Not Quite What I Was Planning is a collection of six-word memoirs by average people and celebrities alike. Six words, to sum up something significant about your life. Harder than it sounds, isn’t it? I’m a contributor to this book, and what I wrote has a lot more meaning than you might think from my six words, but I don’t think that matters; no matter what the writer intended, their six words will speak to different people on different levels, and whatever it means to the person who reads it is true to that person, and that’s good enough.

These memoirs, illustrated by the authors themselves with photographs and drawings, cover a range of emotions, from funny to bittersweet to regretful to angry to happy to sad to, well, anything you can think of, anything that applies to humanity and life. They are all wonderful and touching in their own way, and this is highly a recommended book. It would also make a great gift! Every person will be able to relate to at least a few of these selections.

Seeing as we are readers and writers here, I’d like to point this one out: “EDITOR. Get it?” by Kate Hamill (p.211)

Edited to provide a link to the website, where you can read more six-word memoirs and submit your own: