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What, a Project Shift Update?!

Well, it's a long overdue update, but an update nevertheless :P.  I fixed up some things on the Project Shift site--a few broken links, added some links under Resources--and I added an essay in the Community section by Spectre on terminology.

I still have a few articles for the site that are either in progress or I plan to start sometime (I've been out of writing-mode for the most part since last fall), primarily an essay on polytherians and hopefully an eventual essay on personal symbolism related and contrasted to therianthropy.  Along with those, I've been continuing to look for more contributions in the form of essays/articles, topic suggestions, and/or some more questions for the Q&A page (almost every time I think of one, I forget it before I get the opportunity to write it down somewhere : /).

So, to give a run down of the main things we're currently looking for to add to Project Shift, I'm just copy-pasting this from my Werelist thread:

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 (a couple of people have mentioned interest in doing this one, yet no official takers on doing it yet, so it's still open)

~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; undecided about adding it)
--analysis of ‘types of therianthropy’ terms (finished; undecided about adding it)
--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 (not sure if I'll end up writing it, but maybe)
--**general essay on polytherians (in progress)

That's all I can think of now for an update; there's not much to add to the site until either I and/or others finish more material to put there, so we'll have to see how things progress there.  And I so need to update my own personal site--I've neglected it :(.


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Aug. 13th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
I have something which might work as a sort of intro to the online communities. It's called Therianthropy 101 and is written in a light-hearted, fun tone.

It's found in my LJ here: http://elinox.livejournal.com/89705.html
Aug. 13th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
I remember this! It was so very cute.

I think it may well work as a fun sort of intro. Maybe a bit less intimidating than something really formal.

Thoughts all?
Aug. 15th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, thank you for bringing attention back to that one =D. I remember reading it, though I think you posted it around the time my desktop computer got screwed up for months, so I had forgotten to add it to my 'list', per se, of Project Shift articles. Like Aethyriek and you said, it would make a nice, less intimidating, and light-hearted introduction to joining and being active in the therian community. I'll add it to the site in the next update.
Aug. 13th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh Sonne, you're so brilliant. (:

This is actually some nice motivation, hopefully I can get a couple things written up.

I may poke around introspection and sharing therianthropy with others, since I have been considering that since last year.

Spectre's article is wonderful.
Aug. 15th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks ^_^. And I hope the inspiration and motivation stays with you to write either or both of those, I look forward to them--as I hope I get the motivation to return to my Project Shift writings, as well :3.
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Feel free to use this post on theories of therianthropy, though it may need a bit of cleaning up.
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I remember that list. Thanks for letting us use it :). I'll go through it and see if anything needs to be cleaned up in it, and I'll put it on Project Shift in the site's next update.
Aug. 24th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
If you're still looking for someone to write an article on telling others about therianthropy, I would be more than happy to do one for you and PS. >.> I've had a lot of experiences with that over the years, both good and bad, and have learned many a thing that I think could be useful for others.

Also, if you need a steady contributor, I'm pretty much just looking for an excuse/essay prompts to write more about my therianthropy, so I'd be happy to try my paw at some PS stuff.
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