Saturday 12 April 2008

A Six-Word Meme..oir?

I thought I was challenged last week when Naked in Eden, a wonderful, thought provoking site, asked readers to describe what their soul looks like. I thought this was much harder than it should have been but I had a go anyway. In fact, it left me thinking all week. I guess I tend to avoid the tough questions and leave that to others (that's why my blog focuses on such topics as the erotic sex lives of octopuses).

Yesterday, Zoe Selina, an Aussie who writes a blog about her life in Norway, encouraged me to get involved in an equally challenging Hemmingway blogging meme and write my six-word memoir. I'm not really into tagging but this meme did pique my interest. Apparently Hemmingway was once asked to write a 6 word story. He did and it went like this - For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
In late 2006, SMITH Magazine ignited a challenge to readers to send in their own six-word memoirs. Readers sent in short stories in droves, from the bittersweet, Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends, and the poignant, I still make coffee for two, to the inspirational Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah and the hilarious, I like big butts, can’t lie. Smiths turned it into a book called Not Quite What I Was Planning which was released last February. They are now planning their second book.

I thought this may be impossible because I can't even restrict my conversations underwater to six words. But, here it is: my six word memoir. One day I will write my entire story.

What would your six-word memoir say?


  1. Nice one Lilly. :) I'm not into tagging either (in fact this is the first time I've ever done it). But I, like you, found this topic particularly interesting.

  2. Thanks Zoe for the lead, good exercise to do.

  3. I had never heard of this until I read your post. Very interesting, trying to sum up one's life in six words. I can think of many, but only a few that I would publish. Okay, it's not that bad, but maybe mine would read something like..
    My life? Starts, stops. No middles.

  4. Matt - wow that's a good one. I came up with heaps and its hard. Ypu can submit them to go in their next book given you put the effort in - you just have to click on the Smith's link.

  5. I hope you keep this post up here for awhile because my memoir is only half written. I have the first 3 chapters done.


    Working on the last 3 chapters. Already have an agent and publisher interest... :) :)

    You ought to post this as a discussion on BlogCatalog. It's a good one!!

  6. Wow Robin, you are impressive. Is that another book? Good on you. I cant wait to read them. OK. so you have 3 chapters now you need another three. Look forward to seeing them. It's kind of tough doing this too.

  7. Phew, I have it, Lilly. Up all night and at it all week. But the last 3 chapters are finally done. I think you'll be unduly impressed.


    So the entire MEME...OIR would read something like this. Are you ready?


    Just so you know, Lilly...the WANDER chapter is where you and I walk from New Mexico to Alaska. I just thought you should know that.

    The WOOD chapter is where we get eaten alive by massive swarming hoards of mosquitoes in the woods of Alaska.

    Okay, I'm out here mate. Have a good one, girl, and thanks for making me laugh.

  8. Rainforestrobin - wow I love your memoir. The last three chapters are just perfect. Love the 'wander' concept. As long as there is a rescue plan in place (just cos I have no sense of direction) I am in. Take Care.


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