Jul 5, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (90)

It’s been a buy week here at One Short Story To Be Told headquarters (if you can call a semi-detached house in Cork, Ireland a HQ that is!). That busy week has seen news of three of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes out there in the world reach HQ.

First Gordon Kinsella kept his promise from last week, and made a decision on the next destination for Volume Three: Grey Skies. Ruairi De Barra (who himself has been in touch to relate his delight at securing a peek at a third One Short Story To Be Told story), was the man he chose.

Gordon’s announcement was swiftly followed by the news that┬áVolume Six: Home had landed Melbourne Australia, and the home of James ‘Paudie’ Horgan. In his short note James also informed me he has started reading. I hope he enjoys it!

And then, just yesterday, Paul O’ Connor, who has been in possession of Volume Five: Full Circle since early in the year, dropped me a line to say he has read and enjoyed the entire volume. Pail alos informed me he has a friend visiting on the 10th of July, and this visitor, who remained nameless, will be next to carry the baton for Volume Five. Paul did reveal some details about his visitor. It’s a lady who resides in Plymouth, England.I look forward to revealing this lady’s name to you.

The arrival of Volume Six: Home in James Horgan’s house also saw the One Short Story To Be Told adventure nudge closer to a landmark number. James is the 91st person to provide a home to one of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes, so the magic century is now in sight. Of course the proposed moves for Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle will get the adventure even closer. So, I’m expecting an exciting period ahead as I close in on the century of readers. I also expect a few shanningans as people jostle for position in order to be the 100th recipient of a One Short Story To be Told volume. But hey, that’s all part of the fun isn’t it?

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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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