Volume Six

Volume Six: Home

A story about a difficult situation.

Published 27th October 2012 at Tom Barry’s Bar, Barrack Street, Cork.

Current Custodian: Tenth Recipient: Sandra Cambridge, Berrings, Co Cork, Ireland


Ninth Recipient:Leonard O’ Donovan, Cork City, Ireland. November 2013


leytonEight Recipient: Caroline McSweeney, Copenhagen, Denmark. 10th August 2013.

WHAT CAROLINE SAID: I think that this is great initiative, and very much enjoyed getting a taste of the experience. Of course it would be nice to read through all the stories and follow the narrative . The story ‘Home” is a nice metaphorical based narrative on depression, with very nice images painted. Maybe for me, I would have liked more time in the story itself, and less time on reading the reasons behind it or the description of the concept etc. The story can get a little lost in the middle of all of that, I think. But I look forward to reading more. Caroline.


Seventh Recipient, James “Paudie’ Horgan, Melbourne, Australia. 25th June 2013.

Volume Six: Home somewhere in Sydney

Volume Six: Home somewhere in Sydney


A dark but interesting story wrapped in a very interesting way.

Great idea Stan.

Thanks for including me. I hope Caroline enjoys it as much as I did.



Sixth Recipient David Daly, Cobh, Co. Cork. 10th April 2013.

David Daly brings some light to HomeWHAT DAVID SAID:

Took a bit of quality time alone to finally read Volume Six: “Home”, a short but powerful tale which serves to remind people that there are dark areas where people get lost sometimes finding it impossible to find a way out. Cracking thought provoking story which had me reaching for the light. Well done again Stan. Dad Avidly (David Daly)


Fifth Recipient: Colette O’ Donoghue, Watergrasshill, Co Cork, Ireland, 1st March 2013.

Volume Six: Home at Everest Base CampWHAT COLETTE SAID:

FEEDBACK FRIDAY: So “Home” came on an epic adventure with me to Nepal where it was enjoyed by not one but two avid followers. My feedback for this will be short as I find it hard to describe the emotions that it envoked. It is so sad and all too realistic of things that do happen in the world around us. But well done Leyton for creating such a vivid scene. Until the next volume 88*Googolplex, Cleo Othelo Gudtone (Colette O’ Donoghue).


writnews 001Fourth Recipient: Austin Collins, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland. 12th February 2013.

WHAT AUSTIN SAID: Hi leyton/Stan. Many thanks for the chance to be part of the world of One Short Story To Be Told. It’s a very interesting, unique and enjoyable concept. ‘Home’ is a well written story, with a big ghastly impact on the reader. A story of a subject well known and suffered by a lot of people, and hidden and shunned by the rest. It was an enjoyable read. But it awakens horrors and fears that leave a mark in the memory of the reader. Again many thanks, and I look forward to getting a chance to read another chapter in the world and life of leyton attens. Now I’m looking for the next custodian! Austin Collins 88*googolplex.


One Short Story To Be Told Cover Illustration.Third Recipient: Ultan Finnegan (AKA Tuela Fanning), Cobh, Co. Cork. 6th January 2013.


Volume Six (Home) of One Short Story To Be Told is a deep look Into life. It starts as a dark decent but on the way down you get pulled back and the light takes you over again. It is, on reflection, a nice passing of superhero life and its ups and downs. A reminder that there is light even in the darkest moments and we should never forget this.


Second Recipient: Adrian Hickey, Cobh, Co. Cork. 13 December 2012.

One Short Story To Be Told Volume Six (Home) relaxing with Adrian HickeyWHAT ADRIAN SAID: Hey Leyton, how goes! Myself and my partner Cheeky Colini have read Volume Six (Home) and enjoyed sharing in the your adventure once again. This volume demonstrates an individuals will to exist, irrespective of how harsh and stark the realities of life can be at times. With no pardon or remittance to the instigator this volume is darkness indeed in its brief few pages. Cheers, Racey Hadikin (You will note that Adrain used his (and his wife’s) superhero name in his feedback. A touch I enjoyed immensely.)



First Recipient: Paul Depuis, Cork City, Ireland. 27th October 2012


I thought ‘Home’ was deep, very well written and very powerful. I really enjoyed it as sad as the story is :( The build up to the story and, – I suppose you could call it the after-build of the story – was fantastic! Both brought a smile to my fantastic face! It’s easy to see how much time and effort went into it, and for that I congratulate you leyton. A brilliant idea, story and adventure! I just wish Ryanair provided flights to The Ethereal Plains, or even Bissextile, as both sound like very interesting places!

Paul J Depuis

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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