Titling Our Memoirs, in 6 Words


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We all have a story to tell.

GAD GRAPHICSome of ours have more blue language in them than others. Some are short stories. Others, epic. All have our voice, and deserve to be heard. Even if they wind up on the clearance table.

Every month, I compile a post called “6 Words.” Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in a six-word sentence. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

November is National Memoir Writing Month. You don’t have to write your memoir – just the title. What would it be, in six words?

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photo credit: Mãos / Hands via photopin (license)

1. Mom, Wife, Writer, Attorney, Geek: Me!

Elizabeth, of Autism Mom


2. There’s A Few Things I Know

Les B., of Ink Interrupted


3. The runaway train of my life

Tiffany M., of Kisma’s Life


4. My life in snapshots and suitcases!

Chloe, of The Girl Who Clicked


5. A Crazy Life Filled with Possession

Kathy R., of My Dishwasher’s Possessed


6. BroJo: Happy, Healthy and Family Bound

Jon H., of Brother Jon


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Courtesy of Billie Amber Sanders

7. Living Life Through Simple Blue Eyes

Billie S., of Blended and Beautiful


8. If Only I’d Written it Down

Jo, of Slummy Single Mummy


9. Life is Supposed to be Picture-Perfect

Archita, of A Journey Called Life


10. No Wrong Turns in This Maze

Tat A., of Mum in Search


11. Sprinkles of Silly Along the Way

Darcy B.


12. Life Started Crying and Turned Crazy

Sharon, of Mayor of Crazyville


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13. Teacher Training and Other Daft Ideas…

Suzie E., of Suzie Speaks


14. Wow. Did That Seriously Just Happen?

Raine V., of Pursuit of Peace


15. I Didn’t See That One Coming

Ned H., of Humor at the Speed of Life


16. She Saw Life as a Journey

Jennifer H., of Dancing in the Rain


17. Tall lady gives love and laughter

Katy C., of Experienced Bad Mom


18. Living the Life of a Nomad

Sara, of Journeys of the Zoo


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19. One Woman’s Journey To Pretty Okay

Stephanie J., of When Crazy Meets Exhaustion


20. Love, Laughter, Tears – An Author’s Challenges

Author Tina Gayle


21. One Parenting Fail at a Time

Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year


22. This is Not What I Planned

Jillian, of Jillian Loves


23. My Shift Key Was Stuck On

Beth K., of I Didn’t Have My Glasses On …


24. Long Stories From A Short Chick

Shannon A., of Radio Chick’s Reflections


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25. A Girl’s View from the Lake

Caitlin P., of Crossroads of the Heart


26. How The Kids Survived My Parenting

Kerri A., of (Un)Diagnosed, and Still Okay


27. Never Underestimate an Undersized Ginger

Julia T., of Diary of a Word Nerd


28. Always Dream Big, Then Go Do

Tammie B., of The Graying Chronicles


29. I’m Always Just One Trend Behind

Kate W., of Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine


30. A Life of Messes and Miracles

Christine C., of The Mom Cafe


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photo credit: Err Showin Some Luv!! via photopin (license)

31. To Err is Human: A Memoir

Femme, of Femme Frugality


32. My Life: Socks For Christmas… Again

Janna T., of Janna T. Writes


33. Roots and Boots on the Prairie

Michelle T., of Lipstick and Laundry


34. Smiling is So Worth the Wrinkles

Dana H., of Kiss My List


35. Losing and Finding My Heart Constantly

Hasty W., of Hasty Words


36. How the Hell Did That Happen?

Lisa, of The Meaning of Me


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37. Writing, Yoga, Love and Other Disasters

Britt S., of Writer. Yogi. Life Enthusiast


38. Crazy Times With Adorable, Whining Princesses

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic


39. Why Are You Talking to Me?

Ericka, of Strong Enough to Break


40. Down the Large Freaking Rabbit Hole

Lindsay H., of Mad Tea Party in My Head


41. The Ruff House, Dogs Dream Home

Lisa, of Blondie’s BEARista


42. Snarky: My Life as a Wiseass

Teri B., of Snarkfest


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photo credit: God Could Not Be Everywhere, So He Created Mothers via photopin (license)

43. The Story of an Ordinary Girl

Roxanne P., of Unintentionally Brilliant


44. Tales of a Running Cocktail Lover

Kim T., of Day with K-T


45. Life is the Memories You Make

Andra W., of Andra Watkins


46. Acting Impulsively – Adjusting as I Go

Tamara G., of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom


47. Unraveling the Darkest Shades of Blue

Stephanie-May, of 50 Shades of Me


48. Bumpy Ride, but Worth The Journey

Theresa M., of Theresa’s Mixed Nuts


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photo credit: Marie via photopin (license)

49. A Life Filled With Immense Joy

Kristen D., of Capturing Joy


50. I’m Just Here for the Snacks

Lisa, of Notes From the Shallow End


51. You Don’t Have to be Perfect

Ashley H., of Circling the Story


52. Authenticity Was Her Way of Life

Courtney W., of Blog Me This


53. From Scared to Thailand: A Journey

Britta B., of It’s a Britta Bottle!


54. One Day Away From Being Committed

Rena M., of Rena’s World


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55. Smiling While Running Through the Years

Deb, of Deb Runs


56. An Enigma, Wrapped in a Mystery

Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera


57.  Learning To Make Miracles With Grace

Susan, of Life is a Journey … Not a Guided Tour


58. We Should Grab a Snack First

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

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80 Comments

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    Nice…so many. You Think You Know Me, But ..

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh, that’s a good one.

      1. 1jaded1 says:

        Ps. You don’t have to be nice… :0)

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Oh, it’s a choice.

    2. Archita says:

      I loved the title.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        I just hoped I spelled ‘titling’ right – seems like it was a bit of a chance to take.

      2. 1jaded1 says:

        Thank you, Archita.

  2. Lyn says:

    There’s a heap of “Memors” among those that I would definitely read 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s like Barnes & Noble without the hipsters around here. (wait, do hipsters go to Barnes & Noble? Are there still such a thing as hipsters?)

  3. So interesting. You really can tell a story using only six words. A life story even. Loved the socks for Christmas. And of course the snacks, and you weren’t even the only one mentioning them 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a case study, really, Tamara. It’s an efficiency of words and six seems to be the magic spot.

      It’s definitely enough room for a life story. The socks one tells much, doesn’t it?

      Snacks. I had trouble coming up with mine, but that one came all on its own.

  4. What can I say, but honored to be included once again and also wishing you and your girls a very, Happy Thanksgiving now!! 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Janine – glad to have you along as always (your perfect record remains intact) and I hope you and your princesses have a great day, too.

  5. cricketmuse says:

    Love, live, laugh–today and always. I think you are already familiar with this idea. Happy holiday!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      An excellent title. I strive for that too! Happy holiday.

  6. kismaslife says:

    Some best sellers in there! Love #42. Thank you as always for the invite. This really is one of my favorite link ups! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Don’t you just want to read the jacket on some of these? Any title with “wiseass” included is worth a look.

      Glad you like the linkup! time to start thinking about December … happy thanksgiving to you too, Tiff.

  7. There are some here that I’m already dying to read! Great prompt thanks Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      we should be able to preorder on Amazon, Rena. Glad you liked it!

  8. What a fantastic collection! This might be my favorite Six Words evaaaa.
    Thank you for including me, Eli.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving…don’t forget to grab the snacks in between courses 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you like it, Michelle! I’m striving to never hear “this was the suckiest 6 words ever,” so mission accomplished. For now.

      Glad to have you a part of it. I consider Thanksgiving one constant, sustaining snack. Who am I kidding? I think that way about life.

  9. ksbeth says:

    love these as always. it’s amazing what we can say about ourselves in so few words. thanks for the surprise pick on mine )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      thanks beth. It’s like a deadline for word count. Hope you liked the one I picked.

  10. Dana says:

    What an eclectic stack of memoirs you have here! A pleasure as always, Eli. Enjoy your turkey day, and don’t forget to wear elastic waist pants.

  11. pilch92 says:

    Great bunch of memoirs 🙂 Sorry I didn’t submit this month. Mine would read: Married first then crazy cat couple.

  12. Ned's Blog says:

    The only thing disappointing in this post is that none of these are actual memoirs! I want to read them! Thanks for including me, Eli — really fun stuff 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s like a big pile of empty book jackets, Ned. We should pick a few to commission. Thanks for tossing your title in.

      1. Ned's Blog says:

        Ha! Good plan — and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Eli 😉

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Same to you friend.

  13. Julia Tomiak says:

    These are great, Eli! Of course I love Dana’s – many here made me smile, and I see I’m in good company. Thanks for inviting me to join the fun. Off to visit my “six word neighbors”. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked them Julia. It’s a good crowd this time, for once. Kidding! Thanks for joining in.

      Looking at your six-word neighbors, I know you’ll like what you find.

  14. I always love the 6 words roundup. So many of these made me laugh out loud and there are so many more that I would definitely want to read. Maybe we should start writing these…but yeah, we should probably have a snack first! Thanks for having me here again! Gotta go check out some of the blogs of these awesome titles.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Lisa. This could make your must-read list. Snacks before, during and after. You know that.

      Glad you were a part of it. We might not have the memoirs written, but we have a good, diverse set of blogs to check out in the meantime.

  15. stomperdad says:

    Hilarious yet thought provoking.
    “I Had It A Minute Ago”

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’d make Oprah’s list.

  16. Love this!
    Mine: “First, I Need A Power Nap”

    I know you reached out a few months ago when I couldn’t participate. Would love to join you in the future. Add me to your mailing list or however that works! 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Leah! Digging yours – paired with a snack, a power nap can conquer anything. And everything.

      It’s a convoluted process to become included in the next asking, but if you have my email address still, drop me a line – that’s the easiest way!

  17. vrein11 says:

    So much fun reading. Thanks for another enjoyable read, Eli!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it Vicki!

  18. jannatwrites says:

    Thanks for including me in the fun again this month! I’m definitely checking some of these out when I get back home to my computer tomorrow. Reading new blogs is a pain in my phone, but I’m certain the issue is with the user, not the technology 🙂 I still need to write my follow up post and will link back to your post. I’ll grab a snack first though!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for playing along, and for the link today, Janna. Some great reads among them for sure.

      Doing anything is a pain on the phone for me – even talking. Here’s to snacks and laptops!

  19. tamaralikecamera says:

    This is really inspired. It’s nice to see what people hold dear.. or at least funny.
    You should come back from the future and include affiliate Amazon links to all of these memoirs.. because maybe they’ll all be written someday.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a bad collection, eh? Funny and dear go hand in hand often. I could copyright all the titles and really screw everyone over.

  20. Archita says:

    This one is truly inspiring. It’s not easy to write a whole memoir in six words, right? But after reading the whole post, I felt, even six words could be so powerful.
    Wonderful idea, Eli. Awesome execution, everyone.

  21. Lisa says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Eli! Hugz Lisa and Bear

  22. Rorybore says:

    We all rock!! the only thing needed to make this even better, is if there were actual snacks here. I’ve got lime tortilla chips, what are you bringing? 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Obviously, Rore. There’s always snacks to be found. I have a Butterfinger right here, for instance.

      1. Rorybore says:

        Great! I’ve got blueberry snack cake and chocolate chip muffins too! Someone around here better bring some Bailey’s for our coffee! 🙂

  23. BroJo says:

    Reblogged this on BroJo.

  24. I love how 6 words can speak volumes! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Tons of volumes, Jenn! Happy (late) thanksgiving to you, too.

  25. Hah – I’m seeing quite a few bloggers I am connected with on your list. And what a wonderful list it is. So many, many truths in there. I got to think about my answer a bit. Maybe I’ll put it on my blog. I really like the idea – very inspiring.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      This list creeps and crawls like kudzu, Claudia. If kudzu bore great fruit and didn’t just choke the life out of everything it touches!

      Wait, that analogy felt all wrong.

      Let me know if you blog about it. I’m looking forward to checking out your page soon.

  26. These are awesome!!!!!! Thanks so much for doing this Eli! Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked them, Courtney! It’s a blast to put together. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  27. We Should Grab a Snack First is my personal fave.

    Thanks for having me over again, Eli. Happy Turkey Day…gobble, gobble!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m kinda partial to that one too, Britt. Glad to have you among the tribe, as always. Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons says:

    Wow! These are great. The title of my life summed in 6 words – I’ll have to think about that one for a while! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Right? Glad you liked them, Lisa. Let me know what you come up with for yours.

  29. Eli, this always so much fun! Thanks for coordinating 🙂

  30. LOVED reading this Eli! SO many great memoir titles!! Thanks for including mine! 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday season, my friend. XO

  31. jonesbabie says:

    Loved the variety of titles, quite a few of them that hit close to home. But since we are halfway through our 2300+ mile journey home, with 2 ten year olds, I’d definitely grab the snack.

    Great list. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      There’s stuff to be found here, CJ. Did you make it back the other halfway? When in doubt – snack.

  32. Billie Amber Saunders says:

    Reblogged this on Blended & Beautiful and commented:
    So I got involved in Eli from Coach Daddy’s monthly 6 Words post! Titling our memoirs in just 6 words.. Go take a look!

  33. sano2pop says:

    These are all awesome!! Thanks for having me!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s the summer reading list that isn’t but should be. Thanks for playing along!

  34. Awesome! So how do I get in on this “6 words” in the future? Several of my very good blog buddies speak VERY highly of you.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it Dawn! Six words invites go out to bloggers whose pages I read that month, or who are in my inbox. Or I could email it to you – that okay with you? (I should thank these good blog buddies of yours – you have an incredibly kickass blog.)

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