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Sunday, October 26, 2008

What's your Six-Word Memoir



From the book Not Quite What I Was Planning to Say by Larry Smith:

When Hemingway famously wrote, "For sale, baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using a half dozen words.  When the online storytelling magazine Smith asked readers to submit six-word memoirs, they proved a whole, real life can be told this way, too.  The results are fascinating, hilarious, shocking and moving.

From small sagas of bittersweet romance ("Found true love, married someone else") to proud achievements and stinging regrets ("After Harvard, had baby with crackhead") these terse true tales relate to the diversity of human experience in tasty, bite-size pieces.

What's your six-word memoir?  And what would the art look like to accompany it?  I'm thinking about mine now...


P.S.: My six word memoir is this: "Moving Day Tomorrow; No Forwarding Address." I think you would need to think about it for a while to understand. I'd love to hear more of yours.

13 comments:

KathrynAntyr said...

What a fabulous prompt. I'll have to think about this one. I'll let you know when I have it pulled together.

femminismo said...

Hi. Saw your blog name on the journal yahoo group I just joined and decided to visit. I loved this idea of writing your life in six words. I haven't really tried it yet. The background on your blog is beautiful. Did you "adjust" blogspot yourself or have someone do it for you? I'm in Oregon and do art journaling.

marciglenn said...

What an interesting idea. I could see these 6 words as being sad or being happy. Thank you for sharing this idea. I am part of the soul journal group and am glad to meet you.

Francine Cronos said...

What an interesting challenge. I'm not sure what I would say - this is definitely something to think about.

Shell said...

Unfinished actor, still dreaming, needs love

That's what came to mind right away. Such a great idea, thanks for sharing this. I still how to think how the art would look.

Jane B. said...

Loves paints, loves writing, loves soul journals! Ok, that's seven - but something to think about. Thank you for sharing; I enjoyed visiting your page :-) From a fellow soul journaler...

Mar said...

now that i have found you..and your wonderful sj pages!
i will be back
keep posting though

happy halloween

Nelly said...

This is great inspiration! I'm going to have to try it and put pictures to it as you suggest.

Nelly

paperqueen said...

Hey, Teri,
Thanks for the nice words on my blog, especially since they led me to yours! Love it, an am blown away by the six-word memoir idea. Will think about that one and let you know what I come up with!
Eileen

Linda East said...

My 6 word Memoir is "It is all about the light"...this phrase seems to encompass my life... lifes journey, my art, and my daily life...without the light there is no purpose.
Your blog is terrific Teri...and you are really talented..you go girl. Have you always lived in NYC?
Linda (Okla)

bill said...

Obama, a needed change. Bye Bush!

Hannah said...

Clumsily yet optimistically finding my way.

dragyonfly said...

I know exactly what yours means...LOL

Mine would read something like this:
Laugh till you crap your pants.