About

I’m Vicki.  Sometimes I go to the Dead Sea.Sometimes I go to Scotland.

Usually, I just like to go.  I was born in Russia. I didn’t have a first name for a month, then I  was named after a breed of strawberry growing on my grandmother’s dacha in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. My full name is Victoria but I hate being called that because I don’t think I’ll ever grow into it.

When I was five my parents  decided that Russia was unhealthy for human beings and hightailed it to America.

Growing up, I knew 2.5 other Russian Jews and no one was writing about our experiences. I also didn’t know anyone else that was as weird as me. So, sometimes I write about being Russian and Jewish. But sometimes I write about feminism, careers, tech, Nutella, running, or what I did yesterday.

I live in the Philadelphia metro area . Me and my nice Russian Jewish husband, Mr. B  bought a house last year.

Before Philly, we used to live in and love Washington, D.C. and I will always bring up why DC is better than Philly.  Before that, Mr. B proposed to me in a synagogue in the city of Prague, which I hated. (Prague, not the synagogue or the proposal.)  Before that, Mr. B’s family and my family immigrated from the former Soviet Union.

In real life, I work with Big Data. I’m also working on my MBA, which I estimate will take 6 million years. I just self-published my first book. I’m working on my first novel.

You can email me: vicki.boykis@gmail.com. I’m also on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Quora, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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  1. I found your blog through Stasha at The Good Life, and I really like your writing style and the tone of your blog. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  2. Hi Vicki, thanks for the link to my post “Why Blogger Are Like Sperm.” I’m looking forward to exploring your blog and reading about your experiences at NaNoWriMo. I am a twice-over survivor of the 3-Day Novel Contest, which you might think about trying this September if you want to hate yourself for three solid days. I’m also a little bit of everything blogger.

    I love your voice on this blog. My favorite kinds of writers are the ones who sound like real people. I’ll be back.

    Kay

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    • Thanks! Found you via ThePioneerWomanSux and love the way you phrase your thoughts.

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  3. Nice blog Vicki!! Can really relate to your “Russian on the inside” point of view. keep up the good work.
    So true about TJ Maxx ;)
     

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  4. Vicki, three things and can you reply to me at danbloom AT gmail DOT com and I am in Taiwan, from Russia long ago, now timestamped 1949-2032:

    1. Why did you write on Forward site that gefilte fish is one of the worst foods in the world.? Just curious why you would belittle one of my favorite dishes. Sounds like a self-hating Jew speaking, is that really you? You can’t stand gefilte fish? Why? Whattasmatta wid ya? Dish!

    2. What do you think of the Anne Frank jokes of Ricky Gervais and Joan Rivers? Dish.

    3. Scotland! great idea for a book and well done, i just read it on kindle. BRAVO. you write well and are full of humor but why do you belittle gefilte fish? SIGH

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  5. Hi. I just stumbled upon your blog while googling about having a hard time with my novels. Basically, you’re my new best blog friend. I only read one post and your About and see that we already have like five things in common, including calling our husbands Mr. B. I like it! Talk to you soon :-)

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  6. I came across your blog because I was looking for images of a Jewish man and an Italian woman together. Interestingly, I spend time in both Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and I am writing a story based on my experiences in those cities. However, I am changing the locations to New York (DC) and Boston (Philadelphia). I’d like to follow your blog for more insight into the subjects I will be exploring. Hope you don’t mind if I tag along. Ciao!

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  7. Just discovered your blog; I like it very much, starting with the tagline, and I’m honored to be on your Russian blogroll! (Of course, it’s explained by the frustration you mention in the introduction to the list: на безрыбье и рак рыба…)

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    • Thank you for commenting! I love your blog so am very honored that you had time to do so :)

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  8. Found you through mutual blogging friends via the medias that are social. I really like your blog.

    dasvidanya, for now

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  9. Found you through mutual blogging friends via the medias that are social. I really like your blog.

    dasvidanya, for now

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  10. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. We have a few things in common; I can hear myself in your words. I’m a Jewish, Russian, Argentine, American immigrant …and an Indie author :-)

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