Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

100 Things


Today is the kids’ 100th day of school, and so they were asked to take a photograph with a collection of 100 things.
For those of you who know my kids, it should be no surprise the objects that each chose for their photo:

And then because I realized that I never post pics of my husband (we are terrible about taking photos of each other or together these days), here’s the love of my life and my partner in adventure, Mark (and Lana of course).

Hope that you’re having a fabulous day.

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.


  1. Eeee! Your family is GORGEOUS. Uwaaaaaaaa :3

    Holy cow that is a lot of books. I’m jealous of your daughter πŸ˜‰

    Not only does everyone look beautiful, they look happy. Yayyyyyy πŸ˜€

  2. what a fun post! And what would the lovely Valya pose with???

  3. You’re all adorable!

  4. I agree — you’re all so adorable! I thought I hadn’t seen a pic of your husband! Say hi to him for me; is he coming to the Chicago/Philly party????

  5. you have such a beautiful family!!!!!!

  6. I love your idea of your lovely home being the Gravity of Art. If I could be anywhere in time, I think I would be at one of those salons or the Algonquin Round Table. Oh, if wishes were horses…

    We, too, celebrated 100th day of school here in Laramie. Fun to see it was back in Chicago, too! Beautiful kids, no wonder, with you as their mom, and their dad is purty durn handsome, too!

    We celebrated by combining math with 100 Fruit Loops that the children laid out on a 100 numbers chart, then strung into necklaces. The teacher put on Alphabet Rap and the kids started dancing at their tables as they made their edible necklaces. As they finished, one or two at a time would move onto the alphabet carpet to dance, Dylan and Talon break dancing. My favorite thing at school, other than coloring with colored pencils, is dancing with those children. Pretty soon all 19 were up, necklaces hanging out of their mouths, dancing up storm!

    Love this post,
    love, me

  7. look for me

    Valya … LOVE this post!!

    Sandy … when you make it to the Algonquin, look for me … I’ll be near Dorothy Parker (my favorite quote, “you can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think”). If you don’t find me there, I’m in a salon in Paris with Oscar Wilde. On our first trip to the City of Lights, I made a point of going to Pere Lachaise to pour a libation at Oscar’s tomb … I wanted to thank him for showing me that words have color and texture as well as meaning.

  8. Books, Holly. Definitely books.
    (PS See you next weekend!!)

  9. Re: look for me

    Nice to see you here! Thank you.

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