The world is crazier than most people know. But I know. I was a clinical social worker for forty years. I am a witness. I retired from social work to write about the sad, the mad, and the savage; with whom I have spent most of my life. I have decided to translate these stories into fiction, because, as a co-worker once said, "You couldn't make this sh*t up. No one would believe you."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reaching Out ... To Whom?

Lots of people ask me who my readers are. I think they are - or should be - women, maybe older women. Right? Wrong, I think ....

Now keep in mind, Jane of the Jungle has been read by everyone from hip older women to twenty somethings of both genders, men of all ages, family, friends, and some stranger I paid ten bucks to in a down moment. (He said he liked it) And it's done very well in contests, placing in four out of five I entered it in, and who knows who the judges are?

Well, it's about a woman, an adventuress. But it's also about a man, a mobster who hates his job. And it's (big time!) about a tiger, who was struck by lightning and can think and communicate telepathically.

The heroine, Jane of the Jungle, is 60. So, older people, right? But ... Pussy, the biker queen, is around 40, and the crowd that makes up the Balls of Steel Motorcycle Club is all different ages .... and Sadji (the tiger) is only two ....

Help! Who is this crazy book for?? It seems to be about everyone....

Maybe it's for misfits. Hmmnn ... maybe there's a thought. Jane of the Jungle is a misfit because she lives life like a twenty something and so does her 60 something lover ..... and the motorcycle club folks are all weirdos and misfits that can't live straight lives .... and the tiger ... well hell, where can a telepathic tiger live...

Maybe Jane of the Jungle is for people who don't fit neatly into the various slots life usually offers, people who are like square pegs in round holes, people who feel a constant hum of discontent no matter how they try to ignore it, who yearn for something more than getting by and then doing it over and over every day ....

Yes, that's it. Jane of the Jungle is for people who have 1. a heart 2. a brain 3. a spirit 4. a laugh and 5. unique ways of looking at life.


  1. I think the people who do fit neatly into the various , more traditional slots life offers are pretty okay; what irritates me so is how they think something is wrong with us: Horrors that we took our daughter to a bar on Christmas eve (in fact her rendition of Silent Night (she got quiet close to the notes) got a lot of people quietly singing along.

    The more traditional path followers have 1.a heart, 2. a brain, 3. a spirit., 4. a laugh. and fearful rather than unique) ways of looking at lifel And 6., little tolerance for some of what they say are the crazy ways the rest of us do. As you may know or will see I was the round oeg in the square traditional hole; I 'm not sure what I am now that I am older; but I do have a working heart,, a brain that works well most of the time but can't remember where I left my glasses, oh boy, do I have spirit being inclined to argue; love a good belly laugh; and take the best of both: what I like about the traditional role of Mom and housekeeper and decorator, and the silliness of jumping fully dressed into a running arroyo,trying new chili pepper so hot my nose runs for hours. I just don't want to know what my life is always going to be like.

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