6 word memoir meme

As I read yet another book review of a memoir this weekend, my husband told me that I should write one. I said that my story would be much too short and rather boring so when I ran across the following book I decided it was just my speed. A six word memoir! Written by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, Not Quite What I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure is a compilation based on the story that Hemingway once bet ten dollars that he could sum up his life in six words. His words were- For Sale: baby shoes, never worn. There’s a video on Amazon with examples from the book, it sounds like a fun read! I’d like to start a six word memoir meme and here are the rules:

1. Write your own six word memoir

2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like

3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere

4 .Tag five more blogs with links

5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

It was actually a lot more difficult that I thought it would be, but here’s mine…

This too shall pass, I hope.

I tag Melynn at Breathing Easy, Sandy at My Inner Edge, Lisa at Books on the Brain, Janie at Ragamuffins, and Fighting Windmills.

If you haven’t been tagged but would like to participate go ahead and copy and paste this post to initiate your own string of the game, or post a comment with your 6 word memoir and I’ll post them later:)

**Blonde Momentos added a link to Smith Magazine on her memoir post where you can go and leave your memoir, they are collecting them for book #2!

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  2. this looks fascinating… i will have to come and see what it gives birth to!!

    in my heart, i think you have a bunch of other versions, too. 🙂

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  6. bookbabie- thanks for the game what a challenge and what fun! Your words really seem to be coming from the woman in your photo. kt

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  8. so very clever, bookbabie! loads of fun. =] did you really start this yourself? kudos for the creativity! i’m really going to have to think about this and see if I can come up with something…

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  40. This was a wonderful project…not as easy as simple as you would think? To condense a life into a memoir of only six words…brilliant, why waste time 😉

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  49. Bookbabie, the ironic thing about my meme “Constantly surprised at being a grown-up” is I’ve been one for a VERY long time. LOL. 4 kids, degrees, jobs, still amazes the 10 year old in my soul. Glad I found your blog, and website, I’ll stay in touch.

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  70. I am thrilled you started this meme! I had considered doing it myself…lol.

    My memoir is up….feel free to snag the graphic I made and offer it to folks to add theirs to.

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  77. Thanks for bringing this exercise to everyone. It brought out things I haven’t consciencely thought of in a long time.

    “Help people. Be useful. Improve.”

    And I think you have a good point about my ending being too harsh. It doesn’t fit the rest. I improved it. 🙂

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  119. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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  121. What a fun little game. I love your visual choice and your words; I think they suit you quite well. Thank you for sharing this fun post.

  122. Hemingway was simply a King of words. It is however valid only as a game, because it would be folly to try summing up the life of giants like Einstein or Gandhi in so few words.

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