Paranormal Activities, Parallel Worlds, and the Evolving Book

14 Jul

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Have you ever wondered what invisible things get dogs so excited when you take them for a walk? Mine will trot along and suddenly his tail will go straight up like an exclamation point. His nose is glued to the ground as if it were a train engine attached to an invisible track, dragging the rest of his body along for the ride.

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He’ll do figure eights and zigzags, climb over a log or under a bush, making this loud snuffling sound the whole time. Well, yesterday I cracked the mystery. I know what my dog was after.

Ghosts! We trapped two of them, but one got away. Can you believe it? No? I have proof.

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This Spectrek screeshot is from gamefaqs.com because the ghosts in my phone kept eating the screenshots.

If you’re still skeptical you can get the SpecTrek ghost tracking software and load it in your own phone. It works for Android, iPhone, and iPad 2. Then see if that invisible something that drives dogs crazy isn’t a ghost.

If you’re like me, you’re itching to know how this ghost scanner works. Not to worry, I researched it for you. It utilizes a fairly new technology called augmented reality. You’re probably already familiar with virtual reality, virtual worlds in cyberspace that you can explore in an avatar body. If not, I put one here on Kitely for you to check out, complete with Castle, pirate ship, and a bunch of other stuff to explore.

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It’ll ask you to login with your Facebook ID and to add the plugin (this is cool and so worth clicking to do this). When your login completes you’ll be an avatar in a forest, just use your arrow keys to walk around and start exploring. Don’t worry if you look like a ghost at first.

Now back to those ghosts in my meadow. Augmented reality brings virtual elements into your world through the power of smartphone computing, GPS location tracking, and the camera built into your phone. This allows the program to project objects into your world, or to reveal another dimension that is layered over your world. Parallel Kingdom is a free app that layers a world over the one you live in and leads you on a quest.

Now just think of the storytelling possibilities virtual and augmented reality provide. What happens when the paranormal world and the real world collide through a programming bug? Or what happens when you discover a parallel world of sexy men layered over your own? Think what might happen if your phone snatched a hunky Viking from the past and plopped him on your couch, or zapped you into the past and dropped you off in his bed.

But more than plot possibilities, whether we welcome the coming changes or not, these new technologies will change how we tell a story. Below is a sampling of how books are already changing.

Enter The Story puts a reader inside a classic tale. You can download the first story free at their website.

Go catch some ghosts, visit a castle, go on a quest in a parallel universe, or walk through the world of a book. Adventures await.

And check out our featured author in the Summer Sizzling contest if you like time travel. Marilyn Campbell tells a great story.

~Nara
Nara’s current projects include:
Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch, an adventure video game for women, releasing soon from Orchid Games
Snatch Me, an Exotika Sex Bytes romance, releasing October 12, from Ellora’s Cave
Visit Nara at naramalone.com

5 Responses to “Paranormal Activities, Parallel Worlds, and the Evolving Book”

  1. Daydreamertoo July 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Very interesting. I have always believed that the world we live in is only one reality. I think there are countless other realities that because of ‘human parenting’ traingin/teaching us a children to grow up in this world, our brains ‘forget’ what they used to remember in spirit.
    My little dog suddently sits bolt upright or stares and one night I followed his instense gaze and saw a light orb~! Disappeared then out of my eye line. But both Chloe 15 yr old, and I have seen them independantly, because I wouldn’t tell her I’d seen any in case it she got too spooked to live where we were at the time. But, we’ve seen them here in this house too and the dog still gets spooked for no reason. I’ve felt my late partner with me and also my mother too at times when I’m feeling pretty low or very stressed. My hair has moved without there being a window open to create enough of a draught for it to happen.
    I believe we find a lot of the answers to all of this in absolute ‘stillness’ In silence and in stillness we can become ‘at one’ with everything. Within and, without. and that’s when we allow the spirit that dwells within us to have a little free reign..
    Hope that makes some sense.
    I agree that virtual reality is going to become huge before too much longer. The Matrix is already here!
    Great article. Going to share it.

    • Nara July 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      Hey there, Bren.

      I like the idea of a multiverse and there’s no doubt that a dog is able to sense things we can’t. Certainly some people have a deeper ability to sense things as well. Scientists seem to think there are possibly several dimensions beyond ours. Even though I was playing a ghost hunt game with the dog, I did find it kind of strange that he was tracking in exactly the same place my program was painting AR ghosts. Hmm. πŸ˜‰

      Glad you enjoyed my article.

  2. shannonemmel July 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Ahhhhh…a woman after my own heart!

    Paranormality RULES!

    Great post!
    -Shannon

    • Nara July 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      Thanks, Shannon. I’m trying to figure out away to adjust this program so that it puts EC Cavemen in my meadow. That’d be more fun than ghosts. πŸ™‚

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    […] Have you ever wondered what invisible things get dogs so excited when you take them for a walk? Mine will trot along and suddenly his tail will go straight up like an exclamation point. His nose is glued to the ground as if it were a train engine attached to an invisible track, dragging the rest of his body along for the ride. He'll do figure eights and zigzags, climb over a log or under a bush, making this loud snuffling sound the whole time. We … Read More […]

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