Jun 22, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (88)

Activity is the best word to describe the last seven days in the One Short Story To Be Told week. So here’s the detail.

V2 - Ruairi1. Volume Two: Wink landed in it’s 23rd home, that of Ruairi De Barra, who Kindly sent this pic, and returned his contact – signed twice I’m delighted to say – to me as well!

2. Gordon Kinsella, the current custodian of Volume Three: Grey Skies, in response to a glut of messages from me, promised  that he will make a decision regarding the next step in this volumes journey when he returns home from a work trip next week. I’m looking forward to ensuring Gordon keeps his word!

3. James Horgan’s signed contract arrives at my door. Oh, the joy of knowing that piece of paper had travelled from Cork to Sydney and back again is hard to describe. As the joy the joy James derived from signing it!

And here’s a few things that didn’t happen.

1. Paul O’ Connor, who currently provides a home to Volume Five: Full Circle, didn’t respond to an email I sent seeking an update.

2. Volume Four: Sleepyhead didn’t unexpectedly turn up, and remains on the missing list.

3. Volume Six: Home did not arrive in the home of James Horgan. This leaves me wondering if it is still with David Daly’s brother in law who kindly volunteered to take it with him when returning to Australia. Or whether it is in the Australian internal post. It also makes me realize that I never asked David where exactly in Australia his brother in law lives, so I have no idea how far Volume Six has to travel once it landed Down Under! Man I can be terrible at detail.

4. The contract between Steve Meaney and One Short Story To Be Told in relation to his custody of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return did not arrive at my door. This is odd predominantly because Steve resides within walking distance of my home. I suppose that says much about my – and Steve’s – attitude to walking.

Maybe I should give that some thought!

And finally Derek O’ Sullivan did not forward feedback on Volume Three: Grey Skies, which he relinquished control of in early January. Yes, that’s a full six months ago folks! Never mind, watching Derek take this long to write a short note has an upside. It makes dealing with procrastination a little easier for me.

I think that’s a nice though to leave you with this week. so 88*Googolplex.  leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

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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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