Distractions (but not really)

Last week Mark was in Germany, so I had a lot of time to write into the wee hours of the morning (when the kids cooperated). To keep my hands busy while I was editing (rather than my usual snacking), I dug up some clay and played with it while re-reading and thinking.

I decided to make one of the characters in the next book (S.C.), and I’m quite happy with the results. Meet Clancy (here being admired by one of Lisa Snellings’ Classic Little Red Poppets (take a Poppet home with you here):

It was a fun experience, and he now keeps me company while I write. Back to work…

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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. She’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 Mastodon.social @valya

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