Let’s start from the beginning; what exactly does Galuri mean?
According to Gabriel Lucatero’s crazy ideas, the ones that show up unannounced on a regular basis, Galuri is an acronym, a made-up name, the first two letters from his name and two last names:
There it is. Mystery solved.
He has wanted to use that name for a long time. Initially, he thought of using it for one character only, but the idea occurred that he could do it twice, for two people that are entirely different. Two different personalities, two different ways to see the world, and even two different genres.
The latter is his heavy cross to carry since he finds himself unable to focus on one genre only.
Let’s start with Galuri Outis, the undocumented immigrant. His story is what falls in the transgressive fiction genre, the one that talks about characters who bend, shake and even brake all the rules, always looking for ways to survive in this world. It’s evident that Galuri Outis is based on Gabriel since he is an immigrant with a penchant for writing everything he does.
You could say Galuri Outis is a go-getter, even though he doesn’t ‘get’ much, but continues to do what he likes to do in spite of the constant challenges and struggles that try to hinder his progress. If you read My First Transgressions, you could see he is a bit stubborn, sadly incongruent at times, but also highly passionate about one thing only: his education.
He would rather live a life with multiple, unstable jobs, but as long as he has the time to educate himself, find that path towards a better life, he will continue to fight against the odds. In a way, ironically, his current instability is present because he is working hard to find himself and what he truly wants to do for the rest of his life.
*take note of that: he is trying to find himself.
This last point takes us to our next character: Galuri Leirbag, the main character of Underneath, an enchilada of a story, a combination of multiple genres, packed together into what Gabriel plans to turn into a tv series in the morrow (God willing). Underneath is science fiction because it is about a man literally out of this world. It’s is also a mystery or crime fiction, since the main character can get into people’s heads and solve cases, working as the sidekick of a novice detective in the SBPD.
When Galuri Leirbag came to this world, he became aware of his retrograde amnesia, the loss of memory-access to events that occurred, or information that was learned, before an injury or the onset of a disease. To his bad luck, as he looks for answers, he soon realizes he is not from this world since there are no records of himself on this side.
The two Galuris are not from this world, but as they live their lives here, looking for who they are has become their top priority.
Some of the glaring differences are that Outis is a profane Pandora Box, always saying what’s in his mind in the nastiest of ways. He doesn’t think what he says, he just says it, without caring if someone’s feelings get hurt. Leirbag, on the other hand, also enjoys saying what is on his mind, but his approach is elegant, pompous and even condescending. He doesn’t like profanity or slang words, and if he has to use them, he immediately hates himself for doing so.
As a writer of fiction and a generally imperfect human being, at one time Gabriel Lucatero found himself exhibiting these two glaring opposite personalities. In his twenties, he was a lot like Outis, and in his thirties, he would sometimes be a lot more like Leirbag. However, he soon realized nobody likes a pompous, condescending asshole with a big vocabulary.
It’s a hard pill to swallow.
His last choice? He needs to find a middle ground, making himself act in a whole different way that would be more harmonious and acceptable in the real world. Sure, he will continue making up stories because that’s what he loves to do, but maybe he should start thinking about holding onto a job once and for all.
As of this writing, he still works at a 7-11 here in town, edits a local magazine, continues going to Toastmasters meetings every Tuesday, and does community service with The Rotary Club. Like Outis, his education and life goals are important. Like Leirbag, he struggles to find himself in this city where he doesn’t belong.
He is having fun, though. In the end, that’s the most important thing he can do.