What if you were invited to Foolishlandia?

mvchallengeThe what if writing challenge has been suspended, but the new Multiverse Fiction Challenge is just getting started. This month you are invited into the universe of Foolishlandia, a place just as crazy as the name makes it sound.

Come on over to the new challenge site and follow, comment or add your take on the latest challenge prompt. Twice a month we will be hopping to a new universe and seeing the way other worldly beings spend their lives.

With your help we can explore the multiverse together. What secrets will we uncover and what exciting stories will we tell? Come on over and lets get started on our journey!

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.

News on the what if writing challenges

A lot has been going on lately and I have not added a new challenge in the last few weeks. I do still have an active challenge for the month of January and I would like to see a few new entries before the deadline of  January 30th. It is a fun one with the question “What if you discovered a spaceship in your neighbor’s garage?”. Entries can be added using the following inlinks box and please return on January 31st to vote on your favorites.

I hope to post a new month long challenge for February on Monday February 3rd and then return to the weekly challenges the following week on February 10th. In the meantime I am opening the pingbacks and comments on all my former challenges if anyone missed their chance to participate and would like to go back and post a response.

Please add the tag whatifchallenge to your response to make it easier to find in the reader and add a link to the original challenge to create a pingback. So lets have a little fun and enjoy some what if writings. Make sure to keep an eye out for any new posts and visit these new responses or just catch up on any old ones you may have missed.

If you have any questions or need help linking a post please email your questions to thoughts@okaywhatif.com.

What if the apocalypse wasn’t so popular?

Why is it that as a species, humans are so intrigued by the thought of the apocalypse? No matter the form, the end of everything as we know it is written about, talked about or debated on almost constantly. It’s not only the religious aspects of the apocalypse such as the four horsemen either, it’s every possible scenario we can find.

I’ve even been guilty of indulging in the end of times myself. Two of my favorite TV shows either revolve around or have themes that use the apocalypse as subject matter. The Walking Dead is one of the most popular television series out now or recently and it is nothing but constant death and pain during a Zombie Apocalypse. Supernatural has visited and re-visited almost every possible scenario of a biblical apocalypse, went past it and found new ways to create the possible end to civilization. The thing is, I enjoy almost every minute of these shows and their end it all stories.

On several occasions on my blogs I’ve been known to mention the forthcoming Robot Apocalypse. Machines are one day almost surely going to develop into an artificial intelligence that enslaves mankind. Why is it I feel this way? Maybe because I have seen or heard stories about this possibility almost my entire life. The ways may be different, but the result is almost always the same. Robots will enslave us!
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