Jun 14, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (87)

Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. I hope this missive finds you well. And ready to digest all the news that my adventure has for you this week.

And there is quite a bit of news this week, though some of it is news (again) on inactivity.

First Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return has reached it’s 23rd home. It landed in the hands of Steve Meaney last Saturday. Steve has been in touch since to confirm the arrival, and to note that my handwriting is illegible. As if I didn’t know.

Volume Six: Home has also been on the move this week. Currently, if the message I received from David Daly on Monday has been acted upon (and I have no reason to doubt that it has), Home should be in Australia with David’s brother in law. This kind man has acted as an intermediary for David, who was – delightfully – worried that placing Home in the international mail system could lead to my lovely little package being damaged. Anyway the upshot of all that is Home will be placed in the Australian internal mailing system, and will be with James ‘Paudie’ Horgan, who will provide it with it’s seventh residency, shortly. James has also been in touch this week. And it was great for me to hear that the arrival of the One Short Story To Be Told contract provided him with a touch of mirth!

Now, as you know the loss of Volume Four: Sleepyhead has left me with just five stories criss-crossing the globe. And the news on my other three tales (Wink, Grey Skies and Sleepyhead) is all about inactivity this week. This is despite my efforts to contact Gordan Kinsella (current custodian of Grey Skies), an email being sent to Paul O’ Connor (current custodian of Volume Five: Sleepyhead), and Ultan Finnegan promising Ruairi De Barra that Volume Two: Wink will be his soon.

I have to say, that I’m kinda at a loss as to where to go with this situation. Obviously, this whole idea revolves around people passing my books/tales on, and in doing so creating a journey for my short stories. But I’m wondering how best to ensure that is done when those who are in possession prove difficult to get hold of. Now I’m not saying that Gordon, Paul or Ultan are ignoring me – I doubt that very much – and I wholeheartedly accept that they have lives to live (and probably busy ones). But I am left in a bit of a quandary.

If you have any suggestions that may alleviate that quandary, please pass them on. In the meantime I’ll do what I always do when in this position. I’ll contact the people I need to contact, and remind myself that the Universe plays as large a role in this adventure as anyone else. Of course on this occasion I’ll have to keep thoughts of another volume disappearing in the manner that Volume Four: Sleepyhead recently did at bay. Which, no doubt, will not be easy.

So I’ll go and get on with that, and leave you with the photographs that the Adrian Hickey and David Daly provided before they relinquished control of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Six: Home.

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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.

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