Complex Convoluted Catalyst

Getting autobigraphical

David Byrne David Byrne (Photo credit: marcel maia)

I posted something on Facebook the other day about a seven word autobiography technique from Brain Pickings.  It generated a fair amount of interaction on Facebook, and a clever little blog post from my UK blogger friend Doug Shaw.

I am sharing his post below, but you should go over and check out the comments. They are pretty fun.

Mine was only marginally pretentious.

“Complex convoluted catalyst, I’m still searching.”


Michael Vandervort recently shared with me an excellent article from the brainpickings website, which is showcasing seven word autobiographies by famous writers, artists, musicians and philosophers.

I am particularly enjoying David Byrne’s selection, partly because he has chosen to ignore the seven word rule. Here’s his contribution:

unfinished, unprocessed, uncertain, unknown, unadorned, underarms, underpants, unfrozen, unsettled, unfussy

As much as I like the article, I like the idea more, and it strikes me that you don’t need to be famous to play with this little challenge.

So – without further ado, here is my seven word autobiography, dreamed up with haste over a coffee.

Restless, in love, taking courage from uncertainty.

What’s yours?

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