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so, I haven't been around much here lately --
the main reason is that the adjustment period to being in NJ has been very difficult for me lately.
in other words, I've been feeling unsettled and lonely, the combination of which tends to make me a tad bit more emotional than normal.
the connection between the two has only recently become apparent to me, and I hate that it had to go on as long as it did before I realized the why.

to my friends who have put up with this ... thank you. to my friends who it may have been a burden on ... my apologies. things will get better -- they already are.
all I would like to ask for is your understanding that I'm going through an adjustment period, and your patience.

here's the rundown:
I am feeling a strong need to feel connected to people - friends, new friends, old friends.
and
I'd like to start doing more things with people.

To those of you who have already had the means to come out to visit, thank you! it's been great fun. let's do it again when we can.

Things are getting better quickly, especially as I'm able to understand how all of this is related. I'm learning to adjust to a new life, and while it has taken its toll more than I'd like, things are getting better.

Again, if this has affected our interactions poorly, my apologies. I hope that we can move forward and look forward to fun times ahead.

(and, again -- a special thank you to those who have been hanging in there with me during the rough period.)
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SELF Community Award -- nominations due Friday, May 15!

Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize individuals, clubs and businesses who make a significant contribution to your southeast community. This is your chance to make sure the people in your community who make a difference to you are recognized!

Nominations
To nominate a business, group or individual, Please email Kyle at KylePFulkerson@aol.com and send the following information:

1) Name of business, group or individual;
2) Email address for nominee;
3) Your email address;
4) Why you are nominating this business, group or individual to be recognized;
5) Any other information that you believe is needed.

Nominations will close May 15th, 2009.

For more information on SELF’s new award, visit http://www.seleatherfest.com/selfcommunityaward.php.

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New this year! Erotic Art Show
Can’t make it to SELF this year but don’t want to miss this event? No problem — come to the Erotic Art show Thursday, June 11, 2009. It’s free and open to the public. Hosted at the SELF hotel, this event will take place in the Main Social area in the conference center.

Visit http://www.seleatherfest.com/artshow.php and enjoy a small taste of the pleasures that await you opening night….

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Want to know more?
For more information on SouthEast LeatherFest (Atlanta, June 12-14, 2009), including presenter preview podcasts, class lists and registration information, visit http://www.seleatherfest.com. Come see what the hot Atlanta nights are all about!!!

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New at SELF! Erotic art show

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SELF 2009 gets off to a provocative start with a Thursday night erotic art show


Ready for all the excitement and fun this year’s SELF promises to deliver? We’re setting the stage early with something special designed to get your mind and your libido up for a great weekend.

Join us Thursday night, June 11, 2009, from 8:00pm until 10:00pm for an erotic art show that will feature several of our community’s talented artists. Nibble on some delicious hors d’oeuvres while you socialize and browse art from Ray Castro, Devin Wilson and Heather S.

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Want to know more?
For more information on SouthEast LeatherFest (Atlanta, June 12-14, 2009), including presenter preview podcasts, class lists and registration information, visit http://www.seleatherfest.com. Come see what the hot Atlanta nights are all about!!!

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Dance the night away ...
Kinky Prom is May 9th! Purchase tickets now for a fantastic fetish evening.
Visit http://www.seleatherfest.com/PreEventKinkyProm.php for all the details.

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SELF contests

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SELF contests: Are you interested in representing the southeast region?


It's a year of commitment, responsibility and enthusiasm. It's a year of teaching, sharing -- and most of all, learning.

It could be your title year.

Holding a title provides fabulous opportunities to make an impact on the community and to foster individual self-growth. If that appeals to you, and you are from the southeast region, SELF (Atlanta, June 12-14, 2009) welcomes you as a potential candidate for one of the five leather contests held during the weekend. The titles awarded are:

SouthEast Master/slave
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Mr SouthEast LeatherFest
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SouthEast LeatherFest boy
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Ms SouthEast LeatherFest
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SouthEast Bootblack
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Contestants must be from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia. For the Master/slave title, contestants may also be from Arkansas.

If you are interested in competing for one of the above contests -- and potentially representing the southeast region! -- simply visit http://www.seleatherfest.com/Contests.php to download full requirements and an application. SELF will provide support before and during the event weekend. SELF titleholders receive continuous assistance during their title year.

Come join us as a contestant and make lifelong friendships. Everyone will have fun!

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Want to know more?
For more information on SouthEast LeatherFest (Atlanta, June 12-14, 2009), including presenter preview podcasts, class lists and registration information, visit http://www.seleatherfest.com. Come see what the hot Atlanta nights are all about!!!

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Get your Kinky Prom tickets now!
Kinky Prom is May 9th! Save the date for a fantastic fetish evening.
Visit http://www.seleatherfest.com/PreEventKinkyProm.php for all the details.

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Get an early taste of SELF with Presenter Preview Podcasts

Ready for a decadent weekend of fun in Atlanta? Get an early start with SELF Presenter Preview Podcasts!

SouthEast LeatherFest again offers an advance taste of our presenters with online podcasts. Want to know more about a favorite presenter? This is definitely for you!

This year's interviews feature in-depth conversations and will give you an idea of who our presenters are -- not just what they teach. All you need is access to the internet, and you can hear interviews which highlight the presenters featured at SELF (June 12-14, 2009) in Atlanta, GA.

Currently available are interviews with Jack McG and Laine.

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Also available now: Not-to-miss interviews with Andy (Girl Commando), Big Red and Super Dillon!

The podcasts are available at http://www.seleatherfest.com/podcasts.php. Be sure to visit often! Additional interviews will be released leading up to SELF according to this schedule:

* Tuesday, March 31: Auburn Goddess; Dex Dexter
* Friday, April 10: Miss Victoria and Nickie S.
* Monday, April 20: Mistress Musette; Kim Attica
* Thursday, April 30: Danielle; slaveboy dave
* Sunday, May 10: Master Z; Miss Bettie

Once your appetite has been piqued, be sure to make plans to join us for SouthEast LeatherFest -- an entire weekend of excitement, education and erotic enjoyment -- from June 12-14, 2009, in Atlanta, GA. Registration only $120 through March 30 -- act soon to lock in this rate for a weekend of fun, laughter and connection. A la carte plans are also available, beginning at $40.

Don't forget to register for Kinky Prom on May 9th. Only $20.00 per person through the SELF website or $25.00 at the door.

For more information on SELF, to register for the event, or for information on our hotel visit http://www.seleatherfest.com. Come see what the hot Atlanta nights are all about!

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GET YOUR KINKY PROM TICKETS NOW!
Kinky Prom is May 9th! Save the date for a fantastic fetish evening.
Visit http://www.seleatherfest.com/PreEventKinkyProm.php for all the details.

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register now!

for all my friends in the south, here's a chance to have the prom you always wanted! dress up, as kinky as you'd like, and dance the night away!






http://www.seleatherfest.com/PreEventKinkyProm.php

SELF question



I've noticed that several of the groups that have been on my distribution list are no longer. So ... I'm asking the power of the masses:

Are you a member of a kinky, BDSM, SM, D/s, M/s, service-oriented (etc! :) ) list where you are not seeing SELF press releases? Do you think the members of that list would like to hear updates about SELF?

If so, let me know! My email address is: stevensbethw@gmail.com -- I can also be reached at SELFpublicity@yahoo.com.

Also -- you are more than welcome to pass on any of the SELF press releases if you'd like. :)

Thanks in advance!

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make plans now to enjoy yourSELF!



SELF announces workshops, opening Art Show, and more!

This year, SouthEast LeatherFest (Atlanta, June 12-14, 2009) is offering classes on Friday, in addition to Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy three days of workshops, a special whip session on Sunday -- and before it all gets started, you're invited to an opening Art Show featuring some of your favorite artists.

Friday night still features the most vibrant opening ceremony around, and on-site play parties (included in the weekend package cost) mean your nights can be just as good -- or even better!

With a new low price structure, you can turn one hot Atlanta June weekend even hotter. Registration is $120 through Monday, March 30 -- register now, before prices increase!

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DON'T FORGET!
Kinky Prom is May 9th! Save the date with your date for a fantastic fetish evening.
Visit http://www.seleatherfest.com/PreEventKinkyProm.php for all the details.

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will you be my date?



SELF presents Kinky Prom sponsored by Whippersnappers!

SELF and Whippersnappers have come together to bring you a Prom Night like you always wished you had!

On May 9, 2009, dress your best and dance into the evening with DJ Catt Ninetails spinning the best sounds in Atlanta! Enjoy champagne, wine, beer or soda -- all while indulging in our unique kinky offerings. From free hors d'oeuvres to extravagant entertainment, your night of dancing has only just begun.

Enjoy the decadence of Burlesque of Phobia. Compete for bragging rights and a crown as SELF Kinky Prom King or Prom Queen. Go home with a prom photo you're sure to not forget (but might not want to put on the mantle when mom comes over!) taken by our fabulous photographer, Heather S. Or take a break from the dance floor and have your feet rubbed by some of our adept volunteers willing to pamper your tired feet after dancing, and watch the wonderful entertainment on the stage!

* Drink Sales: All Night
* Foot Rub Sales ($1 per minute): 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
* Photo Sessions/Sales ($10-15): 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
* King/Queen Announcement: 11 p.m.

SELF's Kinky Prom (May 9) starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 1:30 a.m. Get your tickets prior to the event for $20.00, and a limited number of tickets will be available for $25 (cash only) at the door until 11 p.m. Drink tickets will be sold separately, both online and at the event. (Note: This is a 21-and-over prom ONLY!)

SELF's Kinky Prom is a fundraiser for SELF and for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

More information on Kinky Prom!
http://www.seleatherfest.com/PreEventKinkyProm.php

For more information on SELF -- with a brand-new Thursday night surprise gala and new Friday classes! -- visit http://www.seleatherfest.com.

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Make plans now to join the fun at SELF!



SELF early registration ends Jan. 15 -- register today!

Get your new year off to a right start with the promise of fun!

For a new low price, you can turn one hot Atlanta June weekend (June 12-14, 2009) even hotter, with hands-on classes and in-depth workshops, on-site dungeon parties and the most vibrant Friday night opening ceremony around! Early registration ($100) is available through Thursday, Jan. 15, ONLY -- register soon!

Oh, the fun!
Everything from Friday Night Carnalval to a Sunday afternoon patio cookout is included in your registration. You can play twisted games at the Carnalval, sit back and relax with a burger fresh off the grill Sunday afternoon, and shop to your heartfelt kink's content. And that's just the beginning! Additional opportunities for decadence include:

* Carnalval, featuring Celebrity Auction and Basket Auction
* Over 40 hands-on workshops -- beginning on Friday this year, and continuing on Saturday and Sunday!
* Saturday sunset social
* Saturday evening festivities with entertaining contests and unique excitement
* Sunday patio cookout
* Premier Pervy Vendor Market all weekend long
* Dungeon Delights Friday and Saturday evenings (included in registration!)
* We're also planning great games to keep you laughing all weekend long!

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Remember -- early registration ends Thursday, Jan. 15. Make plans now to join the fun at SELF for the weekend or for a night -- come see what the Atlanta hot nights are all about!

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