Aug 10, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (95)

Hi all, and welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told weekly update. To begin with, I’m delighted to announce that two One Short Story To Be Told volumes will be winging their way to a new home in the very near future. And that, just yesterday, I posted the all important (but lots of fun) One Short Story To Be Told contract to the two lucky people. They are James Brandon, who will soon receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return from Steve Meaney. And a lady who goes by the scrumptious name of Annuska Krautz, who awaits the arrival of Volume Two: Wink. Annushka shouldn’t have to wait long, Ruairi De Barra has promised to act swiftly, and Ruairi has a great track record in keeping his word, especially in regard to One Short Story To Be Told. And I’m hoping Steve will prove as prompt as Ruairi.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been interested in numbers and coincidences. And there are a few coincidences in the numbers these two latest moves provide.

First Annushka and James will both provide a 24th home to their respective volumes.

Second, these two newly announced moves will take the total number of homes provided to One Short Story To Be Told volumes to 95 – the same number I have as today’s Friday Forum.

And third, One Short Story To Be Told is now very close to reaching the century mark!

One other piece of news this week. Elle Detonet who, as you know, was the last person to provide Volume Four: Sleepyhead with a home, has forwarded her feedback on the One Short Story To Be Told idea. It is, one has to say, very detailed and, due to the photograph’s Elle provided, colorful. So thank you Elle. Here’s what she had to say:


SleepyHead must have been sleepy by the time it arrived in India – it have travelled all the way from down under, and passed through many hands at Asian customs, before finally arriving in Mumbai in March 2013, after all. Our first trip was to a local temple where I lit candles and bought rosary beads that ended up coming everywhere with Volume Four: Sleepyhead for the remainder of it’s time with me. And it came into my possession at a time where I was myself very sleepy. Living in the madness of Mumbai, where the constant beeping of the millions of rickshaws and cars keep people like me awake well into  the wee hours, I spent many a day hidden under my covers (just like John Winston, the main character in Sleepyhead) praying for sleep to finally come! 



Reading SleepyHead reminded me of my childhood, and the battle my mother had to get me (and my sister) out if bed every morning for school. The snooze button being constantly activated, mother’s endless trips to the room, and our insistence on ‘ just 5 more minutes’ still provide great memories – and Sleepyhead activated them!  
SleepyHead also proved very popular in India for more than the quality of the writing. It is, after all, a beautifully presented book. So when I had it out and about (and I brought it everywhere) locals were always curious to know what I was reading. It drew audiences on the beach,in cafes, and on one occasion kids living in a slum area surrounded me, and were fighting to hold it – even though there was a mini circus nearby!


But my favourite trip with Volume Four: Sleepyhead was to one of Mumbais most famous landmarks: Leopolds Cafe. Leopolds was the local pub for many of Mumbais gansters , and was heavily detailed in Gregory David Roberts (one of Mumbais biggest drug dealers) best selling book, Shantaram. 
photo-4And its fame was sealed in 2008 when staff members and customers were killed when terrorists opened fire on the cafe. Brilliantly the owners refused to be closed down, and opened the very next day. To this day you can still  see bullet holes in the walls.
In conclusion, Sleepyhead was a beautiful read. I read it in one go and loved the story, language and John Winston’s character. Thanks leyton/Stan for a lovely book and idea. And apologies for misplacing such beautiful thing – especially as I had managed to bring it safely from India to Ireland before losing it!
So there you go folks, that’s it for this week. 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?
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