Here are some of the nonfiction articles, essays, and books that I've written from research.
About Otherkin and Therianthropes
"A Simple Introduction to Otherkin and Therianthropes."
This short article says what people mean when they say that they are therianthropes and otherkin. The article gives many sources for every part of that information, to show that it is accurate and not made up. In order to make the meaning clear to readers who are not therianthropes or otherkin, the article does not use unusual words or jargon from those groups. The article is mostly in Simple English. That means it mostly uses common words, and does not use idioms. Since the article is in Simple English it will be easier to put into other languages. It should make sense even when put through an automatic translator, such as Google Translate. Real people are still much better at translating writing, though. I want this article to get translated into many languages.
Otherkin Timeline: The Recent History of Elfin, Fae, and Animal People
Spanning from approximately 1972 to 2011 inclusive, this non-fiction book traces the recent history of therianthropes and otherkin: real people who identify themselves as animals and legendary beings. All events in this timeline are drawn from primary sources when possible, such as contemporary print and electronic media, as well as interviews with people who were directly involved at the time. Events covered include the coining of jargon, the publication of books, the rise and fall of various parts of the community, the development of philosophical explanations for being otherkin, and much more.
Otherkin Lexicon: A multi-lingual dictionary of jargon used in the communities of otherkin, therianthropes, and other similar peoples.
A specialized dictionary of over three hundred words and phrases used in the way of talk of the communities of otherkin, therianthropes, and similar peoples. (This abridged edition gives over one hundred words and phrases only.) Much of this jargon is only used by the communities in question, or with different senses than in standard talk. Their jargon sometimes makes their talk and writing hard to understand. This dictionary gives jargon from parts of those communities in English, as well as those in other languages, such as Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, and Ukrainian. Every definition includes source citations in endnotes, to show that the words are usually used as told here.
An annotated bibliography of non-fiction and fiction printed books about otherkin and therianthropes. Formerly titled The Otherkin and Therianthrope Book-List. If you are writing about otherkin or therianthropes, please use this book list as a starting point.
A Directory of Otherkin Writings and Other Works, Organized by Topic.
Over 500 different authors and artists (from inside as well as outside the community) made these essays, stories, poems, paintings, and other works about real otherkin and therians. These aren't limited to English. The directory also lists translations and original works in 15 other languages. If you're wondering about any topic that any otherkin or therians have ever discussed, you'll probably find several essays on that topic here, each offering a different answer.
"Scribner's marginalia upon Lupa's A Field Guide to Otherkin."
Some updates, corrections, opinions, and additions for Lupa's book A Field Guide to Otherkin
, which went out of print in 2013. Further resources include a list of works that cite the Field Guide, reviews of it, and original surveys that were sent in to it.
About Anything Else
Lists of Stuff in the Itch.io Bundle
Created 2021-06. About 182 pages long.
In June 2020, 1,391 creators added 1,741 games, books, songs, and other things they had made into the Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The bundle raised funds for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and bail for protestors in the Black Lives Matter movement. It can be overwhelming to explore such a large bundle. I made this document that helps you find games and other stuff in the itch.io bundle. The document has lists of games that meet certain accessibility requirements (such as blind-friendly, textless, or one-button) or not (such as warnings about games that have especially bad flashing lights, and content warnings for common phobias). It also has lists of games with various kinds of representation (POC, WLW, trans, etc). And then it has some lists of some other interesting kinds of content (educational, self care, romance) and subject matter (robots, your favorite animal, Halloween). It's a continual work in progress, and you can edit it to add what you've found, too.
"On the design of foreleg extensions and quadrupedal costumes."
An illustrated research essay on costume designs that let a performer walk on all fours. This includes devices worn to make the reach of the performer’s arms match the length of their legs. Safety concerns in designing and wearing quadrupedal costumes. Examples of performances in which foreleg extensions have been used: traditional and innovative, secular and spiritual. Has illustrations, bibliography.
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