These Ancient Eyes: Shift Happens – A Book Series?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Everyone who’s read my Shift Happens series has told me time and time again that I should write a book on Therianthropy. Admittedly, there aren’t actually that many out there, and very few that are anything near mainstream. The closest I can think of is A Field Guide To Otherkin by Lupa, though there are quite a few works out there that mention Otherkin and Therians in passing (a great list was compiled by Therithere, the author of the below comic – used with permission), and even more articles and artwork to be found online (list likewise compiled by Therithere). But as shown in the comic above, the reactions to such a publication by the community can vary incredibly widely. As much as I’d love to educate people about us, much the way the world of sexual dysphoria has been brought into the public light over the years, there are down sides to everything, and that’s why I hesitate.

It’s not that I don’t think I could write it, either. I’ve been called a “guru of therianthropy” by many people around the internet, and people who’ve read my Shift Happens series have said repeatedly that my writing is “compelling” and that it “draws you in” and makes the reader want to know more about the topic. Even therians who experience shifting regularly have told me that they learned things from the series, and wish I’d write more. So the question becomes, am I brave enough to risk an outcry from the community if I actually write the book with an eye to educating non-therians? Or should there bet two books – one for therians and one for non-therians?

I love writing. I love offering people the things I’ve figured out and hoping that it helps them. But I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really take anger well. Backing a wolf into a corner is just not something most people want to do. I feel cornered, I feel worried, I feel badgered, and I lash out and verbally bite people. I admit – this is not the healthiest thing I could do, and I’m working on changing it. But still, I don’t want to do something that might bring the community down on me if it’s badly received. All I’m doing is sharing information, but I do worry about people’s opinions when I’m looking to spread my personal opinions wider than a personal blog.

So basically what I’m asking here is for some input. Let’s assume I not only write this book, but get it picked up by a major publisher. Let’s assume it gets put out and promoted like other non-fiction titles, and is the first mainstream book of it’s kind. What would your reaction be? Everyone who reads this knows me and my opinions very well – you can probably guess the kinds of things that will be in said book. Would you be happy? Would you read it? Would you recommend it to other therians? How about non-therians? Would you be greatly offended if this book was written at all? I’d really like to hear back from as many of you as possible. Please let me know what you think.

Who knows? This could be the start of something really cool.