Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Journal

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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Two Sides of The Slush Pile

Posted by on 1:54 pm in The Supper Club, Writers, Writing, Writing Process | 0 comments

While I was revising my second book, The Supper Club (update on that soon), I spent a lot of time last year reading and writing short stories and poetry. I wasn’t quite ready to delve into the next novel, and I wanted to sharpen some skills and exercise writerly muscles I hadn’t used in a while, so I wrote poems and short stories, flash fiction and prose poems. In the second half of 2013, I began to submit work to literary magazines, something I haven’t really done since graduate school. My recent experience with literary...

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Midwinter Masque

Posted by on 8:36 am in community, Writers | 2 comments

Midwinter Masque

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin Many of the things I write in this journal, I write to remember. Not just as a place to preserve moments and photographs for the future (although there is that), but the very act of writing it down is a way to relive the experience, transferring it onto the page. Earlier this month I went to New York to visit my friend, Nancy Hightower. Part of that visit was a party we had been planning together over the last few months: A 12th Night Midwinter Masque at the fabulous...

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Letting Go

Posted by on 3:20 pm in community, Cons, family, Friends, Writers | 1 comment

Letting Go

Louise Glück is my favorite living poet. Snippets of her poetry appear throughout this blog and on my tumblr. I love the music of her language, her mythic sensibility, the beauty and raw emotion contained in each collection of words. I woke up thinking about this one, her poem “Twilight.” It seemed perfect for the end of the year: “I open my fingers— I let everything go. Visual world, language, rustling of leaves in the night, smell of high grass, of woodsmoke. I let it go, then I light the candle.” As someone who is nostalgic by...

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Lights and Dreaming

Posted by on 2:47 am in family, Friends, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s 2am, and I’m putting lights and garland on the tree. Earlier this evening, it was a mostly joyful and noisy team effort of uncovering boxes and assembling, and tomorrow, after breakfast, we’ll put on the bulk of the ornaments. But right now, it’s blissfully quiet. Everyone else is in bed. Loreena McKennitt is softly playing, I’m drinking eggnog, and I’m reminded of decorating the tree in my first Chicago apartment on Janssen Street in 1995. That was the year I started my tradition of putting up the...

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Virtual Authenticity

Posted by on 1:43 pm in Collaboration, community, family, Friends, Uncategorized, Writers, Writing, Writing Process | 2 comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity, about what is genuine. It’s something I look for and love about the people in my life: give me honest grumpiness over false pleasantries. I think that’s why I sometimes have a hard time with sarcasm–if I can’t tell what’s true, it makes me uneasy. I’ve recently had a few conversations with friends about the internet and authenticity–the ways we portray ourselves and the quality of our online relationships. Just last weekend, I was at a baby shower for...

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