an orange and pink rose

37 Words

A Side Project

The Story

I started collecting these submissions, all around the eponymous prompt, in Summer of 2017, as I made my unplanned way across the Southeastern United States. I would take this prompt to Europe, collecting 80+ “life stories” from people in my travels. Below are the few I can presently find–the remaining are committed only to paper, somewhere in a bookshelf I hope—and not a landfill! Tragically, at the moment (ever-stretching into the future) the majority of these life stories that I have received are irretrievably lost.

Submissions are actively being accepted again, and I will do my best to track down the remaining 70 people whose lives I have so carelessly misplaced this half-decade past.


The number 37 is a mere prompt, not (as you can see below) a strictly enforced editorial requirement. The number itself was selected to force people’s serious reflection, but to allow for play. It is a prime number as well, indivisible by any other than 1 and itself, as each life is unique to the person pursuing it.

It is my goal to eventually have a hundred or so of these to publish as a compendium somewhere. I’m inspired by the work of Post Secret, but this is neither a homage nor alternative to that enormous labor of love.

Your Life

an orange and pink rose

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