Sunday, March 16, 2008

six significant words

Tootsie Farklepants tagged me to write a memoir in six words. We actually used this exercise as an assignment in our Advocacy classes at school and, being the fine & compassionate teacher I am, I have already done it (sort of - mine aren't precisely autobiographical, just provocative). However, I wasn't as adventurous as Tootsie and only came up with two. I'll try for a couple more that reflect my actual life.

FYI and in case you care, there are lots of variations of this activity. I first discovered it through Wired magazine, which referenced Ernest Hemingway's 'story': For Sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. I use that in my creative writing class to demonstrate the power of few words. (Of course I tell my students if they try to turn in a six word short story for their final, they had better hope they're as talented as Hemingway).

This recently published book is sweeping the nation and is what we based our classroom assignment on, and it's a result of SMITH magazine's Story Projects. Finally, NPR has this brilliant slideshow version.

Without further ado (what you might politely call my longwindedness) here are my wacky offerings:

Something smells weird. Where's the cat?

No more chocolate? Surely you jest.

Where are my clothes? I wondered.

She talks too much, they say.

Now for the tagging! Please to condense your life into 6 words: My bff Lisa, Elaine at Blog In My Eye, and Suz.


John-Michael said...

I do genuinely enjoy all of the diversity of facets of your Self that continue to emerge and delight. You are a lot of fun!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

There's got to be a story behind "Where are my clothes? I wondered."

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

I was wondering the same thing as Tootsie Farklepants.

stephanie said...

John-Michael: You are so kind, phrasing 'schizophrenic' in such a gracious way :) Thank you!

Tootsie & Cheri: You'll have to come to BlogHer to find out...And please know - that was not one I shared with my students.

JCK said...

What a great writing exercise! I might have to try it. Especially because I am your SISTUH in " She talks too much, they say." Enjoyed the NPR pieces with illustrations/photos. Love that NPR!

just jamie said...

Jumped over from Jenn at Juggling Life. Love this idea. I may have to borrow, with your permission. :)

elaine@bloginmyeye said...

SO fun. Here are mine:

Anonymous said...

Those are AWESOME. Especially the chocolate one.

Suzanne said...

Yay! I was just thinking about how bored I was and had nothing to blog about. Thanks.

(mmm, chocolate...)

AngelConradie said...

wow, this is hard! i'll mull it over a little more...


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