Mar 2, 2012
leyton attens

Friday Forum (20)

This will be a short entry, folks. In fact, I can’t believe I’ve found time for the Friday Forum. It has been a busy, busy week, with the preparations for tomorrow night’s launch constantly at the forefront. Right now all is FALLING into place, though little is in place. Time to trust the Universe again, me thinks.

The most important thing is ready, however. Volume Five is printed and bound, and I will be collecting it tonight. Thanks Mary, John and Albert. So everything else is non-essential so to speak, but Marc’s animation will – he assures me 0- be ready. As will all the other bits, including the surprises! Can’t say any more, even if you twist my arm.

The perceptive of you may see a clue between now and then. This is a fact, not a teaser. Let me know if you do!

As the launch is now all but upon us I have added a page for Volume Five to this blog. And I eagerly await the moment when I type the name of he or she who will begin Full circle’s journey. Oh yeah baby, I can’t wait.

But wait I must. And prepare I must. So I’ll let you go now, back to the whatever it is you and I do when One Short Story To Be Told isn’t taking up our time (answers on a postcard please.

Oh, one thing I forgot: Welcome Sue-Ellen Maloney, Sean DeBhaileis, Tina Horan and Denise Kennedy to the One Short Story To Be Told facebook page (Denise joined just now – and I mean JUST NOW).

I’ll leave you as always with the details of current locations, owners and contact details for each of our volumes. The section is decorated this week with a fabulous shot Philip O’ Byrne provided. ‘A work in progress with a work in progress’ I call it.

This time next week there’ll be a fifth entry in this section! My God, when I put it like that I get excited.

88*Googolplex to you all!

leyton/Stan

Volume One (Waiting For Life To Return):  Tim Prenderville of Atascadero, California is in possession. No time to talk to Tim this week, but no news is good news. Contact details for Tim are Irishocity’s Weblog or Facebook.

Volume Two (Wink): Philip O’ Byrne’s will hand Wink Georgina Lynch at tomorrow evening’s launch. Wink is thrilled. Philip is sad. Georgina is thrilled.  You can get Georgina on FB

Volume Three (Grey Skies): So far as I know Astrid Walsh is now in possession. All requests to be next are to be forwarded to astridwalsh@ireland.com or (yes you’ve guessed right!) Facebook.

Volume Four (Sleepyhead): Last time I checked (Tues) the An Post tracking system had Sleepyhead tagged as ‘Shipped from Dublin’. No news since. I’ll need to prioritise this next week. Mark Fenton of Perth Australia, as you know, is the intended target (so to speak). Mark can be reached here.

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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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In essence I believe that humans are on the stories' side.

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