Mark Terry

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Life In Six Words

December 3, 2008
I was originally going to write about "details" in writing, but then picked up my USA Today and read Craig Wilson's column. Apparently Smith Magazine did a piece a while back asking famous and not-so-famous people to sum up their life in six words. Now there's a book out from Harper called "Not Quite What I Was Planning," that expands on the concept (with a 6-word title no less, which aptly describes most of our lives, I suspect).

Examples:

"Well, I thought it was funny." --Stephen Colbert

"Followed yellow brick road. Disappointment ensued." --Kelsey Ochs

"I wrote it all down somewhere." --Ben Greenman

"Never really finished anything, except cake." --Carletta Perkins

"Secret of life: Marry an Italian." --Nora Ephron

So, what about me? Well, given that it will change from day to day, the one that I came up with was:

Tried hard not to have regrets.

How about you?

Cheers,
Mark Terry

17 Comments:

Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Always got more than I deserved.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Jude,
Good one.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Kath Calarco said...

Easily distracted, very eclectic.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Erica Orloff said...

Wow . . . Kath did it in four words!!!


Writer, mother, always chaotic, never bored.

8:46 AM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

Right now, my life seems to be:

Must write faster; must work harder.

Speaking of which...

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

What do you mean, time's up?

9:29 AM  
Blogger Davin C. Goodwin said...

It could ALWAYS be worse.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Jeez,
Kath in 4, David in 5.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Zoe Winters said...

self-possessed, both curse and blessing

10:35 AM  
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Again, please.

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I have it yet to live.

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