Blood and Boxes in C Minor

I’m packing packing packing. Tomorrow we move into Casa del Lobos. There’s too much to write tonight, so I promise more once we’re a bit settled. Having many adventures. Meeting dear new friends, missing some beloved old friends.

Right now, the Oak Park apartment is a mountain range of boxes, and my children are playing pretend vampire family:

Liam: More blood, I’m soooo hungry!

Maya: Oh, baby, you’ve already drank too much blood today. Time to practice flying.

Lana: Blood! Blood! Blood!

Maya: Lana, I’m going to drink you so that you become a vampire too. Rock-a-Bye, baby blood sucker. Drink some blood.

Liam: How do I turn into a bat again?

Maya: Look, let me draw you a picture. Pretend the blood is dripping down my cheek like this. And I have sharp teeth.

Liam: Does it hurt? Will I have a boo boo?

Maya: We’re magical, we don’t bleed. I can sew you back together. It only hurts a little.

Lana: Me too! Me too! Lana vampire.

I love my kids.

Published by Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu has been making magic with food and words for more than 20 years, incorporating folklore from her Ukrainian heritage with practices that honor the Earth. Sheโ€™s a writer, content developer, instructor, and mother of three teenagers. Valya is the author of MOTHER CHRISTMAS, THE SILENCE OF TREES, and the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Along with Stephen H. Segal, she is the co-author of FORKING GOOD: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place and GEEK PARENTING: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family (Quirk Books), and co-founder of the Wyrd Words storytelling laboratory. Valya earned her MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her poetry and prose have been published in anthologies and magazines that include, The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Kenyon Review, Culture, Gargoyle Magazine, Gone Lawn, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium. You can find her on Twitter @valya and on @valya

11 thoughts on “Blood and Boxes in C Minor”

  1. shauna_aura says:


  2. traveler64 says:

    LOL. Imaginative, though.

    Ah, mountains of boxes. When we moved to this place, the movers left mountains of boxes in their assigned room. Mine was, well… I couldn’t even see the windows. Like you, we were coming from an apartment. To this day I am amazed how much we had stuffed in that apartment!

    Mountains of boxes… shivers…

  3. dr_phil_physics says:

    I don’t want to think about moving. Ever. Again. (grin)

    Dr. Phil

  4. glitter_boobs says:

    This is GREAT!!!

  5. jaysma says:

    Your kids are nuts!! In a good way…

  6. charyvna says:

    It is overwhelming to see all the “stuff” exploded in boxes instead of neatly tucked away.

  7. charyvna says:

    Neither do I! I’ve certainly had my fill.

  8. charyvna says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Miss you.

  9. charyvna says:

    As are yours. Miss them!

  10. zuricrow says:

    Oh, a vampire worried about having a boo booโ€”I almost fell out of my chair. How funny! You are going to show this to them someday, yes?

    Thanks for sharing!
    love, me

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