Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Where Do We Go From Here? Talking to Children About the Election

    I am trying to find the words to explain to my children what happened, to tell them where we will go from here, as a family and as a nation. When Trump first began to garner support before the primary, I made the hasty knee-jerk statement in front of my family that if Trump won the Presidency we would look at alternative places to live. I told them I did not want to live in a country with a fear-based mission defined by misogyny and racism. The kids heard me and have periodically asked over the course of the last 6 months, “Are[...]
    Happy Coffee Day! For all my fellow coffeephiles...

    Happy Coffee Day! For all my fellow coffeephiles...

    The Caffeinated Week by Valya Dudycz Lupescu Monday's cup is the darkest roast, to battle with the weekend’s ghost. Tuesday's coffee is triple shot, like dragons’ blood served boiling hot. Wednesday's coffee has extra bite— Medusa’s venom, black as night. Thursday is Turkish, mythic and rich, coy in the cup, it will charm and bewitch. Friday’s latte has a touch of the Fae, full of anticipation and promise of play. Saturday’s mocha is gratefully savored, steamed with intrigue and brazenly flavored. The French Press on Sunday is carefully timed— short to steep, slow to drink, and soon left behind.     © 2016 Valya Dudycz Lupescu[...]
    On Shakespeare, Sonnets, and Pop Songs

    On Shakespeare, Sonnets, and Pop Songs

    I love sonnets. And Shakespeare. And music. When I was in college, I heard and fell in love with the music of Ralph Covert and the Bad Examples. Many of the songs come back to me time and time again, and one in particular comes to mind when I feel myself getting frustrated with a scene or character while writing: “Every poet wants to murder Shakespeare We’re just pissing on the grave of what went on before And everyone invents the world the day that they were born” ~Ralph Covert, “Every Poet Wants to Murder Shakespeare” So speaking of Shakespeare; and sonnets; and music... When Stephen and I[...]
    Leaving Orchards

    Leaving Orchards

    I met Michele Turner at the Big Sur Writing Workshop in 2012. Parts of it were inspiring and valuable, but meeting Michele was the biggest blessing of the weekend. We clicked immediately (she was kindred spirit and another writer mama of two girls); because we live so far apart, we mostly kept in touch online, checking in and swapping stories about the directions our lives were taking over the past four years. Michele had a recurrence of her breast cancer this summer; and, despite 10 rounds of chemotherapy, the cancer spread and was incurable. She passed away this morning. She leaves[...]
    Art Inspires Art Inspires Art...

    Art Inspires Art Inspires Art...

    After The Silence of Trees was published, it was a treat to hear from readers by email and social media. More rare, but so wonderful, was art made in response to the novel. Elis Alves is an artist currently residing in Curitiba, Southern Brazil, who tagged me on Instagram last week with her most recent project, "Visual 56” which combines photography and arts with her love of literature. Elis creates visual art in response to some of her favorite quotes. Each week she also writes about her creative process. You can see the art Elis Alves created for The Silence of Trees[...]

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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