Patsy Hand

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Patsy Hand, a native Oregonian and Eastern Oregon ranch owner, lives and works in Eugene as a writer and abstract artist. Although set primarily in Italy, her recently released novel, Lost Dogs of Rome, features Oregon settings in Portland, Baker City, and more. Patsy's next book, Where Have All the Horses Gone, is scheduled for release in 2019.

Patsy credits the various accomplished men and women who visited her ranch over the years for giving her an independent spirit bent on exploring a curious world. As an animal activist, political idealist, and a seeker of knowledge, Patsy travels internationally to glean ideas for her writing and her art.
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Patsy Hand I have only experienced writers block one time and I handled it by free writing (just whatever comes to mind-no expecctations) and somehow produced a …moreI have only experienced writers block one time and I handled it by free writing (just whatever comes to mind-no expecctations) and somehow produced a half-way decent fairy tale that I still consider publishing. I realized I had begun to demand perfection and there is no such thing in writing. Days of just noodling can produce the best lines. So now I am kinder to myself and sometimes just let whatever comes to mind stand---at least for a while.(less)
Patsy Hand I love it when I am just going through my day and something triggers a bit of story and then I begin to think of how that would work and so it grows i…moreI love it when I am just going through my day and something triggers a bit of story and then I begin to think of how that would work and so it grows into something I noodle about for weeks. I guess my truth is trying to make a difference by telling a story. Life really is about story anyway, isn't it? We all carry them in our heads. I just go the next step and write them down.(less)
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“Get their individual stories right, and you’ll find the larger truth.”
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“When the choice arises, people choose what’s easy. Doesn’t matter what mess it lands them in down the line. When they find a problem they make the pain go away, even if it’s for the short haul.”
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“Get their individual stories right, and you’ll find the larger truth.”
Patsy Hand, Lost Dogs of Rome

“When the choice arises, people choose what’s easy. Doesn’t matter what mess it lands them in down the line. When they find a problem they make the pain go away, even if it’s for the short haul.”
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