Valerie Lopes

An American Writer Surrounded by the French

Valerie Lopes

Valerie Lopes
Location
Dublin, Between the End of the Line and the Middle of Nowhere
Birthday
June 30
Bio
Looking for ways to avoid editing my manuscript, I've turned to blogging.

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If you have an opinion, please don't apologize for it. I'm so sick and tired of reading peoples Facebook updates, then at the end they apologize out of fear they may offend someone for thinking differently from them. Is the world filled with wimps, or just a whole lot of people…

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Do you know why Ireland is so green? It rains all of the time. I'm not complaining. I love this weather. It's cool and damp, then like a biblical miracle, there will be this sudden and engulfing burst of warm sunshine. I sleep like the dead and I don't have dry…

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MARCH 7, 2011 4:46PM

The Sounds of the City

I forgot my iPhone the other day and had to listen to the sounds of humanity as I commuted into town for work. People are loud, obnoxious and intrusive. I missed being in my micro-world and have a better understanding why so many of us go around with our ear-buds plugged…

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Wow!!!! Dropping the f-bomb on the stage during an Oscar acceptance speech. Talk about not having any class. I have no idea who Melissa Leo is and I don't really care enough to find out. Wait... not true. I do know something about her. She campaigned to win the Oscar like/…

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I am willing to work for a living. By work I mean actually WORK. Do labour. Use my hands and my back. I have no problem admitting I worked my way through school waiting tables and pouring coffee. Now that I'm back on the market again after my exile in the…

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My secret identity is really really really popular!!!! Way more popular than I really am. But then again my secret identity is pleasing in so many ways. She isn't grouchy or irascible or have opinions on things like Tiger Moms or Tiger Woods. In the month since I've created alter-me and…

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We've been in Dublin for two weeks. At last we have internet, television, a telephone and that general feeling we're getting settled in. I know the bus routes, I've figured out where I like to buy groceries and I have a library card. The kids are settled in school and they…

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It's taken some thought and a bit of internal (and external) debate, but I've finally decided to put up a wall between my writing self and the me that lives in the real world. It turns out I'm not the first writer that has made the decision to use a literary/…

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As I'm cleaning out my house and parring down to the absolute bare minimum, I'm finding a lot of stuff that has managed to make it from move to move as we went from small apartment to bigger apartment to homeowners. There is a big difference between moving across town and…

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I'm moving to Dublin and will be out of my house in about ten days. For the past eight or so months, I've had a dose of writers block. Neither oppressive nor incapacitating, but present. I haven't been able to get back to the manuscript that was almost perfect, but not… Read full post »
DECEMBER 9, 2010 6:37AM

Moving to Dublin - First Contact

So I've secured a home and found a school for my children. My husband will be starting work after the first of January. Everything is set on that end. More or less. What about me? I'm leaving behind my friends and my routine. I worry about my children making friends in…

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I was in Dublin at the beginning of the week looking for a place for us to land when we arrive at the beginning on January. That and a take a couple of days to get a feel for the place. I arrived at my hotel just as Brian Cowen was…

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Parenthood on NBC is an okay show. I'm not in love with it, but I do watch it. I'd probably love it more if Adam and Kristina (the parents of Max the child with Asperger's) were such weak parents. Episode 8 starts off with Adam, Zeek and Max walking through the/…

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NOVEMBER 5, 2010 8:16AM

Eleven Movies Hollywood Should Remake

Hollywood seems determined to keep reliving the past. Unfortunately it's the same remakes over and over again. We've been subjected to two Hulk movies in the past decade and who knows how many revisions of 42nd street and a Star is Born - I never watched the Mariah Carey version so…

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NOVEMBER 4, 2010 4:56AM

Moving to Dublin - Releasing the Hoard

When I think I have a grip on the whole moving across a body of water thing, I go down to my cellar and see how much crap I actually own. As I look at the boxes and boxes and then more boxes of books I have I wonder if the…

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I've watched the beginning episodes of Mike and Molly not because I love romantic sit-coms, but because I'm curious. Parring it down, it's a show about a couple of fatties falling in love. Swoozie Kurtz is diabolical as the emaciated mother that calls Molly "big boned" and "tater tot" all while/…

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NOVEMBER 2, 2010 9:24AM

We're Moving Where?

Dublin. The family is packing it up and moving to Dublin. Seven weeks give or take, we are boots on the ground in Dublin. They speak English there. I've lived in a French speaking world for twelve years. The constant struggle to make myself understood has been a daily gripe for…

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FEBRUARY 20, 2010 12:59PM

Word Press is Just Bringing me Down...

I tried Word Press and there is a lot about it I like. Unfortunately I can't figure out a few things and I can't be arsed to spend the emotional time and energy needed to persist. So I'm back to blogger for the time being.
FEBRUARY 20, 2010 12:52PM

Because Boys Will Always Be Boys…

Scotty Lago earned a bronze medal for what was a flawless performance in the half-pipe. Then he did what guys do. He went out with his friends, got stinkin’ drunk and made an ass out of himself. That’s what 21-year-old boys do. There is usually a friend around to take pictures/… Read full post »
JANUARY 29, 2010 11:22AM

Moving to Wordpress

I'm moving to WordPress. You can find me at valerieolivialopes
JANUARY 25, 2010 3:31PM

Working Over the Weekend

I spent the weekend working on After Love at First Sight in which a great deal of my time was spent spinning my wheels. After devoting a majority of Saturday to setting up what will ultimately be a break-up (basically I've put the shotgun on the mantle) I've decided to go…

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JANUARY 20, 2010 4:07PM

Biting the Bullet and Writing a Bible

I've come to the conclusion that I need both a bible and a detailed timeline for the Pandora Building series I'm writing. I've avoided doing it, but now that I've started in on After Love at First Sight, I'm realizing how much I desperately need a detailed timeline. Since The Other…

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JANUARY 19, 2010 4:01AM

Writing Like Jude Deveraux

I've fought it for a long time and now I've just decided to embrace it fully - I'm a romance writer. Not Chick-Lit or Hen-Lit or Womens-Lit. I write romance plain and simple and I'm not ashamed. Since I read my first Jude Deveraux novel (I think it was The Black Lyon -… Read full post »
I've neglected my promise to myself to blog. On top of that I haven't been blogging about writing and the long, arduous, heartbreaking and joyless process of trying to get published. So as September is finished (and thank god for that) I recommit myself to the point of this exercise…

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 11:07AM

Kayne You Ass Bag

So I'm a day behind the curve with the whole Kanye / Taylor thing, but that's for a few reasons.
  1. I dislike MTV
  2. I dislike awards shows
  3. I don't have TV in my house
I finally got around to watching Kanye West's latest award show meltdown. Boy I'll bet the execs at MTV wish he'd…

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