December Updates and Onward to 2020!

by | 6 December 2019 | Life, Writing | 8 comments

Somehow November passed by in a whirl of busyness and there’s only twenty-six days left in the year. 🙈

For once, I don’t feel like I’ve been totally left behind in a swirl of craziness! The year has been full, but I feel like I’ve been more present and more intentional. I’ve learned so so much this year, it’s crazy.


Anyway, this post is going to be a bit of a rambly wrap-up and chat about some November things, some December things, and some changing things in the future! So grab a cup of tea or coffee (or whatever you like to drink) and lets chat!



The Writing Things!


I kind of knew this was inevitable at the beginning of the month, but…I didn’t hit 50k for NaNo. It was a full month, and even though I was writing almost every chance I got, I didn’t actually get many chances.

I wrote on a total of 10 days in the whole month, and tallied up to 6,700 words of progress in my edits of The Chasm Between Secrets.

At first I thought I’d struggle to admit that I couldn’t do it this year, because I had a streak! And I hate breaking that!! But by the time the end of the month rolled around, I was content. I did all the writing I could manage, and that’s so much better than if I’d tried to push myself way too hard to get to the magical word count.


So this is a note to anyone else who didn’t meet their NaNo goals: that’s cool! We’re here together! Different stages of life mean we have different opportunities and things taking up our time. It’s one of the adventures of life: no NaNo is the same as the last one. 💕


Just this week Nadine Brandes introduced me to an amazing writing tool called WriteTrack, and I’ve been using it to help stay on track with my writing on The Chasm Between Secrets as well as some editing for clients. You can set goals and customise what days you’ll have more time to write on, and it’s just amazing. Go check it out if you haven’t heard of it before because it’s saving my life and this is only the third day since I discovered it. 😅

I’ve got a 15k goal for TCBS this month, and I’m currently on track! Hopefully by the end of this month, I’ll be around one third of the way through the book, then I can finish this draft in January!



The Life Things!


I feel like December always gets super busy. Am I the only one?

There’s been a fair bit on in the last two months. I started working for Havok Publishing, started setting up and planning for a private music teaching business I hope to do next year, did a lot of bookish launches, hung out with church family doing ministry things…

It’s just a lot of little, every day things that fill up the schedule, but it’s been great.


Now Christmas is just around the corner and I’m pumped!! My bookshelf is decorated, I’ve been listening to my Christmas playlist, and I’m surprisingly organised as far as gifts go this year. It’s a true miracle. 😂


Next Year? (*distant screaming*)


It’s nearly 2020! I know there’s nothing really special about the new year, and “every day is a fresh start” but I always feel more inspired at the beginning of a year. There’s just something about it that feels different.

2020 will be bringing some changes around here!

First of all, I hope I can get my book done and sent to publishers!! It’s up to God what happens with that, but I’m excited! Most of the updates about that will be happening in my monthly newsletter, so sign up for that if you want to stay updated on all the querying details.


I’ll also only be posting on this blog once every two weeks (or twice a month). 😭 I’ve been struggling to come up with blog posts for the last…year. And people don’t read blogs as much these days, which means I’m putting heaps of effort into a weekly post that barely gives me back anything for all my work.

Thus I have decided to cut back to save some of my sanity. I’ll still be posting. I’ll still be sending out my monthly newsletters. (Speaking of which, December’s is going to go out later this month—I haven’t forgotten!)

If you want to stalk me more regularly, I’m going to continue to be pretty active on bookstagram, so that’ll be the best place to find me most of the time!



I’m going to be taking the rest of this year off from the blog, so this is my 2019 farewell!! 💛 I’ll see you all on the other side.


Tell me some highlights from your year!! How was your November? Do you have any upcoming plans for next year?

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. Evelyn Kelly

    Awww, leaving?
    Well, I shall miss your posts, but I understand entirely. 🙂
    Have a wonderful holiday!

    • Jane Maree

      I’m not leaving forever!! I’ll still be around, just not as much. 💛

  2. S. J. Barnard

    I also had a tough November this year, but I had fun with NaNo! I’m looking forward to your writing journey next year too! I’m cheering you on with your publishing journey 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      Having fun is awesome! Thank youuu, you’re the best. 😘

  3. Mem

    *gasp* Jane is organized with Christmas presents this year??? :-O X’D Congrats on working for Havok!!! That’s so epic!!! 😀 And I totally get only posting every two weeks-I think that’s probably what Imma going to do this coming year. AND 2020 IS AROUND THE CORNER HELP!!! :-O Have an epic Christmas and a wonderful New Year, fren!!! <33

    • Jane Maree

      I know right?? It’s crazy! 😂

      Thank you!! I’ve been loving the opportunity to work in a new and different environment and expand my experience even more.

      I think posting less frequently will be suuuuch a stress reliever. I know I shouldn’t stress about it, but it was just getting to be too much. 🙈 Let’s be more chill together! We can do it!

      Happy New Year, Mem!!

  4. Quinley

    I understand, sometimes it can be hard to come up with frequent blog posts, but Jane I thoroughly recommend blogging whenever you feel like it…otherwise you will burn out. 🙂 Also congrats, about getting to work with Havok!
    So good luck and may the new year bring you new ideas!

    • Jane Maree

      Thank youu. 😊 I’m already feeling much better after a break, and knowing that I won’t be as full on trying to think up a constant stream of posts.

      Thanks! All the best for your 2020 adventures, Quinley! 💛

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