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!