Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sinposium: Done!

Last weekend was the Monarchs' Sinposium educational event at Threshold we put on. Lizzie and I presented, as we mentioned in our previous post. Below are our accounts of the presentation.

This presentation was almost a year in the making. Last June, Lizzie and I went to Thunder in the Mountains. We really enjoyed some of the presentations we went to and thought others were a bit blah. It got us talking on the flight home from Denver about how we could should consider sharing our experience (and experiences) with others. By the time we got home I had set a goal to speak at a kink conference within one year. Attending Thunder in the Mountains last year, Craig was inspired by the presentations to try something other than our blog to share our experiences with others in the lifestyle. We started tossing ideas back and forth. We even developed a rough outline of what we might present for Silent Scenes before we left Denver. The background research for the presentation took a bit more work, as we discussed in our last post.
After brainstorming different topics, one rose to the top as being distinctive: Silent Scenes. I began working on an outline not long after and then spent time researching the technical aspects of the presentation. I felt once I had the structure of the talk together I could start pitching it to different conferences. Little did I know that the very group I am a proud member of, the Monarchs, would be putting on our own lay-long event months later.

As the Monarchs began planning Sinposium, I pitched the group my talk idea. I got positive feedback from everyone. No one had heard such a topic presented at conferences in the past. I was on the agenda.

Months passed by and I worked on the presentation when I had spare time. As it got closer to the event, Lizzie and I pulled together our research, purchased the dB meter we needed as a necessary prop/demonstration tool for the talk, and finalized the presentation.

Last Saturday was the event. The day progressed well with strong presentations on different subjects. Then it was our turn! Up to the front of the room we went and I launched into our Silent Scenes presentation, complete with an excellent slide show (if I do say so myself). Lizzie was my demo bottom. We had volunteers come up to help with other aspects of the talk, and by the time our hour was up, everyone was quite complimentary with how it turned out.

I'm proud of the fact we set a goal for ourselves and did it. Now that we know we have a good presentation on our hands, testing on a great audience at Sinposium, we are eager to share it again at other kink conferences around the country.

Last Sunday, the day after the event, Lizzie and I were already brainstorming our next presentation topics, ready to do more.

Glad we did it and happy to give back to the community that brought Lizzie and I and some of our very best friends together.
We had a really good time presenting at Sinposium. We’ve already started working on ideas for different presentations we could give. We’ve enjoyed sharing our experiences through our blog and we look forward to engaging with the community in new ways.

I really enjoy being a demo bottom, especially when I’m not required to speak up in front of a group. But we’re working on that, so we should be able to present on a wider variety of topics and adventures we’ve encountered in the scene. It’s fun to work together in this way, from brainstorming to the presentation.

Is there a topic you’d like to see presented? Drop us a line or leave us a comment.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Prepping for Sinposium

The Monarchs, the MDHL group I am proud to a member of, is hosting our next educational event, Sinposium, at Threshold in North Hollywood on May 27. The day-long event features a variety of demos, presentations, and interactive talks, including a presentation by yours truly. Tickets are available at HERE and additional information on the event can be found on FetLife.

Lizzie and I have been prepping for my presentation at Sinposium over the last few weeks. My talk is entitled "Silent Scenes" and is based on a few blog posts that have appeared right here on our blog. You can read those posts HERE and HERE.

Silent Scenes is what we called the scenes we used to have when we were living in a home with two of my children, a grandchild, and a boyfriend of one of my daughters. Finding a place to play and doing so to not raise suspicions required a lot of creativity and careful planning. Thus, Silent Scenes.
When we’ve attended events in the past, Craig and I have discussed the possibility of presenting. Such a thing comes naturally to Craig, but for me it causes more of a problem.

Once, early in my adventures in the spanking community, I was asked to participate in a spanking quiz game on stage. As we quickly reviewed our limits beforehand, I told my partner: “You can take down my panties and bare my bottom on stage in front of a couple hundred people, but you’d better not expect me to say anything.” This is still true -- I am shy, but I’m not modest.
To prep for the presentation we purchased a dB meter in order to record sound levels made by various implements. We arranged a wide range of impact implements in order to determine what level of sound they made, then used each one on Lizzie in a softer way and then again at full throttle. Each impact was recorded on the meter from the same distance.

As we began to go through the litany of implements and notate their decibel peaks on a form on my laptop, our research slowly began to become an scene in its own right. Lizzie began mewing and moaning as her bottom got redder and redder and marks began to show. We had only gotten through half the implements and there were plenty left to go.

By the time we were down the final few, Lizzie's bottom was baked and she was in her own headspace of sorts, even though our "scene" was constantly being interrupted with questions like "Did you write down the levels on that implement?" and "Did you reset the decibel max?"

Still, it was fun to go through all that and prep for our presentation and bonus points for that to turn into a scene unto itself.

Hopefully, if you're a Fellow Kinkster living in the Los Angeles area, you can join us for Sinposium. It will likely be not very quiet.
With that in mind, it’s quite fitting that our first presentation will be about Silent Scenes. After all, with that lead in, I don’t think anyone will be expecting me to say much during the presentation. And I do love acting as a demo bottom.

Before making the presentation, though, we had to do some research. Craig wanted to measure the volume of various implements from the same distance. So we used the very scientific method of having me hold the dB meter in approximately the same place during the various impacts.

It wasn’t our typical sort of lengthy impact scene. I don’t even know that it was a particularly hard scene, though Craig did use some nasty implements at full swing. But whether it was a hard impacts or the nature of the unusual headspace, our research took on the quality of a scene, albeit an unusual one for us. By the end, I was pretty well done in.

I can’t wait for the presentation! It may not be silent...but I might be.