, a second One Short Story To Be Told volume. And you know what? A trawl through the One Short Story To Be Bold blog, and a little thought, provided the answer, ‘Quite a few.’

Maybe I should list some. Yes, if only to ensure the lesson I have learned is not forgotten. Len O’ Donovan, Paul McSweeney, Jennifer Franklin, Georgina Lynch, John Linehan, Derek Chandley and Anne O’ Donovan have, like Colette, Ultan, Adrian, David and Ruairi, all read at least two One Short Story To Be Told volumes. In addition the list of people who have asked me to manipulate the travels of the One Short Story To Be Told ¬†volumes to satisfy their need for more is even more substantial – which is reason enough NOT to list them all here! And then there was, I realized, the matter of those who have yet to receive¬†a One Short Story To Be Told volume, but have been, to say the least, keen to get their hands on one. Stand up and be counted Steve Meaney, Jean Prendergast and Barry Lynch – to name but three!

But enough of this counting, the lesson has, you will be delighted to know, learned. And I will not be questioning my work any time soon. Though I cannot promise it will never happen again.

Now, on to this weeks activity. First, David Daly was the name drawn from Colette O’ Donoghue’s ‘Lucky Dip’ as the person who would be next to provide Volume Six: Home with a loving, but temporary, home. David is suitably chuffed, I’m glad to report. Second, Ruairi De Barra informed me that Ultan Finnegan has promised him that he will be next to welcome Volume Two: Wink into his home. And finally, Elle Detonet forwarded a beautiful picture of Volume Four: Sleepyhead in Mumbai, India. She also added a note saying that the picture was taken during a circus parade, but that the kids she met were far more interested in my book than the animals. ‘Another indication that what I do has some worth!’ I said to myself when I read that. Yes, the lesson has indeed been learned.

So’ I’ll leave you with that picture this week. 88*Googolplex to you all from a very happy, humbled and hopeful leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four: Sleepyhead being admired in Mumbai, India.

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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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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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