Greetings from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I have two pieces of news I’m quite excited about that I wanted to share with you—both related to my favorite online magazine, SMITH, a community of which I also happen to be a member.

Some of you may have heard of SMITH, as it is the originator of the Six-Word Memoir, which started out as a project on the website, became a New York Times bestselling book and then basically went on to become a worldwide sensation. You can read more about the project and the first book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, here.


So what is my exciting news, you ask? Well, at SMITH Editor Larry Smith’s suggestion, I have been posting six-word memoirs from my travels along the way. And I guess he’s liked what he’s seen, as he has now done me the great honor of featuring my sixes on the SMITH blog. Needless to say, I am quite thrilled. You can check it out here on the SMITH homepage, where you’ll see it (for now) as the first blog post (dated February 4). Click ‘more’ for the full write-up (which can be found here), and then you are one click away from my profile, which shows all of them. (Please note that they are in reverse chronological order, so you may want to start at the bottom.)

So what is my second exciting piece of SMITH-related news, you ask? Well, the magazine has just released its second six-word compilation book, Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, and one of those memoirs is mine. Yes, I contributed six whole words. Which makes me, in a sense, a published author. And there are of course many, many more reasons to read it than that, so I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy. You can get a taste of the memoirs written by the volume’s contributors—many of whom are much more famous than I (and by ‘much more’ I mean ‘at all’)—by watching this one-minute video.

And you can read newly-written love sixes here. Fresh ones in all categories (check out ‘six words’ on the SMITH homepage for the others) by SMITH community members are posted online, so feel free to join up and add your own. Warning: it’s addictive.

OK, that’s it for now. Thanks for indulging me by reading this shameless bit of self-promotion, and I hope you enjoy all the sixes you end up reading (see above warning)!

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