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So I went to the Barnes and Noble book signing for We Are Not Ourselves, at the Grove in Los Angeles. I decided I would submit the picture of me and Misha. I don’t really have anything special to say other than ERMAHGERD I TOOK A PICTURE WITH MISHA COLLINS. 

I’m Finley, by the way, and my blog is here.

I can’t believe that Misha used his celebrity to get teenagers to study English literature in their free time. 

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"You know, it’s an interesting thing to be involved with because there are so many very, very passionate people and many different interest groups or factions within this, and I’m sure within every, fandom. And almost like a politician, you almost have to cater to all of your constituents and parse your words carefully so as not to be called homophobic or misogynistic or whatever else you could be called if you don’t parse your words carefully. I love that the fans use the show as a canvas onto which they paint the stories that are most meaningful to them and that it can relate well to a wide swath of people. That’s really exciting. And I like seeing people fight with one another. So it serves a dual purpose for me."

— Misha on fandom politics, at Comic-Con’s 2014 Fan Favorites panel. (More context and bonus Aisha Tyler.) 

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Anonymous said: Do you just like Misha or also Spn?

These days, I’m not much into Supernatural. I like the cast, but I’ve been discontent with the quality of the writing and I’m not very interested in the storylines anymore. 

The ninth episode of Season 9,  ”Holy Terror,” was specifically when I said, “Okay, I’m done with this show.” In that episode, Castiel seemed very out-of-character and weird to me, and it’s been one of the rare occasions when I didn’t like Misha’s performance. (Of course I like his acting, I run this blog!) When Castiel sucked up that other angel’s grace and was like, “I’m an angel again,” I was like, well what was the point of the human!Cas storyline of the first part of the season?

Honestly, pretty much the only reason I watched any of Season 9 was because human!Cas was something I hadn’t seen before - We’ve seen Dean making deals to save his brother, and Sam near dying/sick and possessed by an angel before. 

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Anonymous said: the best way i think is to use tw: [trigger word] and the word itself :)

See, I prefer to avoid using acronyms because it gives more context to people who don’t know what it means. If you don’t know what “tw” means, you won’t be able to find the answer by doing a web search, whereas you would for the words “trigger warning.” I also think it’s better for people who speak English as a second language or use translation software.

But if the majority of people have their blacklists set to block “tw” but not “trigger warning,” then it defeats the purpose. Difficult situation.

Another question about trigger warnings: do the words themselves trigger people? Or are most people only triggered by discussion of the subject itself? 

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Anonymous said: the best way to tag is with "self harm tw" or just "self harm" because it reads from right to left and if it reads "tw self harm" it won't recognize it.

It reads from right to left? I don’t understand. What if you tag something in Hebrew?

I guess I’ll have to install Tumblr Savior and do some experiments. Also, should I be tagging these posts with a trigger warning? 

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firesighn said: Xkit has an extension that will block a post if the words you list are in it, but tumblr savior only works for tags. I prefer tumblr savior because most of the things I want to block are asks on blogs I only follow for art or lengthy RPs in the tags. But I recommend the Xkit thing for the more sensitive people. It does a good job.

What’s the best way to tag a post? I usually write “trigger warning: self-harm.” Does Tumblr Savior only work if the user has blacklisted that exact phrase? 

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Anonymous said: Hello! I contemplated sending this message a few days ago but then felt bad so I didn't but I love your blog and don't want to unfollow.. Could you possibly tag self harm stuff, I'm going through a super sensitive time at the moment and having terrible urges and the smallest things are setting me off and I feel really bad asking cos I know the whole world doesn't revolve around me but yeah.. I love this tumblr :-) it makes me super happy. Sorry if this annoys you! Have a good day!

Oh, of course! I’ve tried to tag things, but I sometimes forget, and sometimes I’m not sure what to tag. I thought that if people had Tumblr Savior set to blacklist the words “self-harm” that it would work for posts with those words in the text, not just in the text. I guess I was wrong!

This isn’t a blog about self-harm, but I have been favoring reblogging some posts about. Since I started tracking web traffic, I became aware that many people found this blog by doing a search for “misha collins self-harm” as well as “misha collins leg scar” and related searches. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I think it’s something that resonates with a lot of my readers.

Edit: The top ten searches that lead to this blog are, in order, misha collins, misha collins tumblr, misha collins naked (lol), misha jensen hugs, misha collins wife, strange pictures of misha collins, misha collins accident, misha collins self harm and http://strangepicturesofmishacollins.tumblr.com/ (just put the URL in the top of the browser!).

Other fun searches: “does misha collins smoke” (no), “is misha collins a vegetarian” (no), “is misha collins his real name” (well, not his birth name), “does misha collins spine defect hurt” (I hope not!), “misha collins hates karla " (yes he does), "misha collins first car" (I have no idea), "can misha collins sing" (does Tibetan throat-singing count?), "how tall is misha collins?" (little under 6’0"), "is karla a good movie" (no), "fan says no to a hug from misha collins" (what?!)

Edit 2: Also, I would like to sincerely apologize to both you and anyone else who was triggered by those posts. I knew that they were triggering, and I’m very sorry that my neglect to tag them could have lead to someone being triggered. That was the opposite of what I hoped to achieve with them: I wanted to help people stop self-harming. I’m very sorry, and I hope I can make it up to you.

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todaywegiveourselvestothefire:

At my auto, I told Misha that last year I was able to tell him that he helped me recover from self harm and having an eating disorder. (I also cried at him, and he hugged me.)  This year I told him that he and his character gave me the courage to transition. He fist bumped me. I told him I was 19 days on T and he asked what it would do. “My voice will get lower and I’ll grow facial hair..” He reached out and said “May I?” before stroking my cheek like he would J2. “Nah man, you got nothing yet.” After he signed “James, good luck on your journey” he shook my hand.  When I walked up for my op he said “ok, yes”. I told him to look like a crazy barber and he did this.  Usually after they snap it, you’re done. He grabbed my arm and pulled me back and looked in my eyes. “Congratulations. I read your letter.”
The most validating weekend ever. The Supernatural fandom is the best.

todaywegiveourselvestothefire:

At my auto, I told Misha that last year I was able to tell him that he helped me recover from self harm and having an eating disorder. (I also cried at him, and he hugged me.)
This year I told him that he and his character gave me the courage to transition. He fist bumped me. I told him I was 19 days on T and he asked what it would do. “My voice will get lower and I’ll grow facial hair..” He reached out and said “May I?” before stroking my cheek like he would J2. “Nah man, you got nothing yet.” After he signed “James, good luck on your journey” he shook my hand.
When I walked up for my op he said “ok, yes”. I told him to look like a crazy barber and he did this.
Usually after they snap it, you’re done. He grabbed my arm and pulled me back and looked in my eyes. “Congratulations. I read your letter.”

The most validating weekend ever. The Supernatural fandom is the best.

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I would rather Misha ‘wiggle, wiggle, wiggle’ and then we can all look at him and be like ‘turn down for what’?

I would rather Misha ‘wiggle, wiggle, wiggle’ and then we can all look at him and be like ‘turn down for what’?

(Source: theoverlordmisha)

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marvel-maven:

OK, so most of my followers know the story of the top picture, but I will give you all the recap of the photo and how the second once came to be:

Alright, so Hubs and I have this joke about how I saved up all this money to go to VanCon this year as my first and likely only SPN con. He joked I was just going to get all the Rockstar guys to sign my boobs. So, because Misha is un-phased by things like that I asked him to pose as if he was doing just that at VanCon. The photo was not ready for pick ups when I got his autograph that day so I still had it and chose to bring it to the Edmonton Con.

Waiting in line for 40ish minutes with my 1 1/2 yr old daughter in the stroller during what should have been her nap time was interesting, but I held tight and texted Hubs and my son (3) to come back and meet me cause I was getting close. When we get up to the front I pay and get my sticky with my name so he can personalize it for me.

"Hey, I remember you… didn’t this have something to do with your husband?" 

He signs it, but I am too wrapped up in the convo to care what he has written.

"Yes," I launch into a recap of the story and how I really want Hubs to get the same pose for a photo op, "but he won’t do it," I say. Hubs, meanwhile is standing behind me looking kinda out of place since SPN and Misha is pretty much just my thing in the house.

"Why not?" He asks directly to Hubs.

Hubs is like… “Well…” But then he says, “Maybe. I don’t know.” Kinda embarrassed like.

Misha is like, “Well, I am sorry to hear you are in such an abusive relationship.” to my husband. He smiles at my kids and says “Maybe we will see you guys later.”

When I look at the photo he signed later, it reads “Chris, Thanks for the use of your canvas.”

We wait in line some more for our photo op and this line is huge, we see him walking by with his handlers and security people, carrying his tea, his eyes go wide and his head swings around, he says quietly, “this is insane” with amazement as he is guided to the photo op room.

When we get to the photo op, I park the kids over to the side with a few toys and hand Misha a pen cause he is ready to go and knows just what to do. The photo snaps and he says “Since I am here anyways,” and goes to legit sign hubs chest but the pen is dry and he pretends to be really mad and throw it across the room.

I am gathering up the kids and Hubs is saying “Thanks again, we will see you when we win GISHWHES.”

Misha is all, “For sure.” I walk by with the kids and he bends down a bit and smiles at them and waves and says “bye, cuties!” with a wink.