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Changing the Rules Mid-Game

All this talk about grammar rules yesterday really got me to thinking…

When I was younger, I was one of those kids who would make up a game for everyone to play, and then change the rules right in the middle of it just because I didn’t think it was working the way I wanted it to.

That really pissed off a lot of people, I’m not going to lie. My brother HATED this. He would throw a giant fit, usually break something of mine and refuse to play with me. I never really understood, because I was just trying to make the game more interesting.

How did he not get that?

Okay, so maybe I it was more like I was just trying to make it easier for me to win.

Whatever.

Either way, I’ve been thinking about rules. I watched this video recently:

(BTW, she’s having a contest on her blog here.)

She said a lot of interesting things, but the thing that stood out the most to me was the fact that she likes to take traditional stories, characters, fairy tales, etc. and redo them to be her own. I LOVE this. There’s a reason certain things are considered tried and true, but there’s also a reason they can get stale fast–so doing your own spin is a great way to take care of that.

So, what I want to know today is…

What have made your own?

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