You know, those little balls of light that show up in your photos? They have a scene in my WiP, a novella called Second Death. What would you think, if you were walking through the cemetery at night (it could happen!) and all of a sudden these little balls of light, called orbs, show up and start swirling around you? What if they were hypnotic? What if....I'll stop there. I don't want to give away the scene yet because it plays an import role in Second Death. But you can see that the paranormal fiction writer can go in so many directions with this, especially if you write about ghosts, as I do.
Here's what some are saying about orbs.
Some claim orbs are the souls of spirits or ghosts. After death, these souls stay on because they're bound to their previous lives for some reason, almost like an obsession-they can't let go or have unfinished business. The premise is that they travel as an orb to conserve energy in their natural forms. They're not as fully developed as ghosts. Ghost hunters actually go out looking for orbs to photograph them - they are quite photogenic.
Scientists say they are particles of dust or water on the lense of your camera. Or maybe light reflecting off gnats or bugs in the air. But what about those orbs seen over swamps, bogs or marshes with the naked eye? What about in the winter time when gnats and bugs aren't flying around?
What do I think?
I have no idea what to think. I believe in ghosts and the afterlife. Why not? Too many people have experienced something supernatural to discount it, including me.
Anyway, at Christmastime I took a photo of my dogs. And so I pulled the photo out to check for orbs. Check it out: