where’s a hot tub when you need one?



Some of you may vaguely recall my wee rant when some crazy heads a few of my blogger pals were going on about how wonderful it would be to live in the regency world.

I put forward my own thoughts about such an idea *coughpsychoscough*, and I was recently reminded of this when talking to my favourite redheaded Texan about an upcoming release.

Why, you ask? As if you’ve suddenly forgotten how completely and utterly random I am.

Because the story in question is a time travel romance.

Yeah, sorry, but the whole idea of twu wuv meaning you’ll live the rest of your life, which just decreased dramatically btw, without a flushing loo doesn’t really work for me.

So, are you off your rocker and love you some destined-time-travel-mates crap? Or do you think it would be important and, more importantly, sane to have access to proper medical treatment (ie epidural), white household goods, a sanitized environment, etc, etc?
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40 Responses to where’s a hot tub when you need one?

  1. Tracy says:

    While I do love the idea of the time travel (and love reading them) I don't know that I'm woman enough to actually stay in the past. I think a week or two would cure me of my love of the past and then I would be searching high and low how to get me and my man back to the future!

  2. I could not live HEA going back a few hundred years even with a hot man to keep me warm at night.

    I could do a long weekend type thing, but in the end back to the future with indoor plumbing and technology.

    But Outlander is a perfect time travel romance where I really wanted to be Claire and stay with my Jamie.

  3. Tam says:

    I'm with Tracy and KB. A couple of weeks, like a super-rustic vacation, then he's coming back with me to learn about electricity, doctors and internet porn.

  4. Mary Calmes says:

    I would have to agree with Katiebabs about Outlander and Jamie Fraser. Claire even tried to go back to her own time, for good reasons other than hot & cold running water, but in the end she had to go back to Jamie. When your heart is really in it, being away from the other person would be the worst thing. Even worse than living without an espresso machine, which is horrifying just thinking about, would be living without Jamie.

  5. Jenre says:

    Time travel romance = Jen's guilty pleasure.

    I've read loads of them because I just find there's something irresistible about love spanning the centuries.

    Yep, I'm a sap.

    Outlander *sigh*
    A Knight in Shining Armour *sigh* – even with the cop-out ending.

    I've even loved the m/m time travel books I've read and feel there's a genre that needs more books.

    It's all just fantasy tho. The past would be a nice place to visit as long as I can come back and have a hot bath and some antibiotics.

  6. Chris says:

    Just say Hell No to time travel! I hate camping because I like indoor plumbing, electricity, etc. Why would I want to go somewhere/somewhen those things would be completely inaccessible? Also, with my various autoimmune things, I would be miserable or soon dead without my daily handful of pills.

  7. I'm with Tam. Give me my internet porn! Not only that, but I need my pizza delivery. Oh, and my Sony reader. Can't live without that, either.

  8. K. Z. Snow says:

    Anywhere from a day to a week would suit me just fine. Especially if I could bring all kinds of old stuff back with me. 😉

    Plagued, a novel I pubbed with EC, contains the only time travel I've ever written, but the jaunt was temporary and had to do with the hero's quest for vengeance, not true love. It was a really nasty trip, too, since it took place at the height of the fourteenth-century Black Plague outbreak.

    Morbid creature that I am, I really enjoyed researching and writing it!

  9. Lea says:

    Hell, I was born in the olden days, why would I want to go back there??

    I did love “Outlander” though and “Daring Time”, both TT romances.

    I would also like to meet and talk to Shakespeare but wouldn't want to stay – just visit long enough to chat with the bard..

    Veri Word: mithe (Sounds like a historical pornish word like quim.)

  10. Tam says:

    That article makes some good points Chris. Hell, I grew up on a farm, I can pee in the woods and start a fire and sleep on the ground for a bit, but keeping my mouth shut and acting appropriate for a lady of the times would probably kill me. The swearing itself would likely be a dead give-away. Oh yeah, and my refusal to wear anything but pants.

  11. Chris says:

    Tam: They'd probably think you were a witch because you had all your teeth. 😉

  12. nichem says:

    Nope, not time traveling. I like my electricity/gadgets/plumbing/air-conditioning/etc too much. I'm with Chris– I don't even like camping.

    Don't mind reading about it though.

  13. Kris says:

    Tracy: “… then I would be searching high and low how to get me and my man back to the future!”

    The ones where they end up back in the future make a hell of a lot more of sense as a HEA in my opinion.

    Katiebabs chook: I don't think there's any way in hell that I'd even do a long weekend. Knowing my luck I'd end up with my 'monthlies' and end up needing to use the communal rags for it. *shudders*

    Tam: I can't believe I forgot internet pron. That's the last nail in the time travel coffin. I'm definitely not going.

    Can you imagine me trying to not swear?

    No. Neither can I.

  14. Kris says:

    Mary: Wait… I'd have to live without coffee??

    *clutches throat*

    I can't breathe.

    I can't…

    Someone get me a paper bag…

    Jenre: “The past would be a nice place to visit as long as I can come back and have a hot bath and some antibiotics.”

    Oh, be honest. What you'd be wanting is a decontamination chamber.

    The time travel romance that sparked this post is an m/m. I don't recall coming across one before though. Maybe the majority of authors agree with me, although, and this could just be mean being a bit prejudiced, I think it would be easier on a dude going back in time then it would a chick.

    Chris: I stopped getting asked about family camping trips when I was in my teens. Nuff said.

    “How timely. Heh.”

    You're such a comedian. 🙂 Thanks for that link. It made me think I could maybe, MAYBE do the time travel thing for may 1-2 hours if I thought about it in a 'ye oldie worldie' theme park way. As long as I was in a plastic bubble of course.

  15. I would never travel back in time during that time of the month. Also would have to bring many nice smelling toiletries with me.

  16. Kris says:

    Stephani: The only good thing about time travel would be that you would win every single argument for the rest of what little life you would have left because you'd be able to throw it into your lover's face what you gave up to be with them. Otherwise, no. Just no.

    KZ: “Especially if I could bring all kinds of old stuff back with me. ;-)”

    LOL. The only thing is that the condition of the objects would make everyone suspect them. 🙂

    “Morbid creature that I am, I really enjoyed researching and writing it!”

    Why am I not surprised. ;P

  17. Kris says:

    Lea: I'm curious… exactly what would you talk to Shakespeare about??

    Richelle: “Don't mind reading about it though.”

    But don'y you find it a bit unrealistic though? Or do you just suspend disbelief?

    Katiebabs chook: “I would never travel back in time during that time of the month.”

    You could stress sync though. It happens.

  18. I cannot do without my iphone, kindle, and tampons. I enjoy reading Time Travel books because, hey, it's not me so that makes it ok.

  19. Kris says:

    KC: I take your point, but would you really condemn some other poor chick – cos it's usually the chick – to a lifetime without tampons, coffee and, most important of all, chocolate??

  20. JenB says:

    Well! See if I ever recommend a good book to you again. *hair flip*

    Actually, no, I'd never go back in time…at least not before they had modern plumbing and air conditioning. 🙂

    But I think that's part of the fun of reading the stories. They're COMPLETELY and ridiculously improbable, yet somehow they're able to make [some of] us [less bitchy and jaded people] suspend disbelief and really think the couples could be happy.

    Quit peeing on the HEA, you heartless kangaroo humper!

  21. JenB says:

    (Would I be contradicting myself if I said I don't believe in the idea of one true love? There are…7, 8? billion people on this planet, so the idea of giving up on billions of possibilities just to go back for that ONE special snowflake makes me roll my eyes if I really start to think about.)

    But it's fun to read in stories. 😛

  22. Kris says:

    JenB: I totally hate it when people contradict themselves so I refuse to type to you until you take back the kanga fucker remark.

  23. JenB says:

    Nuh-uh, never taking it back. Are you kidding? That shit is FUN-NEH! 😛

    Besides, I said kangaroo HUMPER. *You're* the one who said fucking. I never even mentioned penetration, you filthy girl.

  24. Uh oh… the secret of Kris' kangaroo comes out.

  25. Kris says:

    JenB: “esides, I said kangaroo HUMPER. *You're* the one who said fucking. I never even mentioned penetration, you filthy girl.”

    You were thinking it so fucking loudly I could hear it all the way down here!

    Katiebabs chook: FYI, just because I happen to believe in werekangas doesn't mean that I'm into beastiality.

  26. Huh…that's actually pretty thought-provoking (gasps in shock *snicker).

    There are a lot of people out there who claim Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux as an all-time fave, but that book pissed me off so much I threw it across the room. Obviously, that particular time-travel novel didn't work for me.

    One that did, which I still enjoy greatly is Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. Why? I have no idea, but I like the crazy nonsense that occurs in that book.

    I'm not a huge fan of time-travel because of all the reasons you list, but sometimes it works for me. I think it just depends on how it's handled.

  27. And I'm with you, camping is a big no-no with me. I HATE to camp, even if I had a nice camper or trailer to stay in. I refuse to squat to pee, thankyouverymuch.

    *snicker*

  28. Tam says:

    We used to go camping with a tent (air mattress) which I enjoyed except for all the work setting up and tearing down. However we only camp at provincial campgrounds, book on-line and make sure we are within easy walking distance of the flush toilets and showers because I had a kid that refused (refuses?) to use an outhouse. She's rather squat in the woods than go in one. So our camping was a combination of rustic and the amenities.

  29. Kris says:

    Bridget: Son of the Morning is one of the few time travel romances that I've liked. I think because it has a paranormal aspect to it… other than the whole time travel thing of course. LOL.

    It's not the squatting that bothers me so much as the camping + period = horrific squatting experience. 😦

    Tam: I adore your girl child. Now if only she would shop… 😛

  30. JenB says:

    You know, Kris, at least be grateful you're not a Kiwi or a Scot. 'Cuz then I'd have called you a sheep shagger, and that's way more offensive than kangaroo humper. At least kangaroos can fight back.

    *snicker*

    You know I love you. Besides, it's payback for calling me a redneck. 😛

  31. Kris says:

    JenB: *snort*

    “Besides, it's payback for calling me a redneck.”

    *wonders which time…*

  32. Jenre says:

    I go camping twice a year in a field in the middle of nowhere where the only amenity is a cold water tap and a sluice hole in the ground.

    The past should be a doddle compared to that ;).

    BTW, which m/m time travel? Want to read.

  33. Kris says:

    Jenre: Erm, I think it's this one: http://www.loose-id.com/Sir-Gawain-and-the-Green-Knight.aspx. No doubt JenB will tell me *loudly* if I got that wrong. 😛

  34. Jenre says:

    Oh yippee! I have that on my TBR pile already :).

  35. JenB says:

    Sir Gawain isn't a time travel. It's just a m/m take on Arthurian legend (and it's damn good). The m/m time travel is this one, coming out…er…later. I assume in the next month or two:
    http://www.loose-id.com/Destinys-Bastard.aspx

    It's excellent. So cute.

  36. Kaetrin says:

    I'm with KB on this one. Jamie (OMG – Jamie – sorry, I was having a moment there… what what I saying? Oh yeah, Jamie and Claire belong together and Jamie needed to be in his own time.

    But IRL? I think I'd bring him back and stay here!

  37. Kris says:

    Jenre: Told you JenB would tall me if I was wrong, which I was.

    Kaetrin: *sigh* Not another Jaime lover. I think he is singlehandedly responsible for all time travel romance fans. LOL.

  38. orannia says:

    I won't go anywhere near time travel – the one exception being a children's book called A Traveller in Time (Alison Uttley?). No time travel for me!

    I will admit to enjoying Outlander…sort of 🙂

  39. Kris says:

    Orannia: I've not read Outlander so you're one step better (?) than me. 😉

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