As regular readers of this Blog may have seen, the Knights and Ladiezz are entranced by the knotty art of Haiku writing... the distilling of a moment into an eternity. But what if you were asked to sum up your whole life ( so far ) in six words?
There's a book that caught my attention, called Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs By Famous and Obscure Writers. It's from the editors of Smith Magazine, and it's exactly what it says it is -- a collection of memoirs, each just six words long. which led me onto a website dedicated to the whole thing.
The idea stems from a literary legend. The story goes, that in the Twenties, Ernest Hemingway was sitting at the famous 'round table' with several literati at the Alonquin Hotel, New York, when he accepted a $10 bet to write a story in six words. He quickly wrote six words on a napkin and passed it round..: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." It had a beginning, a middle and an end and it won him the bet
The editors of Smiths Magazine challenged writers to craft their own six-word memoirs, and got some interesting results.
"Shy Jersey kid, overcompensating ever since." --Ariel Kaminer
"Being a monk stunk. Better gay." --Bob Redman
"Couldn't cope so I wrote songs." --Aimee Mann
Some of them are funny, others are pretty poignant. There's one that says, "Was father. Boys died. Still sad." That's from Ronald Zalewski.
'Dad called, DNA back: He Isn't' -- Helen Fielding
Womb, bloom,groom, gloom, rheum, tomb -- Blake Morrison
Seventy years, few tears, hairy ears -- Bill Overengesser
So all you KMSA out there.... step up to the plate....No need to write us a blog...and we want to hear yours. Sum up your life in six words -- no more, no less. For best results, don't overthink it. And remember, it's supposed to be a memoir, not a fortune cookie.
Me? ummm ......... "Fiftyfour; haven't even begun to start"
Sir Dayvd of Notenoughhoursintheday-shire