Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Cozy Writing Place

I was away the last Tuesday I was supposed to post, at the Big Family Wedding in Oklahoma. It was a smashing event, right down to the photo booth with faux mustaches. To view me, in said mustache, you must visit my blog. (Fabulous Mustache Picture)

But as much fun as the wedding was (Cakes! In Jars!) it is great to be back home at Cozy  Mystery Magazine.

And thanks for the invitation to share our writing spaces, Deb! I'm glad yours has a dog in it. Dogs make everything cozier.

So, about my cozy writing place. Now that I have my spandy-dandy netbook, I can write anywhere. I like the fourth floor of our downtown library because of the sweeping views of the Portland, but I mostly write from home.

I have a proper office area, a nice nook with a sliding door to the deck and a window that overlooks the yard. Before I had fully committed to the writing life I kept my sewing machine in the nook. Now the sewing machine is in the craft closet and the netbook gets the place of honor.

While I do work in my office, the cozier place to write is the den. (a den and an office, you ask? Is this another McMansion? By no means, it's just a 50 year old ranch house, creatively arranged.)

Here are a few pictures of me in my cozy den. Key features that make the den a great place to write: the electric fire box with real-ish flames, the big cork board for keeping track of things, and the fuzzy, warm mutt, Dr. Watson.

(I'm in all of these pictures because they were from a home-photo shoot for Christian Women's Voice Magazine.)

Do you have a place at home where you can be creative? If you aren't a writer, what satisfies your creative passions?

Traci Tyne Hilton is a mom, Sunday School teacher, novelist, and award winning playwright from Portland, Oregon. She is madly working on her next mystery series which has finaled in the Books of Hope Contest at Write Integrity Press and has an impending deadline.

Traci earned a degree in History from
Portland State University and lives in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest with her husband the mandolin playing funeral director from Kansas, their two daughters, and their dog, Dr. Watson.

More of Traci's work can be found at


  1. Enjoyed seeing your writing spaces Traci! Thanks for sharing.
    Deborah Malone
    "Death in Dahlonega"

  2. : ) You are welcome! I didn't notice this post had stayed in "draft"! I thought I had it scheduled to roll out this morning. I didn't get back online until evening--loooooong day helping with vision screenings at my daughters' grade school.

  3. Thanks for inviting us into your writing world, Traci! I especially like the fireplace - real or not. Gets the job done!

    Now, back to work!

    ~ Nancy Jill

  4. Thanks Nancy! I agree, it takes the chill out of the cold, dark winter days just fine.


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