March 1, 2010

Table Of Contents
1. On finding creative outlets
2. March Classes/Events (San Francisco, San Rafael, Japan)
3. NYC Rope Dojo (April 10-11) Registration Open Now
4. April Preview (Berkeley, NYC, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Santa Clara, LA)
5. On-line Haunts: Twitter, FetLife, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc.

1. CREATIVE OUTLETS

We all need some sort of creative outlet. Even the urge to burst out singing in the shower is about this inexplicable need to create and express. (I sing often in the shower but it's a miracle that the mirrors don't crack from this offense to nature. Still, I sing.)

In this busy world, it's a challenge to carve out the time to make creativity happen. It's even harder to do so with any form of regularity and disciplined approach. I'm saddened deeply that my crazed schedule doesn't allow me to take ongoing art or dance classes. But I have managed to wiggle myself into several writing contracts that put the yoke of deadlines upon my shoulders.

I love deadlines. It sharpens my focus and keeps me reined in from distractions. I adore editors who keep me on track and challenge me with interesting assignments and feedback. They're like coaches for the nerdy set.

I'm saying this now because I just wrestled down another article. Why does this pleasure, which I love to do so much, causes me such difficulty and pain? Really... writing about sex advice for zombie lovers shouldn't take so long. But at least I enjoyed it.

I hope you'll drop by and read the fruits of my struggle and deranged mind in my bi-monthly column "Mondo Midori" in www.CarnalNation.com You'll find articles on my adventures in the sexual undergrounds of Japan, personal confessions and more. Soon I'll be writing regularly for www.SexIs.com and have another bit of Japan expose come out in the new mag, VanGutenberg. Somewhere along the way I need buckle down and work on my next book. Yup, a new book! I know - it's about time. It's really challenging to write creatively while on the road touring and teaching.

Would you help me out? I'm taking topic requests! What would you like me to write about? What do you want me to snoop around and expose or opine upon?
I'd love to hear from you, dear readers, with your requests!

Wishing you peace and pleasure in the New Year!.

Midori

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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS MARCH (San Francisco, San Rafael, Japan)

San Francisco, CA
• Wed 3/3 "Bedroom Burlesque and Seduction for Beginners: Wiggle, Jiggle, Take It Off with Confidence!" at Good Vibrations Valencia St store.

• Wed 3/17 Kumi's Bday Party @ Bondage A GoGo! (I'm performing and partying) at Glass Kat club, 520 4th Street, San Francisco

• Thr 3/18 "Beyond Twisted: Kink Outside the Box" at Stormy Leather 1158 Howard Street San Francisco, Tel: 415.626.1672

• 3/19 - 3/21 Forte Femme Women's Sensual Dominance Weekend Intensive Tickets.

• Thr 3/18 "Pink Japan: Contemporary Sex Culture" at Mission Control's "Speak Easy" night - salon for art and thought. 7pm - 11pm. Sushi!
$20 or free for Alliance members.

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Wed 3/4/10 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Pleasures of the Heart. 1310 Fourth St. San Rafael. Tel. 415.482.9899


JAPAN
March 24 - April 1 Adventuring! Reports to appear in CarnalNation.com's Mondo Midori column

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3. ON-LINE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NYC APRIL ROPE BONDAGE DOJO®

The next Rope Bondage Dojo ® weekend intensive registration is now open on-line. This does sell out early. Once the class fills, there will be a Waiting List pending cancellation.

Site: www.RopeDojo.com

Space Limited: 30 students

Dojo Dates: April 10 - 11 (Noon - 8pm both days)

Cost: $350 /singles, $650/pair

Prerequisite: Willingness for serious learning. Must be able to tie your shoelaces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be appropriately challenged.

Includes: 16+ hours of intensive training from four Dojo Cadres. Emphasis will be on balanced education focusing on "Heart-Mind-Hand" approach, covering rope skills, scene managements, psychology, history and more for both those who tie and those who are tied. Included: lunches, afternoon snacks.

For more information see the curriculum and FAQ at www.RopeDojo.com

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4. PREVIEW: APRIL CLASSES / EVENTS (Berkeley, NYC, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Santa Clara, LA)

BERKELEY, CA
• Mon 4/5 "The Sensuous Whip: Hands-on Flogging Workshop" at Good Vibrations store. 2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way), Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 841-8987

NEW YORK
Coco De Mer series
Series of classes at the new Coco De Mer store!
236 Elizabeth St (between E. Houston and Prince), New York, NY 10012
Tel 212-966-9069
Salon tickets: call or book on line
• Mon 4/12 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
• Tue 4/13 "Tricks to Please a Woman"
• Mon 4/14 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"

Pleasure Chest classes
Two classes at the Pleasure Chest. 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014
212.242.2158
• Mon 4/19 "Topic to be announced soon"
• Tue 4/20 "Topic soon!"

Rope Bondage Dojo®
• 4/10 - 4/11 Pre-registration required. www.RopeDojo.com

Lesbian Sex Mafia. http://lesbiansexmafia.com/
• Thr 4/8 Topic to be determined

BROOKLYN, NY
• Wed 4/21 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Babeland. 462 Bergen St. Brooklyn NY 11217. Tel: 718.638.3820

BALTIMORE, MD
• Sun 4/18 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Sugar Shop. 927 W. 36th St, Hampden, Baltimore MD. Tel: 410.467.2632

SANTA CLARA, CA
• Sat 4/24 "Mapping Your D/s Archetype" at Edges play space. Email events@edges.biz for location and details!

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Tue 4/27 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Pleasure of the Heart. 1310 Fourth St. San Rafael. Tel. 415.482.9899

LOS ANGELES, CA
Coco De Mer
8618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Tel: +1 310 652 0311
• Wed 4/28 Topic to be announced
• Thr 4/29 Topic to be announced

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5. DIGITAL GHETTOS I LURK ABOUT IN

Here are the various places I waste time at when I'm on-line... Drop on by!
ALC
Twitter @PlanetMidori
Personal Blog
Kink Q&A
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"
Facebook "MySpace"
FetLife Midori_SF

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Midori