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January’s Member of the Month: Lynn LeBlanc’s Three Generations of Sixers

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

By Vivian Chum

For Member of the Month Lynn LeBlanc, known as Loon,
Six-Word Memoirs are a family affair. Once LeBlanc got the Six-Word bug, he explains, “I began to compose thousands of Six-Word Memoirs and
pestering my close friends and relatives to read and evaluate them.” In the process of writing over 5,000 Six-Word Memoirs, he inspired his mother, aka NicknameBill, his daughter Julie Wakefield, aka FinchGirl, and even his eight-year-old granddaughter Madilynn Capri LeBlanc-Wakefield, aka Beauty12, to
join SMITH and contribute their own memoirs.

“All of them have been featured at one time or another,” says LeBlanc. This prolific sixer recently took a few minutes out of his day to answer six questions from SMITH Magazine.

Name: Lynn LeBlanc
Place: “An island in the middle of Pontiac Lake, in the middle of White Lake Township, in the middle of Michigan.”
Member since: April 27, 2010

How did you get started writing Six-Word Memoirs?
When I retired from teaching about three years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to SMITH. I wrote a couple of Six-Word Memoirs, and once I got the idea, I couldn’t stop. I crank out an average of ten a day.

What keeps you writing Six-Word Memoirs?
Writing Six-Word Memoirs has become my accidental hobby. I keep thinking that I am running out of ideas for memoirs, but the world is a complex place and it lends itself to countless topics on which to write. Writing Six-Word Memoirs compels me to boil down a salient idea. Every word demands weight. I envision this genre blossoming and becoming a staple in America’s schools. I wish I’d still been teaching when this began happening. I think I will be penning these things as somebody pulls out my plug.

You’re a very active member of the SMITH community. What do you enjoy about being a part of our community of writers?
One of the friendlier features of the community is the way we share our ideas via the comments section. We encourage each other. We try to out-do each other. We entertain and comfort each other. We, in short, make each other better writers.

Which SMITH members have you collaborated with?
I’ve collaborated with Scarecrow, LisaMoans, Renegade, and, yes my friends, I know and love the inimitable Wackjob.

What do you hope to write next?
A novel in which every sentence is six words long.

Finally, Lynn LeBlanc, what’s your Six-Word Memoir for today?
SMITHmag has become my surrogate muse.

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23 responses

  1. notjustagirlintheworld says:

    No one has caused me to look up more words than you Loon, you continue to educate.

    Keep ‘em coming!

  2. Coleen Goodson says:

    You’ve been a muse and a mentor to me, Loon. Love the lessons I’ve learned and the challenges you’ve posed. Write on!

  3. L2L3 says:

    What wasn’t mentioned is that recently, all three generations (in photo) were all featured on the same day. Nope, Larry had no idea. What fun! Very cool generational “Member” of the Month:-D Congrats you guys!

  4. JAD says:

    Congrats! Loon, your brilliance shows in every six word you submit. I would love to have been one of your students.

  5. MrsPremise says:

    It’s always a good day when Loon gives a nod.
    Congratulations to all!

  6. Believe says:

    Congrats, Loon! I was thrilled to see that you are the member of the month. Noone more deserving!

  7. L2L3 says:

    What’s the difference between a power user and an anchor? Loon.

  8. bevvie says:

    great story.so Loonesque

  9. knoxena says:

    I just love your sixes. Keep them coming. I will be on the look out for the entire family now.

  10. marymc says:

    Unofficial mayor of this place. A “like” from Loon = A+.

  11. Jebcrg says:

    So nice to learn more about the man behind the Loon mask. Keep ‘em coming.

  12. catsmeow says:

    I’m very happy to have this background information and the photo, but to me you will always look like that charming little kid photo you use, Loon.

  13. Larry Smith says:

    Loon and his three generations of sixers are a gift that keeps giving — thank you.

  14. oopsalittle says:

    congratulations - well deserved accolades and recognition of your works on SMITH!
    I’m with JAD - I would’ve loved to have been one of your students.
    Altough truth be told, I have been known to seek your advice and wisdom, which you always give so kindly - thanks Loon,

  15. BanjoDan says:

    congrats on the well-deserved feature amigo! Say hello to the family for me

  16. Steelpony says:

    Literacy nicely served in six-word bites. Master chief of six word delights. Thoroughly enjoy your six word platters. Sometimes suspect your mad as hatters. Thanks!

  17. Loon says:

    aw, Steelpony, such thoughtful verse…..thanks

  18. Loonsmom says:

    Congrats on the honor and remarks from Sixers. Of course I always appreciated your way with words….also, now I don’t feel so badly that u always beat me at Scrabble.
    And Catsmeow, About your remark on the his photo, he is STILL is like that little kid to me.

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  21. CanadaGoose says:

    Love the bio, Loon!
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