Mar 12, 2012
leyton attens

A creative Wink handover.

Since the very earliest days of this One Short Story To Be Told adventure creativity has been in evidence. And I’m not talking ¬†about our end of things (that’s pretty obvious). I’m talking about the receivers of the books.Our very first recipient, Terri Anderson, took Waiting For Life To Return on a day trip to a local college for her photos. Paul Allen produced an amazing shot of Sleepyhead (Volume Four) that drew from the tale itself. Colette O Donoghue had her dog read a volume (we can’t remember which she has had so many). There have been photos of our books in London on a day trip, Paris, with a glass of wine, safely tucked up in bed and just recently the fashion to take a photo inspired by the book covers has come to the fore. I could go on. But you get the point. Or do you? Actually you don’t ‘cos I’ve not made it yet! The point is this.

All that creativity was surpassed over the weekend when Philip O Byrne and Georgina Lynch enacted a battle for the latest handover of Wink. Just two shots (bad choice of words?)were provided of what I am told was a long, loveless and lunge filled liason. But they brought such a smile to my face I had to put them here.

Furthermore, I’ve decided that some of the previous creative moments deserve a revisit. So enjoy the gallery below. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

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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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