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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

Time Passes–So Do People

Back in May 2019 I experienced an unusual day. It was notable for the number of people I knew who died. I know, I know. Across the world, many people die every day. But I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more often it happens to those I know. Sometimes, we’re not even talking about people I’ve met in real life. But celebrities and such you’ve seen in movies or on television. They become

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Musings
Patricia Smith Wood

The Bullis Babes

Several years ago, way before I was a published writer, I did the smart thing. I started attending writers’ conferences as often as I could. I was lucky. I connected with a very talented woman who had already been published several times over. Margaret Tessler invited me to join her writers’ critique group and suggested I attend a writer’s conference the next year. I readily agreed, and I’m forever grateful to her for taking me

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Family Stuff
Patricia Smith Wood

From Whence Did Thou Come?

(Author’s Note: I’m appalled that I left this post in the ‘draft’ file! While it was composed almost two years ago, the content is still very relevant!) Yes, that sounds stilted, and yet how else would you say it and not dangle your preposition. Of course these days, it’s no longer a problem (according to the Chicago Manual of Style) to dangle your preposition. But choosing to use this arcane rule does cause people to wonder where

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Reviews
Patricia Smith Wood

A Review of Murder on Frequency

  I received this wonderful review from writer Amber Foxx a few weeks ago. At last, I have time to share it with you. Amber Foxx is a mystery writer herself, and someone whose opinion I respect. It’s always such a joy to have her read my work and review it. She has a lovely website of her own and here is the link to get there and read the review: Murder on Frequency. If you

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Musings
Patricia Smith Wood

Yes, New Mexico Really IS one of the United States

Today I have the privilege of appearing on the “50 Authors from 50 States” Blog. I’m giving away a copy of either one of my books if you’ll go to that site, make a comment, and leave your contact information. Please check it out.   https://annettesnyder.blogspot.com/2016/07/yes-new-mexico-actually-is-in-united.html#links

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Musings
Patricia Smith Wood

Why I’m Not Ordering Today

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been receiving offers from Publishers Clearing House for at least forty-five years. I used to order magazines through them and enter the sweepstakes. Later on they started offering other “items” for purchase when the bottom seemed to fall out of the magazine ordering business. I’ve ordered a few things from that over the years. But lately it’s gotten completely ridiculous, and today when I opened

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