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Amy SchubertTwo days ago I told you I needed a little RIGHT NOW project. Here we go …

Currently I am….

Watching: Just finished House of Cards and The Jinx. Took myself to see Newsies (the stage musical version) for my birthday. Watched the first episode of the new Game of Thrones season. Next I’m thinking about Mad Men season 7 (part 1) that just showed up on Netflix. There are SO MANY great shows I need to see!

Reading: Just started Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein. Not too far in yet, but I loved her first 2 books. Also looking for and poring over actual court documents and transcripts and things for murder trials, since I’m writing a murder mystery right now. Next, I think I’ll start a history book.

Listening: I’ve been catching up on podcasts while I shower. Currently binge-listening to Stuff You Missed in History Class (Ethan Allen, Lady Juliana, etc). I love history.

Making: I haven’t been *making* anything lately other than lots and lots of pages of notes for this murder mystery I’m writing. Between the actual murder details, the investigation details, the characters, the town, all their secrets and betrayals and interactions …. PLUS getting all the legal stuff accurate….. There’s a LOT of planning going into this series before even beginning writing. It’s SO MUCH FUN!

Feeling: Behind. Constantly behind. That’s the thing about working for yourself — you always have work to do. You can just do 40 hours/week and call it a full time job, but in reality you probably have another 100 hours’ worth of work to do. Working on feeling ok with never being caught up.

Planning: To go to Phoenix next weekend. My grandmother died Monday morning, and we will be having a memorial for her. Also hopefully planning to visit some friends a few weeks after that, but nothing is set yet. I need to travel. I need to get out of the house.

Loving: Working for Sterling & Stone. It’s only a few hours a week, and it’s not even anything super impressive. But I KNOW I am needed and appreciated there. AND it helps me get in front of more readers (for whenever I do eventually finish the books I’m working on). This weekend I’m going to Austin for a live event with them and I’m really looking forward to it!

What’s going on with you?

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Projects to capture your RIGHT NOW story

I’m catching up.

February and March have kind of been a wash for me, but I am getting back in it! I need a little jolt of completing a project to get the ball rolling again. I need a little RIGHT NOW memory keeping project. Baby steps.

Here are some of my favorites …

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This project — with cards and stamps — from rukristin papercrafts is the simplest project. I love it. I love it! I love how easy it is. I love that I just grab a card and jot down a list and then I’ve got a little bit of my right now story recorded. I don’t do these on any kind of schedule, but just whenever I am feeling it.

Grab some Currently List cards for yourself here.

30 Days of Lists

You already know … this project is close to my heart. Kam and I have been running this jouraling challenge 2 or 3 times each year since 2011. I have lost count of how many times that is. I love my little stack of #30Lists minibooks.

For a 30 day period, you just commit to journaling a short list on a given prompt. Something like ‘books on my to-read list’ or ‘places I’ve lived.’ Easy. 5 minutes. Capture your RIGHT NOW.

One Little Word

This year my One Little Word is Practice (photo above is from 2014), and each month I get an email from Ali Edwards with a new project to record my Right-Now story of how my word is.

Something simple like a little journaling or a vision board or a collection of photos. Just an easy RIGHT NOW project to represent the work done that month. This is the 3rd year I’ve taken Ali’s class and I still love it.

January RESET

This project is new for me this year. I’m still feeling it out, but so far I love it and I think it could be a really great project to do year after year. I’m working on a 3-month check in now to add to this book and it’s so great to have this spot to record my progress on this year’s goals. I am so looking forward to what this looks like at the end of the year.

What are your favorite RIGHT NOW projects?

P.S. 10 projects to capture your summer (which is either coming up, or just finishing, depending on where you live)

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5 (more) fast facts

Amy T SchubertJust for fun ….

I get stress headaches … and I massage my own scalp to help them go away. I worked 32 hours/week while I was going to college, and I basically had a headache through ALL of grad school. Literally every day. My mother used to tell me to go to the doctor, but it all went away after I graduated, so ….

I eat frozen vegetables …. frozen. It’s the perfect snack for a hot day. Instead of chips or candy, for example. I’m especially fond of frozen corn and frozen green beans.

I have terrible luck with technology. The worst. Through no fault of my own. I will be doing all the requisite backing up of data and the phone will fail. Andrew has used the same laptop and hard drive for 8 years, while I have gone through …. like 4 or 5 hard drives in that time. If someone drops their phone 75 times and doesn’t crack, I’ll just drop mine twice and it will fall apart.

I feel like my hair is blonder when I blow-dry it. Why would that be? I have no idea. I’m sure it’s not ACTUALLY blonder, but it feels that way.

I’ve never seen some ‘classics’ like The Simpsons, Citizen Kane, Veronica Mars or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’m sure there is a long list of TV shows and movies that I *should* watch. The Simpsons is the one that comes up over and over again.

Also, bonus fast fact: Today is my birthday! I’m going to the theater tonight to see the National Touring cast of Newsies and I am SO EXCITED!!

P.S. I realize I haven’t been around here a lot in the last month+. I have a TON of stuff going on and I’ll tell you all about it sometime. In the meantime I plan on being back here soon OR check out my author site here (I’m in the middle of 3 different books to release in the next 6 months or so).

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#30Lists Blog hop! Join us for an easy journaling challenge

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Listing begins on Sunday! But today we wanted to share a peek at what kind of fun creative challenge you can expect in March.

Today is the 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop and you’re invited to join in on the fun!

What is a blog hop? A blog hop is basically when a lot of bloggers post about the same thing and encourage their readers to go visit the others as well.

Today we’re sharing list prompts taken from the (still free) March 2011 challenge!

This is my actual list from back then …. Things I am good at

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In case you can’t read my handwriting, the list reads:

  • wedding photography
  • writing
  • customer service
  • cooking
  • singing
  • making Andrew laugh
  • no drama
  • saving $
  • planning trips
  • scrapbooking and other creative-like activities
  • reading
  • academia

Now, five (!!) years later, the only thing I might change it to take off wedding photography (haven’t done it in years) and to add editing (learn more about what I offer here).

Otherwise, my life and activities and skills haven’t changed much.

Now, if only I could get paid for singing musicals loudly while I cook :)

Ambassadors & Sponsors taking part in the blog hop today:

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Go to the March 2011 30 Days of Lists site
  2. Choose one of those list prompts
  3. Create your list — on a post-it, digitally, art journal, however you like.
  4. Post your list in a blog post* today
  5. Share a link to your blog in the Blog Hop Facebook Post

*Don’t have a blog? Share your list on Instagram or Flickr and leave a link to your photo instead! That way, other Listers can find your work and see what list you selected.

DON’T FORGET: It’s not too late to register for the March 2015 edition of 30 Days of Lists – simply click here and you’re a few clicks away from accessing the private site and getting into the private Facebook group!

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I am basically behind on everything, but this week I went to a concert with my husband, finalized the book cover for my first novel, and delivered the the 4th manuscript for as many editing clients in as many weeks. Feels GOOD.

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