Ah, love. It’s one of life’s greatest mysteries, greatest joys, and greatest struggles. This week’s Sixes explored the many sides of love—from its divine, transformative powers (“Everything went silent when we kissed”), to its complicated, digital-age iterations (“Jumped on Tinder bandwagon; tired fingers.”). Sometimes we discover love in it’s purest form: between a parent and a child (“Until my daughter, never had cheerleader.”). —Caroline Goldstein
Ed. Note: these backstories are worth a read—click the links to check them out.
Hottest Millenial phenomenon: “Jumped on Tinder bandwagon; tired fingers.” —dimsumdolly
Most heartwarming: “Until my daughter, never had cheerleader.” —Solstice22
Best premise for a romance movie: “Have fallen in love. Might stay.” —leslieacrowley
Saddest evidence of cultural differences: “Jewish parents vetoed non-Jewish girlfriend: HEARTBROKEN!” —AmisReklaw
Most poetic enlightenment: “Everything went silent when we kissed.” —BecomingLuke
Best juxtaposition: “You are the perfect wrong decision.”—TaliaKE
Plus! Final days to enter this week’s SixContest: “Halloween Horror Stories in Six Words.“ Get your responses in by Monday, 10/27 – 3pm ET!
Sixing can be a meditative act. Reflecting on life’s complexities using very few words requires diligence, patience, and a keen eye on what really matters—a few deep breaths help, too. Many Sixers embrace this Zen-like simplicity. This week, some writers offered advice on how to peacefully undergo transitions (“Seeking familiar milestones in changing landscapes”); others expressed value in remaining present, even when there’s nothing exciting to be present for (“Practice being bored. It builds character.”). And one Sixer practiced a moving meditation, letting a baby Buddha lead the way (“Let toddler take you for walk.”). These Sixes are filled with awareness.
Best role reversal: “Let toddler take you for walk.” —Undermom
Most forgiving: “Give all grudges a proper burial.” —Susan_Breeden
Most mindful: “Inhaling this moment: my favorite drug.” —BanjoDan
Most challenging: “Practice being bored. It builds character.” —LaurenLipton
Best approach to change: “Seeking familiar milestones in changing landscapes” —Midnight
Most accepting: “The best routes are rarely pre-mapped.” —ADHDean
Many think of Six Words as a safe place to divulge their gluttonous habits. This week, the sweet stuff was the poison of choice for some Sixers (“Diet police lenient, bribed with chocolate”), while others opted for something stronger (“I often mix metaphors with vodka”). But no matter how sinful our diets, we can count on our indulgences as a reliable source of pleasure—even a cause for sleepless excitement (“Been anticipating breakfast all night long”). –Caroline Goldstein
Least disciplined: “Diet police lenient, bribed with chocolate.“ —Kharis
Lushest literate: “I often mix metaphors with vodka.“ —Bevvie
Best seasonal advice: “Indulge in Autumn’s golden pumpkin nectar.“ —PoeticPisces
Most excitable gourmand: “Been anticipating breakfast all night long.“ —jl333
Best inspiration: “Pasta’s a canvas. Be a Michelangelo.” —L2L3
Most existential: “What is life without apple pie?“ —FireFoxi
As the leaves turn with the change of season, we often catch ourselves in moments of reverie. So, to celebrate the autumnal equinox as a community, we asked you to share your personal reflections on the impact of fall in Six Words. With shorter days setting in, there’s no time to waste. Without further ado, here are our favorite Sixes from SixContest #37, “A new season: your new start?“
6. “Birds are leaving. I am not.” —A.A.
5. ”Spring cleans house. Autumn cleanses soul.” —PoeticPisces
4. “Autumn is the original Sepia filter.” —@WanderingWinar (via Twitter)
3. “Faithfully waiting for Great Pumpkin’s ascension.” —JohnBigJohn
2. ”Fall back. Even time gets prepared.” —theLotLessMonster
And the top entry from SixContest #37 is…
1. “Summer blushes, leaves fall towards winter.” —StrangelEdweirdo
Congrats to StrangelEdweirdo and thanks to everyone who joined in the fun! Whether in our SixContests, on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.com—keep on Sixing!
How many childhood reflections remain with us throughout life? This week, our Sixers peered through a youthful prism. Some reminisced about school days (“Kindergarten: scaredy-cat. High school: Top dog.”) and others offered timeless advice (“Always say yes to homemade brownies!”). Sometimes it takes a brave, grown-up perspective to reveal our youthful inclinations (“Subconsciously still afraid of the dark.”). This week’s Sixes remind us that, often, the most enduring lessons are those learned early. —Caroline Goldstein
Best proverbial spin: “Early bird catches the best worms.” –gfsilva04
Sweetest indulgence: “Always say yes to homemade brownies!” –quiltpoet
Most time-honored advice: “Listen to Mom, almost always right.” –MomGail
Best transformation: “Kindergarten: Scaredy-cat. High school: Top dog.”
Most Freudian: “Age 8: made my toys kiss.” –agold111
Most soul-baring: “Subconsciously still afraid of the dark.” –BecomingLuke
“Writing well is hard work. The six-word format is such a perfect fit for me because of the brevity. Sure, there have been times when I’ve mulled over a six for a day or two—because there was a word that wasn’t exactly right or the turn of the phrase was lacking in some way—but it’s still just six words and you’re done.”
Name: Jayne McKenzie
“Make memories you can live with.”
SMITH Member since: May 2012
Jayne McKenzie is caring, devoted, and watchful—just like your favorite aunt—which makes her profile name NumbrOneAunt a perfect moniker. A regular on Six Words, NumbrOneAunt is selective about posting six-worders, but her memoirs are worth the wait. A few of our favorites: “Despair is hope that’s gone rancid,” “Drama Queens don’t accept supporting roles,” “My biggest room? Room for improvement,” and “The race against time is fixed” (with her flawless explanation, “Time always wins”). Of course, we’re also fond of her Six-Word questions: “SMITH has enriched my life. You?”
We’re happy Jayne found Six Words and we’ve found our NumbrOneAunt, which is why she’s our Memoirist of the Month for October. She’ll be able to choose a custom T-shirt with her own six words thanks to our friends at Spreadshirt. Read more and find out what makes Jayne so endearing to our community.
In honor of National Comic Book day on September 25, we challenged you to write comic book stories in Six Words. The entries for SixContest #36 revealed our community’s uncanny ability to create new characters worthy of the Marvel universe. Some of your stories proved real heroes come from the people in our everyday lives. We loved all of your capers and plot twists, but only six can claim the top spots. Here are our favorite comic book stories in Six Words:
6. “Super Chef! Deflecting salmonella, defending deliciousness!” —@cheftalk (via Twitter)
5. “Billionaire orphan makes criminals fear rodents.” —@Pierzy (via Twitter)
4. “SlackerMan: No work, still takes credit.” —cheesehead1976
3. “Feminista smashes Patriarcho, inspires worldwide egalitarianism.” —@profjuarez (via Twitter)
2. “We are teachers: no cape required.” —karenrp16
And the top six-word comic is…
1. “Presto! Sarcasm lost on Irony Man!” —Ms. Nan
Congrats to Ms. Nan and thanks to everyone who joined in the fun! Whether in our SixContests, on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.com—keep on Sixing!
Time is intangible, yet always present. It ebbs and flows depending on the stage of life we find ourselves in. This week’s Sixes explore the many ways time impacts us. A certain hour of the night can bring on a rush of thoughts (“Midnight hour murmurs contemplative, reflective perspectives.”), and sometimes it takes years to put it all in perspective (“So that’s what seven years does.”). These Sixes make it hard to resist rethinking how we view time.
Ed. Note: Click on the memoirs with links to enjoy their backstories and images.
“I feel an equinox coming on.” –favepeep
“Midnight hour murmurs contemplative, reflective perspectives.” –PoeticPisces
“Very few things actually age gracefully” –Skybluewaters
Looking for guidance? Look no further. This week’s memoirists used their insights to create the most thought-provoking Sixes (“Wanting less feels like getting more.”). Take heed: whether sharing advice on how to have your cake and eat it, too (“Avoid disappointments. Leave room for dessert.”), or passing down wisdom from one generation to the next (“Mama said, ‘Nice ‘em to death.’”), these Sixers seem to know what they’re talking about. –Allison Volpe
Most patient: “Give second thoughts a little time.” –TeaTopper
Most indulgent: “Avoid disappointments. Leave room for dessert.” –oopsalittle
Best philosopher: “Some days deserve stroking, not seizing.” –Kharis
Most grateful: “Wanting less feels like getting more.” –_Miracle
Best reality: “Bad wine doesn’t get any better.” –canadafreeze
Most personal: “Mama said, ‘Nice ‘em to death.’” –HippyGirl
Plus! Do you dream of being published? Final call! Click the link and submit your sage advice in Six Words to be considered for our upcoming book, Six Words of Advice from Writers Famous & Obscure, coming out in 2015 from St. Martin’s Press.
For SixContest #35, we asked you to reflect on the post-summer ritual of going back to school. From first day failures and tears to triumphant returns and laughter, Sixers shared defining moments that were anything but elementary. Of course, only six can claim the top spots. Here are our favorite back-to-school memories in Six Words:
6. “More scared of bullies than teachers.” —CanadaGoose
5. “Butt reacquainted with principal’s office chair.” —Oh_Skinny
4. “Brothers became strangers passing in hallways.” —@etduggan (via Twitter)
3. “Class clown makeup hid terrified expression.” —JohnBigJohn
2. “First day magic squashed under textbooks.” —onionhearth
And the top back-to-school memory is…
1. “Pencils sharp. Classmates not so much…” —Foolishwriter
Congrats to Foolishwriter and thanks to everyone who joined in the fun! Whether in our SixContests, on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or at sixwordmemoirs.com—keep on Sixing!