Tuesday, February 19, 2008

6 Word Memoir Meme

I was tagged today by kt40, who in turn had been tagged by Breathing Easy, who got invited in by bookbabie , who asked her to join a 6 word memoir meme fashioned after Not Quite What I was Expecting: Six Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser. If you’re up for it, here are the rules:

1. Write a six word memoir

2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration or photo if you’d like

3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to the original post if possible so the meme can be tracked as it travels across the blogosphere

4. Tag five more blogs with links

5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

This is mine:

"I ate the seeds--why not?"

I don't actually eat apple seeds. However, people who know me very well, and some more or less random strangers, may know that, back when I was a graduate student, I decided to eat my own contact lenses. I had just gotten a new pair, and I thought to myself, "What's the weirdest thing someone might do with two tiny pieces of plastic that cost $350?" Then I chewed them up and swallowed them.

I wasn't thinking about the contact lenses when my six-word memoir came to me--those six words are literally the first thing that came to me when I read kt40's invitation--but it's not too far off from how I live. When it comes to art, eating, and making statements, I'm sort of impulsive. (No, I don't know what the contact lens statement was supposed to be; that's one of the difficulties with my kind of impulsiveness. Believe me, I wasn't trying to pull a Vito Acconci-style bit of performance art.)

The two images that I put together to illustrate my memoir come from photographer E. West (her flickr name is "Muffet"--take a look at her beautiful photos!) and freeparking (he has an amazing collection of vintage family photos). (If I'd been at home instead of my office, I coulda used things like paper, paint, and my camera. Because I am creating art at work--shame--I had to rely on the Microsoft Paint program. Still, the results are sort of fun.)

I'm tagging Whole Cloth Designs, Endlessly Rocking, and Arby McDarby Behind the Lens.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you decided to play! I love your memoir leaves you wanting more than six words, nice artwork too fit perfectly. kt

bookbabie said...

That's a wonderful illustration and memoir, thanks for playing! I like your blog too:)

Melynn said...

Great memoir!