Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    The Power of Books: Helping to Rebuild Ukrainian Libraries

    The Power of Books: Helping to Rebuild Ukrainian Libraries

    July 20th, 2014

    “But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 Burning books--it's a powerful metaphor for tyranny, censorship, and ignorance. From the burning of "heretical" books during the Spanish Inquisition to the burning of rare Sub-Saharan African medieval documents by Islamist insurgents in Mali last year, our history is full of examples of libraries and precious volumes being destroyed as one group conquers another or seeks to control the ideas and culture of a people. In March of this year, Pro-Russian activists forced their way into public buildings in[...]

    Early Morning Writing

    Early Morning Writing

    July 1st, 2014

    Summer, with its lazy afternoons and glorious nights, is challenging for me as a writer; not because of the distractions of sunshine, but because of changes to my routine with the appearance of three children who are suddenly on the scene all the time. I don't like to over-schedule the kids, especially during summer vacation. I believe in the importance of creativity that comes out of the eventual "boredom" of unscheduled free time. However, it is harder to get consistent writing done when they are around; plus they are growing up so fast, and I want to enjoy our summers together. My solution[...]

    The Importance of Librarians: The Alexandria Still Burns Project

    The Importance of Librarians: The Alexandria Still Burns Project

    June 25th, 2014

    When I was growing up, the Chicago Public Library on Narragansett, the West Belmont Branch, was my library. It wasn't a large branch; I quickly graduated to adult books in my early teens, and then devoured the reference section for anything I had questions about, from ghosts to WWII, mythology to cooking. As a curious kid, I had a lot of questions, and the librarians were kind and patient, pointing me to the right sections, giving me the space to explore or helping me when I was short on time. They recognized a love of words and a desire for knowledge in[...]

    Someone Who Works Out

    Someone Who Works Out

    June 10th, 2014

    Those of you who read Kyle Cassidy’s blog or twitter feed have followed his gym adventures and running milestones over the last few years. He has inspired many, myself included. Part of Kyle's motivation came from watching as Neil Gaiman started running and eating healthily back in 2011. I kept thinking to myself that if Neil and Kyle could do it, so could I. I finally made the commitment, along with a few friends, to begin working out in December 2013. In the beginning, I despised it. The first morning we met at the tiny neighborhood gym, I was grumpy. So grumpy. This may have had something to do with the fact that[...]

    Writing Process Blog Tour

    Writing Process Blog Tour

    May 12th, 2014

    This post is part of a blog post relay on craft, which the wonderful Nancy Hightower invited me to join. Nancy is the author of Elementari Rising. She has a poetry collection, The Acolyte, forthcoming with Port Yonder Press, and her short story collection, Kinds of Leaving, was shortlisted for the Flann O’Brien Award for Innovative Fiction. My take on craft: 1) What am I working on? While my second novel, The Supper Club, is out on submission, I’m working on my third novel, Mother Christmas, a historical fantasy set in Ancient Turkey. I’m also writing the script for a graphic novel, Sticks &[...]

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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