GISHWHES is an acronym for The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. It's hosted, produced, and inspired by Misha Collins, American actor and director, who also co-founded Random Acts, a non-profit dedicated to funding and inspiring acts of kindness around the world.
This whole GISHWHES thing is really cool. Every year thousands and thousands of people are grouped into 15-man teams. After registering (registration fees go toward Random Acts), on the first day of the hunt, a list is made available with over 150 tasks or challenges and the teams scramble all over the world to document their completion of these tasks, to which point amounts have been assigned. At the end of the hunt week, the points are tallied, and the winning team is taking on an extravagant adventure with Collins.
The challenges are crazy, random, and inspire creativity. Lots of them are service oriented. Collins said the reason he created the competition was because he "loved the idea of thousands of people all over the world connecting to create incredible things."
Here are some from previous years:
So one of the tasks this year is to get a previously published sci-fi author to write an original story (140 words or less) featuring Misha Collins, the Queen of England, and an elopus (elephant/kraken hybrid).
I thought, "It would be fun to use the GISHWHES hashtag on Twitter and let people know I am available to write stories." So I did it.
I thought I would get a few people. Maybe five at the most, asking for a story.
Let's just say my Twitter feed exploded. I have gotten about 75 new followers in the past 12 hours, as well as several retweets for DawgArt.
And so far I've written five stories.
After the competition closes, I'll post them here for you to enjoy.
Good luck, gishers! 2 days, 19 hours, 34 minutes left.