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I'm planning to make a multi-article update to the Project Shift site hopefully sometime in the next few weeks.  Considering I haven't posted any further updates here in awhile, I'm copying and pasting an "articles sought" list that I have posted over on Werelist.  As also, current articles/essays I have planned right now for the update are a writing by Lenowill on "Levels of Integration", one by Spectre called "Lost in Translation: Getting Over Terminology", and one or two essays by me pertaining to therianthropy terminology.

I'm also wondering if anyone else has more suggestions for article topics or links (general site/forum links for the Links section or specific essays/writings to be linked to in the "Further Reading" parts of each section)?

"Project Shift and its development are only made possible by the help, effort, and contributions of people past or presently associated in some way with the therian or otherkin communities, and in order to add more information to the site we need people to write articles/essays and suggest new topics, links, or other material to be added to it."

Materials and writings currently still sought for the PS site:

~other, various explanations for the possible cause(s) and origins of therianthropy

~introduction to the online therianthropy community: things new people to the therian community should be aware of, advice regarding interaction and reading in it, and other related material (should be written in a fairly neutral, non-ranting, non-bashing manner)

~more questions to be answered in the Question & Answer article (suggestions can be about rather commonly asked questions or common topics or misconceptions that come up on boards/sites about therianthropy)

~information on animal polyshifters and/or polymorphs, and/or animal empathy shifts

~therianthropy in relation and contrast to daemonism

~introspection and soul-searching to figure out one’s theriotype(s): different methods and advice (we currently have Akhila’s “Soulsearching and Keep Walking” essay linked, but we’d like to also have an article on this subject documented on the Project Shift site, and something more succinct yet still helpful and informative)

~telling others about one’s therianthropy: advice, words of caution, and so forth

~information and advice on Howls—including things to be cautious about, suggestions in arranging a howl, basic information on them, etc.

~and other subjects and ideas (feel free to suggest things; we want to know what other types of information about therianthropy that members in the community are looking for in articles)

Additional things that I may work on writing gradually, or that I’ve already written and will be posted to Project Shift sometime:

--analyzing the use of shifting terminology (finished)
--analysis of ‘types of therianthropy’ terms (finished)
--therianthropy compared to personal animal symbolism
--therianthropy compared to totemism (hopefully a relatively succinct essay)
--possibly an article that lists and maybe briefly describes a wide variety of possible factors contributing to the prevalence of wolf therians in the therian community and certain other prominent (in numbers) theriotypes

I would really like to see these topics be documented as articles on Project Shift, and all of them listed above the ones I said I have worked on or intend to do myself, are ones that I feel I am not a good person to write about those particular subjects (plus I'd also rather have most of the articles written by more than me).  Some people may possibly be hesitant to either suggest things to improve or add to the site or to write/submit an article, and though we don't make guarantees that every article submitted will be posted on the PS site, there's a good chance that any submissions on specific topics not covered (especially ones we are seeking) will likely be posted on the site.  So I hope that some people aren't being deterred away from participating and submitting material because of maybe feeling like their writing won't be good enough.

I look forward to and continue to appreciate more submissions, suggestions, and participation made in helping further build and improve Project  Shift.


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Sep. 28th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I've been working on something about cause/origin theories for a little while now. It might take some time though; the totemism theory is requiring research that is bogging me down a bit. x_o

If I don't include it in the larger otherkin/therian project I've been working on (which I might not), I'll definitely submit it. :)
Sep. 28th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I look forward to seeing it and hope you decide to submit it when you're finished :). And of course, there's no time limit on when you can submit that (unless you'd want there to be ;P), so it's certainly welcome as a submission just whenever you manage to finish it.

As a side note, I don't think I've seen you mention before that otherkin/therian project you're working on, so I'm intrigued to hear about it (if you don't mind my curiosity :3).
Sep. 29th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
Aw, what more can be said, but I second that. =D
Sep. 29th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
It's too bad, and a little surprising I find, that more people aren't jumping in, even to suggest questions for the Q&A, or articles they might like to see. O.o

To pick away at the list, I was sketching out a start to a brief introspection essay after posting on Werelist and Trueform for some general advice people might share, so it might be interesting to try and complete that, as well as something on sharing therianthropy with friends and family. I'll poke at those some again.

I probably should have waited to reply till morning because my other response looks garbled. Agh. Haha.

P.S. Sonne, I added you as a maintainer. I'm not sure what privileges LJ communities has in that regard since I've not explored the system much, but just in case there are things you'd ever like to modify with the community the option is there.

Sep. 29th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for adding me as a maintainer here :3.

And yeah, if you'd like to work further on those two articles/topics, I'll be interested to see how they turn out. But if for some reason it's just not turning out for you to finish them after months or whatever, you can let me know and we'll keep trying to find someone else to write them if you'd like (assuming someone will take on the job :/).

Also yes, I do wish there were more people to make contributions (of course, I'd love those to be a lot in the form of articles, yet still, even the smaller contributions like suggestions or Q&A questions would be nice and helpful). I've come across at least a few or more people who have taken an interest in helping but never got back to me on what it is they'd like to contribute. So I'll have to keep advertising, basically :P.
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Sep. 29th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Yep, that might be an interesting thing to have on the PS site (especially since it is a common subject in general in the therian community--the whole werewolves related to or different from therians thing), so whenever you finish it you can submit it :).
Sep. 29th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
possibly an article that lists and maybe briefly describes a wide variety of possible factors contributing to the prevalence of wolf therians in the therian community and certain other prominent (in numbers) theriotypes

I wrote an essay, entitled "Why so Many Wolf Therians" that might fit what you're looking for here: http://www.freewebs.com/lupineinstincts/whysomanywolves.htm

And as soon as inspiration hits me again, I'll try another topic for PS. ;)
Sep. 29th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I already have that essay of yours on there :P. Your essay is good and covers some notable factors on that topic, but I may end up writing at some point additional material on that general topic (including expanding it to other theriotype prevalances and rarities), but I can't say the certainty of me getting it written.

I hope you get inspiration back and find or come up with a topic you'd like to work on for a PS article :3.
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