Author Archives: Colin Rowland

The Highwayman-an excerpt

The Highwayman-an excerpt

This month I am sharing the first chapter of my current WIP. The story begins when highwaymen accost Elizabeth, Jane, and Mrs. Gardiner near Pemberley. Suspicion falls on Mr. Darcy, who is rumored to be suffering a bit of financial strain. Of course, Darcy being Darcy, he pays no attention to the gossip, which leads… Read the full blog post …

Agriculture and other Business

Agriculture and other Business

I was tempted to post another excerpt from The Attack, but decided I’d rather explore the agricultural landscape in existence during the P&P time frame. I’ve been busy outlining plots for future stories, and the subject will feature rather prominently in one of them. It seems to be a common assumption that Mr. Bennet was… Read the full blog post …

The Attack – An Excerpt

The Attack – An Excerpt

Some of you might remember a blog I did in December. It was a blurb I created to begin my return to writing. At the time I had no plans to do much of anything with it, but the reception it received, along with the supportive, encouraging comments, convinced me to create a story around… Read the full blog post …

Was Elizabeth Bennet a Bluestocking?

Was Elizabeth Bennet a Bluestocking?

In reviewing Pride & Prejudice, one thing stands out to me. Why wasn’t Elizabeth Bennet referred to, or thought of, as a bluestocking? She was, after all, an educated woman, although her education was a result of her own thirst for knowledge, and not because of any schooling, which would have been, in accordance with… Read the full blog post …

More on Wigs

More on Wigs

In my last post, I touched briefly on the use of wigs in and around the Regency era. To clarify, by the end of the 18th century, with one notable exception, wigs were no longer popular with men or women. For men especially, the short, natural cut was en vogue and wigs had become outdated.… Read the full blog post …

Of Mice and Men (and buggs?)

Of Mice and Men (and buggs?)

Forgive my plagiarism of the title of Mr. Steinbeck’s literary masterpiece but, in my defense, it seemed a decent fit for my January post. A poor reason, but I’ll take it. The subject occurred to me because of Cinnamon Worth’s December post regarding women’s hair styles in Georgian England. This set me to thinking: what… Read the full blog post …

I’m back! (I think?)

I’m back! (I think?)

I have a favor to ask. As some of you are aware, I have been undergoing cancer treatments for the last few months. The chemo affected me in unforeseen ways, to the point that my hematologist gave serious consideration to suspending the treatments. Since early September I have been unable to do much more than… Read the full blog post …

Christmas in the Rowland Tradition

Christmas in the Rowland Tradition

Over the past month I have been afforded a lot of time to sit and think. As this has been known to get me into trouble on many occasions, I put serious consideration into uplifting memories. My thoughts, this year more than any in recent memory, have been drawn to Christmases past, present, and future.… Read the full blog post …

Cancer in Regency England

Cancer in Regency England

The past month or two has seen the state of my health negatively affected, and with it my ability to write, or in most cases, form a sensical thought and carry it forward to conclusion. What with the effects of chemo, coupled with a broken back(my own fault; I tripped over the dog running for… Read the full blog post …