Sunday, March 2, 2008

miniature memoirs

This past Wednesday, my daughter comes home from school with a copy of her high school newspaper clutched in her overburdened hands. As she struggles to haul 60+ pounds of school cargo out of the van, she reads to me some of the more important and entertaining stories being reported.

One story I found rather intriguing was a writing contest, or challenge, that was being sponsored by the English Department: Write your life's memoir in six words or less! I thought "Wow!, what a great idea! I'm all over that!" To learn more, I did a little investigative reporting and managed to locate the first ever Six Word Memoir contest (thank you Google!). I was able to check out how the contest originators determined what a good memoir was and perhaps derive inspiration from some of the original entries.

So, without further adieu, here are a few of my potential mini-memoirs:

once, rather cute; now, terribly unattractive

when awake, perpetual motion; prefer sleep

words: evade, elude, taunt, torture me

when tough comes along, I flee

shit job: my name listed first

enviable, graceful, cultured, elite - I'm not

can't fathom inspiring; only manage surviving

still waiting for something to happen

Whew! I could go on and on ~ but I won't !! However, I challenge you, my lovely blog-reading pals, to come up with your own succinct brand of literary life summations and send them along to be shared!

Best of luck :)


Posolxstvo said...

The best parts are still coming.

Dave said...

Rule: People see what you project.

molly gras said...

Pos -

patience: a virtue I don't possess :)

Dave -

impressions reflect externals, not accurate internals

lil sis said...

First of all, my comment to your previous post got eaten. But, I had to say - unfortunately, it's in your genes. I had said a whole bunch more stuff, but I forget what it was.

Secondly, on this post, freaking hysterical. However, the first one pisses me off!!!! So not freaking true! We are still way adorable and cute!! You just need to move back down south so your skin will stay moisturized in the lovely humid air! Other than that, I think the rest are dead on and truly descriptive!

molly gras said...

Amen, sista, amen! :)

Hedy said...

The power of vowels astounds me.

I wrote that in a poetry class back in the 80's. It was in reference to some handwriting analysis freak who said I had low self-esteem because I wrote all my vowels in caps except the 'i'. She was right about the self esteem part, but it didn't have anything to do with my poor penmanship. :)

molly gras said...

Hedy -
You know, I find it so very strange that we (humans) have a tendency to put any stock in the analytical value of random things ~ it's this insane urge we have to connect EVERYTHING to EVERYTHING and make relevant that which is not (i.e., handwriting = your fingers/hand/arm working in concert with your motor/cerebral cortex; NOT a precursor to future personal success/doom!

Risqué and edgy: successful formula. Period.

I'd just LOVE to see Cody Diablo's handwriting analysis ~ would probably blow their analytical tools right out of the water!

molly gras said...

oops! I think I should have written Diablo Cody ~ it's so darn hard to keep those porn names straight!

Dumdad said...

Hair yesterday; gone today; wig tomorrow?

I guess you have to know I'm bald for that to work!

(No, I've never even contemplated having a wig!)

molly gras said...


No wig? Great! Love shiny pates!

Follicle challenges (along with hip and buttock challenges) are what makes us humans so physically interesting ...

Imagine a world where EVERYONE looks just about the same/perfect/unblemished/flawless ... hey! isn't that the basis of a wildly popular Sci-Fi novel series?!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ooo, this is fun. Erm,

Do not like veg, prefer chocolate.

Should have been born a princess.

No, I am not part penguin.

Hmmm, I think they sum me up. Thanks for the kind words Molly. You are tres cool. :D

molly gras said...

Part-penguin princess who prefers chocolate, eh?!

I love it!! And I'm a bit of a choco-holic myself ... can't ever get enough of the really good stuff!

Cheers to you and to your continued recovery ~ have a lovely early Spring day with your little princesses :)