Jul 13, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (91)

It’s been another ‘I’m Still Waiting’ week for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. But you know what? This is always happens after a busy week, and last week was a busy week. I did send Ruairi De Barra the contract for his forthcoming visit of Volume Three: Grey Skies. But the rest of the week was filled with nothing but my thoughts on the current status of the six short stories I have out in the world.

So here’s what I’ve been thinking.

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return: I haven’t heard anything from Steve Meaney since the week Waiting For Life To Return landed at his front door. And I still haven’t received his contract either. I wonder if he has read the book yet? And I wonder if he has considered who will be next.

Volume Two: Wink: Ruairi De Barra has been great with updates. And his last missive informed me he had three shipmates looking to read Wink. I wonder if any of them have had a chance to do so? And is Ruairi Still at sea? Oh, and I wonder if Ruairi has actually spoken to Gorden Kinsella about being next to receive Volume Three: Grey Skies. Jeepers I don’t think Ultan Finnegan has sent on his feedback for this volume either. That’s a bit odd, Ultan was great with feedback for the other volumes he has had. Maybe I’ll get something from him next week.

Volume Three: Grey Skies: I wonder if Gordan Kinsella has a nice photograph of him with Grey Skies? He is a photographer, after all. And has he thought about the feedback for the blog? And has he actually spoken to Ruairi about arranging a handover? I hope this doesn’t get complicated and drawn out. Speaking of drawn out – I still haven’t received feedback for this volume from Derek O’ Sullivan. I think I might have to accept that might never happen now.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead: I wonder if this volume will ever turn up? Or is destined to spend the rest of it’s life in a bin? Please God that won’t happen. Oh, I need to ask Elle Detonet to send on her feedback. The least I can do for Sleepyhead is ensure I get that. (I acted on that last thought folks, and Elle has promised it will be with me soon).

Volume Five: Full Circle: I wonder if the handover Paul O’Connor informed about last week has taken place? It should have, his friend was due to arrive last Wednesday. He never passed on her name, or an address. So I haven’t sent this lady a contract. Hmmm, I hope this won’t become awkward. But it has been awkward in the past when a One Short Story To Be Told custodian has been someone I don’t know, and don’t have contact with. Stop thinking like this! Paul will be in touch soon. He will give me a name and contact details for the new owner. It will all be fine. And don’t even begin to imagine that Paul won’t send on a photo and feedback – you’re just being silly now.

Volume Six: Home: I’m delighted James ‘Paudie’ Horgan received this volume. I hope he enjoys it. And wasn’t it great that David Daly went to so much trouble to ensure it landed safely in Paudie’s hands. God, it would be great of all the One Short Story To Be Told custodians were as efficient as David. But, hey that’s unrealistic – people have busy lives! Maybe that’s why John Linehan, who promised me a little feedback on this volume hasn’t done so this week. God, this thing can be frustrating sometimes!

So there you go folks. That’s the kind of stuff that runs through my mind on quiet weeks for One Short Story To Be Told. But hey, I created this adventure, so I’m not complaining. And I could have worse things on mind!

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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.

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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?
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