Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    Thoughts at the Turn of a Decade

    Thoughts at the Turn of a Decade

    I planned to spend the last day of 2019 writing and the evening hanging out with the kids. They’re getting older, and I know that days spent celebrating New Year’s Eve with Mom are few and precious. But then I decided that I wanted to prepare a special meal for the day, which meant that instead I spent much of the afternoon in the kitchen making a cassoulet—as well as a batch of varenyky in advance for Sviat Vechir, Ukrainian Christmas Eve, next week. So, in between chopping and sautéing, braising and boiling, I kept leaning over to jot down thoughts[...]
    Touring our new cookbook — and spending time with family

    Touring our new cookbook — and spending time with family

    Thank you to everyone who came out to Astoria Bookshop for our New York launch and to the Book Cellar for our Chicago launch! Both bookshops were wonderful and we had a terrific turnout! I meant to write sooner, but we've been bouncing from one thing to the next for the last month. We brought the kids for the NYC launch, as well as batches of Dante's Nine Layers of Torture Bars and Pythagorean Serum cocktails to share with the audience. Inspired by Dingding's costume, Stephen and I decided to dress as a gender-swapped Michael and Janet for the Chicago party... The[...]
    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[...]

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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