“Thank You Misha” Appreciation Book

With the thought of the @supernaturalartbook​ and @thedestielartbook​ I decided to do something I’ve been toying with the idea of for a long time.

 will be a fan-made book consisting of user-submitted stories of how Misha Collins has touched the lives of the submitters and made a lasting impression on them.

This is an art project which I will keep going for as long as possible to collect as MANY inspirational stories from people about Misha Collins and how he has changed their lives and made the world a better place for them

Misha Collins is truly an angel who has done so much for all of us and it’s about time that we give a little back. At this point in time, this will be a one off printed book on my dime - I plan on inserting all the stories in a 200-300 full color book (with some submitted Misha Collins artwork). The book will be a hardcover coffee table style book with a glossy dust jacket, gold leaf trim & embossed leather cover under the dust jacket. It will include a fairly long introduction chapter or two written by yours truly. The user submitted stories will immediately follow the introduction chapter. I will try to include up to two stories per page and am looking for 400-600 user submitted stories preferably of 400-1000 words each (but more or less is fine). The reason for the word limitation is that I need to be able to more or less fit two stories on some of the pages due to my page limit. Initially, I will only be printing one copy of the book out of my pocket to hand deliver to Misha during VegasCon 2018 or PhxCon 2018 depending on how long the creation of this takes. Afterwards, I will be setting up an indiegogo campaign to sell copies of the book for people interested in owning a copy of their own. There will be two options available (as of now) the version with the original stats (leather bound, dustjacket, gold trim etc), and a plain hardcover version.

This is just something I want to do for Misha with help from all of you beautiful people and any money made off of sales will go to RandomActs because it’s an organization I am VERY passionate about. Now that we got that out of the way, if you’re interested in contributing your story, please submit it through the submit page and be sure to adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Please check your spelling and grammar - I will go over it myself but it would be helpful if it already arrives checked and ready.
  • Please do not use any profanity or offensive language unless absolutely necessary. This is for Misha and the Collins family and I hope we can keep it clean and beautiful for him and his family to enjoy.
  • Please try to keep your story under over 300 but under 1000 words - THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT but more of a loose guideline so I can fit everything together well.
  • If you would like to submit artwork of Misha Collins to the book - I simply ask for your permission to print it in the book I give to him- I also ask that it be high quality and at least 300 dpi so it prints correctly & crisply on a large coffee table book. Watermark on the image is welcome as well as your name and a link back - will include that in the book for any artists that contribute their work.
  • I plan on including a name & location below each story submitted so please include your name & city/state with any submission. If you would like to include a link to your social media, I will happily include one link or email address as well with each submission. If no info is submitted, your submission will appear as -Anonymous
  • Additionally, I plan on having a credits section on the back of the book - if you submit a story or artwork, the name & location (and link) will be included in the credits section of the book.
  • Lastly, I will happily include a full page for anyone that runs a charity organization or any kind of group that was founded with Misha Collins in mind for charity work, support groups etc. The page will be a full page about the charity in question with description, information, contact & photos if you want to include them. I want to do this to prove to him that he doesn’t just HELP thousands, he inspires them to do good too. Please contact me through the ask box for more information regarding this.

The book printing will be done in 4 stages/

STAGE 1: Story Collection - Story collection will consist of collecting all the user submitted stories and artwork that will be included in the book The closeout date for when user submitted content will close is currently December 21st, 2017. Dates are subject to change.

STAGE 2: Format & Editing - This is the phase where I will format the book and edit all the content to make sure it fits well together and looks good. Additionally, I will be spellchecking all of the content and arranging all the user submitted artwork & charity pages to make sure everything looks clean and streamlined. Date TBD

STAGE 3: 1st Copy Printing - This is when I will be printing the first INDIVIDUAL copy of the book to deliver to Misha. This will be a very heavy coffee table book bound in leather, with a glossy dust jacket and gold leaf trim on the pages. The book will be in full color. I currently have an estimate for about $110 for one copy of the book - the price is pretty steep because I will be buying it on its own and not in bulk. I will be paying this out of pocket. Date TBD

STAGE 4: Mass Distribution - I will set up an indiegogo campaign to mass distribute the book in a “Luxury” edition which is exactly like Misha’s copy, and a cheaper more affordable standard edition - maybe even a paperback edition. This all depends on the feedback I get from people who submit and ask questions. More info to come. Date TBD

If you have any suggestions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

All submissions will be posted to this blog publicly unless requested otherwise-this will be for keeping track of submissions. Submissions may or may not be printed in the order they were submitted in, I haven’t decided that yet but will do a poll during stage 2 of this project.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing all of your stories of how this man has helped you.

WE LOVE YOU MISHA!

Ps if everyone could signal boost and reblog to get exposure out that would be extremely helpful! I need as many submissions as possible!

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Random Acts is going back to Nicaragua to continue work on the Free School in 2018! They’re already collecting donations and I’d really like to earn a spot on the team.

I didn’t manage to raise the money last year, and even if I don’t get it this time either, it’s for a really good cause.

If anyone would like to support me, here’s the link to my campaign:

crowdrise.com/dreams-to-acts-nicaragua-2017/fundraiser/stephaniecharvat

I’ve just donated $100.

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GISHWHES registration is open for the 2017 hunt and I wanted to make a post about my experience last year in case anyone is on the fence about participating.

I know (from personal experience) that watching the hunt from the outside can be daunting. It seems intense and time consuming and expensive to take part in. I remember specifically thinking that it would be impossible because I’ve never actually physically met any of my fandom friends. I know, it’s sad. I’ll give you a minute to get a tissue.

It always looked like a lot of fun, but it seemed like a thing that other people got to do, not me.

Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with my particular GISHWHES tale, though I’m happy to talk more about it if you want to message me. I just figured it might help some people make the decision to have an amazing week doing fun stuff if I shared some of my basic stats:

- Number of times I’ve done GISHWHES: 1

- Items I completed: 14 (plus my part of the team photo)

- Money spent: approx $75 (though having an art studio helped and I returned the Etch-a-Sketch when I was done….shhhhh.)

- GISHWHES teammates that I’ve met: 0

- Days since GISHWHES that I’ve gone without talking to my teammates: 0

- Runner Up medals: 1

In summary, it was hands down the best week I had last year and I would encourage anyone considering joining a team to say yes! Don’t worry if you don’t know other people doing it, I hardly knew anyone on my team and now we’re family.

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The first building on the new Free High School campus in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, was celebrated in an opening ceremony yesterday, and we were pleased to be in attendance!