In my house, I have two rooms, the living room and the kitchen.  When we bought the house, I anticipated that we’d want to sell it in some time.  So, we painted the living room a  subdued beige color, so as to not startle potential buyers on first impression.  It looks really nice and comfortable. When people come, they compliment us on it. But it’s boring. Dull, dull, dull.  It looks like everyone else’s living room.

The second room is the kitchen.  I’ve always dreamed of having an orange kitchen. This was non-negotiable.  Everyone told us not to paint the kitchen orange.  Even if they didn’t say anything, they thought it was weird as hell to have a bright orange kitchen.  But, even though it was very hard for me to do, I ignored them and painted the kitchen orange. It looks great. It’s my favorite room in the house. It reflects who I am, and it looks great with almost any other color: black, white, turquoise.

You get where I’m going with this.  The blog is my living room.  No matter how weird  and quirky it seems, I still have to keep it nice and tidy because my first and last name are on it.

This book is the kitchen.  Well, it’s not entirely the kitchen.  But it’s as close as I could come in a debut work. This book is hundreds of hours of work late at night after work and class, writing, grinding my teeth, sometimes crying, sometimes laughing hysterically at the mountain of work ahead of me.  It’s me reading passages to Mr. B hundreds of times for clarity, it’s me cutting thousands of words, thinking of the right phrase.

This book is twenty years in the making. Since I declared when I was five that I wanted to write my autobiography, I knew this day would somehow come.  I just never thought this is the book I’d end up writing, and I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be able to self-publish. This book is all of my hopes, fears, and dreams.  This book is my labor of love.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it, and that, no matter your opinion of the book, you leave a review on Amazon, or in the comments here.  I’m dying to know what you think.  I happen to think it’s not too bad, but I’m biased.

Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote that a person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down. Well, my pants are down, and I am terrified.



P.S. If you have problems buying it, please let me know.  Vicki.Boykis@gmail.com

It’s here!
It’s 60ish pages long. It’s 99 cents.
It’s on Amazon for Kindle.
It’s a PDF and it’s an EPUB.







  1. “Kitchen… is now my favorite room in the house” haha, that is SO Russian of you :-)

    P.S. How could you forget Da Control Center?

    1. We actually changed the office around so it’s less control-center-y, but now we need a couch. I am looking for an orange one ;)

      Also, the kitchen is absolutely my favorite room when I don’t have to cook in it.

  2. Congratulations! Good for you that you have accomplished your dream! I just purchased your book and look forward to reading it.I already know your words will put a smile on my face. ♥

  3. So proud of you! Just sent this to two friends – one who plans to travel to Ireland sometime in the next year or so, & another who will be living in Ireland for six months & might as well travel to Scotland while he’s there. :)

  4. Hey Vicky,

    I’ve read your book. I enjoyed some parts, and some were a tad boring (the history lessons mostly). What I liked the most is when you were talking about yourself, your feelings, your views. I don’t necessarily agree with your take on Russians, and sometimes it seems that you’re trying to be funny at their expense, but then again, you emphasize that this is a part of your background, so you totally have the right to be as self-ironic as you wish. :)

    You should write more. I’ll be curious to see some of your fiction work.

    1. Thank you for reading and for taking the time to offer some feedback, especially with a baby to wrangle! :)

      I tried to keep the history as pruned down as possible because I know at the beginning it was a lot to wade through. People who are into Scotland/history seemed to like those parts, but it looks like I didn’t edit it down enough or maybe it didn’t necessarily belong in the book at all?

      Which parts didn’t you agree with about Russians?

  5. In terms of what I did not agree with. :) Russian food is great, ha-ha. :) Well, OK, a lot of the dishes are on the heavy/fuel side, but you should have tried potatoes with pork or borshch from botwa and yazyk that my grandma cooked in the brick oven… So freaking delicious!

    And I think Russian tourism thing applies more to middle aged/elderly Russians who travel with tourist groups, but not to younger generations.

    There was something else, but those are the things that I can think of. But Vicky, the fact that I don’t agree, does not mean that either one of us is wrong!

    I think that including history in a short review book like yours is absolutely appropriate. It’s just that I usually have a short attention span when it comes to it, but there are plenty of people who like history a lot, and I am sure that for them it’s all interesting.

    As I said before, I really enjoyed the parts where you were writing about yourself, your life, your feelings of being trapped or being in love. :)

    1. Not saying either is wrong, I just was curious what parts you thought were inaccurate to your experience.

      I agree that people our age travel in a more relaxed way than our parents…but we maybe inherited some of their habits ;)

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