Not Quite What I Was Planning
Awhile back I was tagged with the Six Word Memoir meme and I wish at the time I had had this just recently release trade paperback from the editors of Smith Magazine. Subtitled "six word memoirs by writers famous and obscure", Not Quite What I Was Planning is a collection of over 1,000 stories, told six words at a time. Some of the celebrity contributions were quite funny: "Liars, hysterectomy didn’t improve sex life"– Joan Rivers while others seemed a bit odd: "Revenge is living well without you"– Joyce Carol Oates or merely lame: "Brought it to a boil, often"– Mario Batali.
For the most part the obscure contributors were more clever: "Without ideas intelligence couldn’t exist"–Ornette Coleman or witty: "Aspiring lady pirate, disillusioned sells boat"– Diana White and sometimes even wise: "Lived in moment until moment sucked". And my favorite as a blogger: "Blogging is easy. Writing is hard"–Jennifer Shreve.
I doubt anyone will mistake this for great literature but it is a very amusing book, the perfect thing to be kept in a bathroom or waiting room for those times when you want to read a bit but not get involved in a story that will keep you there. Not Quite What I Was Planning Recommended.