Monday, October 07, 2013

To All Women and Their Shoes

Finally after almost a year, the book is here! Tracce, or Traces in English, the anthology by the Small Room Cultural Association, featuring your very own TG as one of the 13 writers in this collection of short stories!




I can’t be modest. Yes, ako na ang maangas! Hehehe! I’m just too happy right now. My work is finally published and I’m going back to the Philippines.

So let me tell you something about my short story. This is my first short story in Italian to be published. As a matter of fact, it’s my one and only literary piece to be published in a book. Yung iba online under different aliases, hehehe!

Le Scarpe della Prima Donna (The Prima Donna’s Shoes) was inspired by many women in my life and their complex and undying love for shoes. And I’d like to thank the following:

First and foremost, to Imelda Marcos and her thousands of pairs of shoes, the most glamorous woman whom I will always love and hate in my life.

Special thanks to Ms. Editor and her pumps. Without your affection for high heels and precision in Italian grammar my short story would be a total massacre of the Italian language.

Special thanks to Lady Gaga and her shoes of oddities for keeping me going all throughout those wintry months of writing and loneliness. Thanks for keeping up the beat and those weird pumps of yours!

Thanks to all the prima donnas of the opera world, in particular, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, and Monsterrat Caballe- for being the inspiration in creating my main female character as the most immaculate, loveliest and moving bitch of all time.

Thank you to Small Room Association for being generous enough to pick up my story and publish it, especially to my rockstar of a mentor and writer, Mirko. You’re one of the few men in my life whom I adore so much that it’s really so freakin’ gay.

Thank you to coffee and tea for keeping me awake and warm during the intense moments of research and reading. Thank you to wine and martini for keeping me clam and smooth during those evenings of workshops. Thank you to bitter rage and silence for being the driving force, the very batteries that kept me going during my creative phase.

Thanks to the fashion world, especially to Vogue, Christian Dior, Ferragamo, and Gucci, I learned so much about women’s shoes and for making me realize that there’s a little masochist in every woman obsessed with shoes.

Thanks to all the women in my family, especially to my mother, your stories and experiences, the pains and the struggles, your joys and happiness, gave my story a reason for being. The other female characters will not be buried and left behind. I will give voice to them so they’ll be heard.

And finally, thanks to my aunt for being the first person to buy a copy! Hehehe! Love your own sabi nga!

Kung makapag bigay ng acknowledgements kala mo novel na ang isinulat no, eh isang 1600-word short story lang naman. hahaha! The fact is it's a work in progress, a novel in the making. Ambitious right? Pero libre naman mangarap at masarap magsulat. Kaya sige, paninindigan ko na ang trip na ito.


Ah! 4:05 AM. Hindi ako makatulog. Konting oras na lang at pauwi na!

17 comments:

  1. Congratulation:) you are really gifted:) is there a copy in English?

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  2. Complimenti!
    I agree ikaw na ang maangas! Where's my copy?

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    1. Hindi po ako nagbibigay ng free copy. Kailangan kumita ng association. Hehehe!

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  3. syempre, nosebleed sa italian, so english please, much better kung filipino pleease....hihihihi

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  4. wow....congrats...kahit italian yan I want a copy:) I guess one of my Italian friend will help me para ma intindihan ko ng bongga!

    Have a safe trip...I'm sure your excited...hope one of the PBO e met ka:) then bigay mo na copy ko ha....lol

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    1. Come to laguna and you'll get a copy. Hehehe!

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    2. totoo? pag pinuntahan ka sa laguna, bibigyan mo ng kopya? pupunta ko! hihihihi

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  5. Sunud sunod ang magagandang balita ah :)

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  6. Wow! Congrats sir!

    I want copy kaya lang baka di english but still I want copy. Hehe!

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    1. Again please bilhin niyo online. We need money or we'll starve!

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  7. wow, that's a milestones for you already. congratulations po!

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  9. wow! San ba makakabili ng book na yan?

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Sige, sakayan niyo ang trip ko....