Author - Floyd Wray

Blood Toys

Sample Chapter

Inter-dimensional or extraterrestrial?

Firefly, a brain-reader?

The legendary Coler Generator?

Firefly launch platform?

Skull-hat?

About Motionbooks

SURVIVAL SKILL

Created as a duplexed narrative, The Adventures of TBUG & Sasquatch is made for young readers. They listen to the novel, via the QR-code audiobook, as they read the page from the book. The duplexed design encourages the practice of long-form reading of traditional pages, often linked to animated scribes. SMARTBOOKS teach and entertain.


Motionbooks titles start with traditional text, but include QR-Codes which link to enhanced media visualization. The small, speckled box at the top of each chapter links a smart phone or tablet to a scribe, or visualized audiobook. The goal is to create a multi-engagement pathway for readers.

Text and context-based narratives differ significantly. While one is not inherently better than the other, each manifests powerful attributes. Text narratives drive the high resolution transfer of information. As such, printed text serves as the ultimate tool for creating a structure-of-mind.

Context narratives, with their audio-visual characteristics, enrich a viewer with visualized metaphor, and the inflectional power of spoken words. Unfortunately, context records often eclipse a page of text, blinding the reader to high-resolution info.

Try reading a book while watching a game of rugby on a large screen. Notice how quickly the act of reading is blinded by sounds and display of context media.

The 100-year plus conflict between text and context records has resulted in a significant loss with respect to the practice of reading.

Treated as a special class of modifier — think of it as a visualized adjective or adverb — a case can be made for duplexed-narrative (text and context combined) as a super language format. One that includes high resolution information, based on reading, and empowered by the inflectional speed of human language: spoken words with visualization.


High-resolution media animated ideogram


scribe-geezer a SMARTBOOK for the curious explorer


The Battle of the Alamo (look and feel – duplexed-narrative)


scribe-geezer

A SMARTBOOK featuring a collection of animated scribes, three inspirational essays: ThePattern -patterns of creation, Breakaway Literacy -human language, LifePlanning -a faith-based exploration of life-planning – an ingenious reinvention of the book. (Includes the bonus, LifePlanning Journal ) Scribes provide a dazzling viewing angle on three rarely visited subjects. Visual metaphor and narration, read by the author, combine to create a compelling visit to the mysteries of patterns, human language, and how we build a life.

Published individually as iBooks, Scribe-Geezer is the first time all three “curious” essays have been combined under one cover.

About the Author
Contributor’s Biography: Mr. Wray is a writer-researcher interested in media technology, language, and the printed word.
Contributor’s Prior Work: The Adventures of TBUG & Sasquatch, The Battle of the Alamo, Blood Toys, Raising the Dead
Contributor’s Affiliations: Christianity

Sample Scribe – What Do You Say To a Fish?

“Fantastic book. Insightful Christian themes, seldom discussed, but powerfully presented. The book goes to a lot of unexpected places. For instance, I’d never thought about Jesus as a baby, and how aware he might have been in the manger. I’ll never read the Christmas account again without thinking about baby Jesus thinking: ‘Cue the shepherds.’

“I agree the book is groundbreaking. The content is sophisticated, but approachable and not just as courseware for young adults. The folks who taught the book to the college class were as spell-bound as the people they were teaching. We heard a lot of laughing in class. If that means anything.”

“Scribe-geezer is unexpected, I’ll give you that. Took a bit of time to adjust to the multiple media-types. Definitely NOT your father’s paperback, but it’s probably the future of books.”

“Wow. It was “a trip to a land I did not know.” Here’s what I figured out. First, you watch the animations on the tablet (or phone). Then read. And if you’re bent accordingly, watch, read, and listen, all at once. Whatever. When it finally comes together in your head, it’s big. Christianity, powerfully sorted.”


Scribe – Animated ideogram
Patterns are what being human is all about
nature of reality, narrative patterns, origins and destinies

There’s a grand order to the universe. Patterns of species. Geology. Astronomy. Physiology. The cosmos. Patterns define our reality and light the magnitudes of spiritual reality. This is a big deal. Perceiving patterns is what being human is all about. ThePattern.


Language Revolution
exploring context records, multi-threaded narrative and active listening

Language is as near to us as our name, but totally mysterious and unknown. What provokes the urge to say something? Why do we speak in a prescribed order with inflection and gesture? The subject of language is as grand as it gets, and our ultimate human tool. Breakaway Literacy.


Recipe for duplexed-narrative

How do we plan for the future when no one knows the future? As we age, our interests change, our understanding, refines. How to we stake out a life-goal given all these unknowns? Setting a course requires a keen act of bravery. LifePlanning.


Surviving the Rapture

A strange reality. Human history is nearing the end. These videos offer a possible explanation for what you’ve just experienced. In summary, here’s the most important takeaway: The prophecy of the Rapture is a longstanding event described in the Bible. There’s never been a set-date, only Christ’s words that “when you see these things taking place, look up: your redeemer draws near.” (Luke 21:28, Bible)

The prospect of nuclear disaster may have been the trigger that launched this long-anticipated event. Vast portions of the population disappeared. Some by nuclear annihilation, but many others by Godly appointment.

Jesus Christ rescued His church, described as His Bride in Holy Scripture. It’s time for you to choose the promise of the Rapture for yourself. it’s not too late. Pursue a new life in Jesus Christ. Confess your sins. Acknowledge Him as your Savior and ask for forgiveness.

Many died in a nuclear conflagration, which was not God’s will for humanity. His will has always been that all should be saved (1 Timothy 2:4, Bible).

Humanity chose a path of annihilation.

While there is still time on the clock, embrace your eternity, embrace the cross.

God has not abandoned you. PERSIST.

Answering the large question.
Where do you go from here?
Origins and destinies: the ultimate deception.

the adventures of TBUG & Sasquatch

A dazzling adventure featuring a spoiled brat, a talking dog, frigatebirds, pirates, and peaches, The Adventures of TBug & Sasquatch is a wild and funny ride. Designed to inform the art of reading, the book is faith-aware, with a strong appeal to Christian values. Includes a bonus, QR-code audio book (requires a Smart-phone or tablet connected to the Internet).


Take a look at this SMARTBOOK guide to take full advantage of this product – it’s much more than a book.

“The grandkids (age 11 and 13)  thought it was hilarious. They took turns with their dad and grandad reading aloud. They were enjoying it so much I didn’t interrupt to ask if they wanted to let the phone read to them. ” — Grandmother


Floyd Wray talks about the creation of The Adventures of TBUG & Sasquatch. (Excerpted from the book)


I liked TBUG & Sasquatch. The dog reminds me of my brothers. ” — 12-year old Sister


The background information about Amelia Earhart and Hiroo Onoda is a great addition. I found myself researching both further on the Internet. I also wanted to know more about the Haka tradition and found myself quickly immersed in Māori history. A great number of curious children reading the story will want to know more and will likely research for themselves.” — Textbook Editor


Recipe for duplexed-narrative

The Adventures of TBUG & Sasquatch is a reader for young students. Designed for use by home and public educators, the book contains text-based narrative: printed words grouped according to sentence and paragraph, then sorted into short chapters. Very short chapters.

QR-Codes provide a technical addition to the design. The small, speckled box at the top of each chapter links a Smart phone or tablet to a visualized audiobook, thereby upscaling the reader to “duplexed- narrative. The goal is to create a multi-engagement pathway for novice readers.

Text and context-based narratives differ significantly. While one is not inherently better than the other, each manifests powerful attributes. Text narratives drive the high resolution transfer of information. As such, printed text serves as the ultimate tool for creating a structure-of-mind.

Context narratives, with their audio-visual characteristics, enrich a viewer with visualized metaphor and the inflectional power of spoken words. While context records provide a simple, natural map of a given subject, the electronic frame that conveys context media tends to eclipse a page of text.

A simple test: try reading a book while watching a game of rugby on a large screen. Notice how easily the act of reading is blinded in the sounds and motion of context media. The only way to make the book more invisible is to place it behind the screen. That’s the sum of it.

The 100-year plus conflict between text and context records has resulted in a significant loss with respect to the practice of reading. But I … diatribe.

Can we combine both? The Adventures of TBUG and Sasquatch is a test-case for that question. By restricting context records (animations, spoken words, illustrations) to a side role as marginalia, the media page is forced to enhance, not eclipse the mind-building properties made possible by a page of text and the act of reading.

Treated as a special class of modifier — think of it as a visualized adjective or adverb — a case can be made for duplexed-narrative as a super language format. One that includes high resolution information based on reading, empowered by the inflectional speed of human language: spoken words, finger pointing, and lines drawn into the sand.

Bottom line: Duplexed narrative seems to work. But of course, that’s eager reporting from a starving author. The only way to confirm this is to buy a copy and give it to a kid. Then watch.


High-resolution media animated ideogram

AUTHOR – Floyd Wray

A self-described “media migrant,” Floyd Wray has written for television and film. As a contributor to technical journals and magazines, he has also performed technology research for American and Japanese companies. He’s written numerous books: The Pattern, Life-Planning, Blood Toys, and Raising the Dead. His more recent works include an augmented reality history, The Battle of the Alamo, and The Adventures of TBUG & Sasquatch



The Adventures of TBug & Sasquatch


The Battle of the Alamo (look and feel)


Building the Future, Episode 352 w/Floyd Wray


Surviving the Rapture