MENDing the Gap Between Fiction and Reality

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by Dustin McManus

First published on Small Business Majority blog, on Friday Jul 18th 2014.


Mardi-Ellen Hill, creator of MEND

Mardi-Ellen Hill, creator of MEND

It’s not often that consumers gets to fully immerse themselves in, and become a part of, the product that’s sold to them. But MEND, an interactive story, is both an ambitious product and small business that seeks to combine fiction with reality.

The genesis of MEND is rooted in a fictional narrative written by Mardi-Ellen Hill, who conceived an entire business plan and company around the idea of an interactive story.  What she came up with is an operating system that allows people to interact with elements of the story and use the system to engage with those elements, such as a decoding a secret language that drives the story’s plot. MEND is a device that places readers of the story straight into the heart of the action.

The original book bible follows a female protagonist named Lily Barrington who’s family’s checkered past comes back to haunt her, placing her in grave danger. MEND is an invention within the story fought over by the characters and also the real-world product of Hill’s business.

The system allows readers and consumers to further participate in the narrative elements of Hill’s sweeping epic, almost like an interactive digital encyclopedia. Users can use MEND’s musical language system to decode the secret languages of the story and discover profound clues to the diabolical plot unfolding.

Hill realizes the concept is a lot to take in, noting that her biggest challenge is “articulating the difference between MEND, the work of fiction and MEND the real time operating system. MEND is both a work of fiction, and a work of reality.”

With the creation of MEND as a tangible and consumable product, Hill has bulldozed through the passive limits of storytelling, fostering a truly immersive audio-visual story that readers can actively participate in. And Hill doesn’t plan on slowing the expansion of MEND anytime soon.

“Taking off as a business is the exact stage MEND is entering now,” she said. “I always knew that after the initial conceptualization phase I would be looking to partner with a publishing company, a movie production company, a gaming company and private enterprise partners.”

Currently, the story of MEND is being produced as a script for Hollywood and has already been staged as a play production that sparked the concept for morphing MEND into other adaptions, such as books and games.

However, the most exciting part of Hill’s journey has been the evolution and innovation in technology that has enabled MEND to become a truly interactive journey for consumers.

This activity was a lot of fun, especially considering a lot of this technology did not exist when I first wrote the story. Suddenly much more of this story was understandable to a much wider audience.”

With technology continuing to catch up with Hill’s effervescent imagination, the sky’s the limit for where she’ll be able to take us with MEND next.

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29 Dec 2011 | 4:00pm EST | Live interview | Mardi-Ellen Hill with June Stoyer | BlogTalkRadio | “The World of MEND”

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Mardi-Ellen HillMardi-Ellen Hill talks with June Stoyer/The Organic View
 December 29, 2011 at 4 EST.

“The world is changing. However, this change has not simply come about overnight. As human beings interact with one another, there is almost a story that can be created by the events that have occured throughout one’s life as well as new discoveries about the world.

Mend is not just a game but rather a very unique experience that really requires a combination of intellect, education, understanding of how we are all connected and a true appreciation for how music can deeply affect our state of being. What Mardi-Ellen has created is extremely sophisticated and simply blows the likes of Harry Potter out of the water. Anyone who truly appreciates the Masters will see this right away. Given the fact that Mardi-Ellen is not just an opera singer or musician but is also a composer, she is able to completely grasp the impact that music can make. Sound is something nature utilizes all the time. However, it is not something many people really understand regardless of how much appreciation or knowledge they may possess. Quite brilliantly, Mardi-Ellen incorporates this key element into the game which renders this to be something that even Aldous Huxley would thoroughly have enjoyed. Mend is not for the simple minded as it provides intellectual stimulation that has been missing from modern day society for ages. If you really wish to be ‘enlightened’ and get a taste of what the real world is about, roll your sleeves up, turn your tv off and get ready for the ride of your life!

June StoyerIn this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will talk to the award winning and talented Mardi-Ellen Hill about her life’s work creating Mend.”

(Thanks to June Stoyer for this introduction…)

Event Horizon, The Life of a Star – a teaser to the prequel book “The Skeleton Score”

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iPad Roulette – a Game between two Rockin’ Girls

Rachel Barrington, American singing star extraordinaire has purchased her hot new iPad and is heading home. She is getting ready to use her iPad to pen her signature cadence to a tune she sang only hours ago on a NY stage…A global audience hearing the performance televised, is enthralled.  Glued to their seats, they are still hearing the sound of her reverberating voice bounce off the stage. Hers is a voice so powerful, it cascades for what seems an eternity into the event horizon.

Across the pond in Paris, a young child with a striking resemblance to Rachel is facing the sun, watching the playful shadows of the dawn dance on the pavement.  The French child has the very same iPad, loaded with a hidden script of a new invention MEND™, musical encode decode. Church bells are circling Paris. A variation of the tune of the American night,  is playing out in a brighter key.

At every strike of the bell, the French child, Odette Rae, responds to what Rachel writes with a counterpart matching chemical and geologic reference, encoded by MEND™. The child is dancing a hopscotch that contains a message to be decoded by intelligence, in Washington D.C.

The girls ages 8 and 18 are immersed in a secret Russian roulette duo captured by the MEND™ script. They are the bait of one of the biggest quantum nuclear experiments to hit the planet.

Seeking immortality by storing life that reawakens with a click?! You are sure to find this experiment of interest. The powerful voice of Rachel is fading away. Days that were once numbered have turned into hours and instants. A theft, and premature release of the MEND™ invention has put the MEND™ script in the hands of the most innocent of the Barrington clan. Our existence is at risk. The stakes are high.  Seconds are left to learn the intricate control mechanism of the MEND™ script and screen.

A character legend controls MEND™.  Each of the Barringtons has an engraved insignia embedded in a character doll. The dolls are avatar tools.  Seen in a Paris arcade,  the character dolls weave an interlocking keyboard of data. The keyboard is used to get in and out of a hidden vault where the Barrington’s secrets to life are stored…

Rachel Barrington singer extraordinaire, is murdered.  Her audience of fans, at a loss to hear her next hit are challenged to follow the ill-fated voice of their promising star. Rachel lands on the secret to her splendid inheritance.  She locates the echoing route of the Barrington clan as they appear on earth. As the breath of life leaves her, each character voice is heard in their domain of the universe.  Her journey home to the vault, brings each of their parts to light. The MEND™ IP Keyboard is in hand!

Listen to this interview, where creator Mardi-Ellen Hill tells the story of the Barrington plight…and how protagonist Lily Barrington, mother of the star, unlocks the history to the powerful force of the Barrington dynasty.