Aug 24, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (97).

88*Googolplex my friends, and welcome to the latest ramblings from the mind that brought you One Short Story To Be Told. It has been a busy week for me. But hey, trying to build a multimillion dollar empire is not easy – especially when one is starting from scratch!

My busy bee-ness has not prevented me from keeping an eye on this adventure, however. And I began the week by contacting Sabine Lengger in Plymouth, England. Sabine is very excited at the prospect of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return arriving in her home, and we had a nice chat that ended with Sabine agreeing to let me know when the book had landed in her home. Sadly, there has been  no word from Sabine since. So first thing on the ‘Things to do list generated from Friday Forum (97)’ is contact Paul O’ Connor to find out if he has actually posted the book to Sabine.

One book that has landed in a new home is Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. So a big thank you to Steve Meaney for passing it on, and to James Brandon for letting me know it had arrived. I am always cheered by that kind of news.

Annushka's note

Speaking of news that cheers me brings me to a note that arrived in my home this week. As you can see from the picture the note was from Annushka Krautz, who is waiting to take possession of  Volume Two: Wink. There is lots in this note that thrills me. The word ‘Honoured’. A promise to care for Wink as a ‘treasured possession’. And, of course the use of a superhero name.

So a huge thanks is due to Annushka.

Oh, and I’m adding ‘Check if Ruairi De Barra has posted Wink’ to the ‘Things to do list generated by Friday Forum (97).’ I can’t keep a lady who has written such a wonderful note waiting too long


In other (not so good) news, I have failed again this week to eek to eek a few words of feedback out of Derek O’ Sullivan regarding Volume Three: Grey Skies. But, as I’ve been failing to do that for eight months (Yes, I said EIGHT months), I’m well used to letting myself down at this stage. I’ve had no success in procuring a few words of feedback from Gordon Kinsella (re Volume Three) or James ‘Paudie’ Horgan (re Volume Six) either. So those three matters have now been added to the ‘Things to do generated by Friday Forum (97).’

Now, as I’m going to get cracking on that to do list, it’s time to sign off.

88*Googolplex to you all. 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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