Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Six words

I (very) recently downloaded the book It All Changed in an Instant, a sequel to (book-I-have-not-read) Not Quite What I Was Expecting, both of which are compilations of six-word memoirs.

Yes, descriptions of an entire life. In six words.

Obsessed with this idea ever since I learned about these books, er, all of two hours ago, I immediately set out to write my own six-word memoir. This is what I came up with:

Wasn't pleasant, but I enjoyed it.

I'd be okay with that on my tombstone.

But because this is me, after all, those six words didn't spring forth spontaneously, perfectly formed. Here are some alternate six-word memoirs that popped up as I thought - equally accurate, though possibly not as poetic...
  • I’ve been cracked, but never broken.
  • Intense? Who said I was intense?
  • Let’s try that one more time.
  • The hard times were the best.
  • They all moved away from me.
  • Needed a chance to prove myself.
  • I probably took that too seriously.
  • In hindsight, it made perfect sense.
  • I tried hard; it didn’t work.
  • It was good while it lasted.
  • I blamed myself: a wrongful conviction.
  • Did my best; still not enough.
  • Dammit, I totally saw that coming.
  • Expected a lot, for good reason.
  • It’s all made up, you know.
  • Too realistic for my own good.
  • Not one for bullshit or lying.
  • She wrote, she ran, she read.
  • Brutally honest/overly nice? It depends.
  • I say it, I mean it.
  • All I wanted was an explanation.
  • I entertain myself more than others.
  • Not Hufflepuff, but every other house.
  • I edited even this after publishing.
  • I was her; I'm not anymore.
  • Every version of me was great.
  • "It’s all about learning," said Stephen.


  1. These are great, I'll have to try that too.

    1. For you, I like •She wrote, she ran, she read. and
      •I edited even this after publishing. But I also liked
      •I tried hard; it didn’t work.

      I haven't come up with anything for me yet. Maybe: She loved cats, plants, and reading. Or It was depressing but it's over. Does a contraction count as one or two words?

    2. I like both of those, but I think I like the first one better. Contractions are one word, but people seem to take liberties with hyphenated words. I've seen some use them as one (I think I would), but other people count them as two. Which just prompted in me another one: "Overly-complicated doesn't begin to cover it."

    3. Yes! "Overly-complicated doesn't begin to cover it."

  2. This is amazing; I loved it. (six-word review)

  3. I have read the first one. Mine (which I use a lot) "It was fun, until it wasn't"

    1. Oooh, I like that! And it's very you. :)