Updates and Life Chats

by | 10 May 2019 | Life, Writing | 16 comments

As I’m sitting down to write this post, I actually have no idea what I’m going to say, but I’m here to say it anyway! (I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing or a good thing. 😂)

I actually haven’t done a general ‘updates’ post since the end of 2018, so it’s high time I sat down with a cup of chai and chatted life with you guys. As I said, I have no plan for this post, it’s just going to be a totally random chat about all the life things, in whatever order I think of them in!


The Writing Things!


I wrote the first draft of Princess!

I did Camp NaNo in April and I wrote the sequel to my middle grade (ish) fantasy book Prince. It was so much fun, but it also seemed to be over so quickly. It turned out shorter than most of my books, but it was still great to revisit the old characters.


ASoG is. almost. ready.

I’ve been working on this novel on and off since I wrote the first draft in July 2017. This year, I got it back from my beta readers and I’ve started work on draft five. And it feels sooo different.

The tone of the story, the characters, the prose has all matured, and I feel like I’ve finally grasped the core and the heart of this story, though I didn’t realise it was missing before.

I’m currently in the middle of editing. So far, I’m rewriting every sentence to strengthen the prose and adjust it to flow into the true heart of the story I’m telling.

The edits are going extremely slowly–I’m only halfway through chapter 2–but it’s so, so good to see the change on the paper, as well as the change in my mind and heart, with the discovery of the real story.

Once I’ve finished these edits, whenever that is, I hope to be launching straight into prepping my book proposal. (*distant screaming*)


The Land of Books

I’ve been trying really hard (or thinking about trying, anyway) to get a good balance of reading books and not spending time reading when I should be doing something else. It’s always a hard balance.

But I’ve read 15 books so far this year and six of them were five-stars!

But I’m really proud of myself because I’m finally making my way through the second half of the dreaded Oathbringer (Brandon Sanderson). Aka the book that’s the size of two bricks. The book that I started in June last year. The book that I’ve been reading on and off since then, but mostly just avoiding because it’s so huge.

I’m nearly finished it, and once it’s done I’ll be able to move on to new books without having it haunting me in the background. 😂


I also just want to take a moment to scream about Romanov (Nadine Brandes), because IT’S RELEASED INTO THE WORLD!!! I read an ARC of this book back in December and it was glorious. I’m soo excited that now it’s officially out though!

My pre-order arrived a day after release (and two days after my sister’s did 😭) and it’s so beautifulll.

Okay, I’ll stop gushing now, but if any of you are on Instagram, go to my account! I’m hosting a super cool giveaway to celebrate the release!!

Before I get carried away with flailing…let’s move on. XD



I watched Avengers: Endgame (Don’t worry, you’ll get no spoilers from me.)

This movie was sooo good. It’s a sign of good storytelling when you can make the audience laugh, then a few minutes later have them nearly sobbing.

I cried so much during this movie, it’s actually hilarious. Every time I’d pull myself together and wipe the tears away, something else would happen that set me off again. The tears started even before the Avengers logo/intro came up so if you’re planning to see this movie but haven’t yet: FEELS WARNING.

I will fully admit that the main reason I wanted to see Endgame was because I needed an explanation for what happens leading up to Spiderman: Far From Home. If you’ve been around for long, you’ll know that I’m a huge spiderman fan, so I’m reeeaally looking forward to Far From Home. My dad and I have already planned that we’re going to go see it together, like we did for Homecoming and it’s going to be so gooood. 💕


I played violin at a bush dance.

In case you don’t know already, a) a bush dance is an Australian version of a barn dance (I think), and b) bush dancing is THE BEST.

My friend was doing the bush dance as a fundraiser for a mission trip, and the church was organising the music, so I offered to play violin. I’d played guitar and piano at bush dances before, but never actually led. This time, though, I was the only violinist on call, so there was no backing out. 😛

There was a lot of time spent practicing, and the actual day was so full-on with two other music-related commitments earlier in the day, then the bush dance that night. I was so exhausted by the end of the night, I was practically asleep, but I absolutely loved every second of it.


Murder mystery/dress-up birthdays.

I went to my first ever murder mystery party in February, which was so much fun. I even guessed the murderer (though it was mostly a fluke).

One of my best friends (practically-my-sister) had a steampunk/pirate themed birthday, and I went along complete with a top hat an a machete.

If you don’t have friends who will dress up and be nerdy with you, you’d better find some more friends. 😉


Highlight. Of. My. Year.

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, and it’s hailing all the way back to January, but I can’t not mention this in an update because it’s been months but I still look back on the amaaazing night I had at the For KING & COUNTRY concert.

Every time I think about it, I get this huge swell of excitement all over again.


Lots of life busyness.

Day-to-day things take up so much time, don’t they? 😛 It’s amazing how busy you can be without doing anything special.

I feel like I’ve been pretty full on with all the different little things, but it’s all good.



And that’s a bit of an update from me! Lots of things have happened, but that’s the adventure of it. 😀


Tell me about what’s been going on in your life! What books have you been reading? Are you a Marvel/Avengers fan?

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. Aposhipolepo

    Hi Jane, Nice post!
    I have never seen the Quenarden books, what are they about? Are they any good? The first (and possibly only) murder mystery party I went too was for a family friend’s 21st over ten years ago. Still was fun.

    Also nice paper rose.

    • Jane Maree

      They’re pretty good. Not the most amazing, in comparison to most of the books I read, but they’re fun. Those three were a reread to give my brain a bit of a break. 😛 They’re Australian books, about a trio of teenagers who stumble into a fantasy world and basically have to save the realm from the ever dragon-like ruler.

      Thanks, haha! It’s actually one that Clare made and I just borrowed it for a photo. 😉

  2. M Kenechi Duatron

    CONGRATULATIONS on ASoG!! I’m seriously gonna buy it when it comes out!!! Also, EEEEEPPPPPPP, Romanov! I. Will. Buy. Them. All. 😱

    • Jane Maree

      EEK stop it, girl. Just thinking about the possibility of you holding my book in your hands one day… 😭😘

  3. Angela Watts

    I love your life updates! 🙂 SOO glad you’ve been having a great time.

    • Jane Maree

      Thank youuu. I’m so glad they’re interesting, haha. 😄

  4. S.F. Dekreel

    Okay, I have a question about Marvel. I want to watch all the movies in chronological order, but I’m also being driven crazy by all the spoilers that I’ve had to dodge from Endgame and Infinity War. So what should I do? Should I go ahead and watch them without worrying about the rest of the movies, or keep watching them in chronological order until I get to the new ones, or maybe watch CERTAIN movies before I watch the new ones?

    • Jane Maree

      Well I actually haven’t watched all the Avengers movies, let alone all the Marvel movies. 😂 When I watched Infinity War, I think I’d watched GotG (1 and 2), Capt. America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Cap: The Winter Soldier, and Thor 1.

      So you definitely don’t HAVE to have watched all the movies and certainly not in order. I think it’d be good to at least have watched the first two Captain America ones and the first Avengers one, and have a general/vague spoiler knowledge of the movies in between. 😛

  5. Evelyn Kelly


    Aaaanyways….. *coughs*

    Bush dance sounds like so much fun! Also, I’m so glad you have friends that like dress-up parties. Maybe I do need to go on a friend-hunt. XD 😉


    This post made me too happy. xD

    • Jane Maree

      YES, AAAHHHH. 😭 So many tears.

      Come to Australia! I’ll host a bush dance for you. 😛 Friends who do dress-up parties are a must, really. 😆

      Stoooop it, you’re making me squeal so hard. 😊 Thank you so much, Evelyn! 💕

      • Evelyn Kelly

        *squeals harder because she made Jane squeal*

  6. Mem

    Ooh, YAY! A life chat post!!! 😀 OH. MY. WORD. I seriously just read Renegade Skyfarer. DID YOU LIKE IT??? :-O I sure did. 🙂 YES ENDGAME. WE NEED TO DISCUSS IT BECAUSE IT WAS AMAZING. XD Congrats on finishing the first draft of Princess!!! *throws confetti* I’ve been loving it so far. 😀 <33 And EEEE about ASoG!!! I've been hearing about this story since you first came up with it and I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT. *screams* XD A bush dance sounds like fun!!! And that murder mystery sounds like it was fun. 😀

    • Jane Maree

      Yeess, it’s been ages since I’ve done one. I always feel like mine are boring, to be honest, but maybe that’s just me. 😅

      Really? That’s so cool. I did enjoy it! (Though it didn’t get to five stars.)


      Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I can’t wait for you to read it either! Hopefully that day won’t be too far in the future. 😉

  7. Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

    Wow, you’ve read a lot of great books this year so far! I love Moon Blood (which sounds morbid to type and say out loud XP).

    I haven’t seen any Marvel movies but I really, really want to see Captain America: The First Avenger. I don’t know why exactly, but it probably has something to do with the fact that Richard Armitage is in that one. 😀

    Oh my goodness A Sprig of Green is going to be so amazing!!! I foresee great things coming from your keyboard. 😉

    A bush dance sounds fun! I’ve never even been to a barn dance sadly… and I’m a farm girl! XD

    My dad and I are going to a for King & Country concert this summer!!! I can’t wait. 🙂

    Sorry for the long comment… 😀

    • Jane Maree

      So gooood. Moonblood is great!! (Ahh, you’re so right though. 😂)

      I really liked The First Avenger! It’s got some great themes in it, and it’s worth watching if you’re going to watch any of the Marvel movies.

      Awww, thank you!! (Don’t mind me squealing over here.)

      YES FOR KING & COUNTRY! You’ll have to tell me all about it when you go! 😍

      • Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

        Oops; I mean this fall/autumn. I was mixed up about when the concert was. 😛

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