I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we are two weeks to the day out from GISH 2019. If you don’t know what GISH is, I’ll embed one of their official videos that can help explain it (I’d also strongly recommend visiting the website).
I’ve done GISH every year since 2012, heading up my own team (Team AllHailtheGlowCloud) since 2014. We have about nine recurring members this year, two new-to-us members, and about two days left to recruit the remaining four. I’m going a little crazy trying to scout social media for people who still need a team, which is my fault (sat on it for too long; really should have started recruiting a month ago).
GISH is always an interesting and exciting time, if more than a little emotionally exhausting and frustrating. Being part of an international team — even one with great members, like mine (luckily) has always been — means I have very little local support for tasks. My husband tries to be supportive, but has limited time because he works much longer hours than me; I have limited transportation for location specific tasks, since I don’t drive (and my husband has the car at work most of the time anyway); and while I have a number of acquaintances, I have very few friends to augment any group tasks.
So each year is, for better or worse, a great exercise in creativity and resourcefulness, but also a harsh reminder of exactly what my limitations are.
While I’m not always able to produce a lot during GISH, I find myself always impressed with the efforts of my team mates. And, okay, I guess if I’m being totally honest, some of my own efforts wind up turning out better than I expect — and I have definitely grown and improved from year to year. I’ve pulled out a few pieces of work I’m incredibly proud of on an art and writing front (sort of wish there were more writing tasks, actually), and with the advent of the GISH app and the allowing of some collaboration between teams (and former GISHers not currently participating), I’m hopeful that I might actually be able to do some of the group items this year.
Either way, this is going to be a fun two weeks of (hopefully successful) recruiting, planning, and team-building.
And hey, if you are someone looking for a GISH team, we still have (as of this posting) four spaces left. Please reach out! We’d love to have you.
Here is a small sample of past submissions, mostly of some of the art we’ve created for GISHes in the past; and who knows, I may venture further down memory lane in the coming weeks with more photos and videos: