Author Archives: clpauwels

About clpauwels

Author; teacher; seeker of truth about life, the universe, and everything

My personal cognitive dissonance? Pessimistic idealism

I’m guessing that buried somewhere in my genome is the heart of a sunny optimist, someone who always looks for the best in any situation and truly believes tomorrow will be better. Unfortunately (or not), life beat that predilection out … Continue reading

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If only the writing life came with a decoder ring…

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Which POV do you prefer? Do you use more than one POV character? You don’t head-hop, do you? If you’re writing a series, does your character arc span each book or the entire … Continue reading

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Not quite as ferocious as Zuul perhaps, but still…those gatekeepers!

Gatekeepers are – by definition, I suppose – intimidating individuals. How else could they keep out the riff-raff? In the writing world, those obstacles take on the form of agents, editors, and publishers…all with the goal of assuring quality publications … Continue reading

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Eight of Cups

Eight of Cups: moving on realizing the current cycle is over abandoning a hopeless situation disentangling yourself starting on a trip of unknown length letting go finishing up and walking away Almost one year ago (February 5, 2018, to be exact), … Continue reading

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A detour into cyberland

Being married to an uber-geek who teaches cybersecurity means I have lots of discussions about, well, cybersecurity – specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s great fodder for my crime novels, and a new series I’m … Continue reading

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Light and refreshing, with a bit of a kick

We talked art and music and creativity. We shared literary inspired cocktails…and were serenaded by a barbershop quartet. Continue reading

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My 2018 summed up in two words: Unrealistic expectations

I learned that my expectations of myself and of those around me are often sadly misaligned with reality. Continue reading

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Thank You Candidates!

Originally posted on Pizza Dive:
I am overwhelmed and tearing up as I type this. Last night was just so inspiring and reassuring and lovely and downright fun. It was Thank the Candidates Night at our All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. Six candidates…

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No Ideas But in Things: On Writing about Politics

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
By Peter Amos No ideas but in things. Over the last two months, I’ve made my first real push for publication. Prominent magazines and journals often accept a fraction of one percent of…

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Smoke Rises in Seattle

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
By Nancy Schatz Alton Last night I walked through the smoke, face mask on. I walked through the smoke with my friend of 30 years. I walked through the smoke through a neighborhood…

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