Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Chopping Wood


Albert Einstein once said, “People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.”

Writing is not like chopping wood. One spends months, often years, working on a manuscript. Most of the work is solitary, and much of the time is spent revising. In the end (especially if you’re a “beginner”), the next phase is months, often years, spent writing query letters, sending off excerpts and synopses, waiting to hear back from agents, then waiting to hear from publishers.

Waiting, waiting, waiting. So much time spent waiting.

Now there is another thing to wait for, another “magical date”: January 15.

My writing was deemed “eligible” by the Amazon Higher Powers. As one of the official 5000, I must wait until sometime before January 15, when Amazon announces the 1,000 Semi Finalists.

I suppose I’ll get back to work on the next manuscript.

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. I wish you the best of luck! As a fellow writer, I know what you mean about the long process of writing. And, having read the sample pieces of your book, I can’t wait for it to get published so that I can read the whole thing!

  2. I just read the excerpts of your book & it’s too short. I can’t wait to read the whole book soon! GOOD LUCK in the contest. I sure you’ll make top 10 & then #1.

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