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Valya Dudycz Lupescu
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In his essay “Beyond 1984: The People Machines,” Ray Bradbury writes: “People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much …
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In a recent NPR interview, actor Rainn Wilson bemoaned the commodification of nerdism, but acknowledged that because he is a nerd, the trend has helped...
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"It was par­tic­u­larly im­port­ant to us to show­case as di­verse a range of geek cul­ture as pos­sible, both lit­er­ar­ily and cul­tur­ally. So, yes, you’ll find life les­sons from Hog­warts and West­er­os and Smallville in there, but you’ll also find, for in­stance, Fat Charlie and his dad from Neil Gai­man’s Anansi Boys; San and Moro from Prin­cess Mononoke; Dana and her an­cest­or Ru­fus from Octavia But­ler’s Kindred."
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The "original web site," this farm in Northern Vermont encourages orb-weaver spiders to build their daily webs, and then sells the preserved masterpieces
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May 31st: Being a Geek is fantastic. I’ve been one for years and have so many moments in life that looking back on I used to shudder on them, but now I am like you know what…I was awesome! I think it all comes from two things...
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The Auschwitz museum has thousands of pieces of enameled kitchenware. In one mug, a carefully constructed false bottom successfully hid items from the Nazis.
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"Childhood makes us the people we are. While writing our new book, Geek Parenting, we realized that there’s another interesting truth that follows from this. The family dynamics we appreciate in a great fictional protagonist are just as visible in the true stories of the Americans who set out on a larger-than-life quest to become world leaders."

The Daily Beast invited Stephen and I to write something about Geek Parenting that would run on Mother's Day:
In honor of Mother’s Day, the authors of the new book ‘Geek Parenting’ show how family values ring true for fantasy heroes and real-world leaders alike.
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Virtually every parent has moments where they're like, "Ummm, what exactly am I supposed to do in this situation?" Whether it's because your kid won't stop crying in the middle of the grocery store or losing a board game results in a meltdown, there are so many everyday moments no one prepares you for.
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Beverly Cleary: A Century Worth Celebrating
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Writer
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Stories, poems, essays, and other things with words.
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I'm a writer, fueled by coffee.
Introduction
Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.
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Author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and the graphic novel, STICKS & BONES.
Education
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    MFA in Writing
  • DePaul University
    BA in English