I am not going to pretend I have been anything other than blessed to get the summer off. As much as I bemoan the fact that I have, quite literally, spent most days sitting online (like, literally all day), I have been spending that time writing, or working on art, or organizing my team for GISH.
This will be my 11th year GISHing. I kind of can’t believe that. 11 years of making Skittles portraits and cucumber skirts and tampon animals. 11 years of elevator tea services, and stormtroopers at the spa, and lip syncing inflatable dinos.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with GISH, the best I can do is direct you to the official website, but also a Tumblr user going by Gishwhes Historian has an amazing and comprehensive site full of the history of the GISH scavenger hunt. Please check them out here if you are genuinely curious.
The short of it is, it is a massive, global, multi-media scavenger hunt put on by Misha Collins (yes, that Misha Collins) that has a huge performance art/random acts of creativity vibe going for it, but also a large charity component.
Teams compete for the grand prize which is generally a trip, and which this year is to the Amazon. Having done this for over a decade and having seen the quality of the entries put forth my the winning team, there isn’t a chance in hell I’m going to win, but it’s an incredibly fun diversion ever year regardless.
If this sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to sign up next year. It’s usually in August, and generally lasts about eight days. This year it’s July 30 throught August 6th, so it very much is just around the corner. I’m Team Captian, so I’ve been spending the last few days making sure all my teammates are able to connect with each other, to the Discord server, the FB group, and been posting up refreshers, intros (quite a few newbies on the team this year) and general ice breakers. I’m very excited to start the hunt on Saturday.
Aside from that, I’ve been puttering away at art (slow going on my current two pieces, but going nonetheless) that you can keep up with here, and writing on Medium, which is proving to be a fun community (you can read my stuff here).
Hope all is well in your world. Take care of yourselves, and each other.