Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Back in the Nook

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006As the cold air settles in, I find myself gravitating to certain areas in the house. On sunny weekend afternoons, it’s my writing nook. I’ve mentioned this space in a previous post, but this year it feels extra warm and toasty.

Last year at this time, we were dealing with the aftermath of a burst pipe and the water damage left behind. Workmen, ladders, dust and ripped up flooring invaded some of my favorite writing spots, including my nook. I was forced to write in tiny areas outside of the construction zone.

Recently as I entered the nook, the warmth from the late autumn sun greeted me and I felt at home. After months of writing on the patio, when the weather cooperated, on the dining room table, or at my larger desk in my office, everything felt right, back in my nook.

The winter sun fills this room.

The winter sun fills this room.

I’m not a fan of winter, so I seek comfort in this cozy little corner of our home. I did a quick dusting and went to work. Several hours later, I emerged from the nook. I had written two blog posts and a rough draft of a short story I plan to submit, but not until I spend several more hours in the nook editing.

Is there a place in your home where you gravitate to at certain times of the year?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

66 thoughts on “Back in the Nook

  1. What an inviting spot for creativity, Jill! I especially like the flowers and that your spot is tucked away in a corner. I don’t have a permanent writing spot. Pretty much write wherever I am with my laptop. However, in the summer I tend to write either at my backyard or front yard patio. In the winter, I’m most likely to be wrapped in a blanket at the kitchen table or next to the fireplace on the couch in the den.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Like your seasonal touch of snow.

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    • Hi Jolyse! Although this is one of my spots, I’m like you, I don’t have a permanent spot. I guess I’m like a Nomad. I know in the summer, you’re outside by the pool, in your sandals sucking up the sunshine…unless of course, you’re in Key West. 🙂
      Oh yes, being wrapped in a blanket is a must during those cold winter months. Stay warm and enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Good morning, Jill. What a neat little corner for your writing “world!” Fortunately, I, too, have my own “spot,” a room with plenty of bookshelves lining one wall and cabinet with printer, etc., on the other wall. In front of my writing desk are the two windows that look east, out across the fields where the water tower stands guard alongside the Union Pacific tracks. Whenever I get stuck on what to write, I look out and enjoy the various goings-on of a red tailed hawk patrolling the area, or another freight train heading to or from Chicago. Like you, this is my comfort zone where I can write and enjoy it all! Have a great weekend. 🙂

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    • Hi Mark! I’m picturing your space, but I might need a photo to get a true vision. 🙂 It does sound like a perfect space.
      Besides my Nook, I’ve commandeered the dining room table, which I recently de-cluttered. I had piles of papers and puzzles everywhere…it was a mess. My larger office is a space I like to use for thinking, although I wrote my first NaNo project in that office. It’s a good space to brainstorm. Have a great weekend, Mark!

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  3. Glad you got your nook back! I have a den that was taken over for years by my husband. I reclaimed it over a year ago. Now it’s my nook again. 🙂 (But no worries. He has his own space, too!)

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  4. I have my office. It’s convenient. The windows are big and sunny and there is always a cat or two about. So glad all the construction is behind you!

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  5. Your’s is a tidy corner. I have my writing space and my thinking space (which is a large part of my writing process). I am on the porch overlooking The Jungle, my garden, to think, and in the comfort of my den to write and sprawled all over the place.

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  6. I remember your pipe bursting fiasco! Glad you can put that behind you. 🙂 “There’s no place like nook”…

    I am still recovering from my loca familia, they left on Tuesday. Yesterday I was cozy in the comfort of my nook called, my bed! It was heavenly. I plan on resting this weekend and then next week I will begin decorating the house for Christmas.

    I hope you are doing well, I got worried with no new post today! xoxo

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    • Hi Maria! Oh gosh, the pipe bursting was a fiasco. I can still hear the sound of the water gushing.
      Ha ha! I’m so happy you’re relaxing in your nook. You need to rest after having your family in town. Before you know it, everyone will be back in the house for Christmas.
      I miss your posts, but I know you’re adjusting to a different kind of life. Enjoy your weekend, Maria! xo

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  7. My goodness, was that a year ago already? Hasn’t the year flown by!! Your nook looks cosy even in photos, no wonder you gravitate to it. My art room gets the afternoon sun and at this time of the year it is my favourite place to be – I just need to find the time to get in there xoxo

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    • Hi Pauline! I know, can you believe it? It was actually a year ago in October. Where does the time go? There’s nothing better than the afternoon sun, especially when it’s cold outside. If I were in your house, I’d have a hard time finding the perfect nook. From what I’ve seen, every room in your house is so inviting and the colors are beautiful and relaxing. Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Oh how lovely your nook is. Very cozy. Love the green tulips with your green lamp. 🙂
    My apartment is small so I usually write at my computer desk. But I have a blue high back armchair that I drift to when I want to sit and read. It’s near my bookcase. I would take a picture of it, but three of my bookshelves collapsed. So many of my books are in boxes. Not a pretty sight.

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    • Hi L. Marie! Well, you noticed the green tulips and the green lamp, but did you notice the beautiful green flower that was crocheted by YOU? 🙂 It fit perfectly in that space.
      Oh my, your bookshelves collapsed? This could very well happen to me. Perhaps you can ask Santa for a few new bookcases. Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. How pretty your nook looks! Flowers even. Best wishes for many productive hours there.
    I have a whole room, but it’s always a mess, because I file on the floor. And the bed. And anywhere else there’s space.
    Theresa

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  10. Lovely nook Jill! very tranquil -looking 🙂 I love all that green – flowers, candles, lamp (it must be your favourite colour). I also like the light streaming in. It rains almost daily here in late Fall/Winter so I try not to sit by a window at this time of the year (all that grey can be quite depressing). I write at the kitchen table with a bowl of fruit (oranges at the moment) for company 😀 – very invigorating – xx

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    • Hi Yolanda! Thanks, it is a peaceful space. Yes, I do love that lighter color green, it’s very relaxing for me. I agree, too much grey sky can be very depressing. What a great idea to brighten things up with fruit on the kitchen table. I predict great things will be written from that table. 🙂 Have a great week! xo

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  11. Jill I am envious of your little space for creating. Everything I create is completed at the kitchen table. I feel sorry for my husband when he gets home from work and it is covered in pencil shavings or manuscript pages. I am trying to imagine a little studio in my head and bring it into the universe…patience is not my strong skill. But I am slowly learning that all things come eventually if I work hard enough.

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  12. I think it is lovely that you have a special place that calls to you with the seasons. My nook is my bedside table too and it’s a year-round escape place – my little corer of the world.

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    • Hi Dor! Isn’t it nice to have a ‘little corner of the world?’ Yes, as seasons change, I tend to migrate like our birds. The front guestroom, where the nook is located, isn’t very inviting in the summer months because of the sun. Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Can I borrow your spot, Jill? It does look cozy.
    In our computer room, I have a view of the mtns., and sometimes that’s not very wise. When I have to seriously get down to business and make a deadline, I leave the big computer, pack up my laptop, and go to the wonderful small library in Old Colorado City nearby. It was built in 1939, has polished hardwood floors, and easy chairs with little tables scattered all over the library. I love it, and at the end of successful hours of writing I go across the street and reward myself with a latte at the coffee house.

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    • Hi Marylin! You’re welcome anytime. Oh, the library sounds heavenly. I would definitely be gravitating to a space like that. It’s nice that you give yourself a special treat, I need to try that. Enjoy the weekend!

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  14. Your nook looks cozy. I can’t sit at a desk so any recliner and my laptop work. Since this home is new to me, I have no idea where the best spot is. I’ll figure it out with time. Sorry to hear about plumbing problems. Those can be messy.

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    • Hi Marlene! Although it can be stressful, it’s exciting to be in a new home. You’ll be able to migrate from space to space until you find the perfect spot. Enjoy it! Thankfully, the plumbing problems are way behind us…at least for now. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend!

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  15. Oh I adore your writing nook Jill, it really does look so cosy. I remember all you went through last year with the water leak, what a nightmare for you and so glad it’s all over now. My summerhouse is cold at this time of year as you can imagine, but I have a little fan heater which keeps me cosy 🙂 I hope you and DFD have a wonderful warm and snug weekend, and I’ll catch up with you soon 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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    • Hi Sherri! If you ever come for a visit, I’ll make room in my nook for you. 🙂 Oh yes, the bursting pipe was a long drawn out ordeal, much like your dishwasher fiasco. Wouldn’t it be nice if nothing ever broke? Keep that fan heater going, it’s obviously working for you. I loved your recent flash fiction! DFD sends his love. Enjoy your weekend and stay warm! xo

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      • Oh I would so love that Jill, I really would 🙂 And I’m planning on it 😀 I wanted to say again, how much your beautiful comment over at Sarah’s blog for my story blessed me…you are a sweetheart Jill, you really are. I hope you and DFD had a wonderfully cosy weekend…and send my love back to him and to you too of course! Have a great week, as stress free as possible I truly hope and I’ll email you soon 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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      • We would have such fun! My comment on Sarah’s blog spoke the truth, you’re a bright light in so many lives, Sherri. xoxo

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      • Oh yes Jill…so much fun 😀 Ahh…you bless me greatly my dear friend, you really do… xoxo ❤

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  16. I have several spots in this huge place to escape and explore the minutia of my mind – likely, my favorite is an upstairs nook with a window and big stuffed chair…my daughter on her last visit made it her favorite nook. Maybe that had something to do with it becoming my favorite. She’s blond like you and sends me all the ‘blond jokes’! She is cherished! xo

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    • Hi Billy! I’m imagining the possible spaces in your beautiful home, I’m sure there are many. In the spring, it would be nice to sit outside and admire the land. I like that your daughter gravitated to your nook. 🙂 Ha ha…my father sends me the ‘blond jokes.’ Perhaps I’ll pass them along to you. 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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  17. I enjoyed this sharing of your beloved place to write, Jill. I like the serene and peaceful light celery green details, which can put your mind in a good place to write. I think outdoors is a great place in the Spring through Fall months, depending on the day. I tend to write at my dining room table, but my bedroom is my retreat to curl up under a blanket and read. I used to do this in the living room, but the temptation to turn on the television and just ‘escape’ comes more often in the winter months. Thanks for sharing this lovely ‘nook!’

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    • Hi Robin! I’m glad you enjoyed taking a peek at one of my writing spaces. I love seeing people’s creative spaces, it’s an obsession of mine. Oh yes, the celery green is one of my favorite colors, its so relaxing. I agree, outdoors in the spring and fall are great spaces to get creative. Like yourself, I also write at the dining room table. I recently had to do a major de-cluttering, I had piles everywhere. Enjoy your weekend!

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  18. Definitely a very cozy spot, and I love the green touches. Well, I gravitate to the kitchen, where my laptop is because I can be with all the cats, near the food haha, and be available for my business work. But in late morning, if I can take a little time for writing, I like my office, which is at the other end of the house, with windows on 3 sides and in my favorite colors of ivory, black, and coral.

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  19. Your nook looks inviting Jill. I have an office but really never use it, out of my whole house I usually always end up in a comfy chair in corner of my bedroom. It all happens there – reading, writing, sitting. It’s a cozy spot like your nook. 🙂 Enjoy your space!

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    • Hi Geralyn! Oh, a comfy chair sounds very nice. It’s wonderful to have a cozy spot where everything happens. I guess my ADD keeps me bouncing all around the house. 🙂 Thanks again for sharing your recent hike, I loved it! Happy Weekend!

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  20. I love your little nook, Jill. So glad all the construction is over so you can once again be all cozy in your favorite writing spot. Now if you don’t mind sharing, could you send me some of that Autumn sun. I’ve almost forgotten what it looks like. 🙂

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  21. Love the green tulips! 🙂 I don’t really have a space. I just sit in the armchair in front of the window so I have the best light, and submerge in my laptop. It can be very distracting sometimes though. You sound very focused and productive, Jill. 🙂

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  22. Hi Jo! I love the tulips too…they’re my favorite color. I think your creative space mostly exists beyond the walls of your house, based on your fabulous photos! ‘Focused and productive’…well, I have my moments, but my Kindle and jigsaw puzzles are my biggest distractions. 🙂

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  23. I wish I could show a photo of my workspace but it’s too much of a mess… I keep meaning to work on it! My office is a loft that overlooks my living room and some floor to ceiling windows. Stairs lead up to a glass door so I can see out on my roof deck. I spend a lot of time up here on the computer, eating most of my meals, watching TV… I even have a daybed if I suddenly need a nap!

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    • Ha ha! That’s okay, I have a good imagination. 🙂 It really sounds like a great space! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I apologize for the slow response…your comment was hidden in to be “approved.” Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  24. In front of the fireplace! There’s something soothing about a warm beverage and a hot fire.

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  25. I’m a fan of curling up on the couch with a book.

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  26. That is a very cozy place Jill. TBM wrote my comment! Only thing I would say different is I do all my blog reading and commenting from the couch.. 🙂 We always gravitate to the four seasons porch but it is really special this time of year. Good Morning!

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  27. Anywhere near the wood stove in winter; the porch/garden whenever the weather is beautiful; and the kitchen all year long!

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  28. You have a peaceful, cozy nook, Jill. It’s very inviting. I spend time in my study. I haven’t been spending much time in it of recent though. Time surely flies – one year already since the bursting pipes!! Have a great week.

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  29. What a lovely nook, Jill! And sorry I’m late to your post! I was quite sick starting mid-Thursday and only went back to work yesterday (not that I wanted to, but I was well enough so I went 😉 ). The corner of my couch is often my “nook” during the winter. We have a large ottoman so I can put my feet up, rest my laptop on my lap and just type. But when I need to edit or set up blog posts, etc., I (almost) always use my desktop computer in my bedroom. I have spent hours sitting there working, although it’s not as inviting as your nook 😉
    Happy Wednesday!

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    • I was so sorry to hear you were sick, Marie. When you post a blog and close comments, I know you’re not well. Perhaps the stress of NaNoWriMo just ran your body down? I remember the first year I participated, I got a horrible cold at the beginning of December. Hopefully you can rest up this weekend. Your “nook” on the sofa sounds pretty nice. 🙂 I love a large ottoman…throw on blanket and you’re set! Take care of yourself. xo

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  30. You make it sound wonderful Jill. If I’d been born in the old days and had a big house I’d have loved a ‘den’ where wife and children weren’t allowed. As it is I have a small though wonderfully-appointed apartment and my routine rarely changes.

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    • Hi Roy! It’s great on sunny winter days, but if there’s no sun, it’s freezing. 😦 Obviously your apartment is conducive to cranking out books. Congratulations on your new release this week! It appears your routine is working for you.

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  31. Love my home office. The first 20 years we were married I didn’t have a place to call my own. We lived in apartments, then a 4-room mobile home (not counting bathrooms) where 3 out of 4 rooms were common space and the 4th “guest room” turned into Steve’s computer room. So even though we have lived in the “new” house over 16 years, I am grateful daily for the room that is JUST mine. There is a 15-ft turret shaped alcove on one end with windows 2/3 of the way down – and my desk sits in the middle of it. I’m surrounded by scads of books, shelves of pottery, my over-sized antique desk and messy stacks of papers (important stuff like blog-fodder, jotted notes and get-to articles) I proudly claim because it’s MY space! Having said all that, I’m with you about writing outside when the weather cooperates!

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    • Hi Shel! Your space sounds wonderful. I’m happy you have a place to call your own, you deserve it! I hope one day you’ll do a post with pictures of your space. Not that I’m a ‘Peeping Tom’, but I love seeing people’s creative spaces. 🙂
      Yes, nothing beats writing outdoors when the weather is beautiful. It’s unfortunate we have many months to wait.

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