Author Archives: Madeleine E. Robins

About Madeleine E. Robins

Madeleine Robins is the author of The Stone War, Point of Honour, Petty Treason, and The Sleeping Partner (the third Sarah Tolerance mystery, available from Plus One Press). Her Regency romances, Althea, My Dear Jenny, The Heiress Companion, Lady John, and The Spanish Marriage are now available from Book View Café. Sold for Endless Rue , an historical novel set in medieval Italy, was published in May 2013 by Forge Books

Writing Promptly

Last week in doing some cleaning up, I came on a pile of writing exercises from the several years I was in my first West Coast writing group. Each meeting a member would bring in a different exercise that we … Continue reading

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Grace in the Face Of

A few years ago I got to be a presenter at the Nebulas. Ask any writer of SF and they will tell you that it is generally better to be a nominee or–please God–a winner. But being a presenter is … Continue reading

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Writing Around in Circles

I’m back at work on the book! Yay!! But I’m still having plot issues. Sigh. But I had this great idea for the direction of one of the scenes. And it’s actually doing what I want it to do. Yay!! Well, sorta. … Continue reading

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Doing the Smart Thing

Alma Alexander wrote last week about characters doing, as she put it, “eye-wateringly dumb” things in order to advance a story, and she isn’t wrong. Watching characters do dumb things for no reason is painful, exasperating, infuriating. But what about … Continue reading

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Life Lived Out Loud, Very Loud

Two years ago, at 19, my daughter deleted her social media accounts. This is a kid who had lived on Facebook and Snapchat and all the rest, and then… poof, not just inactive, but Gone. She says she wants to stop worrying … Continue reading

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Lion

Because my husband is a recording engineer and works in one of the minor fiefdoms of a major entertainment organization, we sometimes get to see films we might not otherwise have stumbled upon. There have been a couple of wonderful films … Continue reading

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The Milestone I Didn’t See Coming

I have two daughters, and one is an actress Because of this, she and her sweetie have worked at the Great Dickens Fair in San Francisco for… five? No, six years. First as scum (the local color who give the joint color); … Continue reading

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A Different Sewing Process

When was the last time you really looked at a book? Like, not read a book, but examined how they’re made? Books are, as I say sometimes at work, received objects, like apples or chairs. People notice, visually, how one is … Continue reading

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Respect the Process

I cannot even think about the election today. I have done my civic duty (in addition to the Great National Stressor, we have 16 state-wide ballot initiatives, and 25 city-wide ballot initiatives to vote on). I need to be thinking … Continue reading

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Stepping Forward

The summer before my senior year in college I worked as a waitress. I’d spent the three previous summers as an au pair, and had worked in my college library during the school year, but this was, in some ways, … Continue reading

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