Jul 21, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (92)

There’s been quite a bit of news on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week. And for those of you hoping to welcome one of my stories into your home two pieces of news will be of particular interest.

First, James ‘Paudie’ Horgan passed this message to me on Wednesday:

I’m now ready to pass on Volume Six: Home, and continue this amazing journey. I will be in search of Volumes One to Five…even if it takes me years to do. I hope I was not too long reading Volume Six: Home. But like all good intensions, things crop up that are out of your control. I’m now going to http://oneshortstorytobetold.com to look at the list of potential suitors. A decision regarding who will be next to receive Volume Six: Home will follow shortly.

And then Steve Meaney sent this message regarding Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return:

Hey Stan,  sorry for the delay with Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, but I’ve been up the walls with work (and with my wife breathing down my neck over you and the book ha ha). I finally finished reading, and I will leave it up to you to pick somebody that will treat Waiting For Life To Return with the respect it deserves. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of this journey you have created!

So there are two One Short Story To Be Told stories soon to be on the move. And while James “Paudie’ Horgan is going to make his own decision (and, therefore, leaves you in a position where you can only watch and wait) Steve Meaney is taking a different tack altogether. So, if you’d like to be next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return drop me a line via the blog, Facebook or email.

The other piece of news this week was the arrival of Ultan Finnegan’s feedback on Volume Two: Wink. Here’s what he had to say: Wink awoke my senses and broke the silence I was in. Yet another fine short story to float me along this new voyage. A pleasure it is to sail along and parallel Leyton’s life. I cannot wait to read more of his story and look forward to the receipt if more parts of his interesting rambling a on life.

A big thank you to Ultan for taking the time to pass on his kind words, the blog page dedicated to Volume Two: Wink looks all the better for it’s inclusion!

So, that’s all the news for this week. I’m still waiting for confirmation that Paul O’ Connor has passed Volume Five: Full Circle on to it’s tenth owner, and it therefore follows that all I know about the new owner (if indeed there is a new owner) is they are female and lives in Plymouth, England. There is now news, either, on the proposed move of Volume Three: Grey Skies from Gordon Kinsella to Ruairi De Barra. Hopefully there’ll be news on both these events before next weeks update. And maybe I’ll have feedback from Elle Detonet (re Volume Four: Sleepyhead) and Derek O’ Sullivan (re Volume Three: Grey Skies), too. So until then 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


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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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