Storyseeking: Read and Write Your Way to Adventure!

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Storyseeking: Read and Write Your Way to Adventure!

 

When I was a kid, I loved scavenger hunts. All I needed was a list with a bunch of strange things

pirate map drawingto gather and I was in heaven. 

 

I’d imagine that I was on a mythic quest searching for viking treasure and pirate gold, even if all I was after was a lost sock (I had a tendency to turn everything into a story. Come to think of it, I still do).  

 

That’s why I was so excited to discover the little known hobby called STORYSEEKING. If you’re familiar with geocaching or letterboxing, you’ll have some idea of what storyseeking is, but they’ve taken it a step further and turned all of their quests into stories! Storyseeking adventures combine storytelling, treasure hunting, technology and the great outdoors. What could be more fun? www.Storyseeking.com.

The website is hosted by Liarg Yloh (see if you can figure out why) a viking with a thirst for adventure. 

 

I recently spoke with Jon Krone, the man behind Liarg to find out a little more about the Storyseeking concept. Here’s what he said…

 

The original concept for Story Seeking came from what we believed was a lack of emphasis placed on the importance of creativity and creative expression through writing.
  
With the advent of wireless Internet connectivity moving into more and more outdoor areas, and the attraction technology has to young minds, we figured, what better way to get people back to reading and writing than to turn original short stories into outdoor adventures or quests.
 
QuestcacheOur site motivates kids to read by taking the reading experience OUTSIDE.  With the use of a smartphone or 
3G connected iPad, readers go to our site and choose a “quest” that is near them.  Our quests are simple short stories that have been divided up into four chapters. To get toeach chapter the reader (or group of readers) must find a capsule (we call them QuestCaches) hidden in a local park.  

 

The readers (we call them seekers) start the story contained in the quest online. At the end of the chapter is a map with 

coordinates to find the QuestCache. 

 

They can use the integrated Google Maps app in their phone orgoogle maps on phone iPad to give them walking directions to the QuestCache, and once they are within 30 feet of the vial they can use the “hint” on the page to find its exact location (sometimes in a tree, or hidden in a stump, etc). The QuestCache has a password in the cap, and once entered on the iPad or smartphone on our site, Seekers will be able to continue the story, and the quest.  

 

Seekers continue reading the story and searching the park for all the QuestCaches until the story is finished. If for some reason a QuestCache has been stolen or vandalized, we do have a “continue my quest” button at the end of each chapter just in case they can’t find the password. Kinda like an escape hatch. storyseekers 

 

Our focus now is to encourage writers to submit stories to us so we can build our catalog of “quests” all over the world.  When stories are submitted to us, we review the story and if it is acceptable, we send the author a “QuestKit” (free of charge, we even take care of shipping right now) so they can build their own “quest” at a park or outdoor area local to them.  The more quests we have, the more we can encourage outdoor reading and creativity. 

 Wow! I absolutely love this. It’s perfect for Storyologists. You can get more information and register to become a seeker at www.Storyseeking.com. Check them out and see if there’s a quest at a park near you (Check out the stories before embarking on a quest. Some of them are geared to older kids and adults)  Currently there are quests in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Texas, Tennesse, California and Canada. If there isn’t one near you, go to Storyseeking.com to get a Questkit and create your own adventure!