Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure Deceptively Simple And Surprisingly Addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning Is A Thousand Glimpses Of Humanity Six Words At A TimeWhen Ernest Hemingway Famously Wrote, For Sale Baby Shoes, Never Worn, He Proved That An Entire Story Can Be Told Using A Half Dozen Words When The Online Storytelling Magazine SMITH Asked Readers To Submit Six Word Memoirs, They Proved A Whole, Real Life Can Be Told This Way, Too The Results Are Fascinating, Hilarious, Shocking, And Moving From Small Sagas Of Bittersweet Romance Found True Love, Married Someone Else To Proud Achievements And Stinging Regrets After Harvard, Had Baby With Crackhead , These Terse True Tales Relate The Diversity Of Human Experience In Tasty Bite Size Pieces The Original Edition Of Not Quite What I Was Planning Spent Six Weeks On The New York Times Bestseller List, And Thanks To Massive Media Attention From NPR To The The New Yorker The Six Word Memoir Concept Spread To Classrooms, Dinner Tables, Churches, Synagogues, And Tens Of Thousands Of Blogs This Deluxe Edition Has Been Revised And Expanded To Include Than Sixty Never Before Seen Memoirs From Authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Ford, And Joyce Carol Oates To Celebrities Stephen Colbert, Mario Batali, And Joan Rivers To Ordinary Folks Around The World, Everyone Has A Six Word Story To Tell

Our book features nearly 1,000 six word memoirs by famous folks, as well as unknown writers from SMITH Mag s storytelling community.

More than 200,000 people have submitted Six Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine and its younger cousin, SMITH Teens Thanks to the devoted admiration of writers, critics

and educators alike, the six word memoir concept has spread to

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  • Paperback
  • 225 pages
  • Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
  • Larry Smith
  • English
  • 02 July 2019
  • 9780061374050

10 thoughts on “Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

  1. says:

    Rating 3.75 of fiveMy Review Deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive, Not Quite What I Was Planning is a thousand glimpses of humanity six words at a time.When Ernest Hemingway famously wrote, For Sale baby shoes, never worn, he proved that an entire story can be told using a half dozen words When the online storytelling magazine SMITH asked readers to submit six word memoirs, they proved a whole, real life can be told this way, too The results are fascinating, hilarious, shocking, and moving.From small sagas of bittersweet romance Found true love, married someone else to proud achievements and stinging regrets After Harvard, had baby with crackhead , these terse true tales relate the diversity of human experience in tasty bite size pieces.The original edition of Not Quite What I Was Planning spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and thanks to massive media attention from NPR to the The New Yorker the six word memoir concept spread to classrooms, dinner tables, churches, synagogues, and tens of thousands of blogs This deluxe edition has been revised and expanded to include than sixty never before seen memoirs.From authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Ford, and Joyce Carol Oates to celebrities Stephen Colbert, Mario Batali, and Joan Rivers to ordinary folks around the world, everyone has a six word story to tell.My Review I think this is the perfect book for, uhmmmm, browsing while you re stuck in Uncle John s sacred space Sometimes funny, a few placed perfectly to cause loss of consciousness every few pages.A must acquire for those facing airplane travel, and an essential distraction source for the death meetings.

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    During NaNoWriMo 2006, SMITH magazine issued a challenge write a six word memoir From published writers, celebrities and undiscovered authors came the responses.The stories they briefly told were philosophical Afraid of everything Did it anyway Ayse Erginer Found great happiness in insignificant details Alisdair McDiarmid Started small, grew, peaked, shrunk, vanished George Saunders Occasionally inspirational Followed rules, not dreams Never again Margaret Hellerstein Funny Perpetual work in progress, need editor Sherry Fuqua Gilson Became my mother Please shoot me Cynthia Kaplan Giraffe born to a farm family Grant Langston Sad Ex wife and contractor now have house Drew Peck Everyone who loved me is dead Ellen Fanning Utterly devastating Was father, boys died, still sad Ronald Zalewski And a few of special interest to Goodreads members Discovered moral code via Judy Blume Beth Greivel Can t read all the time Bummer Rina BanderIt s quite a challenge to sum up one s life in six words I thought and thought until my thinker was sore about 47 seconds then decided to let someone else do the work for me Here are the two memoirs from the book that best describe ME Bespectacled, besneakered, read and ran around Rachel Fershleiser Never really finished anything, except cake Carletta PerkinsThis is a charming book to pick up whenever you have a few moments I laughed and sighed a lot Melki There you go a six word memoir of this book.

  3. says:

    I love this book, if only because it makes me want to write a six word memoir for my life My junior American Studies students wrote their own A little rough around the edges.My conscience brought to you by Dear mom, how is your cell I love god Love me .I wonder what my cat s doing.What s broken can always be rebuilt.I am not quite there yet.Would you like fries with that When do I get to leave Homesick for somewhere I ve never been.Wherever I go, fun follow me.Milk in a cup of oil.It s not quite as it seems Neverending rollercoaster of spirit and solitude.Always for the sake of others.Remembered by most Known by few.Took the chance received the glory.

  4. says:

    I think this is very cool It inspired me to write a couple of my own.

  5. says:

    Kind of cute got old quickly.And for all you wise crackers out there that s my review of the book, not my own six word memoir Smith magazine, inspired by Hemingway s six word story For Sale baby shoes, never worn invited its readers to submit their own six word memoirs The results were published in this book, along with some submissions by famous writers and celebrities.Here are some that I liked Couldn t cope so I wrote songs Aimee Mann Would you like fries with that Scott Northrup Well, I thought it was funny Stephen Colbert I wrote a poem Nobody cared Joe Heaps Nelson Became like myself every year Eddie SulimurskiIt seems like an essential part of reviewing this book is posting your own six word memoir, so mine would be Awaken Eat Love Drink Sleep Repeat.

  6. says:

    My attention span only lasts about five words these days, but when I work up to six, I ll give this a shot.

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    I like that this collection mixes famous authors with unfamous ones I asked They answered I wrote Sebastian Junger The psychic said I d be richer Elizabeth Bernstein I thought I was someone else Tysa Goodrich Happiness is a warm salami sandwich Stanley Bing I m enjoying even this downward dance Column McCann Dad died, mom crazy, me too Moby Fight, work, persevere gain slight notoriety Harvey Pekar Mushrooms Clowns Wands Five Wig Thatched Amy Sedaris Struggled with how the mind works Steven Pinker Brought it to a boil, often Mario Batali Found great happiness in insignificant details Alisdair McDiarmid Girlfriend is pregnant, my husband said Shonna MacDonald Couldn t cope so I wrote songs Aimee Mann ABCs MTV SATs THC IRA NPR Jancee Dunn Quietly cultivating my inner Lynda Carter Joanna Sheehan Yes, you can edit this biography Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia Revenge is living well, without you Joyce Carol Oates Outcast Picked last Surprised them all Rachel Pine Well, I thought it was funny Stephen Colbert Secret of life marry an Italian Nora Ephron Like an angel The fallen kind Rick Bragg

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    Thank you Meghann for recommending this book I loooooved it It is what it is writers give their memoir in six words Fabulous I ll give you just ten of my faves Being a monk stunk Better gay.Happiest when ignoring huge financial debt.Lived in moment until moment sucked.Nothing profound, I just sat around.It was embarrassing, so don t ask Thought I would have impact.Can t tonight, watching Law Order.Anything possible but I was tired.Rebel librarian on sabbatical from boys.No shit I m critical you re flawed.Paralyzed at fifty, life still nifty.Fat jolly bearded origami folding accountant.I m just here for the beer.Without me, it s just aweso.He left me for good, eventually.Mom blames musical theater I disagree.Alone at home, cat on lap.Hope my obituary spells debonair correctly.So devastated, no babies for me.Left house one day for cigarettes.He wore dresses This caused messes.Was that than ten Well they re all so good This is very much worth a read, and will probably inspire you to write a few of your own 6 word memoirs, such asJust waiting for everyone to sleep.Word of Wisdom should we reconsider I never could get a baby sitter.All year I wait for Jersey.I ll never stop missing that dog.This book just makes you think and makes you love life, as in your own life I highly recommend it

  9. says:

    i love work that is driven by the method, not the material this is often my biggest complaint about crafting books well, this is definitely not a crafting book however, it is decidedly driven by the method and not by the materials challenging a bunch of writers famous not to write their own memoirs in exactly six words, not quite what i was planning is a peek into the thousands of different ways people can tell their stories i think that having some very strict rules and limits can give the format to find what is really beautiful in the telling of a story, rather than constantly trying to fit quirky experiences into a mold of interesting writing this was also part of the lynda barry writing class i took, only she believes in time limits the idea is the same.anyway, some of these six word memoirs are good, some are boring as fuck, but overall it s a quick and charming read i have been challenging my cohorts, pals and comrades to perform their own six word memoirs at the drop of a hat, and let me tell you, it s quite entertaining.

  10. says:

    This book comes out in January 08 but I just read the galley And yes, it really is a collection of 6 word memoirs About 1,000 of them They re compulsive reading and many hold the mystery of a good haiku but shorter The people at the great non fiction web site, Smith Magazine put this together To my surprise, I have one in here too if you ask nicely I ll share it I remember submitting it months ago but never heard back Strange.But I m excited to be in it, right after Myfanwy Collins a Goodreads friend and right before Stephen Colbert.

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