Currently In Life…

by | 3 April 2018 | Life | 22 comments

March is gone and April has come in it’s place. We’re a quarter of the way through the year, yet it feels like it only just began.

Today I’ve got a sort of random, rambly blog post, which is pretty much just a little update on my life at the moment. Basically this is a list of totally random facts to do with my current writing, reading, and general ‘life-ing.’

Because who doesn’t want to hear about all the randomness, hmm? 😛 As I write this, my brothers are down the back paddock playing with fire. My older sisters are writing and working. And my little sister is giving me a commentary on what she’s doing from the other end of the house, which is—naturally—resulting in having to yell at me (so I can hear) about how her toes think I should tell her another Lando story.

That aside, let’s dive right in! 😉



  • I’m doing Camp NaNo! And there’s been plenty of virtual pizza so far. 😉
  • I wrote almost to the end of Part One of PRINCE, but have now put it aside to go back to A Sprig of Green.
  • I’m back to editing again for Camp NaNo, with highlighters and pens and I’m having a heap of fun.
  • I signed the paperback copy of A Sprig of Green just for fun (seriously though, everyone should do this. It’s the most amazing feeling *flailing*).
  • I had a dream a few days ago where I became an official editor for Harper Collins and it was crazy but also cool.
  • February this year was the first month in over thirteen months straight that I had nothing to beta/alpha read/critique/etc.
  • I know. I’m crazy. Help.
  • My cousin tried to hand out my business cards to eleven randoms during her train trip. Apparently none of them were interested, but I’m still dying over the fact that she tried. 😯
  • I’ve only invented one new character in the past month (yay, only one!) but I’ve toyed around with revamping some older ones.


Bookish Related

  • I’ve read 14 books this year. (Admittedly, that’s not a huge lot, but it’s not too bad either.)
  • somehow 10 of those books were 5 (or 4.5) stars. 😯
  • I’ve received 3(!!) free books in the last two months.
  • I’ve read more fantasy than sci fi.
  • My favourite book so far this year—actually no. I couldn’t decide that. 😉 TOO MANY GOOD BOOKS.
  • I only stayed up until 11:30 reading. *applauds myself*


Last book finished…

Dragonwitch – Anne Elisabeth Stengl

“She felt herself caught up in the greatness of a story far too big for her mortal understanding, caught up and carried in a rolling current. But she was unafraid. For the first time, she believed she was truly alive.”

Currently reading…

The Story Peddler – Lindsay A. Franklin

“Selling stories is a deadly business.”




Life Adventures

  • I threw my cousin in a wheelie bin.
  • Then I tipped melted chocolate/chocolate custard in.
  • In front of my entire church.
  • Good times. XD
  • I got invited to an online friend’s birthday party in Idaho, and I may have cried a little (What can I say? It was the sweetest thing ever and I wish I could’ve said yes).
  • I named my laptop Fred (though there is some doubt whether it is officially ‘mine’ or just ‘ours’ in general).
  • I learnt how to surf. I’m practically a professional now. 😉
  • I’ve been sunburnt twice in the past month. Both times 100% my fault because I forgot that sunscreen was a thing.
  • We went on a bushwalk/ridge walk again, at the place we call the ‘front depot’ and got up before the sun rose and there was so much mist I couldn’t even see the next rise in front of us. Then right at the top, the sun finally broke through the mist and clouds and you could see the fog sweeping up from the valleys and leaving everything sparkling and beautiful.
  • Me, my dad, my sister, and my cousin played 500 (the card game) and made the terrible decision to start at 9 pm.
  • We went to bed a little before 1 am, and it was only a Friday night so there was no great loss. 😛
  • Besides, my sister and I won the game, so it was worth it. XD
  • I have learnt that bacon, banana, and maple syrup go very well on pancakes. Though I am yet to try it myself.



That’s pretty much it for me. Life has been full, but it’s been good. From the sunburn to the editing to the evenings buried in a book. God is good, and I’m so blessed.


Your turn! How has life been treating you? What’s the craziest/randomest thing you’ve done this past month? Are you doing Camp NaNo? What do you like to eat on your pancakes?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Sam Kowal

    Fred. I like that. It’s a thoughtful name for a laptop. I’m now realizing that my laptop, too, must have a name, and I’ve been so terribly rude as to ignore it ever since Dear PC’s birth. That’s especially rude seeing how it says ‘Welcome, Sam Kowal’ every time I boot it up. Storms, I’m sorry dear laptop

    • Jane Maree

      My goodness, how could you be so rude, Sam?? *gasps* XD You definitely should name your laptop, asap. Find something nice and heroic to make up for it being nameless for so long. :P,

      • Sam Kowal

        🙁 I don’t know! I didn’t know I had such in me. I found a name, though.
        Laptopimus Estimus Gloriarious Amicimubus.
        I may call it ‘Amic’ for short

        • Jane Maree

          That’s the most glorious laptop name I have ever heard. Good job. XD

  2. Aposhipolepo

    Yeah! a lifeing post!
    I find myself agreeing with your sister’s toes, it simply has been too long since was had any Lando.
    Sounds like your writing is going well, signing your book is certainly an achievement.
    I have not hared of The Story Peddler, is it a good story? (the cover is nice)
    I have not done many interesting thing last month, unless you find building houses and eating thousands of tomatoes interesting.
    Also I ate cheese on a pancake for the first time at beach camp, should have done it sooner. I highly recommend peanut butter on pancakes to anyone who can eat peanuts. One of the randomest things I did last month was saying the name of food for no apparent reason…

    (BTW randomest is not actually a real word i am told)

    • Jane Maree

      Haha! Okay, okay. I do have plans to work on Lando a little this year, so hopefully something comes of that. 😉

      The Story Peddler hasn’t actually been released yet (launch is the 1st of May), but I got an ARC to review. It’s really good so far, and I’m definitely enjoying it!

      Building houses is totally interesting. It’s cool! Plus tomatoes. Hehe, haven’t run out yet? 😛

      Huh, okay? I’ll have to go on a pancake eating spree where I just try every sort of topping on pancakes and see how it turns out. XD

      (shush, yes it absolutely is. I’m a writer, so pardon me but I’ll write my own dictionary, thanks. 😉 )

  3. Jenna

    Oh my yes bacon and maple syrup on pancakes are THE BOMB! not sure about bananas though…..*eyes then suspiciously*
    Wow you learned to surf! *shudders* sadly, I can’t stand the ocean or deep water of any kind.
    14 books already is good! I’ve only read 9 so far 🙁
    I liked this post. A look into Jane’s life. 😉

    • Jane Maree

      I’ve definitely got to try this sometime. *nodnod*

      Haha yep. I figured I may as well give it a shot, and apparently I was pretty good? So yay. 😛

      Aww, no. Only 9? *wraps you in blankets and gives you lots of books and time* You must read all the good books, precious. 😉

      Awk, thank you, that’s so sweet. ^-^

  4. Chelsea R.H.

    My laptop has a name too. It’s name is Greta, since I got it a few days after I watched Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I decided that, since it literally talked to me, it needed a name as awesome as Karen. It’s been Greta ever since 😀
    Is there any story behind the name Fred?
    Your poor cousin???
    I’ve only got one chapter of my novella left to edit now, and once I’m finished that I’m going to order a paperback from Lulu and go on to copyediting and proof reading!
    Argh, sunburns!! I got right the way through summer without getting a single sunburn and then got sunburnt three/four times in March. Hugely upsetting!
    Anyway, great rambly post 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      That’s hilarious. I love it.
      Story behind Fred: Someone almost stepped on my laptop. I said “Oy! You almost stepped on poor Fred.”
      Henceforth I called him Fred. XD

      It was for an Easter skit. 😉 And she may or may not have avoided the chocolate, don’t worry. 😛

      Woohoo!!!! You should 10000% sign it when it comes because it’s the coolest feeling.

      Noooo. Same for me actually. I don’t think I’d been sunburnt at all this year until March. 😯

      Thanks!! 😀

  5. J.A.Penrose

    Oh wow, I feel sorry for your poor cousin. xD

    Mostly for this post EEEEEP! LIFE STUFF SEEMS GREAT.
    Unfortunately, I chose not to name my chromebook. It is just Chromebook. 774 if I am in a good mood with it.
    What do I eat on pancakes? Lemon… cinnamon… normalish things?

    More Lando. Good girl Ann.

    • Jane Maree

      *dies quietly of laughter* Poor cousin, indeed. 😛

      Yess. Haha you should call it ‘Blame’ because then you can say “Blame the chromebook.” 😉

      Wait. Cinnamon on pancakes? Why have I never tried this before. 😯 I’m such a pancake heathen.

      • Hannah Gaudette

        “Blame the Chromebook”? I nearly fell over due to the silent laughter – that’s just AWESOME! Please name my computer, will you?? 🙂

        • Jane Maree

          ALRIGHTY. xD Let’s name all these computers.
          If you don’t like your computer, you can name it ‘Problem’ so when someone asks you “what’s your problem?” you can say “My computer.”
          Ooor you could name it something like ‘notebook’ so you can write your novels on a notebook just for fun. 😉

  6. Snapper

    Well, hello Cabin Mate. XD

    Oh goodness. That picture of Australia is beautiful. I need to be there now. 😛

    Nooo, sunburn is awful. *offers you ice cream, it it’s any help* Can’t stand sunburn.

    • Jane Maree

      Well hello hello. 😛

      It is soo pretty, and it’s even better when you’re there in person.

      Haha, I’m pretty used to it. I’m the sort of person who gets sunburnt quite a lot, so it’s not too bad. 😉

  7. Catherine @ The Rebelling Muse

    Oh my gosh, this post was so much fun to read! I especially liked the last section :).

    Craziest thing last month?? I don’t know…I guess going to my home library for the first time in five years counts, LOL. I was book-starved – college has a great way of keeping you from going home and raiding the library when you want.

    BTW – I invited you to alpha read The White Rose since I had your email and you’re my cabin leader. You don’t have to commit if you don’t want to :).

    Awesome post, Jane!!


    • Jane Maree

      Aw, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 😀

      Yay for library trips! That’s great that you took the time to do that, despite college. 😛

      Awh that’s so cool. I’ll definitely read through it, though I might not have much time to leave comments very often. 😉

      Thanks for reading, Catherine!

  8. S.F. Dekreel

    What–? Put your cousin in a… and chocolate custard?! At your church?? May I ask what was going on?? X’D

    Also, may I ask what a “wheelie bin” is? Is it the Australian form of “wheelbarrow?” XD

    I am very picky about putting food on top of other food, so I have never put anything besides butter on pancakes. XP

    Camp NaNo actually sounds really cool. Especially since I have heard rumors that there is a Kapeefer cabin… Maybe I’ll try it next year… If I have time. Life is SO busy!

    Anyway, wonderful post, Jane! Delightful!

    • Jane Maree

      It was an Easter skit that we did as a kids talk. XD

      o-o A wheelie bin is…a garbage bin? Where you put your rubbish? Um, I don’t know how to explain it other than that. 😯

      I normally stick with sugar and lemon juice, so I’ve never counted myself very adventurous in that regard either. 😛

      Yes, you absolutely should join. There’s Camp NaNo in July too, so you could try it then.

      Thank you, Dekreel! <3

      • S.F. Dekreel

        Ohhhh, garbage bin! X’D I was thinking… *researches* … “barrow?” Is that what you Aussies call a one-wheeled thingy with handles for carrying dirt and stuff? XD

        Oooooh! July!! I won’t be as busy!! *seriously considers joining…*

        • Jane Maree

          Haha, phew, I’m glad that’s cleared up.

          Wheelbarrow or barrow works, either way I’d understand what you were meaning. 😛

          Yes! You definitely should. 😀

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