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Six Words

March 5th, 2008 by Maureen McHugh

Not Quite What I Was Planning
Not Quite What I Was Planning is a collection of autobiographies in six words. The premise comes from the anecdote that Hemingway (perhaps to settle a bar bet?) wrote a short story in six words.

For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

Several sf writers have written Sfnal versions of this for Wired.

It cost too much, staying human.
- Bruce Sterling

We kissed. She melted. Mop please!
- James Patrick Kelly

Then comes this book. Autobiography in six words. Online storytelling magazine SMITH asked readers to submit six-word memoirs and culled the best. Of course, now I lay in bed attempting to compose mine.

An observer; husband, son brought reality.

But in ten minutes I’ll decide that’s wrong.

Posted in Fantasy, Maureen, Personal History, Science Fiction, Writing | 6 Comments »

6 Responses

  1. Rory Harper Says:

    I’ve adopted something from one of the Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold, as my central life tenet:

    The only true wealth is biological.

    Am even working on a song with that as the tag line….

  2. Jim Kelly Says:

    Too much compression, even for me.

    Lost God, ex. Found writing, love.

    Thanks for noticing, Maureen!

  3. Maureen McQ Says:

    It was one of the best, Jim.

  4. Patrick Nielsen Hayden Says:

    Up. Out. Sing. Cry. Second wind.

  5. Bob Says:

    Toys beckon. Ponds pale in comparison.

  6. Bill Bottorff Says:

    Sixth sense is that of time

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