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A new Poldark means…a new Warleggan.

Aidan Turner as Poldark.

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I’ve loved the Poldark saga for decades now. Fell in love with the original series, read all the books.

And now I’m on Cloud Nine because not only is there a new production of Poldark for Masterpiece/PBS/BBC, but it’s starring Aidan Turner as Poldark.  I can pretend I’m watching Jamie from Summer’s Winter on an acting job, because Aidan Turner comes closest to my mental picture of Jamie.

But for now…let’s talk George Warleggan.

I’m enjoying the new Poldark adaptation and most of the actors, but I’m having a hard time with the new Warleggan. Not because Jack Farthing doesn’t seem to be a perfectly capable actor, but first, because he seems miscast. George Warleggan, the slimy nemesis to Ross Poldark, was described by author Winston Graham as always looking too stocky and bullish for his elegant clothes–as though he never could escape his common blacksmith origins.

Ralph Bates as George Warleggan in the 1970s adaptation of the Poldark saga.

Ralph Bates, in the 1970s adaptation, was in my humble opinion, perfect. Cold, calculating–and physically powerful. Yes, he could have come from a family of blacksmiths.

And now, take a look at the new Warleggan. He looks and acts like nobility, like an elegant fop. This character does NOT communicate to me a man who is so insecure about his low-class roots that he’s never comfortable in his expensive, tailed clothes–and that he’s consumed with envy of the Poldarks and their ilk.
George Warleggan played by Jack Farthing in new PBS/Masterpiece/BBC production of Poldark.In last night’s episode, I also had trouble with the implication that he was consorting with a Truro lady of ill repute. In the novels (and earlier adaptation), one of the things that telegraphed George’s coldness was his frigidity around women. Except for wanting to take an elegant woman of the higher classes for his wife as a sort of trophy, he really wasn’t interested.  George Warleggan wouldn’t be caught dead with a common, well…you know.

I just looked at the two Warleggan pictures I shared. At least they both look surly. 🙂

Are you watching the new Poldark? What do you think?



Hello Misti-Con!

After months of preparation (that is not an exaggeration!) it’s finally time for Misti-Con, a fabulous convention in New Hampshire for Harry Potter fans.

Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets handmade quilted wall hanging.

In celebration, I’m having a MASSIVE PRIZE GIVE-AWAY, and you can participate whether you’re at Misti-Con or not.

So what am I giving away?

GRAND PRIZE: a $50 Amazon gift card!
NEXT…you could win one of three handmade, quilted wall hangings–handmade by yours truly!

First, the bright blue Chamber of Secrets wall hanging pictured above. I’ll show it to you in more detail below, plus the other two.

But first, HOW TO ENTER:

There are two ways to enter:

First, come to my author table at the Bewitching Bazaar & Author’s Alley at Misti-Con and fill out a slip to enter. No purchase necessary!

Second, use the green box on this website that says “Sign up for updates on Robin’s writing.” All new sign-ups will get one entry in the prize drawing. Here’s the box:


You can get two entries by entering in person at Misti-Con and on the website.  The drawing will be held around 5:00 at my author table, and winners will be notified via email.

And oh yeah…at my Author table at the Bewitching Bazaar, you can also check out my books, of course! Summer’s Winter is a really fun read for fans, because it’s a romantic suspense involving fandom. John Granger said it’s “the most inventive take on fan fiction I can imagine — because it’s a romance-thriller about fandoms, especially if not explicitly the Harry Potter fandom, and explores the important intersection of literature, spirituality, and imagination. Delightful!”

And then there’s my new one, Jordan’s Shadow, a spine-tingling mash-up that’s a little bit ghost story, science fiction, family drama, mystery…well, you get the picture. It’s a fun, spooky read…and the characters are Potter fans, of course!

And now, here are more pictures of the wall hangings you could win (or make).

First, the bright blue, Chamber of Secrets mini quilt pictured above. And in a little more detail here:

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This is partially made from officially licensed Harry Potter fabric that has been out of print for years, and sells for about $65/yard on Ebay! It was hard sacrificing a bit of it, but I love the result.

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And then, this micro mini quilt, which I call “Always…”  Hopefully it doesn’t need explanation if you’re a fellow Potter fan!

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It’s entirely made by hand, including hand quilting. I’m showing front and back views partly because, if you like what you see, you can not only enter to win it but can also come to My Misti-Con workshop, Intro to Fandom Quilting, on Friday morning at 11 a.m. and get a kit to make either a Silver Doe wall hanging like this, or an Owl (scroll further down).

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And here’s the Owl you can try to win–or get a kit to make on Friday morning.

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Hope to see you all at Misti-Con! Oh, and if you don’t catch up with me at the Bewitching Bazaar or the Fandom Quilting workshop:

I’ll be leading two more sessions on Sunday:
9:00 a.m., Christian fans’ praise and worship meet-up (Location: Gunstock)
2:00 p.m., Fan Fiction: Noble Past, Explosive Present, and Your Publishing Future (Location: Gunstock)

Hope to meet you this week!