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Can You Sum Up Your Entire Life in Six Words?

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
Steph
Lindsay
Betsy
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:

  1. Write your own six word memoir.
  2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want.
  3. 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.
  4. Tag at least five more blogs with links.
  5. 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.


3 thoughts on “Can You Sum Up Your Entire Life in Six Words?

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  2. Дж. Хьюз

    14 Apr on 2008 at 1:13

    Done!