Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Night of the Deadlines

    Night of the Deadlines

    A dear friend met me for coffee a month ago and gifted me with the mug pictured below; when I opened the box, I laughed long and hard in the cafe where we were enjoying breakfast--it was perfect.When we started working on FORKING GOOD, I knew the deadline was going to be tight. I write pretty well under pressure, although it's often at the expense of things like sleep, socialization, and self-care. What I was not prepared for was *cooking* under pressure—because this cookbook manuscript wasn’t just an exercise in writing clever philosophy lessons related to the sitcom The[...]
    Remembering Gene Wolfe

    Remembering Gene Wolfe

    Gene Wolfe passed away last night, April 14, 2019. He was one of the world’s greatest writers, one of my literary heroes and inspiration, and he was my friend. Many people have written about his novels and stories, and more will continue to speak about Gene’s incredible talent, his sharp intellect and wit, his brilliant imagination and unforgettable characters. It’s all true and so much more. Gene’s writing bridged literary and genre worlds in a way unlike any other writer. His books and stories will stand the test of time.When the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame decided to honor a[...]
    The Taste of Something Sweet: A Small Ritual of Gratitude

    The Taste of Something Sweet: A Small Ritual of Gratitude

    As someone whose birthday falls ten days before Valentine's Day, there were always a lot of red and pink decorations around the stores for my mother to draw inspiration from when decorating for my birthday; and I loved the lacy decorations, the red balloons, the hearts and roses. I still do. They are pretty and passionate and powerful and provocative, and I adore them, especially vintage cards and decorations and handmade tokens of love.St. Valentine's Day is also my "Name Day," the feast day of the saint whose name I share. This is a tradition celebrated by many Ukrainians, and[...]
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    Our New Book Announcement is Forking Good!

    After several people we know and love told us that we really should be watching NBC's The Good Place, Stephen and I finally made time for it. We loved it and rewatched it with the kids in time for Season 3 to begin.For those of you who are not yet familiar, the show begins with Eleanor Shellstrop, who wakes up dead one day, welcomed into “the Good Place” as a reward for living such a good life. She is given her dream home, a heavenly neighborhood, and a soulmate. The only problem is that Eleanor realizes there has been a[...]
    With a Little Help

    With a Little Help

    To try and get more work done on the most recent book (announcement this week!) with its rapidly approaching deadline, I decided that I needed to take a little time away for focused progress.Katelan Foisy agreed to come with me on a roadtrip to stay at a mutual friend's house and work on our respective projects (and hopefully brainstorm about a collaboration or two down the line.)We ended up driving into a bit of a blizzard, stopping first for a quick bite at a cute cafe and to peek into a 100+ year old theatre:We made it safely there, unpacked[...]

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
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