Sep 2, 2012
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The latest news.

The latest news, and I love it! Thank you, Paul A Crean.
I sit here in the late day sun in Tom Barrys pub and I can picture the shelf where I have left the Volume 5 of One Short Story To Be Told. Ray Horgan asked me to sequester it there, safely nestled in the narrow space. He will call on this watering hole, and instead of ordering his usual pint after the friendly greetings and banter, he will enquire of the barkeep whether a package has been left for his attention. I foresee a gentle scratch of the head and then a short lived rummage in the wooden-walled narrow space, and then the revealing of the prize. But for now It rests there, waiting for its journey to continue with a new pair of eyes.

Yes, Volume Five (Full Circle) is on the move, and this move has been arranged in the place where it all began; Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Aug 31, 2012
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Hi all, hope you are well on what (here in Ireland at least) is a balmy Friday evening. In fact it’s been a pretty balmy week overall, and, from my perspective at least, the balminess has not been restricted to the weather. That’s because there has been a lot of activity with the little packages I have floating around our great big world this week. In fact, I have something to report on each of our volumes.

First, let me deal with the news that – I have to tell you Tim Prenderville – had ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ close to breaking out the Margaritas: Ben Keating has chosen the next destination for Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return). Amazingly Ben has opted to send ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ back to the U.S. of A. – the continent from which it travelled in order to reach Ben. Paul Murphy, of Chicago, is the man tasked with being the seventeenth custodian of our very first publication; a fact I like to imagine excites him. Exactly when Paul will have the pleasure of welcoming ‘Waiting For Life To Return’ into his home I can’t say, as I’m not certain Volume One has begun it’s journey just yet, nor how long it will take. So stayed tuned for updates.

Volume Two (Wink) is also on the move this week. Sandra Cambridge, who I met over last weekend, has chosen Paul McSweeney to provide home number sixteen to ‘Wink”. This decision will see Paul welcome a third One Short Story To Be Told edition into his home, an event he assures me only occurred because he took an opportunity to ask Sandra face to face to consider him. Whatever the basis for Sandra’s decision, one thing is certain; Paul is sure to treat ‘Wink’ as well as he treated Volume’s One and and Five.

The third edition of the One Short Story To Be Told (Grey Skies) betters Volume’s One and Two this week by actually reaching a new home. One Ray Horgan received the baton for this story from Ray Coveney on Wednesday. Ray Coveney creates a little bit of history in the process. He is the first One Short Story To Be Told owner to receive, read and release a volume without me conversing with them in any form or fashion. Yes, no emails, no Facebook posts or messages, no phone calls, no talk. I have to say I never thought that would happen. But then the world never ceases to amaze me.

Perhaps because it didn’t want to be outdone by Volume Three the story that was released on One Short Story To Be Told’s first birthday – i.e. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) – also found itself a new home this week. That home is being provided by Sinead O’ Meara, a lady of high reputation, who resides in a leafy suburb of Cork titled Blackrock. Sinead is the eighth person to provide shelter to ‘Sleepyhead’, and her acceptance of Volume Four brings ‘Sleepyhead’ back to Ireland after four months split between Australia and Canada.

All of the above leaves me awaiting feedback from four (Ben, Sandra, Ray Coveney and Janette) recent custodians. And as William Crowley has yet to forward his take on Volume Three I’m now in danger of being snowed under by a growing ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list, a situation that may – and indeed should – motivate me to contact those people.

Actually I’ve just realised that the ‘Awaiting Feedback’ list will grow again shortly as Paul A Crean is due to pass Volume Five (Full Circle) to Ray Horgan – and yes, that’s the same Ray Horgan who got his hands on Volume Three this week – shortly. I’ll definitely need to get active on that list now.

One final note folks; I’m pretty sure that this is the first time I have reported a move or perspective move for all five of our Volumes in one week. That is a fact I’d ask you to remind me of if when things quieten on the ‘One Short Story To Be Told stories on the move’ front (which they inevitably will). Because I’m sure I’ll be harping on about ‘a lack of activity’ at that stage.

And that’s it for this week folks. I’ll leave you with the list of people who you need to talk to if you’d like to receive a One Short Story To Be Told volume. And, as always, I’ll tag those names to the Volume they possess, or will soon possess in some cases.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return: Current custodian Ben Keating, Sydney, Australia. The man you need to get to, however, is Paul Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. You can do that through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

Volume Two – Wink: Current Custodian Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Ireland. The man you need to get to, however, is Paul McSweeney. Get him at https://www.facebook.com/paul.m.sweeney

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Already moved from Ray Coveney to Ray Horgan. Ray Horgan is contactable here, https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Sinead O’Meara. Requests through me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Current custodian Paul A Crean. Full Circle is promised to Ray Horgan. Again get Ray at https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9

Aug 24, 2012
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Hi guys, hope you have a good week. I, from a One Short Story To Be Told viewpoint at least, certainly have; and that’s despite only four days elapsing since I returned to the One Short Story To Be Told land.

First the big news. Mr Ben Keating, current owner of Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) has been in touch. And I mean directly. This, as you will know, is a first, as all contact before now has been through previous owner Tim Prenderville. Ben informs me that he is preparing to pass Volume One on, which is, of course, great news. I am exited and delighted by this development, as is Waiting For Life To Return. So thank you Ben for taking the time. And thanks again (and always) to Tim for his assistance, and indeed persistence.

The other owner with whom I’ve been in touch with since Monday is Sandra Cambridge, who currently provides a home to Volume Two (Wink). Sandra and Wink are just back from London where – Sandra informs me – they had a ball at Chelsea football grounds, went up west for a nose, and enjoyed relaxing under the the sun in Chiswick.

Sandra also says that, as Wink is is fully rested, it is ready to move on and find it’s next home. For those of you interested in numbers that will be home number 16. This, of course, is an exciting piece of news – and one that should activate those of you thinking (or dreaming) of welcoming a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home. If that is you Sandra’s contact details appear at the foot of this missive.

All other owners of a One Short Story To Be Told volume have remained out of reach to me since Monday. I am, therefore, unable to confirm whether the proposed moves for Volume Three (Grey Skies) from William Crowley to Ray Coveney, Volume Four (Sleepyhead) from Janette Aisling-O’Meara to Sinead O’ Meara or Volume Five (Full Circle) from Paul A Crean to Ray Horgan have taken place. But I will, due to a promise to oneself to follow up as hard as I can over the weekend, have news next week.

The one other notable activity this week was the arrival of not one, but two sets of feedback. The first is from Mark Fenton, who recently released Sleepyhead into Janette Aisling-O’Meara’s custody. And the second is the long awaited opinion of Len O’ Donovan, who now prefers to be know as Elando Novon, on Volume Three Grey Skies. Both sets of feedback have been posted on the relevant page of the One Short Story To Be Told blog, but I’ll save you the trouble of navigating in cyper-space by reproducing them here.

Mark Fenton on Sleepyhead: “Jobsagoodun” Leyton! A unique concept……. Keep the Ideas Flowing. Mark

Len O’Donovan’s (aka Elando Novon) on “GreySkies”:  Everything is possible if you put your mind to it. A story that needed to be told and thankfully came out of the bin and onto print. Congrats & continued success. “There is a light that never goes out” Len.

Thanks guys for the kind words – I was particularly enamoured by The Smiths lyric Len/Olando.

And that folks is all I have this week (apart from a few details on current locations which will appear, as always, after I sign off). I wish you well for the coming seven days, and beyond of course. Talk soon. 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One – Waiting For Life To Return: Current custodian Ben Keating, Sydney, Australia.

Volume Two – Wink: Current Custodian Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Ireland. Catch Sandra here https://www.facebook.com/sandra.cambridge.9

Volume Three – Grey Skies: Current custodian William Crowley. Grey Skies is promised to Ray Coveney, however. It may in fact already be in his hands.

Volume Four – Sleepyhead: Current custodian Janette Aisling-O’Meara. Sleepyhead is promised to Sinead O’Meara, however. It may in fact already be in her hands.

Volume Five – Full Circle: Current custodian Paul A Crean. Full Circle is promised to Ray Horgan, however. It may in fact already be in his hands.

Aug 20, 2012
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When Adam Guritz returned to the pop/rock music spotlight with The Counting Crows second album ‘Recovering The Satellites’ it included a track called “Have You Seen Me Lately’ on which Adam pondered how his abscence from music charts/magazines during the intervening period had gone almost unnoticed. Now I’m not for a moment suggesting that I – or One Short Story To Be Told – has had the same effect on the cultural landscape as August and Everything After (The Crows debut album) did in the early nineties. But the past three weeks has highlighted how easily one can feel neglected.

You will (maybe that should be maybe?) be aware that I have not posted a Friday Forum (or anything else) since 27th July 2012. This has been due to

a) a two week holiday to London, for the Olympic Games no less and,

b) an extremely busy week upon my return – one that had a ‘Complete a DIY task before the visitors arrive’ deadline at it’s close.

But what occupied me between 27th July and beginning this post (24 days now) pales into insignificance when I consider my abscence from this blog, the One Short Story To Be Told Facebook page and the email listing that compliments those forums has been marked by emptiness, barrenness and bereftivity. Or to put it bluntly, being away swiftly lost it’s gloss when I realised that nobody – not an owner nor prospective owner – contacted me during my absence.

Given that evidence I spent the weekend veering between the notion of abandoning the One Short Story To Be Told project entirely (a notion suggested by a part of me suddenly obsessed with the notion that One Short Story To Be Told has failed to make any impact on the world outside my head/bedroom/PC) and the far more practical notion of just getting on with putting One Short Story To Be Told back into the world (this, of course was driven by the rest of me reminding me that the five One Short Story To Be Told volumes have been warmly welcomed into over fifty homes; that the pictures and feedback provided by those owners have been filled with creativity, inguinity and positivity; and that any number of people I meet express an interest in providing a new home to the One Short Story To Be Told tales).

Thankfully the rest of me – as the appearance of this post would indicate – won out. And One Short Story To Be Told is, until the next crisis of confidence anyway, here to stay.  Having made that decision I  immediately got busy contacting our current owners. Here’s what ensued.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): Ben Keating in Sydney, Australia and the current custodian of Volume One remains outside my contact range. So I reached out to the always reliable Tim Prenderville for an update instead. A promise of seeking an update from Tim was, not surprisingly, immediately forthcoming. I await Tim’s response eagerly. Requests to be next are still being taken via oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge is currently on holidays. I had a brief chat with Sandra and we agreed to communicate again on her return midweek.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Grey Skies may (or may not) have been transferred from William Crowley to Ray Coveney. When I spoke to William that was his intention. Confirmation of this move will be communicated to you as soon as I have received said confirmation.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara of Toronto, Canada – the current custodian of Sleepyhead – is currently holidaying here in Ireland. As part of her trip Janette intends to pass custody of Sleepyhead to Sinead O’Meara, her sister-in-all. Sinead is currently beside herself with excitement. Janette is currently planning the handover and trying to appease her husband Michael, who was taken aback when informed that he would not be making the decision on who would be next (don’t ask!). I am currently awaiting confirmation of the change of custodian. And Sleepyhead is delirious with excitement.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (That’s the last time I’ll say that as news of Volume Six’s arrival will appear here next week!). Following a request to be next Ray Horgan has been chosen to be next to welcome Full Circle into his home (see how it works!). The transfer of possession is planned for this week. Again confirmation will be communicated to you as soon as I have it. Ray Horgan can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/ray.horgan.9 if you want to ask/demand to be next.

So there you have it folks, all you need to know regarding One Short Story To Be Told on the 20th of August in the year of 2012. I apologise for the mawkish tone at the outset, but I find a crisis of confidence is best erased by expression; even if it is done via a typewriter. I should also add that I have applied a little poetic license in the telling of this tale. It therefore may or may not be true that I was on holidays, in London, worried, considering abandonment or communicated with any of our owners in the fashion outlined above. But hey, I am a writer, and poetic license is a vital tool of our trade!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

ps If you’re a fan of the epilogue that usually follows my farewell you’re out of luck this time around. I feel all has been covered above that particular line on this particular occasion.

pss I should have pointed out that as me taking a holiday (which I may or may not have done), and not updating the One Short Story To Be Told project while doing (or not doing) so, is an example of life being more important than the travels and travails of the One Short Story To Be Told tales I never, for a moment, felt any angst toward those who did not adorn my blog, Facebook page or inbox during my absence.

psss I’ve decided to go for Friday Forum 44 despite my last post being numbered 41 because number 41…oh to hell with an explanation. I decided because I could. End of, as they say.

Jul 27, 2012
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Hi all, on what is, for Ireland anyway, a surprisingly sunny Friday. The sun arrives at the end of a quiet week for One Short Story To Be Told, at least on the moving front. But then most of our stories are settling in to new homes, so that’s to be expected.

Three of our owners were in touch this week. Sandra Cambridge, who is providing a residence for Volume Two (Wink) informs us that she is enjoying the read, and will offer a more detailed update soon.

Paul A Crean, who is currently snuggling Volume Five (Full Circle), has informed us – you may recall – that he is ruminating on who deserves to be next. A decision may well be with us before we reach 42 on the One Short Story To Be Told blogging entries.

But the best contact has been from William Crowley, who I announced as the new owner of Volume Three (Grey Skies) a wee while ago. That announcement turned out to be premature as William’s accident (which I also mentioned here) intervened in his plans. So I’m not sure if William has taken ownership of Grey Skies from Jenny Franklin. I think I’m safe in saying he has, as that was his intention when we communicated on Monday. But as I’ve had no confirmation of that proposed action…well I’m not pinning any colours to my mast. Not just yet, anyway.

As for the other volumes. Well One and Four – or Ben Keating and Janette-Aisling O’ Meara if we go with the custodians names – have not been in touch this week. No great shock or surprise on that front, I’d have to say. Janette was very active with photos of Sleepyhead winging across the Atlantic last week. And she is also the mother of a young baby, and planning a holiday at the moment; one can’t expect a teeny book or a madcap adventure to trump those two things for attention.

And Ben, as you know, has had to put Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) on hold as he is in the midst of a busy period in work. ‘How long does that last?’ a One Short Story To Be Tolder asked me during the week. To which I replied, ‘I don’t know. I didn’t think it appropriate to ask such a question during the busy period. And I’m sure Ben, and Tim (my contact with Ben), will let me know when there is time to focus on Volume One.’

Of course my One Short Story To Be Tolder then pointed out that such an arrangement leaves me at the behest of all sort of permeations – holidays for Tim and Ben – or Ben and Tim – succeeding each other. Ben’s busy period being extended. Tim finding it difficult to find time when Ben’s schedule eases – that could lead to a very long estrangement (his word not mine) from Volume One and Waiting For Life To Return. But, you know, I was unmoved by all such inferences. And that is great! I find myself in a place where my trust in Ben, and Tim, is unwavering. And that, in my opinion, is the thing that will ensure Waiting For Life To Return has a great time with Ben, and will begin the next leg of his journey when the time is exactly right.

And on that positive note – and with a swift thank you to Ray Horgan for his short message during the week – I’ll say chow. Till next week guys. 88*Googolplex to you all. leyton attend/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge in possession. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Grey Skies has – I hope – taken up residency in the home of William Crowley.But even if it hasn’t William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, is now in possession. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean of Cork City, Ireland is currently ruminating on who deserves to be next to welcome Full Circle into their home. If you’d like to be considered Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

 

Jul 20, 2012
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Hey, we’ve reached forty updates; and therefore, if one believes the saying, life has just begun for One Short Story To Be Told.

Of course, I know that life actually began for One Short Story To Be Told back on 23rd October 2010, the day we launched our first volume. And that is just as well, because if this weeks activity was an indicator of the One Short Story To Be Told life…well I’d be saying, ‘Hey, is that it?’, or words to that affect.

That statement would be based on a week in which three of our five volumes – namely one, two and five – were, and I use this word only to play on the analogy I began with, lifeless. In other words no news from Ben Keating, Sandra Cambridge or Paul A Crean on the story’s ‘Waiting For Life To Return’, ‘Wink’ and ‘Full Circle.

One could add to the above that William Crowley, the current custodian of Volume Three (Grey Skies) was also silent without being unveracitacious (man there is no way that is a word! But it’s definitely a nicer way of saying ‘without lying’ anyway), but that would be unfair to Grey Skies as Jenny Franklin – who recently passed Grey Skies to William – has been in touch with her feedback.

That feedback is, I have to say, in line with the time Grey Skies spent with Jenny – i.e it is short and sweet. And this is it: Grey Skies is a thought provoking tale with a happy outcome. Delighted to be part of the journey. Jennifer Franklin.

William, by the way, has good reason to have been silent; he injured himself during the week I’m told. So best wishes to William from all at One Short Story To Be Told, including our tales.

Now despite my focus on ‘Life beginning at 40′ being a phrase that fits well with the past week of One Short Story To Be Told’s life, the big news of the week one has to say goes against that grain. You will probably have seen the photograph of Sleepyhead Janette-Aisling O’ Meara forwarded on Wednesday, and it would be remiss of me not to point out that that image is of a human being who is definitely starting life. Though obviously not at 40.

As I said when posting it the other day I one the shot, and that is all the excuse I need to include it here. Oh yeah, baby (pardon the pun) feast your eyes on our Sleepyhead (Volume Four) and Maeve O’ Meara, an adorable Irish/Canadian sleepyhead.

And that, apart from the usual contact info about our tales below, is that for this week folks. Stay safe. And I’ll talk to you next week (if not before). 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge in possession. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Grey Skies has taken up residency in the home of William Crowley. William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, is now in possession. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean of Cork City, Ireland in possession. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com

 

 

 

Jul 18, 2012
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A stroke of genius!

In a stroke of genius Janette-Aisling O’Meara has created what could quite possibly be my favorite ever One Short Story To Be Told photograph. Our story Sleepyhead resting peacefully on another type – maybe too cute to be true is the phrase – sleepyhead. Love it!

Jul 13, 2012
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What an interesting week its been here in One Short Story To Be Told land. In fact it’s been one of those weeks that reminds me that no matter how quiet it may seem there’s is always someone with this adventure in their mind.

Two people approached me during the week regarding media coverage. One of those I am not at liberty to discuss just yet. But fingers crossed I will be at some point in the near future. And the second was a very welcome invitation to return to the studios of my local community radio station CorkFM to update their listeners on the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. So thanks to Aine De Barra for the interest and invite. I’m looking forward to the show on Sunday. It’s on at 7pm and if you’re so inclined you can listen here.

It’s a good time to be talking about One Short Story To Be Told too. There has, after all, been a high level of activity these past few weeks, and particularly in the last seven days. Those of you who read the midweek post will know that Volume Three (Grey Skies) enjoyed a short stay with 50th One Short Story To Be Told custodian Jenny Franklin, and is now (if all plans went accordingly) in the hands of William Crowley. I must say I’m delighted William managed to get his hands on a volume; he has been a keen follower since One Short Story To Be Told began.

But even if you are checking on One Short Story To be Told everyday (if you are please let me know, that would awesome) you are unlikely to have read Paul McSweeney’s feedback on Volume Five (Full Circle). That’s because I neglected to advertise it with a blog post, email or Facebook entry when I loaded onto Volume Five page of the blog during the week. You can of course visit that page now, but I’ll save you the non-enormous effort of going to that page by faithfully reproducing it here.

Hi Stan/leyton
I know Full Circle is a tale of redemption.But for me it also it also represents all that is good in humanity. The love of family and friends and the support systems in place for people with issues. All in all its a positive story showing the strength  of the human character. A very well written and entertaining tale. I’m just glad I am part of this fantastic journey that is One Short Story To Be Told. Keep up the good work.
Paul Mc Sweeney.
I do have another piece of news from this week. Volume Four (Sleepyhead) began it’s proposed journey to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara on Tuesday. This move, as you know, sees Sleepyhead head for Toronto Canada, having recently left Perth, Australia. So it’s safe to say Sleepyhead is enjoying an ‘international’ lifestyle right now.
The journey to Canada is estimated at ten days, so please God we’ll have news of a safe arrival for next Friday’s update.
I’ll wrap up this update by telling you that there was no news on Volume’s One (Waiting For Life To Return), Two (Wink) or Five (Full Circle) over the past seven days. That, of course, does not prevent nor preclude you from contacting their respective custodians about being next in line. How you can do so is outlined, as always, in the ‘Where we (the volumes) are at’ section below. And I must say that no news was expected. Wink and Full Circle are in new and relatively new homes, and Ben Keating, current custodian of Volume One, is living in the eye of the storm that is his busy period at work.
But hey, as the past few weeks have shown it could all be different next Friday!
Until then 88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge in possession. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): After a short but blissfully happy stay at 110 Barrack Street, the home of Jenny Franklin, Grey Skies has taken up residency in the home of William Crowley. William can be reached @ https://www.facebook.com/william.crowley1 or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): En-route to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada, who is waiting in eager anticipation. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean of Cork City, Ireland in possession. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Jul 10, 2012
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Grey Skies goes to Number 10.

It always amazes how unpredictable the journeys being created for the One Short Story To Be Told volumes can be. Sometimes a tale will spend months in a custodian’s home, and then on other occasions a swift turnover is the order of the day.
Jenny Franklin has provided the latter for us today. Grey Skies, who only arrived at 110 Barrack Street nine days ago, is, she tells me, moving on tonight. A certain William Crowley will become the tenth person to welcome Grey Skies into his home. I’m delighted. Grey Skies is surprised, but thrilled. And William? Well we have to wait to hear.
We’ll also have to wait for Jenny’s feedback. But it will positive, Jenny was clear on that.
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Jul 7, 2012
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I’m a day late for the second week running, which makes me think I really need to look at my scheduling – especially on Fridays! For those of you interested – of which I doubt there are not to many – my love of tennis, and a certain Andy Murray attempting to reach a Wimbledon final – also played a part in the time required to update you as scheduled not being available to me. So maybe – as the tennis finishes on Sunday – I don’t need to rethink…but wait the Olympics is on the way!

Stop, stop I hear you cry. And you’re right. All you want is the pertinent facts. So here there are.

This week saw two handovers completed. On Sunday Volume Five (Full Circle) reached it’s fourth home via the hands of Paul A Crean and two days later (Tuesday) Volume Three (Grey Skies) was passed to Jenny Franklin. Tuesday’s event was a big one. Jenny was (and is) our 50th owner. And if you missed the pics earlier in the week..well here they are again. Enjoy.

Oh, and just to ensure Paul and Paul don’t feel neglected, here’s the shot they provided of their handover. It’s proved pretty popular on our Facebook page, by the way.

Outside of the fabulous events above it’s been a quiet week. But hey, I’m not complaining – to do so when the 50th landmark has been reached would be greedy, at least. Sandra Cambridge was in touch to say that Volume Two (Wink) is doing well in her home. And I hear whispers that Volume Four (Sleepyhead) will begin it’s journey to Canada, and the home of Janette-Aisling O’ Meara, pretty soon.

That of course leaves us with Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return) to discuss. No news from Ben Keating. But I expected that with him being in a busy period. As I’ve said before, our custodians have lives…and man that is more important than keeping One Short Story To Be Told tales on the move. And I have total faith in Ben, and indeed Tim (my contact with Ben) anyway. So nought to worry about, me thinks.

On that note I’ll say chow. So until next week, 88*Googolplex. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return): In Sydney, Australia and the hands of Ben Keating. Drop me a line at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com if you’d like to express an interest in being next to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into your home.

Volume Two (Wink): Sandra Cambridge in possession. You can get her at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705939086. Or you can email me at oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Three (Grey Skies): Now deliriously happy at 110 Barrack Street, the home of Jenny Franklin. Jenny is a total non-techy so any requests to be next stop on the Grey Skies journey should be directed to oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead):  Soon to be heading to Janette-Aisling O’ Meara in Toronto, Canada. Janette can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/jannette.asling for requests.

Volume Five (Full Circle): Still the newest one! (I’ll stop saying it when I feel like it!)  Paul A Crean now in possession – oh, and he has been in touch via Facebook to say he is looking forward to the read. Paul can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/pcrean78, or through me at  oneshortstorytobetold@gmail.com.

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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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