Story ideas are always popping into my head. I try to write them down, but sometimes the slips of paper get lost, put through the washer, buried under the papers on the embarrassment I call my desk. You get the idea.
When I saw down to brainstorm, I ended up with multiple ideas. Way too many ideas. Maybe this is the result of the creative juices generated during the month of November in Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo? The problem was choosing which idea to run with.
I hope you enjoy the story below. I'll be second guessing myself (maybe it should have been the
extremely short funny one about the mixed up deliveries!) It's all good. I know it got me in the holiday spirit! If you were expecting a Perfect Picture Book Friday post, Susanna has put that on hold until the New Year. Hope to see you then!
Joe's Merry Techmas by Wendy Greenley
Joe dodged the busy workers. Sweeping up scraps of paper and ribbon wasn’t very exciting, but he was just a first-year elf in Santa’s workshop. With luck, someday he might be part of Santa’s toy-making team.
“Ho, ho, ho!” Santa strode to his new computer control center. He had posted the gift list and wanted to make sure the elves checked it twice before they wrapped and labeled each present.
By lunchtime on Christmas Eve the sleigh was halfway packed—ahead of schedule for once!
Then with one clap of thunder-snow—Santa’s computer screen went blank.
No one knew which of the remaining gifts went to which child.
“We can guess,” one elf suggested.
“Ho, ho, whoa!” said Santa. “They’re all great gifts. But an easel won’t do if you want a catcher’s mitt.”
“We still have their letters,” another elf pointed to the overflowing mail bags.
"Ho, ho, too slow!” There’s no time to read them again,” said Santa. “We need the list.”
Santa called repairman after repairman. No one was at work on Christmas Eve.
The toy-making elves tried to restart the computer. The screen flickered—then went blank again.
“Can we postpone Christmas?” one elf asked.
“Ho, Ho, NO!” said Santa. “Help me find a solution!”
“Maybe I can help,” Joe piped up.
“How could a first year-elf help?” the oldest elf asked.
Joe shrugged. “The computer system went haywire while Rudolph and I were playing Candy Cane Crunch. I fooled around with it, and got it to work again.”
“Ho, ho, give it a go!” said Santa.
Joe’s fingers flew over the keys. The screen flickered again, and again—and finally came back on.
“If I was you, I’d print a copy of that list,” said Joe.
And so they did. Then they finished all the wrapping, labeling and packing.
Christmas was back on schedule.
“If I teach you about the computer, would you teach me toy-making?” said Joe.
“Deal!” everyone chorused.
“Ho, ho, ho, three cheers for Joe! Welcome to the team!” Santa shouted as he headed skyward.
THE END (343 words!)
Everyone's stories for the contest will be linked to Susanna's blog (or posted in the comments). I haven't read any of them yet, but I'm sure I'll find some gems to enjoy!