Friday, February 26, 2010
Ernest Hemingway was challenged (likely a bar bet) to write a short story in exactly 6 words. He came up with this:
For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
How brilliant is this man?!?!
Apparently, Hemingway's "6-word story" inspired the editors of Smith Magazine to compile the 6-word memoirs of many writing talents.
A story was aired about this memoir project on National Public Radio. The compiled 6-word memoirs can be found in the new book entitled: Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs By Famous and Obscure Writers. They are really interesting to read!
Since I love a challenge, particularly a writing challenge... I HAD to come up with my own 6-word memoir. The key is, you're not supposed to over-think it... it loses some sincerity. But, as usual, I had to go through several drafts...
So, what could I write that would summarize who I am in this world... the totality of my short, but full life? I came up with a few renditions:
First came my smart-ass responses:
Without humor, it all basically blows.
What the F* is this sh*?
Seriously, don't know what I'm doing.
Then I go for the literal, especially after these past 3 days:
I'm knee deep in pooh, literally.
Then the loopy:
I don't send bad food back.
One big experiment on sleep deprivation.
She didn't drink the Kool Aid.
Then my brooding self surfaced:
Dreaming the dreams, but never delivering.
Life devoted to correcting past mistakes.
Heart always there, soul sometimes lost.
Then it started to get more 'genuine' to me:
Different than I imagined, but better.
Deserving of nothing, grateful for all.
And, after much silly brainstorming , I finally decided that this one probably says it all. My life... my memoir... in a 6 word nutshell.
Plan B was better than expected.
Want to take a stab at it too?