December 28, 2003

Firehorse Productions, Inc. and Midori's Newsletter
December 28, 2003

Table of contents

  • Name my next book and win a prize! + Recent adventures & thoughts
  • January classes and shows (Toronto, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles)
  • Seeing into the Future: 2004 expected Midori sightings
  • Midori's Salon / Student Lounge in Yahoo group, BeautyBond.com etc.

    Next Issue: I'll release a new essay draft I'm working on.
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    RECENT ADVENTURES & THOUGHTS

    I hope that each of you are having a wonderful winter holiday season!
    Where does the time go? I can't believe it's been two months since I last wrote to you, my dear readers.
    Since I last wrote to you I have been spending a lot of time with my butt in an airplane seat.
    I had a grand time in Copenhagen at KinkyCopenhagen. What an amazing event! It was a convergence of many different sexual communities in one place. . . The Tantra folks, the swingers, the BDSM folks, the fetishists, the merchants and the artists. It was really cool to get to hang out with fellow San Franciscan, perv photographer Charles Gatewood there too. Kind of funny, don't you think, that it takes a trip across the world for me to hang with my Bay Area perv friends? I also met some really cool new friends and hung out with wickedly fun old kink buddies too!

    Then I went to Boston where I chilled my heels with my usual Bean Town Buddies and taught classes. Kim Airs of Grand Opening Boutique and I have decided that next April we'll run the full weekend intensive immersion of "Art of Feminine Dominance" in Boston. That's exciting news for me as I love teaching that with Kim.

    Other trips I took... I returned to Dallas for a multi hour suspension show at The Church at the Lizard Lounge.
    The weekend of SouthWest Leather Conference and Master/slave Contest was remarkable. The emphasis was on spirituality. Although it was their first year, I believe this is going to be one of those "must-attend" leather events of a national scale.
    The participants were seasoned and sincere leather folk. The play party was intense. The presentations and classes were really top notch and deep & rich in their content. My boy Khadan and I presented on Primal Play there, a class that I had retired for a couple of years as I did not have the right person, with the necessary connection at the heart and primal place, to co-present with. In this class I open myself deeply, both emotionally and psychologically, while taking physical risks right before the students. . . You could say it's presenter edge play. . . so it's very special to me.
    SWLC was the right venue to go there for me. I really look forward to returning and re-connecting with the Master/slave community at SWLC. Mark the first weekend of December 2004 in your calendars!

    December also marked my long awaited return to Los Angeles. We were totally debauched there. The private party that my hostesses in LA threw was simply carnal . . . and also very intelligent. You gotta love a party where at one side of the room a couple of naked women are entwined with a huge Hello Kitty vibrator while at the other side a familiar film face is in a deep discussion of the nature of Master/slave relationships and still at another corner is a director chatting about bondage clubs in Japan . . . I still managed to get enough rest to present a class on Rope to LARAWW and Humiliation to Pantheon West. (I'll be returning to LA in January and May.)

    I've also managed to carve out some family time and leather family time around Thanksgiving and Solstice/Christmas.

    My inner child came out fully with the present opening. One of the coolest presents I received was Barbie as Catwoman. It's not one of those 'altered' Barbies. It's a full on authentic Barbie from Mattel. She's in a Purple PVC cat suit, a hood, wicked looking grin, black shiny thigh high boots and, get this, a bull whip! She's a total Fetish Babe! If you go to www.barbiecollectibles.com and search under "catwoman" you'll find her. You can also click here.

    If you like Catwoman, check out the "Lounge Kitties" in Tiger and Panther in the 2004 line. Ooooh, I lust after them and their accessories. They look like they stepped right out of Skin Two magazine! I don't know who's designing them, but they're hot!

    Ooops, I let Princess Id, (my 8 year old dominant girl alter ego) take over my newsletter writing there. Sorry!

    So, once again it's time to turn the calendars to a new year. What are you up to? If you're in San Francisco, I hope you can join me and my very depraved friends at the Debaucherama party. For info go to www.debaucherama.com

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    Name My Next Book and Win a Prize!

    Remember that once in a while I run contests? Ok, here's one.
    I have a collection of my essays coming out from Daedalus Publishing. These are the non-fiction articles on kink, fetish, SM, sex and pervy adventures that I've been writing for the last 5 years plus a few new chapters just for this book. Daedalus is the same fine publisher that delivers to you some of the essential SM education books such as "Consensual Sado Masochism" and "Leather Sex".
    We need a title.
    This is where you, my dear readers, come in!
    Here's what the publisher said about a title.
    "As for the title: I loved the title of your Japanese bondage book. It was so specific and pleasurable at the same time. Being literal in the title helps willing book buyers find your book in a search- so anything with sex, sensual, dominant, SM, etc. would be great. And a sense of humor in the title is great as well. It would be great to show your wittiness in the title." *Please note that this is not a book on bondage like my last book although there will be some chapters on the pleasure and psychology of bondage.
    Come up with a title that the publisher and I like, and most importantly helps to sell the book!
    Submit your ideas by e-mail to: Midori@fhp-inc.com
    Deadline: Midnight Pacific Time, Sunday January 31st.
    Prize: One signed copy of my new book and an archival print from BeautyBound.com
    Winner will be announced in my yahoo discussion group and in the eNewsletter.

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    UPCOMING CLASSES & EVENTS

    Toronto, Canada
    Sat Jan 10, 2004, 1pm - 4pm
    Class: "Predicament Bondage"
    Location: 129 Spadina, Toronto
    For more info to or pre-register, send e-mail to canadian_equus@yahoo.com
    Cost: I think it's Can$30
    Here's a class for fun-loving, wicked tops and for bottoms who enjoy a challenge. Predicament bondage creates a situation where the bottom is 'between a rock and a hard place. Whichever direction the bottom moves has consequences, either physical or psychological. It can challenge your endurance, your pain threshold, or your pride. The class will include several demos, and you may have an opportunity to volunteer for one. If you're a service bottom or an escape artist, you may get a new challenge!

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    Toronto, Canada
    Sun Jan 11, 2004, 12:00p-5:00p
    " Beyond Duality: When You Don't Fit the Standard Kink Roles " & "Greed & Desire: Working out scene roles and relationships"

    Class for SaferSM Education Project (AIDS Committee of Toronto). For more info and details to attend go to http://safersm.org/
    An afternoon of figuring out scene and leather relationship dynamics with Midori
    Part 1: "Beyond Duality: When You Don't Fit the Standard Kink Roles"
    (Previously known as 'Dominant Masochist, Submissive Sadist, & Other Fresh Insights to Desire')
    Midori kick up the dust again! Ever feel like you don't quite fit in to the roles and terms commonly used in SM and kinky sex? Do you have a vague discomfort at what seems to be a dualistic expectation how we play? . . When are we a real top or real bottom? What is your possible range of experience as a dominant or submissive? Have you had a scene that leaves you vaguely unfulfilled? Do you question how your desires fit your partners? In this unique class Midori will show you a new way to look at your desire, question leather conservatism. She will help you to investigate how to meet your needs and your partner's needs and to find new ways to reach towards a satisfying scene.
    Part 2: "Greed & Desire: Working out scene roles and relationships"
    Based on Part 1: Beyond Duality. Part 1 required
    How do you create the best multiple person scenes? How do you make a scene work when your desires don't seem totally compatible? What secret to structuring a successful relationship with SM in it? Can a leather-centered relationship really work? In this workshop we'll discover ways to navigate individual desires and needs in scenes and relationships to maximize satisfaction.
    An afternoon for everyone across gender, orientation and experience.
    General Info:
    • Since space is limited, please reserve your seat in advance with the Safer Sex Education Project.
    • There is no dress code for the seminars. Anyone interested in learning about SM is welcome.
    • Coffee, tea, & juices are provided during breaks in the seminar.
    • To reserve your seat, or for more information about and prices for the safer SM seminars please call The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) on 416.340.8484, ext. 317.
    • Prices are usually about $20 (includes a donation to the AIDS Committee of Toronto).

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    Toronto, Canada
    Monday, January 12, 2004 7:30p-10:30p
    "Hands-On Intro to Japanese and Other Creative Rope Bondage Essentials"
    Class at Come As You Are Boutique
    For more info: http://www.comeasyouare.com/
    Toll free: 877-858-3160, local: 416-504-7934
    Where: 701 Queen Street West (just west of Bathurst), Toronto
    Cost: Can$30 (Sliding Scale Available)
    Rope bondage can be simple, elegant, effective and sensual. But if you don't know how to do it right, it can be dangerous. Midori will teach you how to use this most versatile bondage tool to maximize fun and minimize risks. Learn basic techniques such as two-column restraint, body harnesses and creative positions. She is an expert in safe and effective Japanese inspired rope bondage. There will be time for hands-on practice, so wear comfortable clothing and if possible, please bring two pieces of twenty five to thirty foot soft nylon rope (there will also be limited supplies for sale).

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    Montreal, Canada
    Tuesday, January 13, 2004, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
    "Hands-On Intro to Japanese and Other Creative Rope Bondage Essentials"
    Class at Come As You Are Boutique
    For more info: http://www.comeasyouare.com/
    Tel: 514-495-0444,
    Where: Come As You Are Sexuality Boutique
    5427 Boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, Canada H2T 1S5
    Cost: Can$25 (Sliding Scale Available)
    (Workshop is facilitated in English)
    Rope bondage can be simple, elegant, effective and sensual. But if you don't know how to do it right, it can be dangerous. Midori will teach you how to use this most versatile bondage tool to maximize fun and minimize risks. Learn basic techniques such as two-column restraint, body harnesses and creative positions. She is an expert in safe and effective Japanese inspired rope bondage. There will be time for hands-on practice, so wear comfortable clothing and if possible, please bring two pieces of twenty five to thirty foot soft nylon rope (there will also be limited supplies for sale).

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    Montreal, Canada
    Wednesday, January 14, 2004
    7:30p-10:30p
    "Aural Sex 1: Seduction by Voice and Erotic Story Telling"
    Class for Come As You Are boutique,
    For more info: http://www.comeasyouare.com/
    Tel: 514-495-0444,
    Where: Venez Tels Quels
    5427, Boul. Saint-Laurent (just south of St.Viateur)
    Cost: Can$25 (Sliding Scale Available)
    (Workshop is facilitated in English)
    The brain is the biggest sex organ and the voice can be the most powerful tool to create the hottest scenes. Midori will show you how to use the hypnotic magic of the voice to seduce your lover long before you enter the bedroom or the dungeon. Learn how to suggest, command, tease and take control with the art of voice. Enjoy practical exercises, tips and secrets of oral seduction. Most of the class will address fundamentals and skills applicable to all sensual encounters. There will be a specific section of the class dedicated to voice and command techniques to enhance your SM and D/s scenes. This class applies to SM players and non-SM players alike and will feature demos, practical exercises, and tips.

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    Montreal Canada
    Thursday, January 15, 2004, 8:00p-10:00p
    Suspension Bondage Made Easy
    Cost: Can$25
    Location: Ds Montreal Club, 3623 Wellington, Verdun
    To reserve, contact: viktoria@attitudes.cc (514) 806-0109 or Master Andre (514) 703-2376
    (Workshop is facilitated in English with French interpretation)
    How to enjoy suspension bondage safely for everyone. Learn creative ways to fly!
    This is not a rope suspension class.
    Sponsored by: Attitudes.cc http://www.attitudes.cc/ and the DS Montreal Club

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    Montreal Canada
    Thursday, January 15, 2004, 11pm -
    Erotic Bondage Show
    Rumor has it that Midori may be doing an erotic bondage performance at the elegant swingers' club "Le Cristal"
    For more info go to http://www.clublecristal.com
    (Currently the site is only in French)
    Location: 3614 St. Laurent
    Tel: (514) 281-6913
    Please call and ask them about dress code, membership info, etc.

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    Montreal Canada
    Friday, January 16, 2004, 9:00p-11:00p
    Thud, Percussive Play
    Cost: Can$25
    (Workshop is facilitated in English with French interpretation)
    Location: Ds Montreal Club, 3623 Wellington, Verdun
    To reserve, contact: viktoria@attitudes.cc (514) 806-0109 or Master Andre (514) 703-2376
    Midori likes to use her hands, whips, paddle, and even her shoes on a willing victim. She'll cover the creative use of a wide range of implements, safe skills, her favorite techniques, positions and games. Midori will also discuss the psychological impact of different types of percussion in a scene.
    Sponsored by: Attitudes.cc http://www.attitudes.cc/ and the DS Montreal Club

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    Montreal, Canada
    Friday, January 16, 2004, 11:15p and on
    Hanging out at the Fetish Café
    Midori will be hanging out at the Fetish Cafe after the Percussive Play class to take in the pleasures of kinky Montreal!
    For more info on this cool venue go to http://www.fetishcafe.ca
    Location: 2101 Ste-Catherine E.
    Tel: 514-526-0909
    (If their English page doesn't work, try clicking on the French page or just call them.)

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    San Francisco
    Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 9:00p until closing
    Performance at Bondage-A-Go-Go to celebrate it's new/old location!
    Bondage-A-Go-Go is moving back to its roots! Return to the Trocadero! (520 4th St)
    Come and see me do a special performance to celebrate the club where I spent so many debauched nights at!
    Read the club's web site and official blurb at http://www.bondage-a-go-go.com/

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    San Francisco
    Saturday, January 24, 2004 Afternoon
    MC of San Francisco Dyke boy & Dyke girl Contest
    For more Info go to http://www.dykedaddydiva-sf.org/

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    Los Angeles
    Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 8:30p-10:00p
    Advanced Rope Bondage & Problem Solving.
    Class for Avatar Club LA
    A class open to all gender and orientation over age 18
    Have fun with Midori as the whole group works to solve challenges in rope bondage. Come and play "Stump the Presenter" and learn the inner workings of devious rope bondage Tops! Midori will be taking questions, challenges and demo bottoms from the audience.
    Location: MCC meeting hall -- 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood (2 blocks north of Burbank Blvd.)
    Donation: $5.00, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
    For more info go to http://www.avatarla.org/

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    Los Angeles
    Thursday, January 29, 2004, 8:00p-10:00p
    Art of Feminine Dominance 1
    Class @ Grand Opening! Boutique, LA:
    Come and join Midori's first appearance at Grand Opening's new store in LA.
    Location: 8442 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, right across the street from world famous Barney's Beanery and right next door to Dream Dresser ®.
    Tel #: 323-848-6970
    For more info: http://www.grandopening.com
    Cost: $34
    Learn the foundations of wonderful feminine dominance skills. Elegance, power and confidence... Do you want to know how to be a dominant without being a bitch? How do you find a sexy and effective style of dominance? Fetish Diva Midori will share with you her secrets of the feminine art of dominance. She will discuss the psychology, politics, practical exercises, techniques, fashion and more. This class is not limited to a gender, but for all who harbor the powerful woman within! Something for everyone from the novice to the experienced player.

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    Los Angeles
    Friday, January 30, 2004, 8:00p-10:00p
    Aural Sex 1 - Seduction by Voice & Erotic Story Telling
    Class @ Grand Opening Boutique, LA
    Location: 8442 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, right across the street from world famous Barney's Beanery and right next door to Dream Dresser ®.
    Tel #: 323-848-6970
    For more info: http://www.grandopening.com
    Cost: $34
    The brain is the biggest sex organ and the voice can be the most powerful tool to create the hottest scenes. Midori will show you how to use the hypnotic magic of the voice to seduce your lover long before you enter the bedroom or the dungeon. Learn how to suggest, command, tease and take control with the art of voice. Enjoy practical exercises, tips and secrets of aural seduction. Most of the class will address fundamentals and skills applicable to all sensual encounters. There will be a specific section of the class dedicated to voice and command techniques to enhance your SM and D/s scenes. This class applies to SM players and non-SM players alike and will feature demos, practical exercises, and tips.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ SEEING INTO THE FUTURE: 2004 Expected Midori sightings


    Planning for classes for 2004 is now under way, including presentations with universities and non-pervy institutions as well as the SM clubs and kink shops. It's going to be an exciting year!
    If your club or campus would like me to present, just drop me a line. Here's what I'm up to - so far:

    These are the events I am now fully committed to be at.
    You'll find the detailed info listed in the Calendar section of this site
    Feb:
    Denver
    Edmonton, Canada (Lupercalia)
    San Francisco
    Calgary
    Dallas
    March:
    Boise, Idaho
    Philadelphia
    San Jose, CA
    San Francisco Fetish Ball
    Portland KinkFest


    P. S. If you want to catch the archives of eNewletters, read some articles I've written or check my travel schedule, just drop by the Fire Horse Productions, Inc site at http://www.fhp-inc.com/

    If you have any questions, comments, feedback, or you just want to meet other like-minded people around the globe (ok, so mainly people who've been to my classes but they do range from Denmark to Australia) join the discussion at my yahoo group called DivaMidori ( it is Adult Access only) the URL is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/divamidori/

    Don't forget to check out some of the new images at my bondage art site BeautyBound.com

    In Leather Pride
    Midori