Working on blogs, not this one

I keep running across six word stories of various types.

In the last week, I noticed Six Sells over on 37signals, referencing Stephen Dubner’s (one of the Freakonomics guys) call to “Write a six-word motto for the U.S. of A.” Now there’s a book of, six word memoirs, which means there’s a New Yorker piece about it.

(Hey, I’m off doing plenty when I’m not posting here. Kinda lazy of me, I realize. Especially as I’m managing to keep hermit labs and reading notes more up to date. I will do better, I promise. Did you notice that last sentence? Six words – I must mean it. Yup, I’m in a groove here.)

Most accounts cite the Hemingway story (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”), as Wired‘s November 2006 Very Short Stories did. My favorite story from that piece wasn’t the Hemingway, it was Joss Whedon’s: “Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.” Which isn’t to say I didn’t appreciate others, such as Margaret Atwood’s: “Longed for him. Got him. Shit.” Marginal Revolution post about six word stories around then, as did Caterina Fake, and really too many folks for me to cherry pick links like this. Proving yet again there really is one for everything, there’s even a six word story flickr group.

I figured I’d give the six word genre a go. If you feel like it, I’d love it if you left yours in the comments.

A motto:
Believing its own hype. What consequences?

A memoir:
Less lost than I was before.

A story:
Didn’t get caught yet. Uh oh.

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