Ready, Set, Hut.


If you’re a writer, admit it. You have always wanted a “writer’s hut.” According to a source close to me, a writer’s hut is a little structure set apart from the bustle of home life, dedicated to eliminating distractions and focusing the efforts of the writer’s mind on the business of writing. So, it’s a lot like Facebook in that way. The writer’s hut is small, often spartan, and does not, in most cases, include a Wii. It looks much like the micro-machine version of a house. The picture above is George Bernard Shaw’s hut which he called “London.” This was so his staff could, without falsehood, tell annoying callers he was away “in London.” I call my bed “Work” for the same reason.

The idea of a writer’s hut has always been a romantic notion for me, right up there with a fire, a pipe and…oh yeah, I almost forgot…a book in print! (Small details.)

I’m sure if I did have a cool writer’s hut I would transition from failure to success as fast as you can say Henry David Thoreau likes Ralph Waldo Emerson and self-mandated, adult time-outs.

Acclaimed children’s author and hutless coveter Jennifer Trafton pointed out this site which features several famous writer’s huts. She referenced it on Twitter with the statement, “I want one.” She succeeds, no doubt, in producing the selfsame envy in others. ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s writer’s hut’ means nothing to acclaimed children’s author and hutless coveter Jennifer Trafton. Nothing.

Here’s Roald Dahl’s hut. Spiffy. I assume he spent most of his time in there learning to spell his own name.

Remember when we helped Evie name her studio/workshop–“The Hatch”–and then that same studio was featured in famous (and as far as I know, hutless) radio sensation Jason Gray’s video? That was fun.

What would you name your writer’s hut? Not like, if you owned a writer and you kept the writer in a hut–like a kidnapping kind of situation–what would you name the hut. I mean if you were, or are, a writer and you had a hut to write in, what would you name it?

I might buy the house next door. This is not a lie. It has a hut and I might write in it and you might end up having named it. Aaaaaaand . . . I might write the great American novel in there (or a really funny tweet) and wouldn’t you feel special if you named it? Yes. Yes, you would.

So, what’s a good name for a writer’s hut?


Do any of you have such huts and can you share pictures and names with us?

(I’m just going to go ahead and say–cough, Aaron Roughton–that Pizza Hut doesn’t count. So don’t even try it.)


  1. Chinwe

    “Here’s Roald Dahl’s hut. Spiffy. I assume he spent most of his time in there learning to spell his own name.”

    🙂 I’m sitting at Panera trying not to chuckle too loudly. Funny stuff.

  2. Dan Kulp

    No such hut in my posession. almost a man-cave in the basement. growing up we used an upper barn room (about 20′ x 30′) as the gathering center known as “The Fort” and the lower heated section used in the winter was “The Pit”, which was mostly the home of long D&D sessions.

    As for you Mr. Smith, there are so many ideas:
    Hut, Hut – going football-y (American style)
    Java Hut – mmm.. coffee
    Word Forge – (tip o’ the hat to Chris Yokel)
    The Pen Den
    The Enclave

    I like “The Well”.
    “The Well” leads to “all’s well that ends well” or ends in “The Well”. While working you are a well-being. Statements are of course “well stated” and others: wisher, said, drinks, and of course well written.

  3. Aaron

    “Jabba” is perhaps too obvious. “Tatooine”, perhaps? “Cybertron”? No…

    “Tullymore”, perhaps, in honour of the little town in ‘Waking Ned Devine’ (it’s St. Paddy’s day today.)

    “The Hermitage”. (Thomas Merton had a version of a writer’s shack at the monastery)

    Or maybe, let’s be honest, “Starbucks”.

  4. JenniferT

    Virginia Woolf once wrote that in order for a woman to write fiction she needs a lot of money and a room of her own (I can only assume she meant a snazzy writer’s hut named something like Lothlorian or Cair Paravel). If she’s right, my career is apparently doomed.

  5. shane

    “Disposed” When asked where you are, the house servants can truthfully reply “He’s in Disposed at the moment.”

    Yes. I think myself clever…

    Yes. I know I think too much…

  6. Aaron Roughton

    Based upon my performance during the Hatch naming, I feel expected to come up with a long list of mildly funny names for the hut, like “S.D. Gigglesnort’s Stewhouse and Bonkery.” But that pressure is keeping me from thinking of anything worth mentioning. So I may or may not participate in this discussion, to be determined by whether or not I particpate.

  7. Dan Foster

    Jabba is perhaps too obvious, but what about “Attila”?

    By the way, I like “the Well”. First thing I thought of was an inkwell. But I like Attila better.

  8. Jon HIMknotmeasles Slone

    I have a “Hut” in the downstairs portion of our home. Its called, “The Upper Room.” (And its downstairs…I know right!) I am a firm believer in figurative huts. My “Hut” is extra cool. You walk in and there it is; desk, lamp, ipod, movies and books on bookshelves. But then, to the left, you will find a closet door. When you open it, it reveals a secret room through a hole in what should have been the back wall of the closet. In THAT room you will discover with rapt attention, more movies and music, my drum-set, stereo and posters of all things, 70’s. Like, Superman 1978, six million dollar man with Lee Majors, Chicago (the band), Young Frankenstein, Jaws and more.

  9. whipple

    So far I like “Enclave.” It cultivates the notion that something clandestine and influential is happening. I do lean, however, toward something that suggests growth and life. “The Furrow,” perhaps?

  10. Matt

    If you call it “Out There,” you’ll have lots of fun with inside jokes (The truth is Out There). Or even better, “Funky Town” (I’ve got to go down to Funky Town to work on my new book). Or you could poke fun at the proprietor and call it “Fork! Factory!”

    I advise against calling it “The Dog House,” though. People would think you were always getting in trouble with the Misses.

  11. Lanier Ivester

    Mine’s called The Bower and it’s a little white clapboard affair a stone’s throw (depending on who’s throwing..not me…) from the kitchen door. I have pictures of literary heroines Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery over the shabby wicker desk and some flea market finds to complete the decor. I spent a week one summer painting the interior robin’s egg blue and making muslin curtains to flutter at the open windows and fitting out an old chandelier with candles and a coat of white spray paint. And every spring I give it a royal cleaning.

    Trouble is, between heat, cold, humidity, mosquitoes and wrens making nests in the brass watering can on the shelf, I’ve been driven into the house more times than I like to admit. Sam, your post has moved me with contrition and shame to avail myself once more of the charms of my rightful possession, elements notwithstanding. After a good spring cleaning.

    It did catch on fire once, if that’s worth something. Philip put it out with a stack of my Victoria magazines.

  12. Jess

    I think I would have to have a million huts just so that I could name all of them (I love naming). How ’bout “Jump in a Lake”? Then you get to say, “I’m going to go to ‘Jump in a Lake'” and everyone will be pleased (even you!). Or you could call it “the Grey Havens”. Then you could sing AP’s song every time you sneak out the back door toward your hut. Or, oh, here’s one for Madame Trafton: “the Restless Mangrove” (yeehaw). Or “Shiloh” (then you have both of the Peterson bros come to mind). OR… “Oxford”! Then you sound smart (“I’m going to ‘Oxford'”) plus you have the Inklings floating around in there if you need someone to talk to. Right, okay, I’m getting carried away. If you name it “the Hut” you should be all right.

  13. Hannah

    The Burrow? Depending how you feel about Harry Potter (literarily – I’m not trying to start a discussion on the theological nuances of fictional magic).

  14. Laura Peterson

    I’ll throw in my vote for The Forge. It does sound nice with “Smith,” plus it implies that good work is being done there (which I’m sure it is.)

    If I had a hut, I think it would be more of a treehouse, because it would have to have stairs so I could call it “The Attic.” I’ve always been not-so-secretly envious of Jo March and her attic and her friendly rat named Scrabble and her jaunty writing cap with the red bow. And her black pinafore that wouldn’t show ink stains. Sigh.

  15. Jess

    By the way, just looking at all of the writers’ huts is coming very close to making me cry. Because they are so beautiful (and also because I have just a tiny bit of jealousy but that doesn’t count). Thanks for the link. 🙂

  16. Hannah

    I think I’d have to go with something geeky. Thus something like The Last Homely House, Caer Dalben, or maybe Feechiefen. I’m surprised no one has mentioned anything of Mr. Rogers’. And I’m sure I could think of thousands of other geekyness, but I will refrain. 🙂

    Actually, if I had a writer’s hut (which I wish very dearly that I did) I know exactly what I’d name it, but I’m not telling ’cause I don’t want you to take it. 😉

    P.S. I’m kind of liking “The Well” if I were to depart from Geekville. Geekville, that’s a good one. “I’ll just be over at Geekville if you need me.” 😉

  17. JWitmer

    I want, I want… out in the middle of a large garden… but I’d settle for an attic room… or maybe a small room opening out into the garden…

    I think I would just call mine “the library”. I’ve always wanted a library…

  18. Michael Ramsay

    This all seems quite personal; but I should think it would be clever if the phone were answered, “No, I’m sorry, he is out to Lunch.” Or possibly “Sam is at The End of His Rope.” Not to mention, “Sam is at Odds with his next book.” If you get caught at home you might say, “Yep, you got me, I’m off My Rocker.” Of course, you might just disambiguate with inquiring callers, “S.D. is has gone to Eschew Obfuscation, please call back later.”

    To go with known literary barrows depends on how you feel about your career prospects. If you are at the bright beginning of a shinning age, Orthanc; if your are sincerely sensible of your sinfulness, Barad Dur or Mordor will keep you humble. Along career lines, it’s best to avoid any references to the Titanic or Lucitania.

    Much of natural philosophy has been focused on exuberant names for holes, nests and hives. You might be at your highest best in your Aerie.

    For myself, living only in the shadow of the foot hills of the piedmont of the great Appalachians, I might go to The Mountains.

  19. Michael Kloss

    There are two bars near my house. One is called the reading room and On My Way Home. As in, “where are you honey?” “On my way home.”

    I think I would call it either Golgotha or Alderaan, if I had such a place.

  20. S. D. Smith


    Oh my. It never fails that my posts are published here on days where I am either out of town (really, but not in London or Geekville) or I’m tyrannously busy.

    Did I invent “tyrannously?” Who cares? Americans? Russians?

    I love these suggestions, wish I had time to really interact with them right now…but thanks! Already I see some doozies.

    What about, “The Doozie?” I have a character in my Fledge stories named Doozie McKenzie who spits tobacco like a nightmarish Roman fountain.

    Dan K, as always, is in top form. Enclave is cool.

    But I think my favorite might be “The Forge,” by Chris Yokel. It does go with this Smiter of a Smith.

    Then people could say, “May the Forge be with you…” or something cooler I’m not thinking of.

    You guys are welcome at my hut, if I someday have it, anytime.

  21. Bethany

    I’d go with Nautilus or Pequod. Elements of isolation, angst, insanity, and imminent disaster. 😉 Can you tell how I feel about my writing? O:

  22. Jen

    I might have hut envy. Those are beautiful!

    I think I’d call mine Lantern Waste and put a lamp post out front, to represent Narnia fan-geekiness and crossing over into a new world. (Plus, lamp posts look cool and writerly) I second Hannah’s suggestion of The Burrow too!

    I may not have a writer hut, but I did name my favorite recording/production studio at the radio station where I work. I call it The Batcave. It’s dark and quiet and has lots of buttons and blinking lights. I don’t think my co-workers are aware of this.

  23. Margret

    I like Arthur, but only if you provide its proper surname: Pendragon. Then you could blame any writer’s block on your hut: Arthur Pen Draggin’!

  24. Nicole M

    A hut!! A writer’s hut!! What a lovely idea!! If I had one, I would name it “The Whimsy”. I know that a room in my house (not the writing room) already has this name but I love it so much, I most certainly would recycle it.

    As for ideas for you, good sir, I think I’m gonna have to agree with “The Forge”. There’s some strong and powerful imagery evoked with a name like that.

  25. Michael Ramsay

    It just occurred to me that all of the Narnia references go too deep into the story. We all missed “The Wardrobe.” This way the person answering the phone has more flexibility:
    “Sam has shut himself up in The Wardrobe again.”
    “Sam is locked in The Wardrobe and he won’t be allowed out until …”
    “Oh, no, I’m not sure where SD is; I think maybe he’s lost in The Wardrobe.”

  26. S. D. Smith


    And the huts just keep on coming. <----pseudo-baseball reference BuckBuck, I think that's one of the nicest things anyone's every said about my writing. It's great to know something I wrote was grilled-cheese-through-the-nose-worthy. Plus, I love your suggestions. Who did you used to be again? Lots of funny comments, yooz guyz.

  27. Seth

    it is the artist’s “man-cave”

    i can’t help but wonder how many better men there would be if the time they spent in their cave was seeking to understand themselves and creatively write to capture as a means of capturing and treasuring that meaning.

  28. SarahN

    All these are amazing. I love how Rabbit Room fans take a shout-out and make it into a quest. 🙂
    I don’t have a hut, but I did make my apartment’s back bedroom into a writer’s den, and I love it. It is filled with maps and cool pictures all over that inspire me, along with my laptop, notebooks, a little art desk that tips up (for improved posture with my laptop), and a bed. The bed is there because I have to put it somewhere, not because writing puts me to sleep! (Really!). I usually just call this room the Den, but my younger siblings call it the Geek Room. This may or may not have something to do with the sword that hangs on the wall between the Lord of the Rings posters…..

  29. luaphacim

    As a hutless wonder, I have little experience with naming huts. However, if I had a hut, I might name it Hutsylvania, as a simultaneous reference to the birthplaces of Count Dracula and Bill Cosby.

    Of course, I would only feel comfortable naming it that if it really looked like a Hutsylvania. If it looked like a Huttsburgh, a Hutston, or a New Hut City, I would probably have to name it something else.

  30. BuckBuck the Nordic Wonderduck

    I write hiding in the bathroom with my laptop. I always put a little piece of toilet paper over the built-in webcam in case the Russians or Big Brother snagged my IP address at that TEA party rally.

    I write in the bathroom because I have a toddler who will usually give me five minutes of quiet contemplation if I make groaning noises behind a closed door.

    Two weeks ago, I was sitting on the toilet trying to write something profound. I had my jeans on. They were pulled up and zipped. I heard little feet approach. I made a groaning noise. It must have been unconvincing.

    The door burst open. My son had a horrified look on his face.

    “Momma!!!! Don’t go poo poo in your big boy PANTS! No! No! NO!!!! Momma! Go poo poo in the POTTY!!! That is GROOOOOOOSS!”

    This is probably too much information. But maybe it will explain some of my type-o’s.

  31. luaphacim

    This is probably as good a place as any to underscore the importance of hut safety.

    According to some impressive and authoritative-sounding statistics, more than 90% of burnt-alive-in-hut deaths could have been prevented if only the huts’ occupants had been better informed as to the huts’ exit locations.

    For this reason, the Commission for Preventing Burnt-Alive-in-Hut Deaths strongly recommends that all hutowners clearly post the following signage on the inner face of their hut-doors: “Abandon Hut, All Ye Who Exit Here.”

  32. Bruce Hennigan

    You need a “hut” to . . ., uh, Romeo shut up! Stop that barking! I can’t hear myself type! So, where was I? Hutt? Yeah, Jabba was a pretty nasty Hutt.

  33. Abbye West-Pates

    Abbye’s hut name: Malcom(b).

    in honor of a street that’s lived on and a priest/poet/songer-singwriter who has a way of making a poem about a copy machine be beautiful. and who has his own writing hut.

  34. Jon HIMknotmeasles Slone

    Someone do me a favor, With pretty much, all of us here being of like mind in some way or another, could some of you respond to the question i posted on the March 15th entry about Eric Peters? I would love to hear some of the answers. The question was, in your opinion, top-five children’s movies of all time? I listed mine over on the march 15th entry.


  35. Ashley Elizabeth

    Well now I have to build a hut. First a house, then a hut. Actually, first a move, then a house, then a hut. Building a hut is apparently complicated and too adult-like for my current tastes.

    Laura Peterson – were we separated at birth? Daily I want to write in a tree house. Sadly, there are none near Congress.

    And Jan- YES! A lamp post is a must. A must! Thinking of putting one outside my office door.

  36. S. D. Smith


    The Bar!

    Every time you walked passed you could say you just “passed the Bar.”

    Ba-shoodah. Your Jedi mind tricks won’t work on me. The winner –in “the clubhouse” (golf/cricket reference)– remains The Forge.

    Jabba can’t use The Forge. But if you did call it that, every time you walked in you could have a voice command say:

    “Greetings, exalted one.”

    I was once at a Writing Class where Orson Scott Card was dropping science on us. On the first day, people were filing in with their laptops and there were about ten of us there, no one talking.

    Some one powered up their laptop and it said “Greetings, exalted one,” as it came on.

    All of us nerds knew we were in good company then. The Hothy ice was broken.

  37. Dan R.

    On that note (even though it’s probably not as good as some others) I feel my suggestion to call it “The Reactor Core” might be appropriate. It would also fit in with some of the other forge-like ideas, such as “The Boiler Room.” On a totally other note, you could call it “The Matrix,” bringing to mind a reference to a different place you might find a “Smith.”
    Personally I also liked “Pequod.”

  38. Sarah

    I admit it! I’ve wanted one since I was seven and made a “house” in my backyard (a circle of sticks under an oak tree) and was furious when my brothers didn’t seem to grasp the fact that they were supposed to knock on the imaginary front door lest they disturb the processes of genius. Sigh.

    As to the naming… I always liked that Dickens character (can’t remember his name right now) who called his place “The Growlery.”

    The Wardrobe sounds pretty cool though.

  39. Fellow Traveler

    Hello @61. Here are what would probably be my personal top five, in no particular order:

    The Black Stallion (Pure movie magic: Cinematography beyond words and a great story.)
    Lassie Come Home (Beautiful and deeply moving.)
    Mary Poppins (Practically perfect in every way.)
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (For Dick van Dyke and some great tunes.)
    Bambi (For its jaw-droppingly exquisite artistic crafstmanship if nothing else.)

    Really, all of the Disney movies up until Walt himself died were excellent. But IMHO it was downhill from that point on. Some other highlights for me from the early days are The Aristocats, The Jungle Book, and Lady and the Tramp.

    I also thought about including Homeward Bound, but that movie seems like it’s not just targeted to children (which I actually mean in a good way). I can’t recommend that one highly enough. The voice actors who give each animal its own distinctive personality really outdid themselves. You really believe that the animals can talk and think for themselves as you watch. It’s hilarious and very touching.

  40. BuckBuck the Nordic Wonderduck

    @61. Ditto _The Black Stallion_.

    Which age group is the intended audience? Below are some of my faves for a wide age range.

    ‘Couldn’t narrow it down more than this. Apologies for that. A few of these might contain a little language/older themes. I tend to search for heart theme and artistry rather than avoidance.

    1.) Simon and the Land of Chalk Drawings (YouTube this. Mini movies.)
    2.) Prince of Egypt (Dreamworks)
    3.) Robin Hood (Disney cartoon)
    4.) A Series of Unfortunate Events
    5.) Sandlot
    6.) Sound of Music
    7.) Little Bear/Kipper (TV)
    8.) Holes
    9.) To Kill a Mockingbird
    10.) The Princess Bride
    11.) Anne of Green Gables
    12.) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    13.) Pixar anything.

  41. Mike

    Got the hut, its full of junk. Got the pipe, my son and wife won’t let me smoke it. I write, but no one will ever read it. I am going to clean out the hut, stash my pipe in there and put in a desk and call it Nimblewill. Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. Loren

    What an awesome laugh to round out a day! (Especially when it ended with a vomiting toddler…I always want to say “womiting” but can’t remember where that quote’s from…. Buck Buck, that’s impressive you can convince your toddler to stay out of the bathroom for a few minutes–Hey! Maybe that’s your secret hut!)

    As for huts, I have dreams that someday our front bedroom will become a gorgeous art/writing studio (big picture window, north light and all). I shall name it–well, it could be almost anything, but since the name hasn’t been taken yet: The Wood Between the Worlds. And maybe we’ll have succeeded in creating a children’s hideout in the attic roof above the room with “lathes” to cross and all.

    And for Jon at #61, I agree with Fellow Traveler on “Mary Poppins” hands down. I’d also go for the original animated “Jungle Book.” It’s hard to decide on others as the ones I liked as an older elementary/middle schooler/adult I haven’t shown my kids yet because they’re too scared by that type of thing (“Sleeping Beauty” comes to mind). The Pixar movies are definitely up there in my book!

  43. Loren

    “Now you know my name is Simon, and the things I draw come true!” Thanks for the walk down memory lane 🙂 . I’ve had that song running through my head for years and years and randomly break out singing it (causing people to give me odd, blank looks). I never knew how to track it down!

  44. Jon HIMknotmeasles Slone

    “They call me yuck mouth, cause I don’t brush…how’s about a little kiss? I got roast beef in my teeth, got some chicken too…HEY, that’s a cavity, hey that’s new…”

    Man, thanks Buck! I had all those memorized as a kid. I use to love, “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!”

    Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins…..forget about it!! He was Jim Carrey before Jim ever existed.

    Why I asked that question was because, as an artist and a writer, I look for others who are creative, to be inspired by then. “As iron sharpens iron.”
    So I think some of the best creativity out there today is in movies deemed for kids. Like “Bridge to Terabithia” and “A series of unfortunate events.”
    Dr. Seuss stuff.
    Roald Dahl stuff.
    Shel Silverstein stuff.
    Willy Wonka with Gene Wilder in it….forget about it!!! And that hair!!

    So that’s why I asked.
    Thanks for the chat.

    Funny stuff Buck about grunting just to get some work done.
    Currently, I am a Mr. Mom to our 2 year old. (A true daddy’s girl!)
    And wow, you really learn to manage your time better! My only writing times are, during her two hour naps, and right now.

  45. BuckBuck the Nordic Wonderduck

    Loren!! A fellow Simon lover!! Woot!

    It’s been a few years since I’ve done the research, but I THINK _Simon and the Land of Chalk Drawings_ was originally produced in Britain for mums to show their kids during afternoon tea. (Note to self: There’s an alternate respite to faux loo-ery.) YouTube used to have some of the UK versions online.

    Captain Kangaroo picked them up eventually. But the theme song and narration changed to x-nay the accent. 🙂

  46. Another Hannah

    If I had a writer’s hut I would consider calling it Narnia, because then I could say I was going to Narnia. Or perhaps I’d call it the Wardrobe for the same reason. If you called your hut the Wardrobe you could say that you were “going through the wardrobe,” to imply that you weren’t just going to sit in the hut, the hut was simply a doorway into your writing. …Or then again, maybe not.

  47. Jen

    BuckBuck: Maybe that story was kind of TMI, but comment #48 made me laugh out loud! that’s amazing.

    Jon: All time? Ahh, those are hard. Can I just list my five personal favorites/most influential when I was a kid? Okay, thanks. 🙂

    1) Most any classic Disney animation… except Snow White and Sleeping Beauty traumatized me when I first saw them. Bambi is just beautiful, and Beauty and the Beast is my favorite “new classic.”
    2) Mary Poppins
    3) My Neighbor Totoro (a little weird, but it makes me happy. Love Miyazaki films.)
    4) The Last Unicorn (old animated movie I’m not sure many remember. I wore this out as a kid. And I love the book even more as an adult.)
    5) Toy Story and/or Finding Nemo. Pixar pretty much rules.

    Oh, and let’s not forget The Princess Bride and The Goonies. Probably not the most appropriate for little kids, but I heart those movies a lot. I think I cheated and picked a lot more than five there…

  48. Katie

    I found my hut.

    Oh it is beautiful. It is quant, romantic and fanciful. I don’t know what I would name it. Never land perhaps. Unfortunately I don’t own this and I would redecorate the inside just a tad. What writing hut is complete unless it has a roll top desk inside and space on the floor to sprawl out and read and write and day dream and wonder. 🙂 Sigh.

  49. Michael Ramsay

    Sarah (#68),
    The character was John Jarndyce from Bleak House – an excellent and oft overlooked Dickens novel. Albeit, I’m not sure The Growlery is appropriate for a labor of love like writing since his Growlery was where he reviewed details of the lifetime litigation that determined the future of his wealth and then tried to make amends for the damage the continuing litigation caused. But, then, what was it that Ester called her home at the end?

  50. Jess

    Hey Katie! That hut you mentioned, it was featured in a (more or less) recent issue of MaryJane’sFarm magazine. Any chance that’s where you saw it first? Anyway, it is gorgeous and inspiring (although I could do with a little less white and lace). Can you imagine owning something like that? Heaven…

  51. Tim

    If I could dream design my own hut on earth it would be a very low tech space (specifically, dusty bricks, aged wood, a love-worn coat of paint, an old but reliable wood burning stove, a window that was difficult to see through for all the bubbles and ripples in the ancient glass, and decored with flowers so perennial they’d care for themselves), but well serviced, electrically, for all the high-tech digital gear it would contain.

    It would also need hi-tech insulation for cold our Colorado nights.

    It would be my Escape Pod.

  52. Jon HIMknotmeasles Slone

    @ Katie, That cottage, in the words of Eric B and Rakim, “Is dope!”

    I too would redo the inside. And I don’t know if my six foot five and a half inch frame would fit…but it would be fun trying!

    Just think, if Roald Dahl were alive today, we could start a writer’s group called “Six-foot-five-and-three-quarters.”

    @ Jen, my top five are,

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
    The Neverending Story (Great theme song!!!)
    Wizard of Oz
    Bridge to Terabithia. (One of the best movies I’ve ever seen. It’s rife with heartache, creativity, imagination, waggery and more!)

    Honorable mention to, A Series of Unfortunate events and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

  53. S. D. Smith


    OK, after all this I’m sticking with The Forge. Good job Chris Yokel.

    The headline in tomorrow’s paper will say, “Yokel Man Names Unowned Hut For Unknown Writer.”

  54. S. D. Smith


    I hate to so cavalierly lay aside the great issue of our era, that of writer’s huts, but OK.

    Caveat: I don’t know what big-kid movies means exactly. My kids are very short.

    Caveat 2: I don’t know what Caveat means (French food?).

    1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Flynn)
    2. The Legend of The Guardians (Owls)
    3. UP (Balloons)
    4. The Incredibles (Spandex)
    5. The Secret Of The Kells (Illumination)

    Top 5, or first five I thought of? No one will ever know except me and the one person I told in case I die.

    (The parentheticals started out for clarity and moved on to stupidity. My general trajectory.)

  55. BuckBuck the Nordic Wonderduck

    Well if you’re absolutely determined not to use, “The Hut Formerly Known as Prince”, you should at least pronounce forge “fɔr-dʒe”(for-jay). And your pen name should be “Jorge” (Hor-hay).

    Then, your secretary can answer the phone with something like:

    “Hey, this is Mae. Every Tuesday, Hor-hay works till midday at the for-jay. So call back, s’il vous plaît.”

    And that would be cooler than cool.

  56. Jen

    @Jon – Oh yeah! Almost forgot about The Neverending Story… I loved that! Haven’t seen it in years though. It was one of my favorite books too.

  57. Jon HIMknotmeasles Slone

    Me, the 40 year old, George Cloony look-alike, six foot five guy who has the affliction called Jesus, of which there is no cure! The chap who remembers what it was like to be a kid lost in the wonder and magic of everyday small things… I’m a bigKid!

    Jesus said, “Those who do not enter the kingdom as a child, shall not enter.”

    The kind of guy who has that kind of child-like faith and an unbridled zest for chasing after the one who first ran after us!

    That’s what I’m talking about.

    This question that i posed is really more for us than it is for a kid. Of course a kid is gonna love Black Beauty and Willy Wonka. The question is, did enough of that ineffable child stay in us, the grown ups?

  58. Jon HIMknotmeasles Slone

    oops, i think that’s, “sense.” You know what they say, really super creative people don’t know how to spell at all.

    Dr. Seuss couldn’t.
    Roald Dahl couldn’t.

    Heck, Mr. C.S. Lewis use to call me up all the time asking me how to spell, “Rife” or “Poppycock” or “Turncoat.” Ruefully, I had to turn him away. I was struggling with, “It” and “With.”

  59. Canaan Bound


    Many from my childhood/youth:

    1) Films like Anne of Green Gables, The Mask of Zorro, The Three Musketeers (1993), Pirates of the Caribbean, Hook, Jurassic Park, White Fang, Lassie, The Grinch, The Secret Garden, Fern Gully, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Troop Beverly Hills, The Parent Trap (1961), Pollyanna, The War, The Man Without A Face, Stand By Me

    2) Shows like I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, Dr. Quinn, and Little House on the Prairie

    3) Videos like On Our Own, the Buttter Cream Gang, McGee and Me, and The Donut Hole 1 and 2

    4) Disney Classics, especially The Lion King, 101 Dalmations, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin

    5) PIXAR films. Mostly Monster’s Inc, Finding Nemo, Cars, and Toy Storys 1, 2, and 3

    Booyah. Take THAT to the bank and smoke it!

  60. Jon HIMknotmeasles Slone

    Holey Grape Nuts! Thats quite a menagerie! I can get down with Monster’s Inc! Toy Story 3 found me with snot-bubbles at the end. Top shelf! Disney’s Peter Pan (1941) wonderful!

    I’ve never seen the Secret Garden. Is it good?

  61. Leighton

    @Jen, (In case you don’t recognize me, I follow this blog but haven’t commented before)

    You said that you loved the Last Unicorn as a kid. Hehe, I watched that one. If you want to read a veritable rant, check out my post on it:

    Sorry, but I had to post that. I go into what the movie is trying to promote, which is some pretty nasty stuff. Overall, it may have seemed like a pretty harmless movie, but it’s got slime in it’s story.

    Tell me what you think in a comment. (yes others can see my reaction to a G rated kid’s movie if they so please as well)

  62. Drew Zahn

    Back to the discussion of huts, as of this moment, I would lean toward naming my hut “baseball.”

    For I have twin 1-year-olds that aren’t particularly happy at the moment, and I’m attempting to write with headphones on just to drown out the fussin’.

    Thus, I imagine a hut named “baseball,” just so I could giggle by repeating Tom Hank’s line from “A League of Their Own”: “There’s no crying in baseball!”

    hehe. Thank you. That was cathartic. I’m feeling much better now, just I like I usually do when reading an SJ.D. Smith post.

  63. dawngreen

    Because my entire family (including dogs, cats, goats and birds) are all male with one notable exception, I have always longed for a tiny retreat in the woods. Maybe someday…..

    I think you settled on the best name for your Forge, but oh how I have enjoyed the discussion. Laughed out loud! Thanks to everyone for sharing such fun. Geeks rule!!!

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