Awards season follows hot on the heels of the holiday season, and with it just as many sparkles and shiny baubles. When their names are called, some winners read from a card, some make political statements, and some trip and fall on their way up onto the stage. And almost all of the speeches could be a whole lot shorter. The perfect length could be about, say… Six Words.
For SixContest #46, we asked you to write your Six-Word acceptance speeches, and your responses came in droves. You showed us gratitude, egoism, and disbelief. Here are a few of our favorite six-word speeches:
6. “I owe this all to plagiarism.” —BanjoDan
5. “Oscar is my favorite naked man”. —dani333
4. “My crystal balls couldn’t predict this!” —oopsalittle
3. “Here so I don’t get fined.” —@darth (via Twitter)
2. “This makes up for a lot.” —TeaTopper
And our favorite Six-Word Acceptance Speech:
1. I faked it… I maked it. —ADHDean
Congratulations to ADHDean, and thanks to everyone who joined in the fun! Whether in our SixContests, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.com—keep on Sixing!
“Fifty shades of queer and fabulous” -daQueenZachary
It wasn’t long before sexy sixes came flooding in over the past few weeks due to the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Sixers used the now-iconic title to inspire personal stories, commentaries on the book and film, and the expected racy puns from this crowd. So while Fifty Shades won’t be winning any Oscars this year, with the Academy Awards upon us, we’ve been seeing some pretty whip-smart tie-ins.
Here we highlight just a few of the best “fifty shades” response Sixes, with a few good photos and Backstories thrown in the mix. Feel free to jump into the conversation with your own Fifty Shades Sixes.
“Six words—fifty shades of say.”
“Damn! Only 49 shades of gray.”
“Fifty shades gets a hard R.”
“I heard a movie reviewer use this term to describe the not- so-soft porn movie based on the runaway bestselling ‘novel’—and I use that term loosely—come movie. (pun intended.) I will say this for the PR machine behind the movie, the timing of release could not be better. Fifty Shades of Grey is as crassly commercial as the Hallmark holiday they have chosen for it’s debut.”
“She’s watching 50 Shades. Getting ideas.”
“I started out trying to conquer a writing phobia, and along the way, I’ve had some Sixes with featured backstories or chosen as Memoir of the Day. Now I have notebooks and pens placed strategically everywhere I go, because you never know when I may write the best Six ever!”
Name: Maria Leopoldo
Place: Melbourne, Australia
SMITH Member since: August, 2010
As you peruse through Maria Leopoldo’s collection of Six-Word Memoirs—grab a cup of coffee, she’s posted more than 1,200 to date—one theme ties them together: positivity. Known by our Community as oopsalittle, Maria has a knack for finding the best in anything (“I’m getting old and I’m grateful.)” and she’s equally appreciated for sharing her less-angelic side with humor and finesse (“I grow horns when I’m driving.”). Our congratulations to Maria Leopoldo as our Memoirist of the Month for February—she can put her brilliant advice: “It’s never too late for Paris” or any Six Words of her choice on a fine T-shirt from our friends at Spreadshirt. Learn more about Maria’s journey as she answers our six questions.
How do you summarize a classic in Six Words? Our community made it look easy in SixContest #44, getting to the essence of countless literary works in just Six Words—think of them as Cliff’s Notes of Cliff’s Notes! Sixers tackled many of the greats, with hundreds of entries spanning styles and centuries, ranging from Gabriel García Márquez to Louisa May Alcott and even Dr. Seuss. Your synopses captured the heart of every story and these Six made the final cut:
6. Everything became a memory of her. (Love in the Time of Cholera) —Midnight
5. Lara, love, lyric poetry defy Bolsheviks. (Doctor Zhivago) —liberata
4. Capitalism results in ecological apocalypse, regrets. (The Lorax) —ComicBookMom
3. Diminutive ladies’ familial bonds come unglued. (Little Women) —L2L3
2. To repair theft he gave all. (Les Miserable) —mickael korvin (via Twitter)
And top honors for #SixWordClassics goes to…
1. Island voter fraud spearheads beastly leadership. (Lord of the Flies) –Oh_Skinny
As a fan of wordplay, teacher Krista Cox had already completed the Six-Word Memoir project with her creative writing students at Alma Public Schools in Alma, NE, but she wanted to inspire them to take the concept further. Cox also loves public installations, so when she learned of artist Candy Chang’s “Before I Die (I want to)” project, she also brought that interactive concept to her students.
“Wordplay and public displays delight me,” remarks Cox, “so when I was introduced to SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs and Candy Chang’s projects at about the same time, an idea began flitting around in my mind. It was my Creative Writing students who made the idea dance.”
The class decided to try a “Before I Die. . .” and “When I’m Older. . .” as an interactive installation that asked people to express their responses in six words. Two students developed the entire project from start to finish. “I found it very rewarding to watch my students write a proposal, present it to our superintendent and then follow through with the process,” Cox said of the girls’ dedication and immersion into their Six-Word Memoir installation project. “We all learned a lot about the amount of time an installation requires, the excitement of getting people to participate and even the frustration of what happens with unkind submissions.”
At Alma Public Schools, all K-12 students are in the same building. Although it was the elementary classes who received invitations to participate in the project, Cox’s creative writing class saw this as an opportunity to share with students of all ages. The project was installed in the school commons area “to encourage people from all walks of life to participate…junior high and high school students, as well as visiting community members, were encouraged to add their responses, too,” Cox recalls.
Submissions poured in, and the creative writing class was able to see how the birth of a creative idea can come to fruition, not only through hard work, but also from a genuine desire to share creative experiences with others. Six-Word Memoirs is delighted to be a part of this collaborative effort. As you can see from some of these Six-Word responses, their aspirations are limitless! –McKenzie Merriman
At the top of our Six Words homepage, right beside Topics, is the recently-added tab: Teens. This section features Six-Word Memoirs just like the ones throughout our site, except these memoirs have been crafted by teens and for teens. These young adults are the main players in the “heads-down culture,” who seem to have their eyes forever glued to a screen. However, these same tech-obsessed teenagers are experiencing love, facing challenges and forming dreams. SixTeens gives young thinkers a place to address their experiences and take on the very world that’s influencing them.
These Teen Sixers aren’t going unnoticed, either. In a recent post, Six-Word Memoirist G_Austin pointed out what we at Six Words have known all along—teens have a lot to say and plenty that’s worth reading. Click the memoir to check out his backstory with some recent SixTeens favorites:
They sure do. At times it’s surprising that some of these Sixes come from teens, while it’s clear there are some observations only a teen could make. Here are just a few examples, each with backstories and a peek into just what it’s like to be a teen today.
Our teen writers have been so impressive that we have two books in the Six-Word Memoir series featuring teens and students:
Teens can click here to start crafting memoirs and reading posts from like-minded youth from across the country and worldwide. And adults will find SixTeens is a great conversation starter with a group that is notoriously reluctant to talk (outside of their peers). For teens who have something to say but don’t know where to begin, SixTeens is a great place to start! —McKenzie Merriman
2015 is here and with it comes the opportunity to set new goals for the year! In SixContest #43, we asked the Six Words community to tell us what inspires your resolutions. Your motivations were heartfelt and often humorous—we loved them all, but only Six revelations made our list:
6. “Looking to cat for inspiration. Naps!” –terpy
5. “Dad is gone; make him proud.” –Poozie
4. “Pushing 70 for all it’s worth.” –TeaTopper
3. ”Work. Turn the dreams into reality.” –JoanTerra
2. “That photo someone took from behind.” –catsmeow
And the top entry from SixContest #43 is…
1. “Finally get it together. Define ‘it.’” –MartiGirl
“Six-Word Memoirs is a bit of a writer’s dream. Imagine giving would-be writers the opportunity to get published immediately, several times a day, and then to get feedback and encouragement immediately from several different sources. Add to that recognition in various forms and you certainly have the recipe for a healthy addiction.”
Name: Jonathan Sjørdal
Place: Charlottesville, Virginia
SMITH Member since: July, 2008
Whatever the topic, Jonathan Sjørdal enjoys wordplay and has a knack for seeing Sixes in the world around him. Known fondly by our community as Jugggler, his creative agility is easily recognized—whether through his “6×6” backstory in honor of Robin Williams (“High price of manic is depressing”) or via the momentum of his beloved chain of Sixes (“Six-chain: Start with the last word…” is our “most commented” memoir to date!). Jonathan doesn’t shy away from getting political (“Regretting it like an Obama voter”), motivated by a penchant for thought-provoking debate. The vast majority of his Sixes reveal a sentimental man (“Their Prom kiss lasted 57 years”) whose main focus is his family (“Built my dream for my children.”). Congratulations to Jonathan Sjørdal who kicks off the New Year as our Memoirist of the Month for January 2015. With nearly 1,400 memoirs to date, Jonathan has many options for his custom t-shirt, thanks to our friends at Spreadshirt. Learn more about Jugggler and his abundance of backstories as he answers our Six Questions:
It seems fitting that the so-called “most wonderful time of the year” ultimately caps off the year itself. To honor the holiday spirit, we asked Sixers to share their “wishes” in SixContest #42, which featured entries to make both Tiny Tim and the Grinch crack a smile. As we bid adieu to 2014, here are the Top Six holiday wishes from the Six Words community:
6. “Have an American embassy in Cuba.” —TwoBillionSecondsOld
5. “New traditions to match new life.” by UUBikerChick
4. “Renewed spirit and replenished bank account.” —paristexas
3. “Dear paper, please write yourself perfect.” —Midnight
2. “Wish new beard would quit itching.” —CuzinVin
And the top entry from SixContest #42 is…
1. “Bring everyone a sense of humor.” —@cailinAolain (via Twitter)