Uther Pendragon: Blog

Regency Romances

May 31, 2018
Posted at 2:46 pm

I know a guy who -- whenever someone says "You're crazy" to him -- responds with , "Yrah, but I'm saving up for 'eccentric.'"

That's a nod to the principle that behavior that would commit a poor man to the asylum is brushed aside as "eccentric" among the rich and powerful.

That's even more true of a reigning king than of an ordinary rich man.

In 1811, though, King George III became so obviously crazy that not even his ministers could ignore it. His son, the Price of Wales was made regent.

This produced the period of English history called "The Regency." It lasted until 1820, when George III died, and the Prince Regent became King George IV.

Jane Austen lived during this period and wrote of it. 20th-cenntury writers fell in love with the period, and created the genre called, "Regency Romances." They consciously ape Austen, but there are notable distinctions.

1) Austen wrote about county society.

Regency-romance writers concentrate on "the Ton," the apex of London society. The word meant "fashionable society."

2) Austen's subjects ranged from quite comfortable to notably rich, but they were not titled. Austen described *MR.* Darcy's estate so lovingly that modern literary critics believe that they have identified the original; it was a ducal residence. Austen, OTOH, did not give Darcy a title.

Regency-romance authors nearly always give their heroes a title, and Duke much more often than baron.

3) Although Austen's novels take place during the Napoleonic wars, she barely mentions them.

Well, my Tarleton universe, the first story of which is _Councils of War,_ which began recently, are Regency romances. I make 2 exceptions.

1) I know a little history, and where Regency romances ignore historical conditions, I reserve the right to be slightly more realistic.

2) I'm quite ready to run past 1820.


Happily Ever After ???

May 18, 2018
Posted at 4:31 pm
Updated: May 18, 2018 - 4:33 pm

Sparky's Dad, my recent seerial about Diane and Eric, will end in a few hours. Will they life happily ever after? Will I write a sequel?

No, and No.

People don't live happily ever after. (John Barth writes that the Arabian-Nights version of that specifically mentions death.) Certainly, couples with the inherent conflicts that Eric and Diane have don't.

OTOH< they have more going for them than some comments seem to think. Valerie/Sparky, for one.

As Diane settles into her practice, she will have an arena in which she is the star. Some day, she'll see a kid who looks abused; the law calls on her to report that; she won't have the slightest fear of the parent having more resources than she can muster.

Eric was perfectly happy with a wife who decided his clothes and his menu, enjoyed his money and let him enjoy her enjoyment. Diane won't provide quite the same, but she does have a history of caring for lost strays.

On a third hand, what happens when Valerie wants more freedom, Diane agrees with her, and Eric doesn't?

What happens when Diane brings home a disease from work and Sparky catches it?


I have another serial starting real soon now. It's a Regency Romance. It will have just what some people enjoyed about Sparky's Dad; it wont have what others enjoyed about that story. Read it and see.

In the mean while, I'll be posting some short stories -- many of them short-shorts. I have 140 other stories already on the site. Some commenters have compared Sparky's Dad to the Brennan stories. If you haven't read them, try them out.

Mother's day.

May 12, 2018
Posted at 4:04 pm

This is a celebratory event for many people.

Others feel sad. For Effort is about feeling sad on Mother's Day.

Usually, I recommend reading the Brennan stories starting from the first. If you want a story about being sad on Mother's Day, though, read this one.

Sparky's Dad - 11

May 3, 2018
Posted at 2:56 pm
Updated: May 4, 2018 - 12:20 pm

I've had several complaints that Diane is not seeing Eric's obvious interest in her on a permanent basis.

Well, she decided on what their relationship was early. She noted inconsistencies between his actions and her model, but people act inconsistently all the time.

One reason that she didn't jump on the alternative explanation is that she didn't think she could live with the alternative explanation.

When one inconsistency got too great, she asked. She acted on the answer.

Now, she knows what Eric wants.

I don't think I've made her terribly irrational.


In the real-live USA, there are hugr numbers of people who believe that lower taxes o the rich are great accellorators of economic growth.

Every time that there is a tax cut on the rich, they tell us that this will lead to tremendous growth.

Then the next time, they point out that we habe anemic growth, and we should have another tax cut for the rich, because that always leads to great growth

Simply the two bold words point out the irrationality of that statement.

So, my fictional character had a cotrafactual model for what was happening. She, however, edited her model to account for events.

I claim that she was not unbelievably cut off from reality

May Day

May 2, 2018
Posted at 12:23 pm
Updated: May 2, 2018 - 12:30 pm

The first of May

Hip, hip, hooray

Outdoor Fucking

Begins today

Well real-life outdoor sex depends on the latitude

(the vicinity of Miami may be slightly warmer than the vicinity of White Horse on a given day.)

Still, in celebration, I posted an out-door fucking story yesterday.

The site rules mean that the story appeared somewhat later than 8 p,m, Eastern time.

It's called "Observers," it's all-dialogue, and -- consequently -- it's fairly short.