Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!


Rules are everywhere. At the park, it’s “No dogs on the track.”


So I get as close as I can without breaking the rule.


Sometimes, Mom flat-out makes up rules in her head like, “Don’t eat the acorns.”


and “Keep out of the mud.”


and “GAH! That stick is too big to carry!”


And her all-time favorite “No sleeping in the street!”


Most days, Mom has rules to follow in her writing. There are word count rules, and the rule of three, the rule of thinking with pictures in your head, and the rule of playing with wonderful words. And then there’s don’t make the book too quiet and don’t hit the kids over the head with a lesson, but do have fabulous characters with their own special voices and do surprise everyone with a twist at the end.


Whew! That’s a LOT of rules…

Mom says, “Rules are important. ” and “The world would be mayhem without rules.” and her other all-time favorite, “Rules are made to be broken!” Wait. What?


OK, then – it’s time for a streetnap!

Comments on: "Rules" (62)

  1. Hmmmm…sounds like your mom and our mom have been reading from the same rule book. Coincidence? We think not. Conspiracy? Yes, very possible!
    Wally & Sammy

  2. You and your mommy are cuties!

  3. She has you outsmarted, Genevieve!

  4. My wild guess is that your favorite rule is “Rules are made to be broken!”
    I like to write my posts with pictures in my head but then google doesn’t let me find SFW pictures to accompany my thoughts.
    Have a great week!

  5. we have rules here, don’t go on furniture, don’t eat poop, don’t chase the deer, don’t chase the skunk, so many rules, I sneak and eat poop

    • I’m also not allowed to eat goose poop, F. I sneak some when I can and sometimes, I manage to fall on top of it and roll around. Then I’m in trouble, but it’s worth it.

      Love and licks,

  6. Oh Cupcake……I think sneaking in a good streetnap once in a while even if there’s a rule about NOT doing it, is important. We all have a bit of a “rebel” streak in us – right? Even humans have that…..pushing the limits……stretching the rules…..Otherwise life would be just a BIT too boring don’t you think????? You look mighty cute on the sofa with your stuffie…..waiting to go outside and “bend the rules” a bit perhaps?

    Hugs, Sammy

  7. Great post, Cupcake! My dog thinks of rules more as guidelines. I.e., paws off the table couldn’t possibly mean all paws, and of course, that doesn’t include ones snout. Likewise with word counts, I find it’s good to keep them in mind, but if the story needs to be longer so be it.

  8. I’m a fan of rules being made to be broken BOL

  9. oh snorts Cupcake. One of your mom’s rules is also one of my mom’s favorite rules – “Rules are meant to be broken… and improvised”. Way to go my friend. Happy Monday – or should I say Happy Rule Breaking. XOXO – Bacon

  10. The last rule is the most important one to remember!

  11. Frankie and Ernie said:

    OMD Cupcake…. you and your mom saved the BESTEST rule fur Last.

  12. …wait…what? they are made to be… woooa…you have a wise mom, I like what she says :o)

  13. YES!!!! RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN!!! DONUTS FOR DINNER!!!! WOOOO!!!! 😉 Great post, C! 😀

  14. If you keep too many rules in your brainbox, they may cause an inner pressure and lead to a headache. If they get into conflict with each other, they can even result in a terrible migraine. Therefore, it is highly important (and healthy!) to keep the amount of rules at a minimum.

  15. Hehe that’s Cocco’s favorite saying (or would be if he had one other than “snort snort, squeal, squeal.”). Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words. xo

  16. hummm, I do understand…Fuzzy and I get NO YOU CAN ROLL IN THAT rule lots.



  17. But, we have to master the rules before we can break them. I’m sure Archie would agree with you about rules. But, sleeping in the street? Now, I’d enforce that one.

    • Thanks, P. If Archie ever tried a warm (blazing hot) street nap, you’d be fighting to enforce that rule forever. There’s just something about that asphalt that makes me sleepy.

      Love and licks,

  18. Without a doubt! Rules are made to be broken. Look at poetry!

  19. I like that last rule the best. I follow it religiously.

  20. hahahahaha! You do make it look so easy Cupcake. You make it look so easy. Silly rules anyways and stunning shots of you. Love it. 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥

  21. Good Morning Cupcake! I think it is good to not eat acorns. And that IS a pretty big stick! There does seem to be a whole lot of rules for dogs. But I think it keeps them safe and keeps them clean so nobody goes ewwwwwwwwwwwww!

  22. LovableLobo said:

    I agree with your mom, Cupcake! Rules ARE made to be broken!

  23. Keep out of the mud? She cannot be serious!

  24. The last rule is definitely the most important!

  25. Sweet Cupcake, the only rule I have is that I have to come in after 10 pm, I think that makes me a purrfect citizen 😀 Pawkisses for a Lovely Day 🙂

  26. Oh Cupcake, rules are for humans *snort*! You are more kitty than puppy anyway and you know us kitties don’t believe in rules. 🙂
    Luvs ya!

  27. Cupcake I think rules can be bent to..maybe that stick is TOO big to bend…but you never know how far you can bend a rule…until mum reminds you 😉 loves Fozziemum xx

  28. Broken rules are my specialty.. well broken everything and mayhem… I love it all… -Ginger

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