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Been thinking a lot about glamourbombing lately. I've never been a big fan of how it's commonly practiced in the community, I largely agree with Rialian's old essay on the subject in which he states "It is a flash in the pan, a quick burst of sparkle, that the "average" mind forgets or associates with something else. It is not making something enduring. It is not opening gates to the Otherworld, and making the environment better."

Thing is, I've recently found that doesn't have to be the case. I've been exposed to the work of the Marauder Underground with the Ellis sigil, for instance, and I've been very impressed. They've written things on the subject of real, effective glamourbombing that I haven't seen done by the otherkin community in the entire time I've been part of it (starting May 1, 1999).

Because of this exposure, I wrote my own essay on effective glamourbombing: The Death and Rebirth of Glamourbombing.

So far, I've only gotten a few reactions on the LJ glamourbombing community and on tumblr. So, I thought I'd post here and see what people's reactions were.
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What name do you want to be referred to as?
Anja. It's my legal name too. c:

What is your 'kin type?
Like my username says, I'm horsekin. To be specific I am a Peruvian Paso. Like their name suggests they're a breed of domestic horse from Peru... Which sometimes makes me feel very off, since I'm from Switzerland.

How long have you been awakened?
I would say a few years... Maybe since mid-2011. 

Describe your awakening experience.
I have always felt something was "wrong" with me when people talked about being human, human society, humanity... And I've always felt much more comfortable and safer with animals that weren't human, and especially horses. Of course I never heard of therian or otherkin before... Until I made a tumblr to try and meet more English speaking equestrians. (The tumblr equestrian community is quite large!) And I happened upon a blogger who spoke about being a "horse therian", which led to me finding even more otherkin/therian activist blogs, and suddenly I understood... I'm not the only being with these feeling sof being misplaced, of not being part of the "human" society and family.

If you're non-kin, what brought you here?
Well I'm kin but I'm here to make more friends, hopefully, in a safer and more private site. Tumblr has too many chances for trolls and bigots to have their fun.

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What name do you want to be referred to as?

Nic or Nicole is good.

What is your 'kin type?

The short answer is "anthropomorphic black panther" but 1) it's vague as well, 2) it implies an animal with human characteristics, which is inaccurate, and 3) people tend to take exception to my use of "black panther" as a descriptor. So the long answer is this: picture what appears to be a human crossbred with a melanistic jaguar. Biped (although I think it can also be quadruped), digitigrade, furred, sentient, articulate (but uses feline vocalizations as emotional expressions). Obviously, it's not something from earth. Which is part of the reason I prefer "black panther" over "melanistic jaguard/leopard" -- because it's not a jaguar or leopard.

How long have you been awakened?

I suppose that depends on your definition of awakened. I've known that I'm a human-shaped black feline for as long as I can remember. Certainly before puberty. But I didn't hear/see the word "Otherkin," or even learn of the concept of it, until Christmas day, 2009.

Describe your awakening experience.

Er... I'm not sure I really can? I don't know, it's just something I've always known, it's always been there, and I've always been aware of it. There've been times that I've pushed it away, but it always came back; I could never ignore it for long.

If you're non-kin, what brought you here?

N/A :)

So just a note, I'm doing a 30 day Otherkin/non-human challenge on my journal, if anyone wants to take a look. I'm only on day 1, but it should be at least a little bit interesting :)

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Nominations are currently OPEN for the 2013 Rose & Bay Awards. This award recognizes excellence in crowdfunded material.

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One of the awesome things about the crowdfunding business model is that it breaks the stranglehold of mainstream publishing. This encourages people to publish material on topics they love for niche markets that mainstream editors would never accept. Publishing is a popular category on the crowdfunding hubs like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. What crowdfunded projects did you enjoy last year by or about Otherkin? Who did the most positive and/or accurate portrayals? Which artists were doing persona illustrations? Which writers were featuring Otherkin characters? Who hosted prompt calls where you could ask for Otherkin? Nominate them in the relevant category. Did you know folks who helped support those projects with donations? Nominate them as patrons!

Please drop by to nominate your favorite crowdfunded projects from 2013. Post about the award in any relevant venue to help alert more people.
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What name do you want to be referred to as?
-Mataya

What is your 'kin type?
-I am trying to figure this one out mainly because my soul's bloodline is a combination of a few things due to how my soul was created. For the most part, the three things I identify as because of my creation is angelkin, vampyrkin, and blackcatkin or felinekin? These three things are very sacred to me because of my souls history

How long have you been awakened?
-For more than a few years now. I over the years found out my identities from a family relation in another realm in the spirit plane.

Describe your awakening experience.
-My awakening experience really and truly began years before my awakening time, I say this because the family relation I met was on a Ouija board. And it grew from there over the course of years discovering pieces because my mind was recovering from hospitalization for being thought mentally ill for having interactions with spirits. My vampyrkin-self unfolded through dreams of my past life, as well as my angelkin-self. I would astral dream to my soul home a lot. My felinekin is the self that shows the most. I often have a lot of kinfeels relation to these three and during my awakening it  felt so strange to realize that when it felt like I was laying on my wings for the first time, or my ears or tail moving, or when getting angered my phantom fangs would pop out, and the knowing that my eyes turn red when angry. And normally baby pink when not angered. The eye color is really a mental awareness. I am not trying to look special at all... I actually feel like a magical mess. These are things I feel and things that have shaped my spiritual beliefs. These kinselves made me who I am in this particular life. I just really want to go home where I feel I belong the most. I have these specific kintypes explained better on my page that it would probably make a bit more sense than what I put here. I wanted to just summarize things. So I fully and deeply apologize. 

I was led to this group by Sareth. :3







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Just reminding folks, the Northern Virginia Otherkin Meetup is meeting Sunday, September 30th, at 6pm at the Silver Diner on Gallows Road by the Dunn Loring metro station.  If you don’t already know what I look like to find us at our table, a recent photo is here: http://anotherwiki.dreamhart.org/wiki/Jarandhel_Dreamsinger

Previously it had been announced that it would be Sunday, October 1st.  Clearly, I got the date wrong since October 1st is not a Sunday.

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[personal profile] arethinn
I will spare everyone here the ranty post I made a few other places, but I'm sorry that, after my cautiously optimistic post earlier this morning extending registration, due to a development I only found out a few hours after making that post, I must announce MythiCalia has been cancelled.

At this time I am 99% sure I will never attempt a gather again. I am just too burned out on the stress and grief year after year.
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There's just one week to go until MythiCalia, and just three days left to register... registration will close on Sunday, September 23. There are still several spaces available!

http://mythicalia.eristic.net

If this message is perchance the first you have heard of this: This is a camping gather in Loma Mar, CA (SF Bay area). $55 per person for the whole weekend (Fri Sept 28 - Sun Sept 30). You can come on Thursday Sept 27 by booking one of our sites separately for yourself on Thursday night ($37 paid directly to the park).

The schedule is still in flux even this close to showtime - par for the course for 'kin gathers! I can't guarantee that everything shown on http://mythicalia.eristic.net/schedule2012.php will actually happen, but it will give you an idea of the kinds of things we may do.
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Ok, here's the scoop - I've decided to dive in head first with this and try to hold the first meetup next Monday, Labor Day, at 6pm at the Silver Diner near the Dunn Loring/Merrifield Metro Station in Vienna.

I'm not sure how many folks we'll get to this first one, especially with the short notice, but better to get the ball rolling than to never begin. ;-)

http://dreamhart.org/meetup/

http://anotherwiki.dreamhart.org/wiki/Northern_Virginia_Otherkin_Meetup
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Thinking of restarting the monthly otherkin meetups in Northern Virginia with a bit of a change of venue.  Sticks and Stones was and is great, but at the moment it’s a bit hard for me to get to and it’s really more suited towards class and workshop type get togethers.  I’d like to do something more like a munch - just get together as a group at a restaurant and have dinner together, talk, etc.  Anyone interested in joining us?  We can work out the specifics of date/time/location from there.
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Ahem. Everybody, please pay no attention to [personal profile] herzogwrymsyn . He is a well-known pedophile (a "proud pedophile" to use his own words) from Tumblr, and you shame yourselves when you respond to any of his posts in a friendly manner. If you wouldn't have a nice conversation with a pedo in real life, why would you do it on the Internet?  Is the Dreamwidth otherkin comm now a safe haven for pedophiles? If you're not trying to make him leave (as  [personal profile] roguesareth , [personal profile] joeyjoejoe and I have), or ignoring him, then you are an enabler. Hopefully an unconscious one. 
Now you know the truth. It will be extremely telling to see if anyone goes ahead and disregards this message and acts all friendly towards him anyway, and if so I want nothing to do with them either. It's just all very sad. 

That is all. Thank you.
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How do you guys feel about fursuits, elf ears, and other stuff such as that which allows you to look like your type?
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Otherkinsight is a really great otherkin forum. I would really suggest it to anyone, it's fantastic. The people there are way rad, and talk about a variety of things.

Link: http://otherkinsight.com/forum/index.php
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Since Tumblr was abandoned, I decided to come here to blog about kin stuff. I recently uncovered a third kin type, a three headed dragon, that I am pretty excited about and stuff.

Uh, it's hard to come off as excited, but I totally am.

Anyway, yo. If you don't know, my name is Herzog Wyrmsyn. Nice to meet everyone.
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   OMG! Might be the best description of this fantastic event. Although some of the planning wasn't perfect we actually had a fantastic time. Not only did everyone that came together completely enjoy each other's company but the entire group plans to do it again. We will hold another gather this winter, 2012. Date and the Event name will be announced soon.

There were a few similarities in the group that are only loosely connected to their kin type, if at all. Most of the group were either cisfemale, transwoman, genderqueer, or a mixture of them. There was an underlying energy of feminine, that was very nice. Then of course all of us were otherkin, but there were no elves (oddly enough) There were all sorts of other, including therians, but no elves. Then there was one very important similarity, all of us were cast aside by others in the past. Shunned. dismissed. Together we dislike that energy so much that we brought in the opposite - an inclusive space. Something I have only dreamed of since my very first kin gather. A gather where a group of kin come together and work to understand and accept each other for enlightenment, not for any other reason. WOW, it happened... seriously.

Even with the heat of the summer, the AC was on and most of us piled inside. It seemed each time we tried to go outside it would storm and push us all back in. Interestingly though after one faerie was able to create an amazing dragon to be hung above the group alter. Then the entire place began to dance with each other. It was amazing to watch the shy open up with beautiful smiles and amazing conversation. Each element of the Faehaven was used. The divination table, the community kitchen, the trade table, the group alter, the snuggle room, the costume closet and the open sexuality room had various amounts of activity throughout the day. The yard provided play room for all and frankly the space was so flowing I am only making one small change for the winter gather - and that's a discussion board. More on that later.

This event brought together some very unusual folks that truly enjoyed each others company.... Don't fit in anywhere else? Come to the gather, you likely will - ha ha! 

Facebook : Faehaven (Otherkin Safehouse)
OtherWiki:  Faehaven (Otherkin Safehouse)
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There's now about 8 weeks left until the gather. Registration will go up from $45 per person to $55 per person on August 15! (Not for profit; just to help me recoup the cost of reserving the site.)

The more detailed schedule is beginning to shape up; you can see it here: http://mythicalia.eristic.net/schedule2012.php The same topics mentioned earlier such as entering the mythic world, aspecting, seelie and unseelie courts, etc. are still there and some have been expanded on; also there have been a couple of additions such as a faery gate experiment and a possible scrying workshop.

A reminder that, though the official dates are Friday-Sunday, subject to availability you can also book one of the sites separately on Thursday night (if you are willing to pay the cost - there may also be someone to split with). I didn't book all the sites Thursday because I didn't think we'd use them, but I would be great to see more folks on Thursday.

So far we have 7 people registered and I think there will be 3 more soon (I have an email in my inbox I need to answer). I think we're up to 5 cars out of a limit of 16 (due to the site arrangements), so if you want to come, I encourage you to register as soon as you can to ensure a spot. It's OK if you can't pay right away when you register; so long as I *do* get the reg fee eventually it's all good.

Lastly, I've added an RSS feed for the news page: http://feeds.feedburner.com/mythicalia It's a tad primitive as I am hand-coding simple XML for it, but it seems to work, at least.

http://mythicalia.eristic.net
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I've been busy lately - working two jobs, moving, etc.  So I'd gotten a bit behind in updating the list of community events on AnOtherWiki.  I'm happy to say, though, that I've just updated it with every event I know of that's currently scheduled:

http://anotherwiki.dreamhart.org/index.php?title=Template:Upcoming_events

You can also view upcoming events in calendar format here:

http://anotherwiki.dreamhart.org/wiki/Calendar

If you know of more, don't hesitate to let me know - or, add them yourselves using the forms provided in the Gathers, Meetups, and Minigathers categories.

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Today, I finished my commentary on Lupa’s book A Field Guide to Otherkin. Here it is. It’s 12 pages of updates, errata, and reader opinions about the book. It also includes some contextual resources: a list of writings that cite or review the book, and links to a few of the original surveys that have been made public. I’m still looking for more submissions from other readers, so if you have anything to add, please tell me.
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[personal profile] strive4balance
 Dreamhaven is a new otherkin gather to be held in July 2012, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at Faehaven. The event is focused on the expression and exploration of our inner most kinship in a setting that has convenient access for all. The event will allow for a place of kin expression in a safe environment among other kin. The expression of your own kin will be combined with other kin at the gather and together we will explore the meanings of otherkin.

July 27th, 28th, 29th in Harrisburg, PA at Faehaven

This event is for all otherkin - regardless of species, experience, or self expression of any kind. The host and the entire event is completely inclusive. We welcome otherkin, therians, furries, all expressions of gender/sexuality, dark/light creatures of all sorts, humans, and anyone that is interested in exploring and expressing themselves within a safe space full of support and understanding. Faehaven is a sanctuary that welcomes all - this is a neutral zone - everyone is safe here. We can meet each other, support each other, teach and share our experiences in a safe place that has no right or wrong answers. We can play, discuss, explore, and express ourselves all weekend at Dreamhaven.

Although the event in itself is free flowing we have had a few individuals step up to guide workshops about various otherkin related discussions or activities. First of all rememeber that Faehaven encourages costuming by offering a costume closet, there will also be a play fire circle where everyone is encouraged to express themselves with music, drumming, dancing, spinning, hooping, story telling, singing, etc. There is also a divination station where you can choose to share divination items and everyone is encouraged to trade divination readings. There are two Trading spaces (Recycling Centers) where you can give away things that no longer serve you and trade for things that spark your interest now. One is outside and the other is inside for weather sensitive items. There will be a group hearth/alter both inside and out where you add a piece that represents you. Where as a group we can bring our energy together for support and community. Faehaven also provides space for those that choose to express themselves in a snuggle room (no sex but puppy piles are welcomed) and inside the sexuality realm that is in private and behind closed doors. Everyone is welcomed to make their own choices about where they particiapate at any given time during the event. No sexual pressure, only safe space to express it if you choose.

Please keep in mind that Faehaven is completely open to any other workshops/elements being added as desired.

=== Friday === (Playtime around Faehaven is encouraged in between things)

A theoretical discussion of why otherkin exist and what our purpose, if any, might be.

Dancing with the FireFlies- just as the sun is going down the fireflies come out to do a dance. We will dance with them with a lovely soundtrack of nature's transition and drumming. We will awaken our kin self from within, bring it forth and tuck away the mundane.

Group Meal

Fire Playground- let's play together, bring musical instruments, dancing gear, wear costumes, bring stories and songs, bring spinning toys, bubbles, and hoola hoops.


=== Saturday === (Playtime around Faehaven is encouraged in between things)

ReUse and Upcycle - Let's get our hands dirty and let's build something from "saved trash" to express our kinself. For some of this it would be wings, staff, a piece for an alter, ears, talisman, art, or whatever else you can dream of.

Afternoon Sweat - At the hight of the heated day those wishing to join us for an afternoon sweat are encouraged to join the group in a group movement where we use yoga and Tai Chi to flavor our movements in completely embodying our kin self. Expressing it together and even among each other and than later cooling off with a discussion about our experience.

Group Meal

Fire Playground Party - Come as you kin, play as your kin, and let's use all our tools.

Moonlight Howl - Come together to howl at the moon, flit about the garden and explore all the sights of darkness, offer light to our ancestors, and embody our kin self within the darkness.


=== Sunday ===(Playtime around Faehaven is encouraged in between things)

-Goodbye Discussion - Talk about what you took from the group, thank anyone that helped you, show appreciation for your experience, share hopes and joys.

-Plans for next year - Discussion of what and if we would want this or something else next year. Ideas and volunteers welcomed, let's create our own fantabulous time together.

 

Anyone is welcome to stay for a sweet ending on Sunday night that is completely random and playful. 

It is a smaller gathering, in the 20-30 people range. Attendance is $20 per person, which is being used to provide a meal plan of two hot meals on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you can't afford it, please contact us privately and we can offer a little work position like helping to clean up or prepare meals. 

http://anotherwiki.dreamhart.org/wiki/Dreamhaven

Hello!

Jul. 10th, 2012 06:37 pm
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Hello! I go by EponaLyre on here, but I usually go by Kodama. I'm a unicorn otherkin, and the owner of Otherkinsight. I heard Dreamwidth is a good site, so I decided to try it out. It does seem to have a high otherkin population, and seems to be more active than LJ, and perhaps friendlier than Tumblr...

I've been in the otherkin community for years (about 8), and have identified as non-human since I was a kid. I have been working on sorting myself out for years, and probably will never have exact answers, but I believe my soul to be unicorn. I'm also cicada-hearted, and have some very "animal" mentalities, which may or may not indicate a bit of psychological therianthropy of some sort.

I'm a singer-lyricist, and a writer as well. I'm also a college student, and will likely be returning from a long hiatus this fall, and taking online courses for now, as I have social issues.

I'm largely here to meet others, get advice, and make friends. Apologies for the short introduction!

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