Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Your life in 6 words?

One of the following 6-word memoirs is mine:

A. Took scenic route, got in late.

B. Inside suburban mom beats urban heart.

C. Lucky in love, unlucky in metabolism.

D. Secret of life: marry an Italian.

E. Not as blond as I look.

F. Quietly cultivating my inner Lynda Carter.

Some months ago, a friend sent me a link to a site asking writers to submit their life story ... in exactly 6 words. Seemed like a fun challenge, and so I did it.

I later found out that Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser of Smith Magazine put their favorites together and published a collection called NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. Mine made the cut and can be found on page 136.

I have to say, the book is an absolute delight, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. To celebrate, I'm doing a drawing to give away a copy, and would love to see you win. To enter, all you have to do is a post a comment to this blog entry with either:

Your own 6-word memoir
Your guess as to which of the above memoirs is mine

If you like, you can do both. Keep in mind, this is a drawing not a contest. So your answer doesn't have to be the best or correct. Everyone who responds will be automatically entered in the drawing.

Btw, if you're cyber-challenged and have never posted a blog comment before, no worries. Just click the word "comments" (or "post a comment") below and the rest is self-explanatory. Just be sure to include your name or email address so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck!


CJRay said...

Hey! I loved that post, btw. I believe your quote was, "Not as blonde as I look."

Mine was, "My crazy little thing called, 'Life'."


Tiffiny said...

Well I like the A. Took scenic route, got in late. quote, lol, but I'll go with "Not as blonde as I look.".

Mine is, "I really need to stop procrastinating!"
Luv you Ellen!!

Cassandra said...

I believe yours is Not as blonde as I look.

If I were to write one for me,

Not quite sure, but really trying.

Andrea said...

Yours is "Not as blond as I look."

Mine is "Better than it could have been."

Julie said...

I actually think yours is B. Inside suburban mom beats urban heart. But I seem to be in the minority!

Anonymous said...

Mine is: "Rebels come home in the end." My guess is that you're the suburban mom with the urban heart.

Anonymous said...

yours: Not as blond as I look
mine: Cold hands, warm heart, happy life!

CafeMom Member

Renae said...

Hi Ellen,

I believe B. Inside suburban mom beats urban heart is yours.

I was trying to think of one for me, but no luck at the moment.

Take care, Renae (cafemom/myspace)

Donna said...

love being around people like Ellen!

Anonymous said...

Yours: Not as blond as I look

Mine: More drama than a daytime soap!

~Lyssa~ (anglwng125@Cafemom)

Anonymous said...

Wow! That's a hard one. I cannot decide, but I can't wait to find out the answer!

I guess mine would be:
Encourage some, help many, love all.

(the "love all" is a work in progress though! some are easier to love than others!)

Thanks for keeping it interesting!

Mamamoore said...

In my heart my mind belongs.

Yours is E

cafemom member

Anonymous said...

I would go with 'not as blonde as I look' for yours.

I'd be on here for hours trying to come up with mine...


Kate1022 said...

Yours: F ('cause no one else chose it!)
Mine: Making it better day by day.

Jen r. said...

I am going to guess "b" , I guess my 6 word would be:
"Trying hard, living big, living graciously."

Anonymous said...

yours is not as blond as i look and mine would be

..not crazy, just a tad askew

sobermommy said...

This is awesome. Mine used to be..."Never let them see you sweat!". After the path my life has taken...I would now say..."Finally trying to do it right!"

My guess for yours is "Took the scenic route, got in late."

Lisa said...

Yours was"Not as blond as I look"

Anonymous said...

Hey Ellen,
I am going with:
F. Quietly cultivating my inner Lynda Carter.


Anonymous said...

Too many dreams, not enough years.

And I have no clue which one was yours.

Rhonda Noble

Booklogged said...

I'm guessing your memoir is B: inside suburban mom beats urban heart.

Lisa R. said...

My six:

The Brady Bunch doesn't live here.

Mark said...

Led my heart. Should have followed.