This idea has been around for quite a long time. In fact, its most famous version is from Hemingway, who wrote not a six-word memoir, but a six-word novel:
For sale: baby shoes, never used.
This most recent iteration was sparked by SMITH Magazine’s book called Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure. NPR even has an enjoyable slide-show to accompany the six-word memoirs they have collected.
So without further ado, I am joining the six-word memoir meme that is sweeping the blogosphere. I’ve been tagged by Sarah at A Fool of Myself, which means I have to sum up the last 26 life-filled years in six little words.
An optimist-at-heart, teacher-friend writes, runs, loves.
Now it’s my turn to play tag! I think you’re technically supposed to tag only five people, but I am excited to hear what my friends come up with. I really enjoyed brainstorming and word-playing, and I hope you do to!
Beth and James at teco/teca
Deanna at Something clever here soon.
Dr. Cadle at Techsophist
Charity at The Hoot’s Nest
Jill at Ingenious Fool
M at Colorless Green Ideas
…and last but certainly not least:
Дж. Хьюз at Bright Yellow Gun
And here are the rules of this little meme:
- Write your own six word memoir.
- Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want.
- Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.
- Tag at least five more blogs with links.
- Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.
P.S. Just to head off your doubters and nay-sayers, I have it from a pretty darn good source—my former grammar professor—that compound adjectives, which are joined by hyphens, count as one word, and I think it’s safe to assume that the same goes for the compound noun I use to name myself.