Jun 7, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (86)

Good evening folks. Welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum, which comes to you from a sunny south of Ireland. I must say that the sunshine has helped me deal with the loss of Volume Four: Sleepyhead throughout this week. And I’ve decided to take an upbeat attitude to Sleepyhead’s current status, and believe it will turn up at some point. After all, anyone finding such a beautiful package is bound to make an effort to locate the owner. And there are contact details supplied within.

The other thing that has helped me remain upbeat this week is my other stories (or at least some of them) have been active. I’m delighted to say that Adrian Hickey confirmed Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return has begun the journey from his home in Cobh to Steve Meaney’s abode in Ballyphehane, Cork City. Actually I thought I might have had a note from Steve to announce Waiting For Life To Return’s arrival before today. But I’m certain I will have that soon.

Volume Six: Home meanwhile is destined for Australia, and the home of James “Paudie’ Horgan. No confirmation from David Daly that that journey has commenced. But if it hasn’t already, it will do soon. Davis is not, so far as I know, a procrastinator.

It is possible that Volume Two: Wink will be on the move soon as well. Ultan Finnegan has decided that Ruairi De Barra will be next in line, and I have forwarded the One Short Story To Be Told contract to Ruairi. So the passover (if I can use that word!) is edging closer. In fact, I’m sure Ultan will act when he reads this. Well I hope so anyway.

As for my other two tales. Well Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle remain on sabbatical. This is despite a promise of action from Gordon Kinsella two weeks ago. I get the feeling that he has been so thrilled with the contents of Volume Three he cannot bear to part with it. So perhaps now would be a good time to remind Gordon that he is, by virtue of the One Short Story To be Told contract, committed to passing Grey Skies on to a new home, and that this action is a key foundation in the entire One Short Story To Be Told adventure. Yes, I think I’ll do that this week.

Paul O’ Connor, who currently holds Volume Five: Full Circle in his possession, has not been in touch either this week. I do know that Paul, who you will recall resides in Holland, is employed in an area that requires a lot of travel. So I’m assuming this has played a part in Full Circle’s lengthy  stay. My relaxed attitude during Full Circle’s stay – which translates into ‘Not contacting Paul’ – no doubt has had a greater impact, however. So again, I think I’ll do that this week.

And that’s it for this week. Well apart from the photograph Adrian Hickey forwarded of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return enjoying his garden. I have to say that having photo’s to add a touch of colour to these updates is always great. So thanks Adrian. Oh, and I’ve added this photo to the feedback Adrian supplied about Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return a few weeks ago. o if you want to remind yourself of what Adrian had to say, jump to the Volume One page of http://oneshortstorytobetold.com.

'Waiting For Life To Return enjoying the garden

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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?

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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