Jane Devin

I have an interesting story to share with you today. 

I've met a lot of people both "in real life" and "virtually" through my writing this last year.  One of the people I've met is a writer named Jane Devin.  Jane lives in Minnesota.  We will be meeting in person in the next few months, but up to this point our acquaintance has been entirely online.

A friend mentioned what a brilliant writer Jane is.  I decided to check out her writing myself.  I was blown away.  She is so much more eloquent than I am.  Her writing is so articulate and thought provoking.  I was very impressed.  I decided I wanted to get to know her better.

I began pestering Jane with comments and emails and tweets.  I can be annoying when I want someone's attention.  Jane responded graciously and before I knew it a friendship was born. 

"You're an amazing writer," I tell her frequently.

"Your sense of humor makes me laugh all the time –  you crack me up," she tells me.

It's become a mutual admiration society of two.

By the way, Jane doesn't like exclamation points.  As a result, I make sure to use a lot of them whenever I correspond with her.  

I'm an excitable type of personality!!

Recently Jane has decided to embark on an amazing adventure.  I'm so excited for her and a tad bit jealous at the same time.  I asked her if I could share her story here on 24 and she was kind enough to agree.  Yesterday, as I lay on the couch having a "my arm hurts like hell" pity party Jane and I spent an hour gabbing on the phone.  I wanted to make sure I had all the details straight before I shared her story with you.

Jane is 47 years old.  She is brilliant.  She dropped out of school when she was 14.  She was raised by a mentally ill mother and left home at the age of 16.  She took her GED at 17 and later put herself through three years of college.  She is a self made woman.

Jane is a single mom of two adult kids.  Last year Jane had a string of bad luck.  Like many people, Jane lost her job and with it her health benefits.  Shortly after the loss of medical benefits she became very, very ill.  At one point she wondered if she was going to live through her illness.  

Jane traded in her new, shiny, leased car for a 1986 old Bronco to help with expenses.  It was a very humbling experience.  She began interviewing for jobs.  She contemplated the fact that her twelve years of living in Minnesota had not been a great fit.  

Jane took stock of her life.  She thought about all the things she had put on hold over the years as she worked to raise her kids.  She thought about the fact that there really wasn't a thing holding her to the life she's had in Minnesota the last twelve years.  She realized that her recent misfortune could, in fact, be an amazing opportunity.  Jane was having a "now or never" moment.  

On October 10th Jane is embarking on a one year cross country photo-journalism trip.  She will be traveling and working across the US as she interviews people with interesting lives.  She will blog daily to share their stories and tell us about her adventures at One Writer, No Address.  If Jane acquires enough interesting stories she will eventually be putting all of her stories together into a book.

Let me reiterate two important points.  Jane has been out of work for some time now.  Jane has no health insurance.  

Jane is one brave bitch, don't ya think?

How is she going to pull this off?

She tells me she is going to plan each segment of her trip in thirty day intervals.  This is what she has lined up so far:  First, she will be traveling to Iowa where she will be interviewing some nurses about the state of health care as they see it.  Next, she will be traveling to New Mexico.  In New Mexico she will be staying with, and working for, a woman who owns a bed and breakfast.  This will allow her to earn some money for her trip and interview people at the same time.

Arizona will come next.  Jane has already made arrangements to interview the principal of an elementary school with a demographic primarily of immigrant children.  From there she will be going to interview some "healers" in Sedona.  After Arizona, Jane will travel to San Diego where she will be interviewing Jonestown survivors.

And guess where Jane will visit after that?

Yep, that's right.  Orange County.  I've promised Jane a tour of Money Town and I'm hoping to even line up a few Rich-Bitch interviews for her. She can't wait to drive into Money Town with her 1986 Bronco.  The very idea of it makes her belly-laugh with glee.

After visiting with me, Jane will head up to L.A. and continue on with her journey.

I am fascinated with the entire concept of Jane's adventure.  I asked her about the logistics of pulling off this type of trip.  She admits she can use help in various forms.  On her website she lists the following ways people can help if they so choose:

*If you’d be willing to host me as a guest for a day or two, please let me know.

*Likewise please let me know if you can provide a temporary job while I’m in your city. I can do almost anything from barns to offices.

*I am always looking for interesting people to interview!

*If you know of any businesses or corporations that might want to sponsor part of this trip, please contact me.

*Gift card donations for Verizon, gas, food, and coffee would be appreciated. I am also in need of camping equipment and a digital camcorder. Until October 1, donations can be sent to: 110201 Village Rd., Chaska, MN 55318

Jane also has a Paypal link on the side of her website.  If you're interested you can go here to donate.

Good luck Jane!  I will be following your adventures on your blog.  I also can't wait to show you around Money Town!

© Twenty Four At Heart

63 Responses to “Jane Devin”

  1. Joanne

    hey girl, I’m anxious to read your friend’s blog, but your link doesn’t work. will you fix it for us??

  2. Joanne

    hey girl, I’m anxious to read your friend’s blog, but your link doesn’t work. will you fix it for us??

  3. Joanne

    hey girl, I’m anxious to read your friend’s blog, but your link doesn’t work. will you fix it for us??

  4. di

    A GREAT adventure she has planned for herself. I can offer a place to stay but no job. Can’t wait to read all about it, what she learns as well as the escapades she encounters along the way!
    Di

  5. di

    A GREAT adventure she has planned for herself. I can offer a place to stay but no job. Can’t wait to read all about it, what she learns as well as the escapades she encounters along the way!
    Di

  6. di

    A GREAT adventure she has planned for herself. I can offer a place to stay but no job. Can’t wait to read all about it, what she learns as well as the escapades she encounters along the way!
    Di

  7. Jane

    Thank you so much for our phone call and this interview yesterday. You are an amazing human being, and I really am in awe of the way you have kept your spirit and your sense of humor. I know it is not easy, and I think you’re very brave!
    See? That exclamation point was just for you. 🙂
    I sincerely can’t wait to woo/shock the women of Money Town with my tattered jeans, Coach knock-off purse, and ’86 Bronco. I know your reputation can handle it.

  8. Jane

    Thank you so much for our phone call and this interview yesterday. You are an amazing human being, and I really am in awe of the way you have kept your spirit and your sense of humor. I know it is not easy, and I think you’re very brave!
    See? That exclamation point was just for you. 🙂
    I sincerely can’t wait to woo/shock the women of Money Town with my tattered jeans, Coach knock-off purse, and ’86 Bronco. I know your reputation can handle it.

  9. Jane

    Thank you so much for our phone call and this interview yesterday. You are an amazing human being, and I really am in awe of the way you have kept your spirit and your sense of humor. I know it is not easy, and I think you’re very brave!
    See? That exclamation point was just for you. 🙂
    I sincerely can’t wait to woo/shock the women of Money Town with my tattered jeans, Coach knock-off purse, and ’86 Bronco. I know your reputation can handle it.

  10. Erin

    i just added jane’s blog to my read page…and donated some $$$ for her trip. thanks for sharing her upcoming adventure with us. i know southern california will welcome her with open arms 🙂

  11. Erin

    i just added jane’s blog to my read page…and donated some $$$ for her trip. thanks for sharing her upcoming adventure with us. i know southern california will welcome her with open arms 🙂

  12. Erin

    i just added jane’s blog to my read page…and donated some $$$ for her trip. thanks for sharing her upcoming adventure with us. i know southern california will welcome her with open arms 🙂

  13. Donna in VA

    BRAVE is the word alright!! And exciting! I can’t wait to follow her and read about her adventures!!!!! (exclamation points just for Jane;-)

  14. Donna in VA

    BRAVE is the word alright!! And exciting! I can’t wait to follow her and read about her adventures!!!!! (exclamation points just for Jane;-)

  15. Donna in VA

    BRAVE is the word alright!! And exciting! I can’t wait to follow her and read about her adventures!!!!! (exclamation points just for Jane;-)

  16. Jan

    When I get over being UBER PISSED at Beloved (and I mean I don’t intend to speak to him again until he’s dead or hands over something expensive and sparkly and grovels at my feet pissed), I will ask him if it is all right to host Jane – should she be crazy enough to travel through Podunk, Ohio – and perhaps give her some work for a day or two.
    Thanks, dear, for calling my attention to this; it seems I’ve been missing out on yet another fascinating blogger.

  17. Jan

    When I get over being UBER PISSED at Beloved (and I mean I don’t intend to speak to him again until he’s dead or hands over something expensive and sparkly and grovels at my feet pissed), I will ask him if it is all right to host Jane – should she be crazy enough to travel through Podunk, Ohio – and perhaps give her some work for a day or two.
    Thanks, dear, for calling my attention to this; it seems I’ve been missing out on yet another fascinating blogger.

  18. Jan

    When I get over being UBER PISSED at Beloved (and I mean I don’t intend to speak to him again until he’s dead or hands over something expensive and sparkly and grovels at my feet pissed), I will ask him if it is all right to host Jane – should she be crazy enough to travel through Podunk, Ohio – and perhaps give her some work for a day or two.
    Thanks, dear, for calling my attention to this; it seems I’ve been missing out on yet another fascinating blogger.

  19. Barbara

    I started reading Jane when Rosie posted her story on the Elephant Girls and have followed her since. You did a great job with this interview, and having read many of Jane’s life stories I also think she’s very brave. So are you, from the sound of things.
    I look forward to reading about Jane’s journeys, and now I’ll look forward to reading your blog too!

  20. Barbara

    I started reading Jane when Rosie posted her story on the Elephant Girls and have followed her since. You did a great job with this interview, and having read many of Jane’s life stories I also think she’s very brave. So are you, from the sound of things.
    I look forward to reading about Jane’s journeys, and now I’ll look forward to reading your blog too!

  21. Barbara

    I started reading Jane when Rosie posted her story on the Elephant Girls and have followed her since. You did a great job with this interview, and having read many of Jane’s life stories I also think she’s very brave. So are you, from the sound of things.
    I look forward to reading about Jane’s journeys, and now I’ll look forward to reading your blog too!

  22. LBJ

    I think she’ll write some amazing stories! I can’t wait to see how everything goes….
    You really captured Jane’s spirit with this interview….She’s a go-getter and one strong lady!

  23. LBJ

    I think she’ll write some amazing stories! I can’t wait to see how everything goes….
    You really captured Jane’s spirit with this interview….She’s a go-getter and one strong lady!

  24. LBJ

    I think she’ll write some amazing stories! I can’t wait to see how everything goes….
    You really captured Jane’s spirit with this interview….She’s a go-getter and one strong lady!

  25. LBJ

    I also hope your arm gets better. Sorry about the accident, and I hope time will return what was taken. 🙁

  26. LBJ

    I also hope your arm gets better. Sorry about the accident, and I hope time will return what was taken. 🙁

  27. LBJ

    I also hope your arm gets better. Sorry about the accident, and I hope time will return what was taken. 🙁

  28. John M.

    Hi Suzanne. Wonderful interview. I’m also hoping to finally meet Jane D. when she makes her way north (I’m in ‘El Valle San Fernando’), if you haven’t spoiled her so badly with your OC ways that she decides to just skip us urbanites, and jet (can an ’86 Bronco ‘jet’??) up to Sonoma or some such thing!!! (I like !!!’s too) Love your blog and sense of humor BTW.

  29. John M.

    Hi Suzanne. Wonderful interview. I’m also hoping to finally meet Jane D. when she makes her way north (I’m in ‘El Valle San Fernando’), if you haven’t spoiled her so badly with your OC ways that she decides to just skip us urbanites, and jet (can an ’86 Bronco ‘jet’??) up to Sonoma or some such thing!!! (I like !!!’s too) Love your blog and sense of humor BTW.

  30. John M.

    Hi Suzanne. Wonderful interview. I’m also hoping to finally meet Jane D. when she makes her way north (I’m in ‘El Valle San Fernando’), if you haven’t spoiled her so badly with your OC ways that she decides to just skip us urbanites, and jet (can an ’86 Bronco ‘jet’??) up to Sonoma or some such thing!!! (I like !!!’s too) Love your blog and sense of humor BTW.

  31. Chris

    Great post and interview! [I use exclamation points too. I love Jane’s post about them. I love Jane’s posts about ANYTHING.] I enjoyed reading about Jane’s plan in more detail. I’m so excited for her, and share in your slight jealousy/envy of her. Would be neat to be able to do something that brave.
    Can’t wait to hear about your time together!

  32. Chris

    Great post and interview! [I use exclamation points too. I love Jane’s post about them. I love Jane’s posts about ANYTHING.] I enjoyed reading about Jane’s plan in more detail. I’m so excited for her, and share in your slight jealousy/envy of her. Would be neat to be able to do something that brave.
    Can’t wait to hear about your time together!

  33. Chris

    Great post and interview! [I use exclamation points too. I love Jane’s post about them. I love Jane’s posts about ANYTHING.] I enjoyed reading about Jane’s plan in more detail. I’m so excited for her, and share in your slight jealousy/envy of her. Would be neat to be able to do something that brave.
    Can’t wait to hear about your time together!

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