I mostly write about reading around here, but writing is a very big focus for me too. Right now, I’m finishing up a young adult fantasy novel about a wandering adventurer, which has been mentioned here and there.
One of the parts of the book I have the most fun with is Jasper’s Rules. As a wandering adventurer, he has a long list of rules for survival. Some are good, like Rule #19: If you’ll be better served by talking, don’t fight. Others are universally disliked by everyone but Jasper, such as Rule #2: Never make plans. Some are very profession-specific; Rule #20 is Never make a Good Fairy angry.
And some are in there for comic relief. Rule #11 is Always refuse a reward the first time. Rule #12 is Never refuse a reward the second time.
Then there’s Rule #1…which is secret. 🙂 You’ll have to read the book some day to learn that one!
I don’t have a numbered list of rules for my own life, but I do think Jasper may be on to something. There are certainly ideas I try to remember, in a somewhat similar way. Do it now should be fairly self-explanatory. I’m not very good at Take nothing personally but I like it as a principle.
More a mantra than a rule, whenever things go horribly awry, I always wind up sighing and muttering, The best laid plans of mice. If I threw and men at the end of that then I’d be quoting Robert Burns, but without the last phrase, it’s a Douglas Adams reference, and invariably makes me smile.
Do you have rules for life that you try to keep in mind? Or do you have suggestions for rules a wandering adventurer should follow? 🙂