Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Breaking the rules

I've been trying to say yes to things lately. I'd gotten a little set in my ways. I'd started having too many rules. I don't like books about World War II. I don't like to see movies based on books that I've read. I don't like Christmas and all the Christmas-y stuff. I don't wear horizontal stripes or socks with sandals. I only wear one pair of glasses at a time.

I went to see Cloud Atlas after having read the book and liked it. So I'm starting to break some other rules. Instead of shunning Christmas, I attended SantaCon this past Saturday. This is what Union Square looked like at about noon:

This is what I looked like:

This is what I drank at our first stop (we were damn classy Santas):

The experience was, in a word, awesome. Totally awesome. I loved it. If I'd stuck to my usual rules of avoiding all things Christmas that I'm not forced to participate in, I wouldn't have gotten to experience that. It would have been a shame.

I'm also considering breaking some of my writing rules. I've been a pretty strict POV task mistress with myself. No head hopping. If I'm in 1st person at the beginning, I stay in that person's head for the whooollllleeee book. If I'm in third, only one head per scene. You know, the drill.

I'm not saying I'm throwing it all out the window, but I'm considering writing one character in first person and the rest in third. Crazy. I know.

So what rules are you considering breaking in 2013?


Maureen McGowan said...

Oh, you look so cute in that Santa hat!!!

I've been thinking about writing something "different" a lot lately too... Let's all break the rulles!

Eileen said...

Thank you, darling. Several homeless people told me I looked quite good although that might have been the socks and dollar bills I was handing out.

Molly O'Keefe said...

You are a classy santa! What a fun thing - I think saying yes is something we grow out of as we get older and I need to start saying yes, too. Particularly to things that are going to make me feel good about myself and the world. Passing out socks is a beautiful thing!!!

YES! More writing rule breaking - let's do it all. I need to think about some rules I'm going to break.

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