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A Story You Can Actually Finish

 Written by    January 21, 2013

What better way to spend my day off from school than to procrastinate from homework a bit longer, which today means writing a blog for you all. My colleague Michael does this wonderful thing called “Project 80” where he writes blogs in 80 words or less (check out one near and dear to my heart here) Now I don’t want to copy him blatantly, so I’ll do my own thing. Welcome to “Project 6”

The story goes that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story with only six words. His grand creation: “For sale, baby shoes, never worn” Now personally, I love this piece of literature for 2 main reasons. First, the story is such a length that my attention span can handle it. Second, while it is only six words, the story does not stop there in my head. The emotion is so powerful that I am easily able to spin a whole story around that short sentence, giving it a background, action, and future outlook.

This challenge has inspired many people to write their own six word story, leading to English class assignments, websites, and even full published books. My favorite that I have come across, with exception to the original from Hemingway, is most likely “70 years, few tears, hairy ears”. In the spirit of my job here at Buckeyes Blog, I set out to write the six word story of my college experience so far. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, and I’ve come up with the following.

“Days are long, years are short”

Maybe it’s not perfect, but I like it. Take from it what you will, cause what it means to me might not be the same thing it means to you.

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2 Responses

  1. Karin says:

    The Center for Ethics and Human Values just announced the theme of their year-long COMPAS program (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society). Last year the focus was on immigration. This year, the focus is “What is public? What is private?”

    I thought of this blog post when I heard the announcement because of the way the story didn’t stop once I heard it–that I’ve been thinking about it since.

    Great post, Andrew.

  2. Ana says:

    Love Hemingway, love your 6 words.
    (That’s my Project 6 reply! And as a senior, I totally agree with you–“days are long, years are short” completely describes everything going through my head this last semester.)

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