Thursday, May 1, 2008

thursday thirteen


Thirteen things I learned at Glen Eyrie.

1. Don't compare myself to anyone else.
2. I am elfin and pixy-ish.  Who knew?
3. I don't have to always be "alright".  I learned that in a very round about, strange way.  And I hadn't even realized that I am sometimes phony in my alrightness.  I had my own self fooled.
4. Writing is supposed to be fun.  Play!  Who knew?
5. If it's all about God, then it needs to be All About God.  Not me.  Not my insecurities.  Not my shortcomings.  Not my talent or skill or creativity or lack thereof.  God.
6. My inner critic is Cloris Leachman playing Nurse Diesel.  Mean, ugly, and ridiculously funny.
7. I need to nurture an inner cheerleader who will beat up my inner critic.
8. My life, as well as yours, is a joke.  
9. Creativity is not an intellectual activity.  It is a spiritual activity.
10. Enthusiasm means God Within.
11.  Excellence is precision meeting passion in a way that exploded through mediocrity and complacency.
12. The setting of a story should be rich enough to be a character in it's own right.
13. People like me!  And I can write!

18 comments:

  1. When you perfect #7, let me know. I want to be able to do that, too.

    Happy TT!

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  2. Good list of things. Now if you can just remember them. I learn things and than forget them. I guess that means I don't really learn them.

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  3. Good list of things. Now if you can just remember them. I learn things and than forget them. I guess that means I don't really learn them.

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  4. Kay, Welcome back!!! I love #11!

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  5. Me again. You got me to thinking about who my inner critic is...hmmm...without giving it a lot of thought (which I probably will do later) I would say my inner critic is Eeyore with a touch of Edith Bunker!

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  6. Great things to learn, Kay. It sounds like you were challenged (mentally, but not in a bad way, and spiritually).

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  7. Sounds like it was a great conference. My son was reading over my shoulder, and his favorite item on your list is number 7. Hm. where do I find one of those?

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  8. Yes, we do like you. I'll be your cheerleader too. Go Kay!

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  9. I meant..WHO wouldn't like you!!! I just cannot imagine it!

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  10. Sounds like a good summit. I haven't hung out with other writers in years. I miss it.

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  11. That is such a good list. It sounds like you feel renewed from your study.

    http://www.chatbugkaren.com/2008/05/01/thankful-thirteeen/

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  12. Great List Kay! Yes, I agree number 13 is true!

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  13. Thanks for sharing your great list, Kay.

    I can't wait to see you on Tuesday. Will you look smarter, more self-assured and more writerly-like?

    A prisoner of hope,
    Megan

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  15. Welcome back!! I've missed you. Even though I am very jealous that I didn't get to go. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I can't wait to see how God continues to use this time in you.

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  16. I'm so glad you had a good conference! It sounds like you learned a lot. I really like the idea of the inner cheerleader. Welcome back.

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  17. YES! We do love you, and you can DEFINITELY write! I'll be first in line to buy your book, and it had BETTER be an autographed copy! ;-)

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