Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Six Little Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But, what about six?

In November 2006, writer and editor Larry Smith issued a challenge to fans of his Web publication, Smith Magazine (http://www.smithmag.net/). Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legendary shortest of short stories (“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn”), Smith asked his readers to describe their lives in six words. The Six-Word Memoir contest officially ended after a month, but the stories continued to be entered even now five and a half years later! He now continues online to spark the creativity of aspiring writers. “There is inspiration everywhere,” he says. “Even if you don’t think you’re a storyteller, you are!”. Little did I know until now that there is a series of bestselling books on the subject and that the project has been featured in numerous magazines and tv and radio programs.

This was Day 3 of the Beyond Layers course I am participating in and Kim gave us a photographic challenge which was:

“Consider adding your six-word memoir to a photo using the type tool in photoshop. Perhaps a photo of yourself… or any photo that feels like you.” 

Well selfies are not something I intend doing online and summing oneself up in six words sounded really daunting. At first I thought, well how can I do that, but then I realised that it can change day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute depending totally on how you feel at any point in time!
I ended up coming up with a few ~
  • Mother, daughter, sister, wife, friend, forever
  • Keeper and writer of family memories
  • Enjoying life, learning as I go
  • Mother, wife, home-maker, accountant, photographer,dreamer
  • Fantastic family, great friends, happy me
  • Aspiring photographer dreams of much more
and finally this one :-) 
Thanks Kim this was fun, and quite thought provoking.
Everyone has a story to tell, so share.
One life. Six words. What’s yours?

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