Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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The Power of Books: Helping to Rebuild Ukrainian Libraries

Posted by on 1:37 pm in Collaboration, community, Ukraine, Ukrainian identity | 0 comments

The Power of Books: Helping to Rebuild Ukrainian Libraries

“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...

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Early Morning Writing

Posted by on 7:55 am in Inspiration, Writers, Writing Process | 0 comments

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...

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The Importance of Librarians: The Alexandria Still Burns Project

Posted by on 2:08 pm in books, Collaboration, community, kickstarter, kyle cassidy, libraries | 0 comments

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...

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Someone Who Works Out

Posted by on 4:25 pm in Fitness, Friends, Inspiration, kyle cassidy | 2 comments

Someone Who Works Out

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...

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Writing Process Blog Tour

Posted by on 5:11 pm in Writers, Writing, Writing Process | 0 comments

Writing Process Blog Tour

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...

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Spring (if only for a moment)

Posted by on 3:33 pm in casa del lobos, Inspiration, Writing | 0 comments

I know it won’t last, but at this very moment there is sunshine and warm weather in Chicago! It’s Spring! I wrote until way too early in the morning, but I’m happy for the progress. Then I met a friend for lunch, who put up with my slightly slap-happy and sleep-deprived state. I am feeling so grateful for this beautiful day. I had a wonderful time at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Florida, and I’ll write about it soon. I have a few blog posts to finish, comic book pages to revise, and...

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Crossroads and Connections

Posted by on 3:35 pm in Chicago, Theater | 0 comments

Crossroads and Connections

Chicago has such a great theater scene, with more than 200 small, critically acclaimed theatre companies. I’ve seen Shakespeare in a former church, sketch comedy in a grungy basement, a puppet show in a smoky pub. I love all the opportunities to see provocative theater, emerging playwrights, and innovative ensembles. When a friend called my attention to Cameron McNary’s “Of Dice and Men” being performed by Otherworld Theatre, there was no question. The play appeals to my love of theatre and my love of things geeky—I...

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Things Literary and Fantastic

Posted by on 12:26 pm in community, Writers | 0 comments

Things Literary and Fantastic

This past weekend I returned to New York City to spend time with the wonderful Nancy Hightower (who just signed her poetry collection, The Acolyte, with Port Yonder Press). I also met with my new literary agent, Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc. Sara represents children’s fiction and adult fiction and non fiction. Her clients include NYT Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry and USA Today Bestselling author Jeff Hirsch; her authors have been nominated for Edgars and the Morris Award, and have been on the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults...

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Love & Words

Posted by on 6:58 pm in Friends, Poetry, Writing | 1 comment

Back when Turntable.fm just started getting popular, a few of us joined Neil Gaiman on the site to share recordings of poetry in “Neilhimself’s House of Poetry.” The site had a small selection of recorded poems, but many of us scoured the internet and personal collections to find our favorites to share: Poe, Glück, Yeats, Levertov, Cummings, etc. It was a nice way to spend an hour at midnight while taking a break from writing. It’s been over a year since the last poetry sharing night, so when I saw that the Poetry...

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Good things to read, watch, and use

Posted by on 12:48 pm in books, Writers, Writing | 0 comments

Good things to read, watch, and use

I was invited to share three things that I like to read, watch, and use on this website: 27goodthings.com. I invite you to take a look at my good things and peruse the answers of other writers, artists, and creative people who have participated. Because we all need good things on a Monday....

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