So far out of my comfort zone…


Road signs

Paula’s Post #48 – If you’ve been following we 5writers for the past year or so, you may have noticed that we occasionally ‘riff’ off each others themes.

Silk, (who posts on Mondays), often sets the tone.

Yesterday, Silk posted about getting out of our comfort zones and  “struggle, disruption conflict and change” – a post prompted by her sojourn through Europe and her many visits to memorials marking the military conquests, natural disasters, political occupation and religious domination that propelled the diverse regions of Central Europe from feudal states to modern European Union.

Whew! That’s a mouthful.

But I agree with many of Silk’s thoughtful conclusions and in particular her observation that if:

“…you want to tell the kind of story that moves people – that resonates with readers deep in that place in our DNA that understands the human condition of struggle and survival – then you must get out of your own comfort zone.”

Well Silk, take heart. This week I’m so far out of my comfort zone, I feel like a character from my YA novel.

Why’s that?

10:40 tomorrow morning.

My appointment with destiny.

I won’t bore you with all the details, but I’ve just discovered that in order to get properly insured for my job in California, I need a California vehicle. And in order to finance said California vehicle, my driver’s license of record needs to be issued by the state of California. So here I am, 56 years old and fretting over the prospect of taking my driver’s test of all things.

And not just a written test. A road test.

10:40 am. Wednesday.


Come to think of it, maybe my ‘riff’ this week harkens back more to Joe’s post of November, 2012.

Becoming a 16-year old girl.

Joe wrote:

‘Becoming a 16-year-old girl is not easy.  First of all, I’m not 16.  Or a girl.  Yet my protagonist is.  So how do I get in the mind of a creature I do not understand?  I honestly think it would be easier for me to get inside the head of a troll possessed by the exorcist demon.’

Sure it is Joe. It’s easy, Just sign up to take your driving test…

…then try to get a good night’s sleep.


I’m so far out of my comfort zone.









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