Monday, January 2nd, 2012
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.
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.