May 17, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (83)

Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to another Friday Forum.

I had hoped to announce new owners for up to three One Short Story To Be Told volumes today. But, due to incomplete deliberations, I actually have nothing to announce.

Well, maybe not. I can announce that Adrian Hickey, Elle Detonet  and David Daly are mulling over the names of those who have requested they be next to receive the One Short Story To Be Told volume they currently hold in their possession. They are, in case you’ve forgotten, Volume One: Waiting for Life To Return (Adrian), Volume Four: Sleepyhead (Elle) and Volume Six: Home (David). So, if you are waiting on a volume – and I know many of you are – please remain patient.

As for the remainder of my volumes? Well they seem to have gone into that strange non-communicative space that One Short Story To Be Told occupies from time to time. No doubt this is due to the custodians having busy schedules – as I so often say, ‘Life (or having one if you prefer) is more important than One Short Story To Be Told.’

Not that I’m saying I’d be happy if Ultan Finnegan, Gordon Kinsells or Paul O’ Connor, the current custodians of Volume Two: Wink, Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle forgot entirely about keeping the One Short Story To Be Told adventure alive. That would, I must say, be terrible – especially as it would mean a story has effectively died!

But let’s not ruminate on death. Let’s instead be positive and take the view that Grey Skies (which has been in Gordon’s possession since the 29th January – yes a full 4 months!), Full Circle (who has remained with Paul O’ Connor since the 13th February – yes, just over 3 months ) and Wink (who has been in the one place – i.e with Ultan Finnegan since 26th March – for a very short time when compared to Full Circle and Grey Skies) are enjoying a well earned rest. Yes let’s do that. Mind you if anyone would like to give any of these people a nudge or force their hand in regard to moving a One Short Story To Be Told story along….Well let’s just say you’d have my gratitude!

And you know what? I’ll get proactive on that front just as soon as I’ve signed off here. Which I’ll do right now, and in my usual fashion. 88*Googolplex as always leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

 

 

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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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