Welcome – Glad You’re Here

Thanks for checking out my website. Please come by often. Here you’ll find information about my writing, the process, coming events, the joys and headaches, and some wonderful people who are my inspiration. These days, there is no shortage of writers…only a dwindling supply of publishers taking on new ones. It has always been a challenge for writers to woo and win an agent or an editor. In today’s world, the problem is even more daunting. Many writers find having a website improves their chances of attracting the attention of the public in general and agents and editors in particular. It’s a new world, and self-promotion is not considered the “bad” thing it once was.  Here is my voice. Welcome, and make yourself comfortable. 

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Musings
Patricia Smith Wood

Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln . . .

Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln, Did You Enjoy The Play? I am, for the most part, an upbeat person. I don’t get hysterical–well maybe just a little when I see a spider or a creepy, crawly, bug–but I’m pretty even-tempered. Sure I have some down days, but usually I’m a happy camper. If you’ll refer to one of my past posts, Sometimes Dreams Come True you’ll see I was a VERY happy camper back in September 2012 when

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Books
Patricia Smith Wood

Raising Ruby

This is my latest book. As you can see, its title is Raising Ruby. The little girl on the front cover is my mother, Ruby Ellen Scott when she was about 8 years old. On the back cover is a photo from about 1938 when she was working at the Paris Coffee Shop in Fort Worth, Texas. If you want to know more about the book, go on over to the website about it. It’s raisingruby.com

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Musings
Patricia Smith Wood

Dream or Reality?

I assume most folks reading this blog are either writers, want-to-be writers, mystery fans, fans of writers in general, or someone who might be looking for a life. The dream of becoming a published writer can be a fun thing to entertain–especially if you don’t know any actual writers. Your imagination can go anywhere, picturing the wonderful life you would lead as a published writer.  Everyone daydreams as they go through life. I certainly did.

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Musings
Patricia Smith Wood

The IRS Needs Help–Now!

I know that “Governmental Accountability” is an oxymoron. The bureaucracy is so massive, and the incentive for excellence so small, the public is simply in the position of being at their mercy. But today’s government “screwup” would seem to beg for upper-level management to consult someone in the trenches who actually knows what the H*** is going on!!! I’ve been hearing on the news about the money going out to taxpayers to help out during

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murder at the petrogyphs
Musings
Patricia Smith Wood

That Awkward Interval

When I’m working on a project–in this case, let’s say writing a book (which is the project I just finished)–my world becomes that project. The characters in my books talk to me, hoping I’ll give them more screen time. When I’m soaping up in the shower, ideas pop into my head. If I’ve stalled out on a chapter, and they aren’t telling me what they’re doing next, I try to interview them. “So, what’s up?

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Musings
Patricia Smith Wood

Odds & Ends

Cleaning up cluttered surfaces is hard work. It’s not so much physical as mental. I see articles, emails, or programs from something I attended. Do I really need to keep them? Why don’t I just toss them when I come in the door from the event. Good questions. I pick up something out of a stack of “stuff” and look at it. What am I supposed to do with it? It occurs to me if

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