Saturday, June 28, 2008

Vanda Symon (Crime Writer) Winner.

It's official, I have finally won something in a writing competition!

Okay, I only had to write six words, so it's not exactly the BNZ Katherine Mansfield, but I won something all the same - a copy of this book.

Last week's Otago Daily Times ran a competition to write a six-word memoir prompted by the book Not Quite What I Was Planning, compiled by Larry Smith, who founded the online magazine, SMITH. (Which now lists over thirty thousand such memoirs.)

Ernest Hemingway's six-word story is probably the most well known, and poignant.
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Another of my favourites cited in his book (sorry, I can't name the author) is
"Stole wife, lost friends, now happy."

So, here is Vanda Symon's winning six-word memoir:

"Had babies. Drove me to crime."

My children think it's hilarious and are very proud they drove me to a life of crime. But it does sound very funny, coming out of the mouth of a six-year old!


Mary McCallum said...

Love it, Vanda. Well done you.

Hugh Macmillan said...


Congratulations, kudos, respect.

And a bright new shiny copy of your novel! What more could a serial crime writer gal want?


Vanda Symon said...

Okay, Hugh, I have to plead ignorance and ask. (You knew I would (-: )


Your acronym has more letters than my story had words!

Hugh Macmillan said...

Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ar*e Off

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Congratulations! Your 6-word autobiography was so well-written I was finally motivated to buy your first novel, and I'm loving it! (Although my sleep suffered last night, as I kept saying to Schroedinger, "Just one more chapter before i turn out the light".
And I kid you not, today I had a telephone fault and a man in a van came to check the jack points!

Vanda Symon said...

And you let him in the door?!!

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Of course I let him in - I need my phone and internet! But the timing was spooky alright.
Now that I have finished the book the real question is, will I be able to eat beef again??