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Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure By Larry Smith Rachel Fershleiser 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 time When Ernest Hemingway famously wrote For Sale baby shoes never wor
  • Title: Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
  • Author: Larry Smith Rachel Fershleiser
  • ISBN: 9780061374050
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure By Larry Smith Rachel Fershleiser 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 aDeceptively 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.
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      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 smithmag and its younger cousin, SMITH Teens smithteens Thanks to the devoted admiration of writers, criticsand educators alike, the six word memoir concept has spread to classrooms, dinner tables, churches and synagogues, across Twitter,Facebook, and tens of thousands of blogs.

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    1. 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 mov [...]


    2. 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 SaundersOccasionally inspirational Followed rules, not dreams Never again Margaret HellersteinFunny Perpetual work in progr [...]


    3. 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 [...]



    4. 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 thou [...]


    5. 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 Pinke [...]


    6. 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 friend and [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. 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 form [...]


    9. WARNING SOME ADULT LANGUAGE AND SUBJECT MATTER.Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words For sale baby shoes, never worn In 2006, Smith Magazine offered to its readers the opportinuty to write a six word memoir This book contains some ot the entries they received.Cursed by cancer Blessed by friends.I was born, some assembly required.Creative and destructive in many ways.On her birthday, my life began.We walked barefoot in wet cement.I wrote it all down some [...]


    10. This is not your typical book It is a fun read that portrays many different emotions throughout the stories Each story is 6 words and that is all By this style of writing you are leaving the interpretation of the story to the reader They can interpret it many different ways Some are happy while others are sad You can easily relate to a handful By reading this it makes you think of some of your own that you can write Each story is completely different some are about relationships while some are j [...]


    11. I heard about this book from a listserv that challenged us to sum up our career in six words Mine My students enrich my life daily The book is at times funny, irreverent, reflective Other times it s off the mark But when this many authors are involved, the quality will be spotty I had my seniors, who are winding down their last week of public school, write their own six word memoirs My favorite Done Let s not do this again.



    12. I think I have a thing or two for books written in different formats and experimental writing as such Inspired by Ernest Hemingway s iconic For sale baby shoes, never worn , these were the submissions sent to a magazine called SMITH during NaNoWriMo in 2006 A compilation of 6 word memoirs Maybe, size doesn t matter after all I loved reading these and made notes too, for later use Recommend reading it.Here are a few favorites I am trying, in every regard Lionel ShriverTook scenic route, got in la [...]


    13. Take one part Life s Little Instruction Book and one part angsty teenage diary entries, combine and shake lazily, then leave out in the sun to grow moldy and spoiled There, now you have Not Quite What I Was Planning Seriously, this book is a wreck It s 219 pages of roughly 5 entries per page and almost all are inside jokes sorta and or blatant attempts to be profound and artsy When I closed the back cover, I felt like I d gained nothing than after any book I ve ever read There s a reason that H [...]


    14. Talk about economy of words The editors of Smith magazine issued a challenge to its readers to write a summary of their lives in a single sentence of six words no , no less The resulting book Not Quite What I Was Planning is delightful and depressing humorous and morose endearing and disenchanting I love words and their power, so this book spoke to me on that level alone It is amazing how much you can say without saying hardly anything was that a double negative If so, I m sorry My only caveat a [...]


    15. This was a quick and delightful read that I would recommend to everyone.The stories are funny, thoughtful, thoughtless, heart breaking, confusing, all condensed down to the bare bones It s amazing how much you can reveal in only 6 words Some of my favourites were I still make coffee for two Zak NelsonFollowed white rabbit Became black sheep Gabrielle MaconiFound true love, married someone else Bjorn StrombergCame, saw, conquered, had second thoughts Harold RamisI coloured outside of the lines Ja [...]


    16. This is the most hilarious book ever It was inspired by a challenge issued to Ernest Hemingway to come up write a story in six words He wrote, For sale baby shoes, never worn Celebrities and regular people submitted their own six word memoirs in response to a Smith Magazine post Some of my favorites include She walked barefoot in wet cementMy life s a bunch of almostsFact checker by day, liar by nightAfter reading this you won t be able to resist writing your own and your friends six word memoir [...]


    17. Ooh ooh This project from the Smith Magazine web site now has a book form How can a life be summarized in six words only These are addictive and thought provoking than you might guess Sort of like haikus, or fortune cookies.I wrote down a few dozen favorites, but here s the one that rose to the top I live the perfect imperfect life Runners up Learned everything from words, pictures, love Put whole self in, shook about.Fearlessness is the mother of reinvention.We were each other s favorite perso [...]


    18. Interesting to compare this kind of concision, mostly about what we want others to think of us, to the concision of, say, Basho or Issa those pebble in a well words that just expand The things in this book are so often reductive, rather than reflective or expansive er But still it is interesting, and a wonderful excercise, or party game, or whatever the hell you d call it Lots and lots of fun And I just love little snippy things Like Georg Lichtenstein s The Waste Books, Feneon s Novels in Three [...]


    19. Interesting, probably closer to a four, if only because it makes you want to try and write your own memoir in six words Only issue was how did none of the editors notice that one of the memoirs was, verbatim, an Oscar Wilde quote I can resist everything except temptation and not made up by the girl who submitted it



    20. When I first heard about this book, I was intrigued It took me far longer to read than I had intended, mostly because the majority of the memoirs were not as striking as the Hemingway story For Sale Baby Shoes, Never Worn Takes your breath away, right I was anticipating along those lines, but instead stories not quite so exciting were included, like I grew and grew and grew Randy Newcomer and In the office It smells here Meera Parthasarathy.The book was still pretty good.Totally enjoyable and w [...]


    21. I m in love with this little book of teensy, tiny books So poignant Many funny, many sad, too much regret Makes you think about life much than I expected it would when I picked it up Don t skip the introduction, and definitely try your hand at writing your own.


    22. I still make coffee for two 7 Won the fight lost the girl 37 Afraid of everything Do it anyway 42 Someone had to pay the bills 126 Three marriages Thirteen novels Sleep s overrated 114 Well, I thought it was funny 137


    23. First of all, I love when I can read books in 30 minutes I sped through this one, only stopping to add my favorites to my myspace and facebook pages And I found tons of poems that I loved return return All of this started when Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words He wrote, For sale baby shoes, never worn Wow That gets you thinking, doesn t it And most of the 6 word memoirs in this book will, too return return Some of my favs return return Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adu [...]


    24. Larry Smith has done it He has put together a book that can get many readers to express their emotions He has taken famous writer s personal thoughts on their life and turned them into something extraordinary Not Quite What I Was Planning Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure will help you see the way writers come up with many of their stories It will also show you how hard an author s life can actually be.Not Quite What I Was Planning Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure is a [...]


    25. Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers 4Q 2P J S A YA Review Take six and call me later It s amazing how six words can make you smile, cry and ponder Sitting at the diner counter and reading these small memoirs I started to notice it didn t matter if I knew who the famous or obscure writers were I could connect with a lot of the quotes on many levels It became so apparent to me that six simple words could describe so many of my own experiences, and motivate me to express myself with six words I also t [...]


    26. This is a good book to read while on a quick break It s best put down read in small batches I enjoyed it Some of the memoirs are funny some are tragic.Great examples of a few found in book Soul d out so I could prophet Born Free, but lost my Country Followed white rabbit Became black sheep Painful nerd kid Happy nerd adult Took scenic route, got in late It s completely addicting Watch out, you may find yourself writing your own 6 word memoirs incessantly as I have.Here are some of the better one [...]


    27. Ack, gorgeous Right up my alley, and the first book I ve finished in AGES darn you, busy schedule and rather dense 100 Years of Solitude But yes, I loved this It was fun both to see certain themes Coffee Tequila as well as some names I recognized Diana Welch, Nora Ephron I like how much people can reveal of themselves in only six words I think that s truly beautiful Anyway, I took a class on this actually, and I have to say that the concept has not lost any of its funness for me I highly recomme [...]


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