Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Writers and Nebulas

    Writers and Nebulas

    If you're involved with publishing or books in some way or another, you likely know that BEA (BookExpo America) is in Chicago this year (May 11-13). What you may not know is that there's another literary event overlapping as well. The Nebula Conference is in Chicago on May 12-15 and will feature seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing. There is no one path to being a writer (except for the work of writing and revising). Some of us have gone through MFA or PhD programs. Some of us come from backgrounds in journalism or advertising. We are lawyers, teachers,[...]
    From Awkward to Awesome

    From Awkward to Awesome

    For those of us who grew up in the 80s and early 90s, the brainy Encyclopædia Britannica kid from the tv commercial was an iconic image of what a nerdy kid looked and sounded like. For those of us who *were* nerdy kids in the 80s, it was an extremely familiar image. (I certainly had the big glasses.) It's likely no surprise that my Geek Parenting coauthor, Stephen H. Segal, was also a nerd; and when he was young, he shared enough of a physical resemblance to the Encyclopædia Britannica kid (played by Donavan Freberg), that he was quite often mistaken[...]
    Books and Gratitude

    Books and Gratitude

    When I was little, books lived mostly at the library and occasionally came home with me by way of treasures ordered from Scholastic flyers we received at school. I loved those days when the teacher distributed the neatly rubberband-bound piles topped with order slips bearing our names. I don't think I ever verbalized it to my parents, but even then I was consciously building a library. My family had a few books and a collection of encyclopedias that I adored on shelves on the back porch, but the only people in my extended family who had anything close to what I envisioned as a proper library were my[...]
    GEEK PARENTING Chicago Release Party at The Book Cellar!

    GEEK PARENTING Chicago Release Party at The Book Cellar!

    On Saturday, April 16th, 6pm-8pm, we’ll be having the Geek Parenting Chicago Book Launch at The Book Cellar! Many of you have been there before and know what a wonderful bookstore it is. We had my The Silence of Trees book launch and the Conclave: A Journal of Character release parties there back in 2008 and 2010. The owner, Suzy, has been able to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere for families, book clubs, and all manner of literary events. This profile came out in February in the Chicago Review of Books, but it’s worth sharing again to celebrate one of of Chicago’s finest independent[...]
    Today is Release Day for GEEK PARENTING!

    Today is Release Day for GEEK PARENTING!

    "Parenting is hard. It may not be “stop the supervillain and save the entire universe from destruction” hard. But it weighs just as heavy on our hearts. Parenting is what brings us to bookstores for self-help guides and propels us into conversations with other moms, dads, and guardians. Beyond advice about diaper brands and prom protocol, what are we looking for when we ask these kinds of questions? To know we’re not alone. To be reassured that we’re not the only ones afraid of screwing up our kids. To be reminded that even Wonder Woman’s mom made mistakes sometimes." ~[...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

Robert McClelland
Indie Comix

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