Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Blood and Bone and Magic

    Blood and Bone and Magic

    Music is important to my writing process, and I usually end up with a collection of songs for most of my stories, long and short. When I’m starting to write, especially a novel, I like to have a song that sets the emotional atmosphere. It’s exciting when I find it—that perfect collection of words and melody and rhythm to capture the energy. I add to the soundtrack as I go, finding a song for a character or a particular place, but that first one remains important, a touchstone. I will go back to it again and again. This is all to say[...]
    Congratulations to Louise Glück

    Congratulations to Louise Glück

    One of my favorite living poets, Louise Glück once called me on my cell phone to discuss permission for using a few lines from one of her poems in my novel, The Silence of Trees. I got the call from her as I was walking to the car after grocery shopping, and I got genuinely weak in the knees hearing her say, "Is this Valya Lupescu? This is Louise Glück." I had never before nor since had that kind of a reaction to communicating in any fashion with another writer or artist, but her poetry had been so important to me,[...]
    Resistance

    Resistance

    This was one of those days when I really did not want to go to the gym to work out. I could give reasons: I hate working out at lunchtime because it's typically populated entirely by muscly men grunting and making the floor shake with their weight throwing, plus I was on a roll writing, have so many things to finish by the time the kids get home, only slept 3 hours last night, and so on. Excus--er, reasons are not hard to come up with. But I know myself. If I stop, if I choose not to go without a good reason,[...]
    World Fantasy Convention Reading

    World Fantasy Convention Reading

    I will be attending my first World Fantasy Convention in Arlington, Virginia from November 6-9. They have me scheduled to do a reading on Saturday, November 8th, and though I haven't narrowed down exactly what I'll be reading (at this moment, I'm thinking the selections will include dwarves, angels of death, and Baba Yaga). Reading: Valya Dudycz Lupescu Time: 8pm-8:30pm, Nov. 8, Arlington I hope to see some of you there![...]
    October

    October

    Summer is over. It flew quickly by, punctuated by treasured moments: midnight speakeasy reading at Readercon, adventures on New York rooftops, exploration of a haunted Chicago hotel, visitation with dead gangsters in Chicago cemeteries and jazz clubs, coffee chats on the patio, and conversations over wine in the warm summer evenings. The rest of the days were filled in with precious time spent with the kids: full moons rising over lake Michigan, painting in the garden, swimming in the afternoons, the consumption of many ice cream cones, and dancing barefoot in the backyard. The time spent on the laptop was mostly spent writing--a few stories and poems,[...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

Robert McClelland
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