Jul 28, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (93)

Hello there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to my Friday Forum once again. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot to tell you this week, as the stories published under the One Short Story To Be Told moniker have not done a lot.

James ‘Paudie’ Horgan has been in touch to say he has forwarded Volume Six: Home to Caroline McSweeney in Denmark. But, as Caroline is currently traveling, it will be the end of August before she gets her hands on the story. And Steve Meaney has made a decision regarding the next home for Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. I cannot, however, reveal any detail regarding that decision, as I am waiting for the chosen person to confirm they are willing to participate in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

I am also waiting (and this is proving to be a challenging situation) for Paul O’ Connor to confirm that Volume Five: Full Circle has moved on. You may recall that this move was scheduled to take place on the 10th July, a full 14 days ago now. But, despite a number of emails, I have had no news from Paul on that situation. Am I frustrated? Of course I am. it is difficult to be in a position where I don’t know the whereabouts of one of my books. But it is even more challenging to be in a position where my book may have been given to someone I know absolutely nothing about – particularly when the idea of One Short Story To Be Told is to create and track a journey for my tales. But I need to be patient, and believe that The Universe knows what it is doing – no matter how hard doing so will be!

In other news, I am also still waiting for Gordon Kinsella and Ruairi De Barra to confirm that they have made arrangements for the transfer of Volume Three: Grey Skies. For Derek O’ Sullivan and Elle Detonet to forward feedback on Volume Three and Four respectively. And, even though I spoke to Ruairi De Barra during the week, I have no update on ┬áVolume Two: Wink

Ah, yes I’m getting good at this waiting game.

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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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