Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee



This was one of those hectic filled weekends, with family parties and morning meetings. The kids had fun, but now we’re in the throes of Monday and I have to catch up.

The electrician and the carpenters are here to work on the kitchen and hang up the lighting fixtures in the living and dining rooms. After a few delays, I see that there’s progress.

We’re moving along. Here’s a peek at what we have going on:

The cabinets are being unpacked as I type, and our fabulous carpenters are trying to make sense of our crooked walls.

The electricians have hung one chandelier (I’ll post the picture later) in the dining room. But they need to add support for the one in the living room (the chandeliers are made of iron). Such a shame they have to break into the newly-repaired plaster ceiling.

Back to wrangling Lana and keeping her away from any sharp tools.

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. Lookin’ and soundin’ good, from what I see and hear. I just love that tile! Looking forward to more photos. Good luck wrangling Lana!

    It’ll be finished and cozy before you know it.

    love, me

  2. LOL Thanks. I’ll share more once the progress is visible. Right now they’re measuring 5 times, cutting once to ensure that everything fits.


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