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!


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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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