Apr 24, 2012
leyton attens

Volume Five (Full Circle) announcement. Oh, and some maths!

Colette O Donoghue has finished her deliberations, and – in the nick of time – kept her promise to announce the next recipient of Full Circle (Volume Five).

Here’s what she had to say: Ok,so I have kept ye all waiting long enough,and I have, as promised, made my decision as to who will be the lucky recipient of Full Circle. As always, it was not an easy choice to make – and I know some of you will be left disappointed. Anyway as ye know by now,im a huge fan of Oneshortstorytobetold, and all to do with it, so when Max contacted me to tell me that he has gotten off the fence (he usualy sits ON the fence) and put in a request….well how could I refuse? So Paul/Max…you’re next :)

All that mean that Paul McSweeney of Cork City will be next to greet Full Circle. In doing so Paul joins the growing number of people who have owned more than one One Short Story To Be Told volume. He is also the third recipient of Full Circle. And, between them, our five volumes have now had 47 official homes. Which obviously means we are getting close to 50.

Of course if we factor in Colette, Paul, Derek and Georgina (those who have had more than one volume) we are well short of 50 people. But 50 official homes is an exciting landmark to have on the horizon. And with just three to go and Mark Fenton due to choose a new home for Sleephead any day now, it could happen real soon. Watch this space.

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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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