Aug 31, 2013
leyton attens

One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (98)

Good day to all you One Short Story To Be Told followers, and welcome to another weekly ramble.

My plans for world domination have kept me very busy this week, so I have not been very active on the One Short Story To Be Told front.

Thankfully those in possession of my stories have been kind enough to stay in touch, which allows me bring you the following news.

Volume Five: Full Circle has landed in Plymouth, England, and the hands of Sabine Lengger. This is Full Circle’s first new home for over six months. So I don’t need to tell you I was delighted by the news.

Ruairi De Barra was also in touch to say that he is due back from holidays on the 8th September and did not get a chance to post Volume Two: Wink to Annushka Krautz before departing, but will attend to the matter as soon as he can upon his return. Of course Ruairi also has Volume Three: Grey Skies in his possession at the moment. I don’t know if he has taken it on holidays with him, but I do know he told me that he loved it – which is wonderful, of course.

Gordan Kinsella (L) hands Volume Three: Grey Skies to Ruairi De Barra on the 12th August 2013

Gordan Kinsella (L) hands Volume Three: Grey Skies to Ruairi De Barra.

Another wonderful thing was the arrival of Gordon Kinsella’s feedback on his experience of Volume Three: Grey Skies.  You may remember that Gordon had Grey Skies in his possession for over six months, a fact I remind you of only because it is referenced in Gordon’s feedback. Here’s what he had to say:

Thanks for letting me kidnap Volume Three: Grey Skies. If it was a library book I’d owe a fortune! A great composition from Attens, and a very memorable tale indeed. Every sentence I read I related to the individual and the surroundings. For future readers, welcome to the all too familiar shapes of the darkest days. If the Cork Exclaimer ever gets off the ground this will be it’s first book review. A thousand thanks from Skellion Dragon, trapped on The Ethereal Plains.

I have to say Gordon’s use of his superhero name (and indeed his reference to the world I created for my alter ego) cheered me up no end. In fact reading this feedback again has energised me. So I’m off to contact those One Short Story To Be Told custodians who have not been in touch this week. Expect a call James Brandon, and Caroline McSweeney. 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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