House on the Rock #IWSG Wednesday

It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Thank you to this month’s IWSG co-hosts: Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan, Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantiner! Today I’ll be taking you to the House on the Rock as I answer the optional question of the month:

If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

The House on the Rock

Several years ago, our family visited the House on the Rock. It’s an odd place that seems like the result of hoarding crossed with genius and a dash of madness. The architect, Alex Jordan is an intriguing individual who has elicited strong feelings during his lifetime, and beyond.

For years, I’d heard about his creation. One friend shared stories from her pilgrimage to Spring Green, Wisconsin, where the house is open to tourism from spring to fall. She insisted it was the greatest place on earth. I think that’s a stretch, but our family had a wonderful tie visiting this oddity of architecture.

Genius or Madness?

I was particularly fascinated by the mind behind the house.  There are a couple of non-fiction books that pull back the curtain (in one direction or another).  And although Neil Gaiman included the house in his book, American Gods, there really hasn’t been a novel surrounding the king of kitsch, Alex Jordan, and his…monstrosity?

I would love to write a novel full of conspiracy and questionable history. That’s really all we have, anyway. One reporter/unauthorized biographer paints Alex Jordan as a charlatan. Of course, his book isn’t sold in the House on the Rock’s bookstore. The authorized biography gives the impression that Alex Jordan is an alternative to Frank Lloyd Wright.

Dueling Architects

Speaking of Frank, his masterpiece, the Taliesin is just up the road. It would be fantastic to include both homes in the trip and drop a little of the “Wright” stuff into the novel. There are already myths of Wright inspiring Jordan to build the house out of spite.

I’m pretty excited. While I’m sure they won’t let me sit and Wright my novel in Jordan’s Japanese Garden, I do plan to do the research and then make an extended weekend of it. I will take plenty of pictures and notes. If you’ve never been to the House on the Rock and you are in the Midwest, I highly suggest checking it out. It’s absolutely bizarre and a lot of fun.

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About Heather EricksonFacing Cancer as a Parent

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at

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8 thoughts on “House on the Rock #IWSG Wednesday”

  1. That is a wonderful story. Frank Lloyd Wright may be famous but I don’t think I’d live in what he designed. I like the house on the rock better.

  2. Oh, I hadn’t realized the House on the Rocks was the one from American Gods. I’d love to see it. Don’t know if I’d get any writing done there though. LOL.

    • Hi Gwen. I know that when I was there, I took loads of pictures. They didn’t come out that great, but it was nearly 10 years ago and cameras have really improved since then. Many of the rooms had poor lighting, so getting a good shot could be tough.

  3. Interesting places like this can really get a writer’s juices flowing. I can see why you’d want to try it out.

    • Hi ChemistKen. There is a Japanese garden in the back with several stray cats walking about. That’s where I would sit and write.

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