Okay What If? – New Skillz

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Good evening folks from both myself and Professor Cat. As you might have already guessed it’s time for another challenge should anyone feel inclined.

Thank you to all those who last month shared their ideas for custom mugs, if you were not able to view some of the ideas you can catch up HERE and have a read through the ping backs and comments, there are some interesting and evil ideas.

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For this time round, the idea came to me last night, but I needed beauty sleep and lots of it, so I had to put it on hold until this evening.

Are you ready? Okay, What if you went to bed one night and the next morning you awoke to find you were able to do three things that you couldn’t the night before. That can be anything, new skills, new talents, give it your best shot.

You have from now until I put up the next challenge to participate. I don’t believe in deadlines, usually because I miss them!

Happy writing 🙂

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Okay, What If? Challenge

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Okay, what if I told you it had been too long since there was a writing challenge, and that after polling the people in the know, erm, that’s you guys, I’ve realised that  inspiration is a little thin on the ground. So here’s the thing, we need something to get our top boxes ticking, and after consultation with the main man Jed, he has given his permission for me to issue forth a challenge.

Now I know you’re all busy, heck I am too, but no one is asking you to sit down and write war and piece, how about if I give you a topic and you just sit down and blog about the first thing that comes to mind for 5 or 10 minutes. Free thought after all is when we are at our most random.

This challenge will run until I remember have time to put the next one up, hopefully next Wednesday, but I am not going to put restrictions on myself, because I only end up getting stressed and eating cookies.

Ok, so the challenge for this week is as follows:

Okay, What if I asked you about public transport?

It’s deliciously random isn’t it, well you can thank Wee Blue Birdie for that. While discussing challenges the other night she issued this one to me as we both use public transport, and I, being kind and generous decided to pass it on.

There is no doubt that at some time in your life you have had to avail of public transport, how did you find it?  anything funny happen? meet anyone funny? have a bad experience? or even weirder still, if you could invent your own method of public transport what would it be? The limits are endless!

Best of luck, and all that we ask is that you put a ping bank (link) to this post in your own. This means that we here at Okay, What If? and also anyone else visiting this post will be able to see your entry easily. If you are unsure how to place a Ping back (link) into your post, click the highlighted word above to find some instructions from WordPress.

Thank you to all my friends who have given me ideas fro future challenges, if you have an idea you would like to share, please feel free to do so.

Looking forward to seeing your entries 🙂 and please feel free to re-blog this post to let others know.

P.s – I just had to resurrect Professor Cat and the original banner, that in itself is a good enough reason to issue a challenge.

Wednesday’s What if? – Writing Challenge 1/14/2015

The alarm at work sounds. Everyone is running around with no purpose. You go racing up the stairs to find out what Is happening and as you reach the top of the stairs your feet fly out from under you.

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I Feel Weird

Turns out a barrel of toxic waste fell over and spilled out. Why your company is storing toxic waste no one is sure but as you are trying to stand back up you start to feel weird. You look down and realize that you are covered in toxic slime. What happens next?

What if you fell into a large puddle of toxic waste?

Not looking for a lot of realism here, instead hoping for the unreal. Do you become a super powered hero? Villain? A monstrous figure? Shrink to the size of an ant? Grow two extra arms? Split into two people, one good one bad? The possibilities are endless and only limited to your imagination.

Please tag the post whatifchallenge and add a link back to this challenge post.

Next Wednesday there will be a new challenge so please add your response before then. Have fun!

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So I got Superpowers. What now?

 

Wednesday’s What If? – New Writing Challenge 12/31/2014

It’s late on New Year’s Eve when you hear a knock on your door. You go to it and open the door to find an old, weathered looking man standing in front of you. Before you can ask what he needs he begins to talk.

“It’s time for the new but it can fall back. What you choose you should know will be a renewed track”

“I’m sorry. I don’t understand. What can I do for you.” You ask.

“The decision is not one you should go about lightly, you will continue on path both daily and nightly.”

“Okay this is weird. Do you need me to call you a cab or something.”

“Do not think of things as only a joke, when the calendar changes heed the words I spoke”

And with that the old man faded away into nothing. Was it all a dream? A mid-afternoon aberration?

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Nope. It was all real. What the old man spoke of was the start of a new challenge for the New Year. On Wednesday I will pose a what if question I want you to answer. You can post and link back, upload a picture that fits the theme, write a poem or just leave a comment right here.

Wednesday’s what if is a free for all, no holds barred writing challenge to bring a little excitement to our day. There are no rules except to have fun and link back if you post on your own site.

Today’s challenge based upon the cryptic messages the old man was spewing?

What if you could relive any year of your life starting on New Year’s day?

The cryptic part of the decision is it would mean you also needed to relive every day of every year from that day on. So has anyone made a mistake they would be willing to relive their lives from a former point to correct. Anyone think if they had it to do over they could do things differently? Anyone not want to even consider it?

Whatever thought the question brings to mind you can let us know. Please tag the post whatifchallenge and add a link back to this challenge post.

Next Wednesday there will be a new challenge so please add your response before then. Happy New Year’s!

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 you met your former self?

I couldn’t believe it. I closed my eyes, shook my head and did a double take but when I reopened them it was still there. I was still there or at least a version of me. A version from many years before, the childish side that everyone said was spoiled. Boy could I see why.

I knew it was wrong to beat a child, but if you were the one doing it to your own self was It still wrong? The child, me, I ran at me and screamed directly into my own face “I want pizza! I’m hungry.”

“Whoa, whoa now settle down. I don’t know what we are having for supper and if you are supposed to eat before.”

What was I saying? Why was I worried about supper? Was it just a reaction to all the times I heard it when I was younger? Wait, this was the younger me so now I was telling it to myself as it echoed inside my head. This was just downright weird.

“Have you finished your homework? I bet you haven’t and you are waiting until morning to just cause a fuss as you rush it between breakfast and the trip to school.”

There I went again. It was almost an automatic thing. I wasn’t even thinking about it just saying things I heard when I was little, but now it was me saying them to myself. Well, the younger version of myself. All I could think of was why? Why was I having this weird hallucination? At least I hoped that was all it was.

I heard what sounded like a doorbell and suddenly a new version of me entered. This was the bit older but no where near mature version. He, I, was escorted by a police officer who stopped when he faced me, uh the now version of me.

“Is this one yours?” The officer asked

“Well, uhm, yeah sorta. I think.” I managed to respond.

“We caught him breaking into the school. It’s not the first time he’s been in trouble. You need to get a hold on him before he ends up in jail or worse.”

“Thanks officer and don’t worry, he , uhm, I turn out well. I never get in any major trouble.”

“It’s not you I’m talking about. It’s him and I hope he surprises me, but you need to keep an eye on him.”

It is me, it is me. I’m the one, I turned out good. Please, you have to believe me sir. The words were shouted in my head but never came out as sound and the young officer left without the knowledge I wanted, I needed him to know.

“Hey, what’s the little brat doing here and why are you looking at that officer so weird? You fruity or something?” This new version of me asked.

“No, but what if I was. You would be too. Nothing wrong about it.” I said to myself with a bit of embarrassment at the jerk, the bully I was, uhm I used to be. You know, that immature version of me I was talking to.

“Hey I’m not a brat. Make him say he’s sorry. It was mean. You shouldn’t call others names!” The youngest version of me said with a sadness to his voice.

“He’s right. It was mean. Now apologize to me, uhm you, uhm him for it.” Oh wow this was getting confusing.

“Sorry turd I called you a name. Quit your whining or I’ll make you hit yourself!”

“Hey, you just called me another name!”

“If anyone here is going to start hitting themselves it’s going to be you, I mean me, I mean you. Just everyone be quiet!”

We all looked at each other in awkward silence until the door opened and I entered, err another version of I.

“What’s going dowwwwinnnee in this towwwwinnnee peeps.” He, I, said along with a lot of body movement.

“Who you?” The youngest me asked.

I just dropped my head in disgust at the sight. I mean anything but MC J.E.D. I could have dealt without ever having to see the late teenage wannabe rapper side of myself again. Yet here before me I stood and wailed away.

Thunk, Thunk, Thunk.

“Honey, honey! Wake up!”  A distant voice beckoned.

“Huh, what?” I slowly opened my eyes to realize I was in my own bed. Only my wife was there with me.

“You were dreaming sweetie. You sounded like you were trying to rap or something. It was awful.” My wife told me as she busted into laughter.

It was just a dream, just a dream Thank goodness I am back in reality. I wonder how my wife will take it when I tell her I’m not sure if I want kids anymore. Mom had told me my kids would be little versions of myself only a little more misbehaving. I don’t think I could handle that!man-295975_640


Post inspired by Cimmy and her challenge The Dream. Check it out or add your own answer to her challenge. Thanks Cimmy for the inspiration.

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!