July 12, 2003

Firehorse Productions, Inc. and Midori's Newsletter July 12, 2003

Table of contents

  • A couple of new additions to the July calendar (7/24 San Francisco, 7/23 Hayward)
  • The Gab: Recent Adventure Report . . .
  • Comment on community gossip . . .
  • Midori's rope in high fashion magazine Surface . . .
  • Photo shoot fun with Ken Marcus, Michael Manning, Craig Morey, HogTied and Michael Blue . . .
  • Travels to Dallas and New Orleans . . .
  • In a poster by Steve Diet Goedde . . . etc.
  • Other upcoming classes and events (Winnipeg Canada, DC, Czech Republic, Hayward)
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    Dear Readers,
    As I write this, I'm up outside a small town in the Rockies in Colorado, on the deck overlooking a beautiful Western meadow.
    I'm staying at my friend Fred Norman's place. (He's the legendary whip maker, who's work graces the dungeons and closets of rather interesting celebs.)
    Yesterday I saw two elks wandering through the 'back yard' and a small fox. It's absolutely gorgeous here. I've been enjoying the blissful weather, attempting to catch up on e-mail (a perpetual hell) and make some headway into the next chapter for my new book...
    In a couple of hours my companions and I will head down the hill to Denver where we'll play and frolic at Thunder in the Mountains, a fabulous queer-pan leather event. It's one of my top 3 favorite national leather events. Perhaps I''ll see some of you there!
    (Then again, this ought to be in past tense, since by the time this newsletter goes out, the event will have ended. I'll have more 'explicit' report on the event after I return from Denver, New York and Winnipeg.)

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    NEW ADDITIONS TO JULY CALENDAR
    Since I wrote to you a month ago, there have been some new additions to my July calendar. In this section I'll just list these changes. For the rest of the schedule of lectures, events etc, scroll down.
    (Please feel free to forward this section to interested folks.)

    SAN FRANCISCO
    Thursday July 24, 7:30pm to 10pm
    CLASS: Humiliation Play: Make 'em Blush, Make 'em Squirm
    at Madame S
    Why do people get off on being embarrassed? What are the potential psychological ramifications? What's different for a one-time scene vs. playing with your life partner?
    Emphasizing emotional safety throughout, Midori will explore a wide range of play from light teasing and embarrassment to serious humiliation.
    You may get a chance to volunteer for some mild play in front of the class.
    Is this a style of play you've struggled to understand? Or have you ever secretly wanted to be put on the spot or shown how really naughty you are? Then this class is for you!
    Pre-registration is encouraged. You can pre-register via PayPal using the e-mail midori@fhp-inc.com. Make sure to mention "Humiliation Class" in the subject line
    Class size limited to 25.
    Selected items on sale at special discounts during the class
    Location: Madame S' Lair located above Madame S at 321 7th Street, just before Folsom in San Francisco
    Admission: $25
    Tel: 415 863-9447
    URL: http://www.madame-s.com/
    For more info on Midori and her classes on sex and SM go to http://www.FHP-inc.com/
    * Btw, I'm looking for qualified demo bottoms for this Humiliation Play class. Drop me an e-mail at midori@fhp-inc.com if you're interested. I am seeking a person who is very experienced in humiliation play, articulate and able to share their internal experience with the class.

    HAYWARD
    Wednesday, July 23, 2003
    7 p.m.-1 a.m. (doors open until 10 p.m.)
    Location: The Scenery in Hayward
    Please join Greenery Press for
    D E C A D E N C E
    A play party and bacchanal to celebrate our first decade of print pervery featuring "Dreaming In Color," the tenth-anniversary limited-edition collection of erotica by Greenery Press authors
    + Outrageous demos, hot readings and hands-on happenings by: Deborah Addington, Andrew Conway, Dossie Easton, Charles Gatewood, Janet Hardy, Mistress Lorelei, Midori, Jay Wiseman and more!
    Cost: Free admission with purchase of "Dreaming In Color" ($55)
    Otherwise $20/person
    Work shifts available
    Questions? 510/652-2596 or jhardy@greenerypress.com

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    THE GAB
    It's been a while since I've updated you on my adventures . . . hmmm, what was it that Mae West said? "Good girls keep diaries, bad girls are too busy."

    PhotoShoot-o-Rama
    I did a really hot bondage photo/video shoot for hogtied.com
    Oh, my, that was a load of fun. I know that it wasn't the usual kind of shoot for them. They handed me a most gorgeous, deliciously and totally flexible submissive called Lorelei... gave me a space and a ton of time and just let me do what I wanted. I loved the experience. I haven't logged on to see it yet, but I'm looking forward to. (It's hard to get a reliable and fast Internet connection while traveling. Which might also explain why this eNewsletter will arrive to you after Thunder and why some of you have not had a reply to your emails yet.)
    Speaking of photo shoots, I've been on several photo shoots lately. The bondage rigging that I did for Ken Marcus will be up in the Guest Gallery section of BeautyBound.com
    He's the famed photographer who trained with Ansel Adams, ruffled the feather of NEA, shot the covers of Penthouse for ages, and now continues to shoot edgy and sexy photos of beautiful women. His site is at http://www.kenmarcus.com/
    It's truly exciting to work with a photographic artist who is passionate and precise and obsessive about his art and craft . . . Gee, I can't relate to that description!
    I also got to rig twice for Craig Morey, the photog who shot the cover for my Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage and known for his alluring photos of women. We shot Miss Bonnie, who is the adorable Chinese American woman in the pigtails in my book and Kumi of KumiMonster.com
    What was fun was that Craig gave me permission to shoot on his set and he even gave me some basic photography lessons on the new digital camera I got for my birthday. (I'm really trying to overcome my failure as a Japanese. I never remember to take photos when I travel! How tragic! Lol!)
    I took some fun photos so I hope to post them in BeautyBound.com someday. You'll find his work at BeautyBound.com as well as his own site moreystudio.com

    It's been a while since I've been in front of the camera (ok, so I'm pushing 40, what do I expect? lol!) but I did some photo modeling for Michael Manning recently. That was fun! Latex chaps, cut off halter fetish cow girl out fit as well as the Spider Garden latex and corset outfit of the Castallena and a few more I won't share * grin * More collaborations to follow. . . Such collaboration is a real artistic turn on for me!
    Michael Manning is the amazing erotic illustrator and graphic novelist of Spider Garden and now of his new book, "In A Metal Web"
    His book release party at Madame S a couple of weeks ago was a lot of fun. His new work is even more sexually charged and finely crafted than ever!

    In the past couple of weeks, Michael Blue and I have been up to our usual magical collaborations in shooting bondage in really interesting locations. (Hey, if you have a really cool location, we want to shoot there!) First we shot Ivy Red, hot as a firecracker and all feline nimble and sexy. (By the way, she's one of the characters I've written into my next book, a collection of hard core science fiction stories to come out from Circlet Press, some time next year.)
    I bound her in a cage, suspended in the most improbably ways. Oh, how I love models who will push the bounds of the human body for the vision of collaborative erotic art! This is when I really feel like I'm a choreographer working with an exceptional ballet dancer. I cannot wait to shoot Ivy again!
    Then I shot the delightful Aylith from London. I first had the pleasure of binding her at Torture Garden (the most fab fetish club in London with a dungeon area!) a couple of years ago. She melted in my hands as I suspended her and pulled her around by her pretty tresses through space. . . and her moans melted my heart. This time we occupied an enormous former furniture-manufacturing warehouse in the industrial area of San Francisco. The ceiling was well into three stories in height. Dressed in a black latex cat suit, I suspended her at about a second story level from a giant chain dangling from the ceiling. There she moved and twirled in the hemp and bamboo that set her in flight yet bound her freedom. Oh, then there were the kidnapping fantasy shoot where I told her nasty erotic stories while she, in a corset and not much else, writhed on the floor in the pleasures of the rope and sweet stories from my voice.
    There are days that I want to weep with joy. This was one of those.
    These shoots will be up sometime in the near future in the New Gallery sections at BeautyBound.com.


    Steve Diet Goedde Poster - yes, that's me!
    Steve Diet Goedde has now released a set of new posters of some of his best-known images. One of them is my "Gargoyle" photo where I look like some Frank Miller / Dark Knight inspired Gargoyle of the Notre Dame. (Taken by climbing illegally high on San Francisco park property. Kids, don't do this at home!)
    As I travel around I'll have a few prints, autographed for sale if you like. I can also mail order them. Drop me a line. (It'll be $35.)
    Here's the blurb from him:
    "Big news! For years I've had many requests for poster-sized versions of my work. Well today is the day where I can now fulfill those requests. 4 of my most requested images are now available in large 24x30 inch posters. All images were carefully drum-scanned and reproduced in a four-color offset printing process. This gives the black and white images accurate tonal qualities similar to the original prints.
    To view the selections, go to my online store
    There are also 5 new magnets available (also available on my online store).
    Thanks for all your support!
    Steve"


    Midori's Rope on Chanel Dresses? Yes! Surface magazine
    Check out the current issue of Surface magazine. It's issue #42. It's one of those super fancy high fashion magazines. There you'll find an editorial fashion shoot section shot by Tiziano Magni (amazing fashion photog who shoots the covers of Cosmo, Marie Claire, etc.) called Love Knots.
    That blonde Swedish model? Yes, she's the darling of the Louis Vuitton print campaign. Ok, so the editors didn't pick the more risky photos, but that's ok. I'm delighted! It's also super exciting to work in such a charged fashion studio environment as part of the styling team. Let me know what you think!

    Travels to Dallas and New Orleans
    I didn't travel a whole lot in the last month, but when I did I had a ball! I went to Dallas, invited by the Church at the Lizard Lounge where I did non stop 2 hour bondage suspension show that climaxed with me suspending Masuimi Max up to the second floor rafters where she flew like an angel with pasties.
    It's a really lively club and I'm looking forward to going back.
    Oh, local artists gave me some really cool treats! I got these most cool custom etched glass with my image on it, and a set of custom devil wings, molded in latex and hand painted to glue onto my skin as if they're sprouting out of me. When I get home I'll look up their info and pass it on.
    Then I went to New Orleans where I had the pleasure of presenting to NOBLE. It was an afternoon of bondage classes, social and play party as Jay Wiseman and I both presented classes. I hear that they have a special pony cart that'll parade around the French Quarter during Southern Decadence, which happens over Labor Day Weekend.
    Who knows, I might be there.
    New Orleans is truly a magical and sensual city. They have taken languid vice and pleasure to a level of fine art. Las Vegas may be Sin City, but New Orleans is the den of decadence and sensuality.
    Oh, I was wicked. I seduced a handsome young man into engaging in things he's never done with people he never expected to (and I don't think he still has any idea who I am. Just another gal at the bar . . . ) and then made a very indecent proposal to an ingenue. She followed my lead in the sheet to nearly dawn.
    I've lost my watch in New Orleans. It's not surprising. Somewhere between food, sex, sleep and the sultry air, even I succumbed to the seduction of the city. For the time I was there I locked my workaholism and type A into a prison somewhere in the very back of my subconsciousness and continued to ignore their pleas to address stress and responsibility.
    So that's how I came to lose my watch in New Orleans.


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    Comment on Community Gossip that hit the Press
    (This first appeared as a small section of my current Babylon Bound column for Spectator magazine.)
    MAIN STREAM MEDIA AND KINK GOSSIP
    I don't know how the whole situation will have played out by the time this article hits the press. I just got the news, splattered all over the main stream media. I'll keep the names out, because in the end the names aren't important. What's important is how the media is having a feeding frenzy with this.
    There's a beautiful Femme who dwells in the sexy margins of society. She happens to be a really nifty kinky friend of mine. There's a famous man. He's a media Biggie. Mr. Biggie's splitting with his long time Wife. The Femme''s got a thing going on, a very kinky thing, with Mr. Biggie. The Femme's been long separated from her ex-Hubby, with whom she had a kink business. Wife sues Mr. Biggie for biggie money. Femme's ex-Hubby airs Femme's kink, sex biz and Mr. Biggie's sexual practices to the media, at the same time. It's all ugly, stupid and very uncivilized.
    I don't mean to down play the broken hearts and hurt feelings, senses of betrayal and the power struggles of a divorce, but frankly, that's nothing new. . . and it's the stuff of everyone's lives. It would have been nice if they could have cleared it up like grown-ups, but that's why there are so many divorce lawyers and mediators. What I find really unpleasant is that the personal sexual style of Mr. Biggie is being dragged into the public gaze and the media is having a feeding frenzy on that. It just makes me angry that one's consensual sexual activities should be used to make him look bad. So he's kinky. Who cares? I'm more concerned about the honor of the people involved. Do they have kids? If so, is he a good dad? Is he paying child support and going to little league? Who broke promises? How did they deal with that? And fundamentally it's their private lives, so who cares?
    Unfortunately this goes to show you that kinky sex is still dirty stuff and it's used as a weapon to judge and morally condemn a person. For all that we'd like to think of America as being so hip, worldly and sexually savvy, we've not changed much from the muck-racking MacCarthy and yellow journalism era.
    If we're forced to hide, then we're forced to wear the mantle of shame and the scarlet letters of social persecution. This is why it's important to support the rights of the socially marginalized consenting adults. . . whether they are gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transfolks, sex workers, leather men, leather women, fetishists, etc.
    Something worth thinking about as we head into Queer Pride month and Leather Pride Nights."

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    UPCOMING CLASSES AND EVENTS
    (Please feel free to forward this section to interested folks.)

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    Winnipeg, Canada
    Sat. 7/19, 9-11 p.m., social after
    Class: Predicament Bondage
    DsSM Lecturer Series
    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!
    http://www.dssm.org/Events/Midori.htm for more information

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    Hayward, CA
    Wed 7/23
    Greenery Press Book release play party. See above for details.

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    San Francisco, CA
    Thurs 7/24
    Erotic Humiliation class at Madame S. See above for details

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    Washington DC
    Friday August 1st, and Saturday August 2nd.
    At the Crucible
    "Fetish Diva Midori is coming back to the Crucible

    Friday 8/1 she'll be doing a Humiliation workshop:
    Make 'em Blush, Make 'em Squirm: Humiliation Play
    Why do people get off on being embarrassed? What are the potential psychological ramifications? What's different for a one-time scene vs. playing with your life partner?
    Emphasizing emotional safety throughout, Midori will explore a wide range of play from light teasing and embarrassment to serious humiliation.
    You may get a chance to volunteer for some mild play in front of the class. Is this a style of play you've struggled to understand? Or have you ever secretly wanted to be put on the spot or shown how really naughty you are? Then this class is for you!
    Doors open @ 6:30
    Cost is $25
    We need a demo slut or two - contact me

    8/2 Saturday is "A Day and Dinner with Midori"
    Midori's "Rope Dojo" Six hours of rope work.
    What is "your" time worth? $8 per hour?
    That's all you'll be paying for Midori.
    The "Day with Midori" package is $80, which includes $20 for the club, and $10 for dinner. That leaves $50 for six plus hours of intense hands-on rope bondage lessons.
    That's just over $8 an hour. A steal!
    This will be limited to the first 40 who sign up (see below)
    Here's Midori's description of her afternoon's lesson plan:
    You've mastered the basic ties and positions. Now what? Spend an entire day in an intensive 'rope bondage dojo' with Midori. Cover a wide range from Japanese, ornamental, sex bondage, predicament bondage, free style and more

  • The Emotional dynamics of a great rope scene
  • Effective dominance through rope
  • Taking Flight: Rope Suspension bondage
  • It's in the Details: Hand and feet bondage
  • Visions and Perversions: Learn to think and create with mastery, art and power
  • Speed drills
  • Problem solving
    and more...
    Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a couple of medium to large sized towels and lots of rope. The more and varied the merrier. If you don't have rope, Midori will have some nice rope for sale at a very reasonable price.
    Did I mention dinner? You bet I did.
    Here's the menu from Cheryle:
    Crisp green salad
    Assorted rolls and bread with butter
    Plump quarters of roasted, herbed chicken
    Fluffy saffron rice & Steamed vegetables
    Deliciously moist homemade spice cake with cream cheese frosting
    Reservations are required for this class.
    Doors open @ noon, the first class will start at 1:00 PM.
    The second class will start at 3:30
    Dinner will be served at 6:00
    The final class will start at 7:00
    There should be 30 minutes or so between classes for Q and practical one-on-one instruction.
    We will set up as many bondage stations that we can.
    Midori will have for sale authentic, pre-treated Japanese hemp bondage rope, a portable suspension bondage frame, books, CDs and hot bondage photos for sale.
    This is a package deal, and the cost is $80 per person
    Limited to the first 40
    If you wish to come but not eat, the cost is $70.
    To reserve your spot, send an e-mail with "Rope & Midori" in the subject line.

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    Czech Republic
    August 3 to 10
    Adventures at the Other World Kingdom.
    They're having some big annual event so Fetish Agent V and I are going to go and Czech it out.
    More on this upon my return.
    :)

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    Hayward, CA:
    Saturday, August 23, 2003
    2:00p-5:00p
    Japanese Rope Bondage
    Shibari: Intro to Erotic Japanese Rope Bondage
    at The Scenery in Hayward, CA
    Presented by Midori
    Discover the pleasure of Shibari, Japanese erotic rope bondage.
    Midori, recognized expert on the field in the USA, will share with you a bit of what she teaches to her proteg├ęs.
    Share in an exciting and sensual demonstration of the art. Learn the history, psychology, aesthetics and pleasure of Shibari.
    This is THE essential class to start you on your path to your pleasure and expertise. Your skills will be most effective by combining the learning from this class with the hands on rope bondage lab.
    For the rope bondage open lab she recommends that you wear comfortable clothing and bring two or three pieces of 25 to 30 feet rope per person. She will also have traditional Japanese hemp rope for sale along with her exceptional instruction book 'The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage' and portable suspension bondage frames.

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    San Francisco
    Wednesday, September 3, 2003
    7:00p-10:00p
    HOW TO TOP: For Bottoms, Nervous Switches & Uncertain Beginners
    Class at QSM
    So you want to top or you've been asked to top your partner, but you're not sure how to start.
    Are you worried about making mistakes or figuring out what to do? Not sure how to read your partner's desires or limits during play? In this class, Midori will help with some simple but very effective tips on:
  • How to plan your scene
  • How to find your top space
  • How to stay in top space
  • How to read your partner
  • How both of you can have a great time
  • And other practical and usable tips on the basics of topping.

    Bring your partner or come alone. We'll have fun exercises. Bring a toy that you want to use on your partner, or your partner wants used on you.
    This is the first time Midori has ever offered this class anywhere.
    Sliding Scale: $20 to $10.
    Doors open 7:00 PM;
    class 7:30-10:00 PM.

    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/
    To go to the calendar directly click here

    Thanks for reading another installment of my eNewsletter!
    I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Drop me a line at my new discussion group (free) on my rope bondage site BeautyBound.com or my yahoo group if you want to vent, rant or share on this or any other kink/sex topic. If there's something that you want to see in my newsletters, please let me know that too.

    Midori