Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Forking Good Book Release Day!

    Forking Good Book Release Day!

    Holy Forking Shirtballs! Our quirky cookbook inspired by The Good Place and full of puns and philosophical meandering is out in the world today! Thank you to Quirk Books, our editor Jhanteigh Kupihea, our illustrator Dingding Hu, and the entire team at Quirk who helped to bring it into the world! What does book release day look like for this author? Two misplaced coffee mugs (still full) that I set down someplace until they promptly vanished (fairies, I know), dry shampoo in the eye, a quick breakfast and kid drop-off after minor sock drama, day job login and morning email, internet connectivity[...]
    Homes and Hearths

    Homes and Hearths

    This year for Wyrd Words, we took the retreat to Europe, to the Isle of Skye, where American-based writers connected with European friends. I am so grateful that Wyrd Words participants always bring imaginative, thoughtful, open-hearted energy to our workshops and retreats. Plus there is power in the settings we are lucky to work in, places with their own pulse and personality. The Isle of Skye was an incredible backdrop for our week of creative work, a profound and majestic wilderness. Every sunrise, dusk, and star-filled sky was a gift. Stepping outside to breathe in the wide open sky, catching a glimpse of the[...]
    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[...]

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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