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Monday, March 24, 2008

The six-word "meme"-oir

This has been making the rounds for a little while now, but I have officially been tagged by Madame Meow to participate in the "six word memoir" game. I'll let her explain how it works:
Inspired by a book called Not Quite What I Was Planning, and originally devised by BookBabie, this meme asks you to write a SIX WORD memoir.

I know. Six words? Seriously. No consideration for those among us who suffer from verborrhea, right? But don't let me stop your fun. First off, here are the official instructions:

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. (This last step is optional.)

Madame M. couldn't limit herself to just one six-worder - she ended up with six of them, which maintains some sort of symmetry (or something). It really is more of a challenge than you might think to condense your life into six words! I'm going to follow her lead and go the six-squared route myself. Some of mine are not particularly original, and you may recognize them from other places - but if they fit, I don't think that's a problem.

Too Young to Be This Old
How, Exactly, Did I Get Here?
Every Day is a Winding Road
Getting It Right the Second Time
L
ove, Laughter, Words, Music, Dogs, Chocolate
New York-Connecticut-Florida-Tennessee-California Girl

(Yes, I know that last one is technically seven words, but "New York" is a proper name and I'm counting it as one compound word. It's probably grammatically incorrect to do so, but...oh, well.)

I usually acquire memes by stealing them, and I don't tag; but since I got tagged myself for this one, I'm actually going to invite some folks by name - Wendy, Alison, Karen, Pam, and Mike. If you can distill it all down to just one six-worder - great! If not, I'd ask you to come up with no more than six, in order to maintain some sort of symmetry (or something). Anyone else who is interested and hasn't done this yet is, of course, welcome to go for it.

In addition, there are three non-bloggers(!) who read here that I'd like to invite - Paul, Teresa, and Cherie. If you want to join in, please either leave your responses in the comments or e-mail them to me and I'll post them.

I have a special related assignment for Working Girl, should she choose to accept it - six-word résumé blurbs.

(Hey, if I'm actually going to tag, I might as well go all out!)

9 comments:

  1. Nice selection of memoirs, I especially like #5. I just scarfed down a rather large quantity of Hershey Kisses, uggh, I probably won't sleep for the next two nights. Thanks for playing the meme:)

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  2. Woo-hooo! I like it! :oD (and my favorite is #5)

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  3. It would be very hard to narrow it down to just six words. I'll try, but I'll probably end up with six six word memoirs.

    I really liked yours, Florinda. Number two resonated with me quite a bit. ;-)

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  4. Bookbabie - Thanks for stopping by. Your blog is very cool; I've added it to my Reader feeds.

    Mme. Meow - Thanks for tagging me, or I might not have done this :-). #5 is what makes life worth living, if you ask me.

    Literary Feline - It really is hard to get everything into just one, so go for more, Wendy. I'll look forward to reading yours.

    #2 is slightly modified from Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime," but I know the feeling quite well. :-)

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  5. This is going to be hard. I'll get to it as soon as I can. I like #1 and #5 of your's.

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  6. Mike - It's shorter than one of Karen's assignments, though. :-)
    Looking forward to see what you come up with.

    Oh, #1 is SO true...

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  7. Okay, here's what I came up with (only one!):

    No training, experience, will work cheap.

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  8. Working Girl - I like it! How many of your 59 jobs does it apply to? :-)

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