A Cozy Chair and a Room Full of Books!


So I have been terrible about blogging in 2017. I’d like to get back into it because I’ve missed the ROW80 community and hearing what everyone is up to.

So what have I been up to, you might ask? Well, another round of decluttering my home, and trying to really settle in and make this place feel like home. We’ve lived in our townhouse for over a year, but I really need some paint on the walls and some other things to put my own personal stamp on it. That goes hand in hand with decluttering because I want to have less stuff to manage and more open space.

That being said, I think I’ll make my decluttering/decorating/organizing goals part of my ROW80 goals, along with writing and reading.

On the writing front, I’m working on a revision plan for my novella Spellfire’s Kiss. I’m toying with the idea of making some bigger changes to that one, but I want to start sending it out on submission this year, hopefully before summer.

As far as reading goes, this week I read The Cozy Life by Pia Edberg. It’s all about the Danish concept of Hygge, which loosely translates as “coziness” or “homey-ness.” If you don’t know anything about the concept, the book is worth a read—and there are some delicious-sounding recipes included that I want to try! I’m currently reading Autumn Thorns, the first in the Whisper Hollow series by Yasmine Galenorn. It’s all about a spirit shaman who returns to her roots in a small Pacific Northwest town to help wrangle the dead and undead. Picture Supernatural with a strong female lead. I recommend it!

And, on the decluttering/decorating front, I’m trying out some paint samples in the living room with the goal of getting that room painted. My home library is now up and running, complete with a cozy chair and shelves full of my favorite books!

My goals for the rest of Round One:

  • Finish the fifth draft of Spellfire’s Kiss.
  • Continue on my quest to read 40 books in 2017—that’s 10 per quarter, so 10 books per round.
  • Continue with my quest to both declutter and make the townhouse cozier.
  • At least one non-writing related creative endeavor a week—scrapbooking, decorating, cooking/baking, etc.

What about you? How has 2017 been for you?

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9 thoughts on “A Cozy Chair and a Room Full of Books!

  1. First of all, I like the library. It’s very quaint and peaceful.

    As far as how 2017 is going, it’s been good so far. I’m working on developing a writing routine. So I joined this writing club a couple of months back. The goal is to develop writing habits and meet daily word count goals. I did pretty well last month, but I’m feeling a little weary writing every day. I probably missed the point of the writing club. I took a day off this month. Which is fine because I was super busy with work.

    As far as stories go, I have one project in the drawing board stage. My first science fiction story. I hope to start it as soon as my other stories are finished. And I hope to finish the stories before Valentine’s Day, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. I’ll keep plugging away at them.

    Nice to hear from you after quite some time, Denise. Keep up the good work.

    1. George, any writing community that provides support and accountability is good. The more flexible, the better, I think, because we each have our own schedules and goals. I hope it goes well.

      Good luck with your sci-fi story! I’d love to beta-read it when it’s finished.


  2. Can I come read with you?!

    I was introduced to Hygge a few weeks ago, and love the concept. It works better for a family of autodidacts with a diverse array of personalities and interests. “Shabby” seems to be the current state of most of our common areas, but I’m making slow but often sustainable progress, and, finally, everyone in the family is of an age to understand the hows and whys at least in theory…

    In my personal spaces, I’m getting closer. Hometending is something forced on me in childhood, which led to a state of adult resistance, so things aren’t nearly as sweet as I want them to be. But, 27 things at a time, I’m making the changes that will bring me closer to where you are with your library – with my own touches.

    Thanks for reminding me that though there may be a long way to go, I can get there!

    And welcome “home”! We missed you!

    1. I just learned about Hygge myself–on Pinterest, of all places, and more in depth in Edberg’s book. I highly recommend it. Her writing style is conversational and the tips she offers to live a more “Hygge” lifestyle are easy to implement.

      Decluttering is an ongoing process. If I was just starting out and had read a lot of simple living books, I’m sure I’d own less stuff, but over the years I’ve accumulated quite a bit. I’m just trying to pare down. I’ve realized I don’t really like what we commonly refer to as minimalism–it’s a little stark for my taste–but I do want my home to be clean and cozy, so I’m working toward that. Good luck with your adventures in hometending as well!

      And thanks, Shan! I’m happy to be reconnecting with fellow ROW80 folks.

      And you’re welcome to visit my library any time. 🙂

  3. You are doing great! That room looks amazing and cozy. As far as the blog? You’ll get back to it. Sometimes you just need to take a break. But keep on writing! ((Hugs)) 🙂

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