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On Comfort Zones...

Updated: May 24

--By Kirsten Weiss

This has been a month of stepping outside my comfort zone. They say this is where the magic happens, and I hope "they're" right. 😂

First, came my self-taught crash course in RV park management, as my sister and I try to get a handle on Lonestar 23, the RV park our other sister and her husband were running before their deaths.

After their accident, when I visited Lonestar 23 all I could see was my own misery. But when I returned to the park in May, I discovered the community they built is amazing, full of good-hearted, remarkable people helping each other. Someone should write a book about it.

As just one example, a non-profit that gives RVs to veterans in need has been placing vets in the park. I think the couple that runs it is even more determined than I am to make sure Lonestar 23 thrives.

Bobby, the husband, had a dream that God told him to help veterans find housing. When he woke up and turned to his wife, Peggy, she told him she'd just had a dream that God had told her to help veterans get housing. They figured that was as clear a command from above as they could get, and created Operation Texas Strong. You can read more about the organization HERE.

Also outside my comfort zone: videos. One of the joys of being a writer is I get to sit at home all day and limit my conversations to the people in my head. I'm a writer, not a talker. And speaking into a camera seems weird and unnatural. But the world has changed, and I must change with it.

So I hired a coach to teach me how to do the video thing and am currently floundering through video shorts. At some point, I'd like to get good enough to do video-longs (haha), but if you want to watch the continuing evolution of my video performances, subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE.

My coach also suggested doing a monthly Zoom hangout for readers to relax, drink some wine (or whatever), and talk about Legacy of the Witch. I'm aiming for mid-June for the first one. If anyone has an idea for a name for this little reading community, shoot me an email!

I'm nearly done with the first draft of Shadow of the Witch. It will include more UnTarot cards and emails and worksheets from the Mystery School. But it will also include a medieval scroll based on the alchemical Ripley Scroll. I've delivered the mock-up sketches to my artist and am slowly gearing up to write the medieval poem that goes with it. The latter terrifies me. Ripley wrote in a fairly simple rhyme scheme, but the language is from the 15th century. I'm torn between feeling excited and terrified.

Once I'm done with that, I'm turning to a new Tea and Tarot mystery. It's time to lighten up!

Lonestar 23 RV Park Now Open sign

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