Elsewhere: a Lit Mag for Writing About Place

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS, ELSEWHERE:

“We envision Elsewhere to be a space for work that has trouble finding its place. We are interested in creative work that deals with marginalization in some form or another. We don’t think of race, gender, class and sexuality as dirty words or as problems to be dealt with outside of literature and art. Rather, we think of them as central to creative activity.”

So, send them your stuff, dear blog readers.

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A few weeks ago, self was traipsing around southern California in the company of her ex-Assumption Convent classmates (even just typing those words — Assumption Convent — sounds quaint to self’s California ears!). And one of them agreed to spend the day with self, driving to and from San Diego.

And after almost three hours of driving, the two of us ended up in Balboa Park. In a section that was very very hot, with small trails and a children’s playground. And after some woebegone wandering about, self found the greatest discovery:  THE MUSEUM OF TORTURE. And she persuaded her classmate to venture inside and have a look. And indeed there were so many wonders contained therein, wonders such as:

  • the self-mortifying iron ring
  • the iron chastity belt
  • The “Iron Maiden” of Nuremberg (the last recorded use of which was August 1515)
  • All manner of scourges and flails

Self will not get too much into it, but suffice it to say, this museum is so interesting, situated right in Balboa Park.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Nighttime 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is NIGHTTIME.

Self looooves taking nighttime shots. She was about to write that she *never* uses flash, but remembers that the picture she took of the giant puppet was taken with flash.  Otherwise, there would undoubtedly have been more blurring.

Karaoke Bar, Bacolod.  Self heard singing from there almost every night.

Karaoke Bar, Bacolod. Self heard singing from there almost every night.

Lacson Street, downtown Bacolod, during Masskara 2012

Lacson Street, downtown Bacolod, during Masskara 2012.  Local high schools compete to create the best giant puppets. Judging is on the last day of the Masskara Festival.

The Moon!  Looking white and ghostly through the French doors at the back of her house.

The Moon! Looking white and ghostly through the French doors at the back of self’s house in Redwood City, CA.

Endurance 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ENDURANCE.

Endurance as in . . . physical exertion. As in HUMAN LABOR.

Loading sugar cane, a hacienda near Murcia, Negros Occidental

Loading sugar cane, a hacienda near Murcia, Negros Occidental

On the Venetian Lagoon:  April 2013

Rowing a craft on the Venetian Lagoon, April 2013 (The blur was not intentional: These little craft move unbelievably fast)

Cambridge, UK: Just behind the restaurant Plough, May 2014

Cambridge, UK: Just behind the restaurant Plough, May 2014

Endurance: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ENDURANCE.

Show us what endurance means to you. Is it that high-school diploma, beads of sweat earned on a long run, a treasured family heirloom, or something else entirely?

Street Vendor, South Super Highway, Manila: That smile. Wonder how much money he makes selling from car to car when the traffic stalls. Warrant ya, NOT MUCH.

Street Vendor, South Super Highway, Manila: That smile. Wonder how much money he makes selling from car to car when the traffic stalls. Warrant ya, NOT MUCH. Still, he endures.

Gracie dozes -- Self missed spending time with her when she started traveling. Adopted at 1 yr. old, she passed away three years ago from complications of diabetes. But she had the biggest, bravest heart.

Gracie dozes — Self missed spending time with her when she started traveling. Adopted at 1 yr. old, she passed away three years ago from complications of diabetes. But she had the biggest, bravest heart. She endured self’s long absences.

Mount Kanlaon: Still active, after thousands of years. It's in the center of Dear Departed Dad's home island of Negros, in the central Philippines.

Mount Kanlaon: Still active, after thousands of years. It’s in the center of Dear Departed Dad’s home island of Negros, in the central Philippines. Its mystery only seems to grow, with each of self’s succeeding visits to Negros. It endures.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Venice Beach, Retro-Modern

Self’s room came with an orange slinky.

Seriously, how fabulous is that?

She’s taken about 20 pictures of the slinky already.

Self's Room in Venice Beach

Venice Beach: Orange Love

The neighborhood is fabulous: seedy, yet fabulous.

The neighborhood is fabulous: seedy, yet fabulous.

Self had the BEST waitress, the Best! Her name is Amber.

Self had the BEST waitress, the Best! Her name is Amber.

Everyone here smiles and is so friendly. Can self just stay in Venice Beach forever?

Stay tuned.

Humanity 5: The Shiva Temple at Bajnath (Himachal Pradesh, January 2012)

Self is really loving this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:  HUMANITY.  She’s got so many photos that fit the theme.

In January 2012, self went to India. Specifically, the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It was very cold. In the villages and temples, though, people smiled at her.

Pulling a bell = praying/ making a wish

Pulling a bell = praying/ making a wish

Waiting for alms just outside the entrance of the Shiva Temple

Waiting for alms just outside the entrance of the Shiva Temple at Bajnath

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Humanity 4: Jeepney Interior, Siquijor, March 2012

Self loves the current WordPress Photo Challenge:  HUMANITY. As it turned out, almost everything she’s posted on this theme so far are photos she took in the Philippines.

Siquijor is an island off Dumaguete, in the province of Negros Oriental.

Its allure has always been powerfully mysterious, at least to self. It’s rather a large island, with several well-populated towns. But it seems a world apart. The people of Siquijor may be poor, but they don’t appear desperate. The island is clean, and tourists don’t seem to be coming in droves, thank God.

She’s visited the island a couple of times, the last time in 2012. It’s a short ferry ride from Dumaguete.

Jeepney Interior: Siquijor, March 2012

Jeepney Interior: Siquijor, March 2012

It is hard to take a clear shot inside a jeepney, especially when there is a constant movement of people getting on and off.

It is hard to take a clear shot inside a jeepney, especially when there is a constant movement of people getting on and off.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Humanity 3: More From Bacolod’s Masskara Festival, October 2012

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It’s all about the STREET.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Humanity 2: Bacolod Masskara Festival, October 2012

From the WordPress Daily Post website:  take photographs “that capture humanity — of everyday people around the world . . . “

Bacolod (Negros Occidental, Philippines) is all about masks. The most elaborate ones can be seen on the streets during the annual Masskara Festival in October.

Street Dancer, Masskara Festival, October 2012

Street Dancer, Masskara Festival, October 2012

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Adventure 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Detail of wall carving, Angkor Wat: Self was there in 2004.

Detail of wall carving, Angkor Wat: Self was there in 2004.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre for Artists in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland: Self was there in May 2014.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre for Artists in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland: Self was there in May 2014.

Girlfriends! Met these two girls from Beijing in a restaurant in Burano, April 2013.

Girlfriends! Met these two girls from Beijing in a restaurant in Burano, April 2013. They were rooming together in Paris while learning — what else? — French. They both spoke perfect English. They took time off from French classes to see Venice. One cannot dine anywhere in Italy without having wine, hence self’s rather flushed demeanor.

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