Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I Wrote a Story Under the Cancun Sun

A story I knew would be a tough one to get out from beginning to end. Since it was so personal, I figured I'd write it best with a clear head and an open heart. And I did so months ago while gazing at the sea with the sound of waves crashing in the background. No distractions, no influences and cut off from the people I knew. I just wanted to listen to what I had been trying to say.

A story about how my parents' dysfunctional relationship and their subsequent divorce affected my thoughts on marriage and my first relationship. Yes, I cried through it. Yes, I questioned whether I was comfortable setting my story free. But I also hoped it would touch someone who had gone through the same.

Well, it's finally out.

P.S. The beautiful model gracing our March cover is Sessilee Lopez. You might recognize her from one of the covers of last summer's Vogue Italia Black Issue. Be sure to check out her fashion spread for the mag...especially since it's NYC Fashion Week and all.

Image: latina.com


  1. Congratulations!
    The journalist side of you has to be super proud. I know writing the story had to be hard, but I'm glad you did it. It will probably help someone else to read it and see that they aren't alone. I hope you frame a copy, if not for anything more than just to show yourself that you did it.

  2. Aww, thanks so much Kelsey! That was so sweet. Yeah, I've written plenty before, but this one's pretty close to my heart. And I am proud. Mostly because exactly one year ago, I read the first essay we published in the March 2008 issue and said, "I want to get an essay published, too." And it happened.

    Now, when are we going to read yours?

  3. Writing personal stories and then WAITING for responses....can be deafening. I hope it rings with relief in your case.

    Road trip - totally.

  4. For some reason I was more nervous about my own coworkers and other people I know reading it! The opinions of people close to me hold a lot more weight. But their response so far has been great and very humbling :)

  5. do you write for latina? how cool is that, i think i knew but I forgot.
    personal writing is always amazing, keep it up.

  6. Congratulations on getting your story published! I'm sure all your co-workers have been very supportive and complimentary about your article. Hopefully you'll write another one soon about something fantastic that has happened as a result of experiencing what you did.

  7. I can't wait to read it! I am buying the magazine on my way home tonight!

  8. Franco, yeah for over a year and a half now.

    chicagolady, thanks and I hope so!

    torrance & mj, thank you :)

    heidi, you're the bestest! I know you've been asking about it so let me know what you think.

  9. Congrats!

    You must be super proud. I will have to run to the bookstore and check out your article. Or is it available online?

  10. No, it's only in the magazine actually. You'll find my stuff on pgs. 29, 63, 70, 74, and the essay on 76. Phew! May is even more exhausting.

    And THAT'S why I hadn't been posting as regularly :)

  11. that's so strong of you, and you've got to be BEYOND proud of yourself! i can't wait to pick up a copy. what topics do you usually write about in latina?

  12. valerie, I usually write for the lifestyle section so I've covered health, career & money, love & sex, home stuff and just overall well being. It's fun! I also write a monthly column about what charity work Latino celebs are doing or how they're trying to help our community. That one's been a gratifying one to write for the past year.

    And online I've written about celebs, politics, parenting and health news as well.

  13. Congrats on getting published and kudos for setting your story free.

  14. Congratulations Dorkys! Not only on your story being published but that you had the courage and bravery to write it. You can't go wrong when you write from the heart.


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