Three years ago, I hit publish on this post. I
Last week, I attended the LATISM conference (in my hometown of NYC) and was recognized - for the 2nd year in a row - as a Top Bloguera. Three years ago, I had know idea that there was this whole world of Latina bloggers waiting to welcome me and accept me as one of their own.
When I think about where I was then and where I am now...DAMN! I've come a long way. In three years I went from wanting to be a writer, to being a writer. A real writer. I graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree and used this blog as my thesis. And I believe that one day, it will be published.
There are so many people in my life who don't get what I do. And there are some people who sort of smirk and roll their eyes when I tell them I write a blog.
But in these last three years, I don't think I've ever worked as hard. Blogging is hard work. And it's the most rewarding work I've ever done.
Three years ago, I started this blog because I was in the midst of a crisis - I didn't know it then. (That's a whole other blog post...coming soon.) I had fallen down this rabbit-hole and was trying to claw my way out. The more I write, the more years go by with The Boy and the more I learn about autism, I feel less and less like Alice.
Thank you all so much for your support, your words and your advice. I couldn't have gotten this far in my journey without you.
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- I Do Not Speak Spanish and Apparently That Makes Me an Embarrassment to My Culture
- Never Give Up on a Dream
- Do I Have a Right To Blog About My Special Needs Kid
Lisa Trivia: If you follow me on Twitter my handle is @LaliQuin. I created it before the blog. I tried changing it but AutismWonderland is 1 letter too long and I'm too lazy to start over or think of another handle. So why LaliQuin? Many of close friends call me Lili or Lali and Quin is the first 4 letters of my maiden name. Hence LaliQuin
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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.