Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Herman's Revenge or "Why one should not transplant cacti at midnight"

    Herman's Revenge or "Why one should not transplant cacti at midnight"

    Last night, the younger kids had gone to bed and Maya was working on summer homework (Yes, she got quite a lot of homework to do over summer break. *shakes head*); so I decided to take advantage of the quiet to do a few domestic things around the house that never seems to get done. This cactus had long outgrown his pot and was trying to escape. I tested it out, petted a small cluster, and was surprised at how soft the spines felt. "Why, this must be a special cactus that doesn't actually prickle," I said to myself as I[...]
    Ukrainian Connections

    Ukrainian Connections

    I was delighted to be a part of the "Trapped" Reading last week at Trap Door Theatre in Chicago when the publisher Whiskey Tit arranged for two of its writers (who happened to be of Ukrainian descent) to fly into Chicago for a reading. After a tasty dinner and lively conversation with Stefan O. Rak and Svetlana Lavochkina, we moved over to the theatre and welcomed guests. The audience was enthusiastic, the musical accompaniment provided an unusual, creative twist, and both Stefan and Svetlana were wonderful and engaging readers. I had broken my reading glasses an hour before, and one of the members[...]
    Reading Thursday in Chicago!

    Reading Thursday in Chicago!

    I was invited by Miette Gillette of Whisk(e)y Tit to participate in a reading this Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Trap Door Theatre.  I will be joining Svetlana Lavochkina and Stefan O. Rak, two other writers of Ukrainian ancestry. Miette was one of the wonderful people at Iambik Audiobooks who helped to turn The Silence of Trees into an audio book (You can read about that here). She has since started her own experimental literature publishing company, Whisk(e)y Tit, to serve as "literary wet nurse" for books that "would otherwise be abandoned in a homogenized literary landscape. In a world gone[...]
    Read the Comments

    Read the Comments

    In my last blog entry, I wrote about the song that my kids and I worked on together for the Amanda Palmer Blackout songwriting challenge--our first collaboration, my first songwriting lyric attempt, my 12 year-old-daughter's first time singing in a public space, my son's first time working with lyrics for one of his compositions. That's a lot of firsts. I'm not a singer, and my daughter enjoys it, so I asked her to be a part of this because it's summer and I wanted to try making something together; but the truth is, I would have sung the lyrics myself (however[...]
    Thank You for Listening

    Thank You for Listening

    Last week, I heard about the blackout in New York City, 42 years after the Blackout of 1977, which lasted 36 hours. I noted that it was interesting, and went back to typical weekend preparation for the week to come. The next day, over lunch, I was catching up with social media, and I read about a challenge issued by singer Amanda Palmer to write a song inspired by the blackout... due in a week. (That's tonight, Sunday, July 21, 2019.) I thought, "It might be fun to collaborate with Liam on that." Liam, my son, is 14 and has been composing[...]

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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