i had a birthday since the last time i did a proper update... i'm now 34 years old. I had a rostered day off on the actual day, and spent it at home, on my own, under a doona on the couch with my cat, and then went to guitar class in the evening... twas perfect :)

Soooo... thirty four and what do i have to show for it? Not much really, but that's ok. On the usual swings and roundabouts of my life the desperate depression of a month ago has abated somewhat now, and I'm feeling a bit more optimistic about life.
this post contains vague optimism, some frustration, lots of rambling, and more ellipses than you can poke a stick at! )
I'm watching Footloose... I was 8 years old the year this movie came out and I LOVED it... I don't think I've seen it since I was 10 or 11 and my brother taped over my precious taped-from-tv VHS copy... I found a double disc DVD a few weeks ago, Footloose and Flashdance, WIN! Baby Kevin Bacon and SJP ... fabulous 80's fashion... even more fabulous 80's dancing... love :)

I'm on holidays this week... I do love being on holidays :) I have been sleeping in and faffing around the house and reading a lot and spending quality time with my kitty... sooooo nice! I've also been dedicating lots of time to practicing my guitar... I suck :( I'm actually struggling now to stay motivated because I just cannot seem to get the hang of playing chords, I can't remember them, I can't seem to make my fingers do the right thing, and it doesn't seem to be getting any easier. Also playing chords makes my fingers hurt :( I suspect that my fingers are too short and fat to manage guitar playing particularly well...

Ooooohhh they're up to the chicken race with tractors!! LOL soundtrack for the race is "I need a hero" :)

Corset-making course is going well... I went shopping yesterday for the boning and fabric and whatnot... ohmigod Metro Fabrics at Tempe is awesome! it's essentially a warehouse/wholesaler that also sell to the public, and they specialise in lingerie supplies... I need to go back when I have more time to explore stuff... they have powernet... that's the stuff that girdles are made from... I could make sexy vintage-style girdles.... mmmmmmmm :) Anyhow, corset-making... we now have custom-fit pattern garments, and are up to putting together the actual corset fabric and lining, next week we do the boning, huzzah!! It's so exciting :) I am loving that i can make my own corsets now :) And now that i know exactly how much the materials cost, I may never buy one again... materials for my corset have set me back $50. And there is a bit of work in making it, but not THAT much really... not enough to justify quite how much places like Gallery Serp and House of Fetish charge...

Fair Day last week was good... although I did not love having to get up at 7am on a Sunday morning... Shane was an absolute darling and also got up early to drive me and all the stall stuff in, he rocks :) I got the stall pretty well all set up by the time the boys arrived at 10am, and once the first vollie shift were installed and everything was under control I headed off to wander the rest of the stalls and attractions before it got entirely too disgustingly hot... for once it didn't rain on Fair Day but oh lawdy it was HOT! I spent the rest of the day lounging on a rug under the tree behind SLPA stall in between helping out in the stall... was actually quite a lovely day, saw lots of people, and all the usual fabulous sights of Fair Day... The Femme Guild stall was the best stall there in my opinion, oh my but the lovelies all looked so gorgeous, and they had awesome merch and cupcakes!

I'm thinking I might go along to Aquaporko, the Fat Femme Front Synchronised Swimming Troupe, and check it out. It sounds like lots of fun, and ... confession time... when I was younger (and maybe not even that much younger) whenever i was in a pool I'd get this overwhelming urge to pretend I was a synchronised swimmer... and besides the girl who was telling me all about it and saying "You should come!!" was really cute... and she said it's more Esther Williams than Olympic Gold, and I am so down with that :)

I am not going in mardi gras parade tomorrow night... I was going to go on the back of the SLPA truck but... there's many reasons I'm not doing it, but principally I have nothing to wear, I couldn't afford to make anything, and I'm not feeling particularly self-confident or fabulous at the moment and I would be on the truck beside Leesa in her fabulous new leather nurses uniform, and a bunch of leather men title holders and i would feel hideous and self-conscious in comparison... also, Dad might be going to watch the parade with his wife and they don't know i'm kinky and seeing me on the leather pride float is not how I want that conversation to come up... I'd actually rather it never came up at all... Aaaaaaanyhow, I may go and be part of the crowd along the barrier, I haven't done that in quite a few years...

I am VERY much looking forward to being part of the Spencer Tunick thing on Monday, although needing to be there at 4am is painful... and pretty well impossible for managing on public transport... fortunately Ms Lesley is also going and has offered to pick me up and give me a lift in... just in writing this, I realise it seems strange that I'm too self-conscious to go in parade, clothed, but completely excited about being naked for photography... the distinction makes sense in my head.

I'm loving how much cooler it is these last couple of days... I was amazed this morning actually after I opened the window for Macy to go out, she came back in five minutes later and did the very cute thing she does when she wants under the covers, I didn't think it was THAT cold, but apparently she did!

Enough rambling... I might ring my neighbour-flatmate and see if she has dinner plans...
Lee Harrington is returning to Australia after more than two years since his last visit, and will be conducting a number of workshops in both Sydney and Melbourne in conjunction with Transformed Self.

SLPA is very pleased to announce that Lee has kindly agreed to add one more workshop to his schedule, for SLPA Members and kindred.

*Be Yourself or Someone Else: Invocation and Evocation Techniques for Roleplaying*

So you've decided that it could be fun to do some role playing, but aren't sure where to go with it? Let's develop some skills together! Using classical evocation skills we will work to pull out our inner emotions and be able to pull upon our sensuality, anger, sadness, and other feelings on command. Evocation is also an amazing tool for pulling out our own inner Daddy, pony, goddess, or slave. We will then turn to the idea of invocation, to tap into personal, cultural and universal archetypes as well as other concepts that we are drawn to. Just because it's not inside you, doesn't mean you can't learn through some simple exercises and brainstorming to learn how to "draw it down." Bring your roleplaying fantasies or curiosity for this fun discussion and exercise driven workshop.

Thurs December 3rd, 7pm – 9pm
ACON – 9 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
Pre-booked Tickets: $20 Members, $25 Non-members
Door Sales (if available): $30 Members, $35 Non-Members

Numbers will be limited for this class, so please book ahead of time to ensure you don’t miss out.

To reserve your ticket, email slpa.education@gmail.com, or phone (leave a message with your name and contact details) on 0434 036 078.

For details about the rest of Lee’s Australian tour with Transformed Self, or to book private sessions and classes, please visit: http://www.passionandsoul.com/australia09/

Lee Harrington is an eclectic artist, spiritual and erotic educator, gender radical and published author and editor on human sexuality and spiritual experience- including "Shibari You Can Use: Japanese Rope Bondage and Erotic Macramé" and the "Toybag Guide to Age Play" and his upcoming "Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond". Well known for his fun and informative approach to education, he approaches sexuality as yet another art to master, or simply an art to enjoy to its fullest! He has been an active part of the international kink and sex positive
communities for over 14 years, and his stories make people laugh while showing you that eroticism can be as serious, sexy, or silly as you make it. Lee's writings and photography have appeared in numerous anthologies including "Dark Moon Rising: Pagan BDSM and the Ordeal Path" (also under his previous pen name, Bridgett Harrington), and his image has been seen everywhere from PlayBoy TV to the pages of Skin Two Magazine. To learn more about Lee visit www.PassionAndSoul.com.
quiregrrl: (Icky Things)
Dear friends of the perverted and not so perverted variety,

I'm wondering things about education, partly due to my recent involvement in SLPA education subcommittee, and also just in general...

Where did/do you learn about kink, SM, and the how-to's of things that intrigue you?

Do you think formal education is important or are you more a school-of-life learner? Balance of both perhaps?

What kind of workshops would you be interested in attending? Skills based? (what skills?) Lifestyle based? (D/s? slave training?) Sex based? (how to fist? give head? sex magic? tantric sex?) Psychology? Imagine there could be a workshop for anything and everything you could want... what would they be?

What attracts you to formal workshops? and conversely, what makes you disinclined to attend them?

Would you be interested in teaching workshops? What subject(s) would you like to teach?

Do you (or have you) mentor(ed) newer kinksters in the past?

Feel free to answer one or all of teh questions... ask questions yourself... throw in suggestions and share your thoughts on the experience of learning as it pertains to this wide wonderful world of queer kinky pervertedness :)

I just posted the same bunch of questions on the badgrrls list as well, so for those of you on that feel free to answer here or there... but those of you not, I'm really interested in hearing your thoughts. I want to try and do stuff with SLPA education next year, so I'm starting the info gathering process now with friends :) And this includes overseas friends too, I know some of you can offer some good thoughts and suggestions so please feel free!!

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