Aug 31, 2013
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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.

Aug 24, 2013
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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.


Aug 17, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (96).

Volume Six: Home at Mornington Pier, Melbourne.

Volume Six: Home at Mornington Pier, Melbourne.

Good news all round on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week. But before I get into the news, I just want to thank James ‘Paudie’ Horgan for sending on the wonderful picture of Volume Six: Home above.

So now to the news. It all began last Saturday, when Caroline McSweeney confirmed that Volume Six Home had arrived safely in Copenhagen, Denmark. And continued throughout the week, as three other One Short Story To Be Told stories moved, or are moving today.

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

The first of those moves occurred on Tuesday when Gordon Kinsella brought his six month love affair with Volume Three: Grey Skies to an end by passing it to Ruiari De Barra, who will provide Grey Skies with it’s eighteenth home. Gordan and Ruairi kindly sent me the photograph on the left. Thanks for that lads, though I’m not sure if Gordon is happy, or about to go into catatonic shock!
Gordon has promised his feedback on his One Short Story To Be Told experience will follow shortly (hopefully that doesn’t mean another six month wait for me!).
Meanwhile Ruairi is basking in the glory (maybe a slight overstatement) of securing his third One Short Story To Be Told volume. He has previously held Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Two: Wink. Speaking of Volume Two, I’m not sure if Ruairi has posted Wink to Annuska Krautz just yet. But I’m sure if that action has not already taken place, it will soon.
Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return is another story on the move. In fact that move should happen today (and maybe already has), as Steve Meaney assured me earlier in the week that today would be the day he would post the book to James Brandon, whose keenness for this project was highlighted by the swiftness with which his One Short Story To Be Told contract was returned to me. Steve also assured me his feedback would arrrive today, and he has been true to his word. He’s what he had to say, as well as a nice picture he provided (though being a Leeds Utd fan myself, I’m not sure about the jersey!):

Steve Meaney with Volume OneFirst of all I want to say thank you for leaving me be a part of this amazing journey you have created with this brilliant idea.

I must say I found the story Waiting For Life To Return warm-hearted, and it brought a pleasant smile to my face. All I can say is fantastic. I even tried reading Leyton’s mirror writing notes – but found it getting harder the more I got into it! Ha Ha!
Thanks again for allowing me be a part of this. Cheers, Steve Meaney 16th August 2013.
Thank you Steve for being a part of this adventure. And thanks for the photograph and kind words – because these are things that keep me going!
Today has also seen Volume Five: Full Circle begin the next stage of it’s journey. And, in a nice piece of symetary, that move will also bring to an end to another six month love affair. Paul O’ Connor has held Full Circle in his possession since 13th February, and there have, I must admit, been times in that period when I thought Full Circle had been misplaced. But no, Paul has kept it safe and sound. And today will forward it to Sabine Lengger, a lady who resides in Plymouth, England. Sabine is, Paul tells me, Australian and very keen on the One Short Story To Be Told idea. So, I’m looking forward to contacting her. More importantly, Full Circle is looking forward to meeting it’s tenth owner.
All this activity now means, if one counts Annuska Krautz’s ownership of Voluem Two: Wink (which I will) that the One Short Story To Be Told volumes’ have visited ninety four homes since it’s launch on 23rd October 2010. I’m delighted with that, and very excited about reaching a century of homes. All going well, I think that might happen this year. In fact, I have a vision of 100 being reached on One Short Story To Be Told’s third anniversary, or maybe Christmas day. That, of course, may just be wishful thinking. But, hey what’s life without a dream!
See you next week. 88*Googolplex. leyton attens/Stanley Notte.
Aug 13, 2013
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Volume Six: Home in Melbourne.

Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. Just thought I’d share this wonderful picture with you. It was taken by James ‘Paudie’ Horgan, who until recently was the current custodian of Volume Six: Home. The shot was taken at Mornington Pier, Melbourne. Big thanks to James for taking the time to take and forward the picture.

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Volume Six: Home somewhere in Sydney

Volume Six: Home somewhere in Sydney

Aug 10, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (95)

Hi all, and welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told weekly update. To begin with, I’m delighted to announce that two One Short Story To Be Told volumes will be winging their way to a new home in the very near future. And that, just yesterday, I posted the all important (but lots of fun) One Short Story To Be Told contract to the two lucky people. They are James Brandon, who will soon receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return from Steve Meaney. And a lady who goes by the scrumptious name of Annuska Krautz, who awaits the arrival of Volume Two: Wink. Annushka shouldn’t have to wait long, Ruairi De Barra has promised to act swiftly, and Ruairi has a great track record in keeping his word, especially in regard to One Short Story To Be Told. And I’m hoping Steve will prove as prompt as Ruairi.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been interested in numbers and coincidences. And there are a few coincidences in the numbers these two latest moves provide.

First Annushka and James will both provide a 24th home to their respective volumes.

Second, these two newly announced moves will take the total number of homes provided to One Short Story To Be Told volumes to 95 – the same number I have as today’s Friday Forum.

And third, One Short Story To Be Told is now very close to reaching the century mark!

One other piece of news this week. Elle Detonet who, as you know, was the last person to provide Volume Four: Sleepyhead with a home, has forwarded her feedback on the One Short Story To Be Told idea. It is, one has to say, very detailed and, due to the photograph’s Elle provided, colorful. So thank you Elle. Here’s what she had to say:


SleepyHead must have been sleepy by the time it arrived in India – it have travelled all the way from down under, and passed through many hands at Asian customs, before finally arriving in Mumbai in March 2013, after all. Our first trip was to a local temple where I lit candles and bought rosary beads that ended up coming everywhere with Volume Four: Sleepyhead for the remainder of it’s time with me. And it came into my possession at a time where I was myself very sleepy. Living in the madness of Mumbai, where the constant beeping of the millions of rickshaws and cars keep people like me awake well into  the wee hours, I spent many a day hidden under my covers (just like John Winston, the main character in Sleepyhead) praying for sleep to finally come! 



Reading SleepyHead reminded me of my childhood, and the battle my mother had to get me (and my sister) out if bed every morning for school. The snooze button being constantly activated, mother’s endless trips to the room, and our insistence on ‘ just 5 more minutes’ still provide great memories – and Sleepyhead activated them!  
SleepyHead also proved very popular in India for more than the quality of the writing. It is, after all, a beautifully presented book. So when I had it out and about (and I brought it everywhere) locals were always curious to know what I was reading. It drew audiences on the beach,in cafes, and on one occasion kids living in a slum area surrounded me, and were fighting to hold it – even though there was a mini circus nearby!


But my favourite trip with Volume Four: Sleepyhead was to one of Mumbais most famous landmarks: Leopolds Cafe. Leopolds was the local pub for many of Mumbais gansters , and was heavily detailed in Gregory David Roberts (one of Mumbais biggest drug dealers) best selling book, Shantaram. 
photo-4And its fame was sealed in 2008 when staff members and customers were killed when terrorists opened fire on the cafe. Brilliantly the owners refused to be closed down, and opened the very next day. To this day you can still  see bullet holes in the walls.
In conclusion, Sleepyhead was a beautiful read. I read it in one go and loved the story, language and John Winston’s character. Thanks leyton/Stan for a lovely book and idea. And apologies for misplacing such beautiful thing – especially as I had managed to bring it safely from India to Ireland before losing it!
So there you go folks, that’s it for this week. 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte


Aug 4, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (94)

Hey there, and welcome to another Friday Forum that is late arriving. I have to say I have struggled with doing these updates over the past few weeks. And this week was no different. The reason? Well I feel all I’m doing is repeating the same things over and over again.
So this week I’m not going to talk about things that have not happened (although there are many), or indeed about promises made (and made again) but not delivered upon.
Instead I’m going to tell you what HAS happened.
1. James Brandon has accepted Steve Meaney’s offer of being next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, and will soon become the 24th person to welcome Waiting For Life To Return into his life.
2. Ruairi De Barra has announced he is looking for a new owner for Volume Two: Wink. I have had a number of people express an interest in being next, and a decision regarding that matter should be made soon.
And that’s it for this week folks. But just before I’d like to ask for a favour. If you are reading this, and you are one of those people who has promised feedback or to seek a new owner for a One Short Story To Be Told volume, could you please focus your attention on that matter if at all possible this week?
Thank you.
88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Jul 30, 2013
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Volume One is on the move again!

I’m delighted to announce that James Brandon has agreed to play a role in the continuing adventure, and will soon become the 24th recipient of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return.

Congratulations James, and commiserations to all those who put their name forward (but were unsuccessful on this occasion) to be next.
Do keep trying guys. It warms my heart to see so many interested in this idea. And patience and persistence, as you know, are always rewarded.
Oh, and you won’t have to wait too much longer for another chance to welcome a One Short Story To Be Told volume into your home. Stay tuned for updates.

88*googlepex to all leyton attens/Stanley Notte
PS – Remember if you want anything in life you need to take AN ACTION. Receiving a One Short Story To Be Told volume is exactly the same. Yes, you can sit back and watch our stories criss cross the globe, and that is fine. But if you really want to receive one it’s best, I think, to be in touch with the current owners. And be persistent. ‘He who shouts loudest and all that!
Jul 28, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (93)

Hello there all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to my Friday Forum once again. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot to tell you this week, as the stories published under the One Short Story To Be Told moniker have not done a lot.

James ‘Paudie’ Horgan has been in touch to say he has forwarded Volume Six: Home to Caroline McSweeney in Denmark. But, as Caroline is currently traveling, it will be the end of August before she gets her hands on the story. And Steve Meaney has made a decision regarding the next home for Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return. I cannot, however, reveal any detail regarding that decision, as I am waiting for the chosen person to confirm they are willing to participate in the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

I am also waiting (and this is proving to be a challenging situation) for Paul O’ Connor to confirm that Volume Five: Full Circle has moved on. You may recall that this move was scheduled to take place on the 10th July, a full 14 days ago now. But, despite a number of emails, I have had no news from Paul on that situation. Am I frustrated? Of course I am. it is difficult to be in a position where I don’t know the whereabouts of one of my books. But it is even more challenging to be in a position where my book may have been given to someone I know absolutely nothing about – particularly when the idea of One Short Story To Be Told is to create and track a journey for my tales. But I need to be patient, and believe that The Universe knows what it is doing – no matter how hard doing so will be!

In other news, I am also still waiting for Gordon Kinsella and Ruairi De Barra to confirm that they have made arrangements for the transfer of Volume Three: Grey Skies. For Derek O’ Sullivan and Elle Detonet to forward feedback on Volume Three and Four respectively. And, even though I spoke to Ruairi De Barra during the week, I have no update on  Volume Two: Wink

Ah, yes I’m getting good at this waiting game.

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Jul 21, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (92)

There’s been quite a bit of news on the One Short Story To Be Told front this week. And for those of you hoping to welcome one of my stories into your home two pieces of news will be of particular interest.

First, James ‘Paudie’ Horgan passed this message to me on Wednesday:

I’m now ready to pass on Volume Six: Home, and continue this amazing journey. I will be in search of Volumes One to Five…even if it takes me years to do. I hope I was not too long reading Volume Six: Home. But like all good intensions, things crop up that are out of your control. I’m now going to to look at the list of potential suitors. A decision regarding who will be next to receive Volume Six: Home will follow shortly.

And then Steve Meaney sent this message regarding Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return:

Hey Stan,  sorry for the delay with Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return, but I’ve been up the walls with work (and with my wife breathing down my neck over you and the book ha ha). I finally finished reading, and I will leave it up to you to pick somebody that will treat Waiting For Life To Return with the respect it deserves. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of this journey you have created!

So there are two One Short Story To Be Told stories soon to be on the move. And while James “Paudie’ Horgan is going to make his own decision (and, therefore, leaves you in a position where you can only watch and wait) Steve Meaney is taking a different tack altogether. So, if you’d like to be next to receive Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return drop me a line via the blog, Facebook or email.

The other piece of news this week was the arrival of Ultan Finnegan’s feedback on Volume Two: Wink. Here’s what he had to say: Wink awoke my senses and broke the silence I was in. Yet another fine short story to float me along this new voyage. A pleasure it is to sail along and parallel Leyton’s life. I cannot wait to read more of his story and look forward to the receipt if more parts of his interesting rambling a on life.

A big thank you to Ultan for taking the time to pass on his kind words, the blog page dedicated to Volume Two: Wink looks all the better for it’s inclusion!

So, that’s all the news for this week. I’m still waiting for confirmation that Paul O’ Connor has passed Volume Five: Full Circle on to it’s tenth owner, and it therefore follows that all I know about the new owner (if indeed there is a new owner) is they are female and lives in Plymouth, England. There is now news, either, on the proposed move of Volume Three: Grey Skies from Gordon Kinsella to Ruairi De Barra. Hopefully there’ll be news on both these events before next weeks update. And maybe I’ll have feedback from Elle Detonet (re Volume Four: Sleepyhead) and Derek O’ Sullivan (re Volume Three: Grey Skies), too. So until then 88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


Jul 13, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (91)

It’s been another ‘I’m Still Waiting’ week for the One Short Story To Be Told adventure. But you know what? This is always happens after a busy week, and last week was a busy week. I did send Ruairi De Barra the contract for his forthcoming visit of Volume Three: Grey Skies. But the rest of the week was filled with nothing but my thoughts on the current status of the six short stories I have out in the world.

So here’s what I’ve been thinking.

Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return: I haven’t heard anything from Steve Meaney since the week Waiting For Life To Return landed at his front door. And I still haven’t received his contract either. I wonder if he has read the book yet? And I wonder if he has considered who will be next.

Volume Two: Wink: Ruairi De Barra has been great with updates. And his last missive informed me he had three shipmates looking to read Wink. I wonder if any of them have had a chance to do so? And is Ruairi Still at sea? Oh, and I wonder if Ruairi has actually spoken to Gorden Kinsella about being next to receive Volume Three: Grey Skies. Jeepers I don’t think Ultan Finnegan has sent on his feedback for this volume either. That’s a bit odd, Ultan was great with feedback for the other volumes he has had. Maybe I’ll get something from him next week.

Volume Three: Grey Skies: I wonder if Gordan Kinsella has a nice photograph of him with Grey Skies? He is a photographer, after all. And has he thought about the feedback for the blog? And has he actually spoken to Ruairi about arranging a handover? I hope this doesn’t get complicated and drawn out. Speaking of drawn out – I still haven’t received feedback for this volume from Derek O’ Sullivan. I think I might have to accept that might never happen now.

Volume Four: Sleepyhead: I wonder if this volume will ever turn up? Or is destined to spend the rest of it’s life in a bin? Please God that won’t happen. Oh, I need to ask Elle Detonet to send on her feedback. The least I can do for Sleepyhead is ensure I get that. (I acted on that last thought folks, and Elle has promised it will be with me soon).

Volume Five: Full Circle: I wonder if the handover Paul O’Connor informed about last week has taken place? It should have, his friend was due to arrive last Wednesday. He never passed on her name, or an address. So I haven’t sent this lady a contract. Hmmm, I hope this won’t become awkward. But it has been awkward in the past when a One Short Story To Be Told custodian has been someone I don’t know, and don’t have contact with. Stop thinking like this! Paul will be in touch soon. He will give me a name and contact details for the new owner. It will all be fine. And don’t even begin to imagine that Paul won’t send on a photo and feedback – you’re just being silly now.

Volume Six: Home: I’m delighted James ‘Paudie’ Horgan received this volume. I hope he enjoys it. And wasn’t it great that David Daly went to so much trouble to ensure it landed safely in Paudie’s hands. God, it would be great of all the One Short Story To Be Told custodians were as efficient as David. But, hey that’s unrealistic – people have busy lives! Maybe that’s why John Linehan, who promised me a little feedback on this volume hasn’t done so this week. God, this thing can be frustrating sometimes!

So there you go folks. That’s the kind of stuff that runs through my mind on quiet weeks for One Short Story To Be Told. But hey, I created this adventure, so I’m not complaining. And I could have worse things on mind!

88*Googolplex leyton attens/Stanley Notte.


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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.

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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?
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