Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Dugtungan. It's a Good Thing

More than a year ago, my online writing group (Filipinas, all—check out Susan Evangelista's essay about us right here) collaborated on a short story together. I can't even remember how it began...I think Nadine Sarreal started us off and we took turns adding to the piece in what Cecilia Brainard (the Rainbow Goddess herself!) referred to as "dugtungan," (connecting?) style. She says this type of collaboration used to be quite popular in Philippine literature. And she must be right because I just googled "dugtungan" and there are a bunch of Filipino message boards that do it for fun.

Anyways, Nadine ended up combining our names—something hilarious like 'Celsino Montreal' or something—and submitting it to the upcoming SAWI Heartbreak anthology (edited by Ada Loredo, BJ Patino and Rica Santos). And they accepted it! Which is kinda fun. So thank you to the editors for looking kindly on us.

And one of these days I will start a Pinoy Blogger dugtungan, and you all better play along...

6 comments:

weez said...

I'm not a writer by trade, but can I play?

ver said...

Not by trade, maybe, but The Weez is one helluva writer. Of course you can play!

Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor said...

Is there room for one more writer in your group?

And yes please! Set up that blog grrlfriend! I'll play!

ver said...

Lemme check it out, Bec. I'll backchannel in a bit...

barbara jane said...

excellent, what a fun idea! AND excellent also, ms. ver, yet another anthology we get to share space in! :-)

ver said...

I thought I remembered reading that on your blog, so I googled and sure enough, there it was. Yes, yes, very excellent!