Seeker: In search of her soul, Sylvia has followed spiritual gurus to Teotihuacán, Palenque, Chichén Itzá, Bonampak, Yaxchilán, Misol Ha, Uxmal, Tulum, Cobá, Templo Mayor, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Assisi, Nueva York and anywhere else they told her to go. Until she ran out of money.
Sinner: Baptized Catholic, Sylvia realized the enormity of her original sin when she continually found herself in same-sex relationships, no matter how many times she tried to engage in heterosexual ones. Now that the world has so radically changed since Sylvia sobbed at Ellen DeGeneres' fictional coming out to Laura Dern through an airport microphone, she has found many other ways to sin.
Scholar: Sylvia's not really a scholar, but she liked the alliteration, and she did get her B.A. at Yale in 1979 (does that count?). She's written several textbooks to teach Spanish to American high school and college students. Over the years she has tried to award herself a faux MFA by reading every copy of the New Yorker cover-to-cover since 1985 as well as all manner of fiction, bestselling or not, and by writing stories, a novella (Of Two Minds), and a novel (The Fifth Codex).