Jul 5, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (90)

It’s been a buy week here at One Short Story To Be Told headquarters (if you can call a semi-detached house in Cork, Ireland a HQ that is!). That busy week has seen news of three of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes out there in the world reach HQ.

First Gordon Kinsella kept his promise from last week, and made a decision on the next destination for Volume Three: Grey Skies. Ruairi De Barra (who himself has been in touch to relate his delight at securing a peek at a third One Short Story To Be Told story), was the man he chose.

Gordon’s announcement was swiftly followed by the news that Volume Six: Home had landed Melbourne Australia, and the home of James ‘Paudie’ Horgan. In his short note James also informed me he has started reading. I hope he enjoys it!

And then, just yesterday, Paul O’ Connor, who has been in possession of Volume Five: Full Circle since early in the year, dropped me a line to say he has read and enjoyed the entire volume. Pail alos informed me he has a friend visiting on the 10th of July, and this visitor, who remained nameless, will be next to carry the baton for Volume Five. Paul did reveal some details about his visitor. It’s a lady who resides in Plymouth, England.I look forward to revealing this lady’s name to you.

The arrival of Volume Six: Home in James Horgan’s house also saw the One Short Story To Be Told adventure nudge closer to a landmark number. James is the 91st person to provide a home to one of the six One Short Story To Be Told volumes, so the magic century is now in sight. Of course the proposed moves for Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle will get the adventure even closer. So, I’m expecting an exciting period ahead as I close in on the century of readers. I also expect a few shanningans as people jostle for position in order to be the 100th recipient of a One Short Story To be Told volume. But hey, that’s all part of the fun isn’t it?

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Jul 3, 2013
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Volume Three: Grey Skies heading to new pastures.

So Gordon Kinsella has been in touch, and informed me that Volume Three: Grey Skies will be heading to the home of Ruairi De Barra next. Man but Ruairi is doing a sterling job of seeking out the One Short Story To Be Told volumes. Grey Skies will be the third of my volumes to head to his abode. And given that the previous ones were Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Two: Wink (in that Order) it looks like Ruairi is trying to get them in numerical order. That, of course, may not be true, it may just be coincidence that Ruirai has received the volumes in that order. But whether Ruairi has a plan or not, it’s great for me to see another person actively seeking out my work. So thanks Gordon for making a decision. And thanks Ruairi for showing such an interest in the Oneshortstorytobetold adventure.
In addition to the thrill of seeing someone seek out my work I am also excited by the fact that Grey Skies arrival at Ruairi’s door will see the number of home’s visited by the Oneshortstorytobetold volumes reach 92, just eight away from a century!
Oh boy there’s an exciting few weeks (or maybe months) ahead while as we countdown (or UP) to that magical number!

88*Googolplex Leyton/Stan

Jul 1, 2013
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Yabba Dabba Do!

Yabba Dabba Doo! James Horgan has confirmed that Volume Six: Home has landed safely in Melbourne Australia. Thanks for confirming the news James. And thanks too to David Daly who let me know that the book had landed, and that he shared my sense of relief. James is the 7th person to provide a home to the story ‘Home’. And, as the One Short Story To Be Told volumes have now rested in 91 homes between them, the adventure is closing in on the 100 homes landmark. Am I excited by that – you bet your life I am.
88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

Jun 28, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (89)

One of my favourite Motown records was recorded by Diana Ross in 1971. It’s called ‘I’m Still Waiting’, and tells a tale of a girl who spends her life waiting for a childhood sweetheart to return her love. Now I’m not saying that this week has seen me reminiscing about young love, but the title of that record does some up my week in regards to One Short Story To Be Told – because I’ve passed the week waiting.

Waiting for news from James “Paudie’ Horgan, who is himself waiting on the arrival of Volume Six: Home.

Waiting for the contract I sent to Steve Meaney in relation to Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return  to arrive at more door.

Waiting for Paul O’ Connor, the current custodian of Volume Five: Full Circle, to send word (any word in fact) regarding his plans/experience of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Waiting in vain, to quote the great Bob Marley, for Volume Four: Sleepyhead to be found and re-enter the One Short Story To Be Told adventure.

Waiting in vain for Derek O’ Sullivan to forward his feedback on Volume Three: Grey Skies.

And waiting in vain for any news on Volume Three: Grey Skies from Gordon Kinsella. But wait – I’m being harsh on Gordon here: he promised he’d be in touch this weekend on the matter.

So, as you can see, it’s been a week short on news. David Daly was in touch to say that his brother-in-law had sent Volume Six: Home on it’s way to James “Paudie’ Horgan – but that news is outweighed by the first entry under ‘Waiting’ in this post.

But wait! As I type, and I mean that literally, Ruairi De Barra has messaged me via Facebook with news of Volume Two: Wink. This is what he has had to say:

“Wink is onboard LE Eithne (an Irish Naval Service vessel for those of you not familiar with the Irish Defence Forces) and has raised great interest. A shipmate of mine, Christy ‘Jake’  O’Donavan, asked if he may read it. And then two more, Paul Brophy and John Buckley also made requests to read Wink before it leaves the ship. I loved the story, too - It brought up feelings in me of unfinished business with my own father’s life and death. Thanks for sharing it with me!.’

 Now that, I have to say, is a wonderfully uplifting message. And a great way to sign off on a weekly post.

So 88*Googolplex all you One Short Story To Be Tolders. I’ll be in touch soon!


Jun 22, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (88)

Activity is the best word to describe the last seven days in the One Short Story To Be Told week. So here’s the detail.

V2 - Ruairi1. Volume Two: Wink landed in it’s 23rd home, that of Ruairi De Barra, who Kindly sent this pic, and returned his contact – signed twice I’m delighted to say – to me as well!

2. Gordon Kinsella, the current custodian of Volume Three: Grey Skies, in response to a glut of messages from me, promised  that he will make a decision regarding the next step in this volumes journey when he returns home from a work trip next week. I’m looking forward to ensuring Gordon keeps his word!

3. James Horgan’s signed contract arrives at my door. Oh, the joy of knowing that piece of paper had travelled from Cork to Sydney and back again is hard to describe. As the joy the joy James derived from signing it!

And here’s a few things that didn’t happen.

1. Paul O’ Connor, who currently provides a home to Volume Five: Full Circle, didn’t respond to an email I sent seeking an update.

2. Volume Four: Sleepyhead didn’t unexpectedly turn up, and remains on the missing list.

3. Volume Six: Home did not arrive in the home of James Horgan. This leaves me wondering if it is still with David Daly’s brother in law who kindly volunteered to take it with him when returning to Australia. Or whether it is in the Australian internal post. It also makes me realize that I never asked David where exactly in Australia his brother in law lives, so I have no idea how far Volume Six has to travel once it landed Down Under! Man I can be terrible at detail.

4. The contract between Steve Meaney and One Short Story To Be Told in relation to his custody of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return did not arrive at my door. This is odd predominantly because Steve resides within walking distance of my home. I suppose that says much about my – and Steve’s – attitude to walking.

Maybe I should give that some thought!

And finally Derek O’ Sullivan did not forward feedback on Volume Three: Grey Skies, which he relinquished control of in early January. Yes, that’s a full six months ago folks! Never mind, watching Derek take this long to write a short note has an upside. It makes dealing with procrastination a little easier for me.

I think that’s a nice though to leave you with this week. so 88*Googolplex.  leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

Jun 19, 2013
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Volume Two: Wink reaches its 23rd home.

Just in from Ruairi De Barra folks:

Volume Two: Wink relaxing gently in to its home for the evening!

You know I just love it when one of my tales reaches a new home! This is Wink’s 23rd abode, by the way.

88*Googolplex leyton/Stan

V2 - Ruairi

Jun 14, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (87)

Hi there all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. I hope this missive finds you well. And ready to digest all the news that my adventure has for you this week.

And there is quite a bit of news this week, though some of it is news (again) on inactivity.

First Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return has reached it’s 23rd home. It landed in the hands of Steve Meaney last Saturday. Steve has been in touch since to confirm the arrival, and to note that my handwriting is illegible. As if I didn’t know.

Volume Six: Home has also been on the move this week. Currently, if the message I received from David Daly on Monday has been acted upon (and I have no reason to doubt that it has), Home should be in Australia with David’s brother in law. This kind man has acted as an intermediary for David, who was – delightfully – worried that placing Home in the international mail system could lead to my lovely little package being damaged. Anyway the upshot of all that is Home will be placed in the Australian internal mailing system, and will be with James ‘Paudie’ Horgan, who will provide it with it’s seventh residency, shortly. James has also been in touch this week. And it was great for me to hear that the arrival of the One Short Story To Be Told contract provided him with a touch of mirth!

Now, as you know the loss of Volume Four: Sleepyhead has left me with just five stories criss-crossing the globe. And the news on my other three tales (Wink, Grey Skies and Sleepyhead) is all about inactivity this week. This is despite my efforts to contact Gordan Kinsella (current custodian of Grey Skies), an email being sent to Paul O’ Connor (current custodian of Volume Five: Sleepyhead), and Ultan Finnegan promising Ruairi De Barra that Volume Two: Wink will be his soon.

I have to say, that I’m kinda at a loss as to where to go with this situation. Obviously, this whole idea revolves around people passing my books/tales on, and in doing so creating a journey for my short stories. But I’m wondering how best to ensure that is done when those who are in possession prove difficult to get hold of. Now I’m not saying that Gordon, Paul or Ultan are ignoring me – I doubt that very much – and I wholeheartedly accept that they have lives to live (and probably busy ones). But I am left in a bit of a quandary.

If you have any suggestions that may alleviate that quandary, please pass them on. In the meantime I’ll do what I always do when in this position. I’ll contact the people I need to contact, and remind myself that the Universe plays as large a role in this adventure as anyone else. Of course on this occasion I’ll have to keep thoughts of another volume disappearing in the manner that Volume Four: Sleepyhead recently did at bay. Which, no doubt, will not be easy.

So I’ll go and get on with that, and leave you with the photographs that the Adrian Hickey and David Daly provided before they relinquished control of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return and Volume Six: Home.

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Jun 7, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (86)

Good evening folks. Welcome to the latest One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum, which comes to you from a sunny south of Ireland. I must say that the sunshine has helped me deal with the loss of Volume Four: Sleepyhead throughout this week. And I’ve decided to take an upbeat attitude to Sleepyhead’s current status, and believe it will turn up at some point. After all, anyone finding such a beautiful package is bound to make an effort to locate the owner. And there are contact details supplied within.

The other thing that has helped me remain upbeat this week is my other stories (or at least some of them) have been active. I’m delighted to say that Adrian Hickey confirmed Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return has begun the journey from his home in Cobh to Steve Meaney’s abode in Ballyphehane, Cork City. Actually I thought I might have had a note from Steve to announce Waiting For Life To Return’s arrival before today. But I’m certain I will have that soon.

Volume Six: Home meanwhile is destined for Australia, and the home of James “Paudie’ Horgan. No confirmation from David Daly that that journey has commenced. But if it hasn’t already, it will do soon. Davis is not, so far as I know, a procrastinator.

It is possible that Volume Two: Wink will be on the move soon as well. Ultan Finnegan has decided that Ruairi De Barra will be next in line, and I have forwarded the One Short Story To Be Told contract to Ruairi. So the passover (if I can use that word!) is edging closer. In fact, I’m sure Ultan will act when he reads this. Well I hope so anyway.

As for my other two tales. Well Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle remain on sabbatical. This is despite a promise of action from Gordon Kinsella two weeks ago. I get the feeling that he has been so thrilled with the contents of Volume Three he cannot bear to part with it. So perhaps now would be a good time to remind Gordon that he is, by virtue of the One Short Story To be Told contract, committed to passing Grey Skies on to a new home, and that this action is a key foundation in the entire One Short Story To Be Told adventure. Yes, I think I’ll do that this week.

Paul O’ Connor, who currently holds Volume Five: Full Circle in his possession, has not been in touch either this week. I do know that Paul, who you will recall resides in Holland, is employed in an area that requires a lot of travel. So I’m assuming this has played a part in Full Circle’s lengthy  stay. My relaxed attitude during Full Circle’s stay – which translates into ‘Not contacting Paul’ – no doubt has had a greater impact, however. So again, I think I’ll do that this week.

And that’s it for this week. Well apart from the photograph Adrian Hickey forwarded of Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return enjoying his garden. I have to say that having photo’s to add a touch of colour to these updates is always great. So thanks Adrian. Oh, and I’ve added this photo to the feedback Adrian supplied about Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return a few weeks ago. o if you want to remind yourself of what Adrian had to say, jump to the Volume One page of http://oneshortstorytobetold.com.

'Waiting For Life To Return enjoying the garden

88*Googolplex to you all leyton attens/Stanley Notte.

May 31, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (85)

Good evening all you One Short Story To Be Told followers. And welcome to my 85th Friday Forum. Apologies for not posting number 84 last week, but there was a good reason – I was in catatonic shock due to bad news on the One Short Story To Be Told front. But before I get to that let me give you the good news that has entered the One Short Story To Be Told world since I last communicated with you.

All good news relates to my stories finding new homes, something I always welcome. So here we go.

David Daly has decided that Volume Six: Home will nestle in the arms of James ‘Paudie’ Horgan next. As James resides in Australia ‘Home’, which is the newest of the One Short Story To Be Told tales, will make it’s first trip out of Ireland in order to reach it’s seventh owner. Needless to say, I’m delighted by that news.

Meanwhile Adrian Hickey has announced he is ready to let Volume One: Waiting For Life To Return leave his abode, and that Steve Meaney, (a recent but fervent follower of the One Short Story To Be Told adventure) will be the person to provide our inaugural volume with it’s 23rd home.

Ultan Finnegan has also informed me that Ruairi De Barra will accept the responsibility of helping Volume Two: Wink continue it’s journey. Coincidentally Ruairi will provide Wink with it’s 23rd home as well.

I should say that I have no idea when these movements will take place. But I will update as soon as I do.

Now to the bad news, and my catatonic shock. First I have no news from Paul O’ Connor or Gordon Kinsella regarding Volume’s Five or Three. This, of course, is a concern – both parties have been in possession of their respective One Short Story To Be Told volume for four months now. But in comparison with the news that forced me into a catatonic shock – well it’s like comparing a sprat with a giant whale.

So what is that news? Well it looks likely now that Volume Four: Sleepyhead has reached the end of it’s journey. Why? Well because the current custodian Elle Detonet (who received Sleepyhead while in Mumbia, carried it all over India, and brought it home safely to Ireland at the start of March) has mislaid my beautifully bound book. Of course I am hopeful that this mysterious disappearance will be followed by an equally mysterious reappearance – but as it stands, and it’s ben standing like this for over a week now – the One Short Story To Be Told adventure has suffered it’s first (and hopefully last) loss. As that loss translates into the death of a story I’m sure you can understand my inability to provide an update last week. And I’m sure you will understand, too, why I need to sign off right now.

So until next week, 88*Googolplex leyton attens/ Stanley Notte.

ps I’ll leave you with the last picture taken of Volume Four: Sleepyhead, which thankfully is a magnificent one. Here’s hoping posting it isn’t a requiem.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Four: Sleepyhead being admired in Mumbai, India.


May 17, 2013
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One Short Story To Be Told Friday Forum (83)

Hey all you One Short Story To Be Tolders, and welcome to another Friday Forum.

I had hoped to announce new owners for up to three One Short Story To Be Told volumes today. But, due to incomplete deliberations, I actually have nothing to announce.

Well, maybe not. I can announce that Adrian Hickey, Elle Detonet  and David Daly are mulling over the names of those who have requested they be next to receive the One Short Story To Be Told volume they currently hold in their possession. They are, in case you’ve forgotten, Volume One: Waiting for Life To Return (Adrian), Volume Four: Sleepyhead (Elle) and Volume Six: Home (David). So, if you are waiting on a volume – and I know many of you are – please remain patient.

As for the remainder of my volumes? Well they seem to have gone into that strange non-communicative space that One Short Story To Be Told occupies from time to time. No doubt this is due to the custodians having busy schedules – as I so often say, ‘Life (or having one if you prefer) is more important than One Short Story To Be Told.’

Not that I’m saying I’d be happy if Ultan Finnegan, Gordon Kinsells or Paul O’ Connor, the current custodians of Volume Two: Wink, Volume Three: Grey Skies and Volume Five: Full Circle forgot entirely about keeping the One Short Story To Be Told adventure alive. That would, I must say, be terrible – especially as it would mean a story has effectively died!

But let’s not ruminate on death. Let’s instead be positive and take the view that Grey Skies (which has been in Gordon’s possession since the 29th January – yes a full 4 months!), Full Circle (who has remained with Paul O’ Connor since the 13th February – yes, just over 3 months ) and Wink (who has been in the one place – i.e with Ultan Finnegan since 26th March – for a very short time when compared to Full Circle and Grey Skies) are enjoying a well earned rest. Yes let’s do that. Mind you if anyone would like to give any of these people a nudge or force their hand in regard to moving a One Short Story To Be Told story along….Well let’s just say you’d have my gratitude!

And you know what? I’ll get proactive on that front just as soon as I’ve signed off here. Which I’ll do right now, and in my usual fashion. 88*Googolplex as always leyton attens/Stanley Notte.




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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.

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