What if you were an Elf on the Shelf?

Photo courtesy of Flicker

Photo courtesy of Flicker

Imagine you were that little shelf sitting fellow whose only job is to blackmail small children before the holidays. What do you see? What do you hear?

Now share it in a post and link it back for the What if 2014 holiday challenge.

See all the details including the link up box in the original post.

Not sure how to tell your story? Check out my take on the challenge here.

Happy Holidays!

Oh and I also had some random holiday questions you might be interested in answering to help get you in the holiday spirit. They are:

1. Where is the weirdest place you found yourself on Christmas morning?

2. What is the one present you wanted badly and have never gotten?

3. What is the one thing you wanted badly, got and wished you hadn’t?

4. Have you ever re-gifted? If so what and why?

5. If Santa is real would you really want to meet him in person?

6. How many Elves could fit inside the biggest Christmas present you ever received?

7. What is your favorite holiday movie, show and/or song?

8. What is your least favorite holiday movie, show, and/or song?

9. What would you name a reindeer if you could? Why?

10. Do you think Santa could benefit from a healthier snack on Christmas eve or are cookies and milk the only choice? What would you recommend for the jolly old fat man?

You can see the original questions post on JED’s Playhouse here.


What if writing challenge – Holidays 2014!

I have been thinking of restarting the What If Writing Challenge again because I miss all the great fun we had. I remember some crazy scenarios that came out and some wonderfully written stories based on the former writing challenges.

The challenge I put forth for you today doesn’t mean the challenges are back, but it could lead to something new if it goes well. Let me know your thoughts and/or concerns.

The challenge I would like for you to consider in the spirit of the holidays…

What if you were the Elf on the Shelf?

Photo courtesy of Flicker

Photo courtesy of Flicker

Imagine you are that creepy little fellow who sits on shelves all over the world judging little kids throughout the holiday season. What do you witness? What are your daily routines? Are you nice, naughty or both?

Make up your very own make believe world or base it in reality. Make the Elf real or just tell his sad story as a stuffed thing. It’s your story so tell it to all the adoring What if readers.

A few rules…

  1. Keep it a reasonable length, let’s say around 500 words so we can enjoy any entries and read them all before the holidays.
  2. Tag your post with whatifchallenge
  3. Add a link back to this post or the linkup tool and check back often to see what others have posted
  4. Share your post between now and Christmas Eve (December 24th 2014)
  5. Have fun, I repeat have fun!

Also, not a rule but a suggestion, keep it somewhat clean. No vulgar references to the Elf please. He is after all somewhat a kid’s toy and it is the holidays. Thanks for visiting and I hope to see your story soon. JED

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Results on the February What if? writing challenge

February What if? writing challenge two-fer

What if you went viral?

What if you discovered a lost civilization?

The challenge has ended and with it took a piece of the blog. Thank you to all those who have participated in my What if? challenges but for now, this is the final installment.

The votes are in and we had a three way tie this time with the votes going to

whatif2The Gateway | Musings of a Soul Eclectic

The Others (Short Story) | A Mom’s Blog

Quarrying for a new civilization | mbarkersimpson

Some great posts for the final challenge. If you would like to go back and visit any of the former challenges they will remain on the blog and open for new comments or pingbacks.

If you are still interested in a writing challenge please visit the new one I have started at Multiverse Fiction Challenge. New challenges will be posted every Monday.

News on the What if? writing challenge – Updates – The end?

The February writing challenge two-fer is still running and needs a little participation. You still have until February 27th to add your link and tell us your take on What if you went viral? or What if you discovered a new civilization? Just click the link above and add your post to the inlinks link-up provided there. You can then come back on February 28th and vote for your three favorite posts.

After much debate and inner turmoil I have decided to suspend the What if? challenges once this one is complete. The past challenges are all still open and you can add a link to them if you see one you would like to do.

I have been trying to decide for a couple months now the best way to handle the decline in participants on the most recent challenges. It appears to me that they may be getting a bit lost or muddled up with the regular daily posts on the Okay, What if? blog. For this reason I debated moving them to their own blog dedicated only to the challenge.

After a little more thought I decided this too could cause a bit of confusion between the two blogs and may lead to problems separating the two. For this reason I chose to suspend the What if? challenges for now. Please let me say to all those that have participated to this point I really appreciate your support and the joy you have brought me and others with your challenge responses.

Since I have enjoyed the ability to put forth a challenge and read others takes on said challenge I do not want to give it up completely quite that easily. I have made the decision to begin a fresh challenge with it’s very own dedicated site. It is very similar to my former challenges but should have it’s own identity.

Please take a moment to pop over to my new challenge site Multiverse Fiction Challenge and hit the follow button. There is not a challenge up yet but there will be very soon. By hitting that follow button you will be among the first to know when it is posted and it will also let me know I have made a good decision.

Again, thank you all for your support. Please let me know if you have any ideas, comments or suggestions. I would love to hear your opinions.

Weekly what if writing challenge 02/10/2014

It’s time for the latest Weekly what if writing challenge and I hope it will be a fun one this week. It’s the first weekly challenge I’ve posted in a while and runs alongside the monthly challenge.

For this one I want to know

Glasses never fail to conceal your true identity

Glasses never fail to conceal your true identity

What if you were a Super-Zero?

Let me explain. I want you to imagine you are a super-hero or villain but I don’t want to know anything about your heroism, your abilities or how you got them. I want you to tell me about your average joe alter-ego.

If you had extreme powers or were a flying alien would you create an alternate, everyday persona? Would you want to be a reporter, a photographer or run a distinguished school?

Is there a need for hiding in plain sight? If so why do you think this way? What do you believe would be the best way to spend your off days? How would you disguise your identity?

Lets have some fun at the expense of all the Super-Powered beings out there. Please add whatifchallenge as a tag for your post and link to this challenge post to create a pingback.

Comments are closed on these challenges and you have until midnight EST on Saturday to get your challenge post in. Any questions please email me at thoughts@okaywhatif.com

Don’t forget about the February what if writing challenge two-fer. You have until February 27th to get your response in before voting starts.

Febuary What if writing challenge two-fer

I want to start by saying thank you to all those who have been very supportive to my What if? challenges so far and say welcome to those of you new to the blog. Since adding a few new contributors at the first of the year the blog readership is growing rapidly and for that I am grateful and a little overwhelmed. I hope to keep everyone entertained well into the future but I sometimes require a bit of inspiration myself and that’s where the challenges and your responses to them come in. I really enjoy seeing the creative spins everyone puts on a subject that I have set out in front of them.

Last month I asked you to tell me how you would react if you discovered a space ship in your neighbor’s garage. We received ten very fun submissions but the voting nailed down a single winner. Congratulations goes to Zainab at A Mom’s Blog for her post There’s a space-ship in my neighbor’s garage.  Please feel free to display your win using button provided (not required)wicwThe other submissions are all worthy of a read as well and can be found on the original challenge post here.

For February I have decided to give you a challenge two-fer. I have two different challenge ideas and you can decide if you want to answer one or both. That means each person can submit two separate entries into the challenge but there will only be one winning post at the end of the month barring a tie.

Challenge question 1: What if you went viral?

I want to get inside other bloggers heads and find out what your opinion on a post going viral is. Viral means the post is read and shared by thousands upon thousands of viewers. It would have found a way to get people excited and want to share it with others. What I want to know is if you would want to have this happen or if it has already happened what your thoughts about it were. What post did you write thinking it had a chance or what did you not write because you didn’t want the attention. Give us a little insight into the mind of a blogger.

Challenge question 2: What if you discovered a lost civilization? 

So the first challenge question is about the thoughts of a blogger, but the creativity that bloggers show with fictional scenarios seem to be a better fit sometimes here with my What if challenges. So I want to know what, how and where you discovered a new civilization. Was there a weird tiny race living inside the tree trunk in your backyard or did you travel to the amazon jungle and find a lost tribe? The more creative the better but let us know what and how you found these previously undiscovered people. Do they have a purpose or are they just trying to keep to themselves?

You can add your challenge responses to the linky tool with the little blue monster at the bottom of this post. Please add the tag whatifchallenge to make the post easier to find in the reader. Challenge will start on February 3rd and continue all month until February 27th. Voting will be open all day on February 28th with three votes for each person.

I’m looking forward to some interesting, creative and inspiring posts to keep my February a month to remember. So let’s have a little fun together and share our creativity. If you have any questions or ideas for me please email me at thoughts@okaywhatif.com

Monthly writing challengs ends today, voting open tomorrow

Just a reminder there are just a few hours to add your link to our month long challenge “What if you discovered a space ship in your neighbor’s garage?”. The submissions end today and voting will open tomorrow with the winners announced on Monday February 3rd along with the newest challenge.

Thank you to all who have participated and remember to visit each post and come back to vote on your favorites. There are some very fun and interesting reads.

If you want to add your own link you’ll need to hurry. You can use the linkup tool below with the little blue monster.