Six word stories – your turn…

A new book just (or just about to be) released called “Not what I was planning: Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure” has been on the media blitz lately. It stems from a great anecdote about Ernest Hemingway once writing a story with only six words, and coming up with an eloquent: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Anyway, this new book is a collection of such short short stories. Here’s the nice trailer for it – you’ll note some pretty well known names in the mix:

It also occurred to me that for most of our readers, the thought of already writing a memoir is kind of a daunting task, especially in light of how young university students tend to be. But then again, here is the perfect medium for it – a memoir with only 6 words! Should work for most of us.

Here’s mine:

“Academically growing, family awesome, tie unnecessary.”

…but what say some of you out there have a go as well…

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at