Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

More ripples

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When I went out to Philly for Kyle Cassidy and Trillian Stars’ wedding party back in 2009, I met several people whom I now consider to be dear friends, not the least of whom are Kyle and Trillian. There I also met Lindsay (Silveringrid) and Maura (Tigerinvaseline), whom I adore.

Upon Kyle’s gentle nudging, Lindsay decided to have a “Party from the Future” nearly one year ago, and that’s where I met the talented Molly Robison who played for Kyle & Trillian in a live broadcast. So began another treasured friendship. (Has it really only been a year!?)

It was also through Kyle’s blog that I met Madeline Carol Matz, a friend and gifted artist who created the beautiful cover art for The Silence of Trees.

So many things are converging this Spring. The world keeps getting smaller and ripples stretch out in unimaginable ways.

A few weeks ago, Lindsay joined a few of us (including Madeline) on an adventure up to Wisconsin. This weekend, a few of us will be venturing back to Wisconsin, this time to La Crosse, where the wonderful Maura has helped to set up a reading/booksigning for me and Madeline at the People’s Food Co-op.

Today Molly Robison has released her debut EP, Bedrooms and Attics, on Bandcamp. Kyle’s photograph grace the cover and interior. For only $5 you can discover Molly’s music, and years from now you can take pleasure in telling your friends that you heard of Molly Robison long before she was playing those sold out shows at the Metro.

How different my life would have been had I not gone to Philly.

Ripples.

You never know how one decision can change your life, especially those acts of random kindness.

Congratulations, Molly. I am so proud of you, and I look forward to a future filled with your music!

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.

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