Life on Zorko - Dispatches from Tessla Queen - Keeper of the Portal to Jelly's World

Hi, my name is Tessla and I’m the official portal keeper for Jelly’s Universe. I tend to stay in the shadows, though my personality can be seen in the various characters that occupy Jelly’s world.

The journey to create Jelly’s world has taken many years. From the start, I knew I was trying to create something different—not a novel, or a manga or a script for another medium.

I feel as if I am literally on the other side of a portal getting glimpses into Jelly’s life. This is how their world comes to me. I’m not the grand puppet master dictating the action but an observer seeing aspects of their life as it unfolds.

This format may be frustrating for those who anticipate a slick presentation of a story. Jelly’s story isn’t about the action per se, but about the life concepts that the scenes reveal.

Jelly’s world is presented seasonally. Jelly’s story is not linear. The telling of their world is like a letter from a friend or a conversation over tea where aspects of one’s soul is revealed over time.

This is not your ordinary story or world, but then again I’m not your ordinary portal keeper.

I’m passionate about making the world a more harmonious place. I’m a flamethrower on a mission with a normally introverted demeanor. I see things from angles that most people just don’t see. I’m eager to share new and interesting things, which is why being a portal keeper to Jelly’s world is such a great gig to have.

If you want to know more about MY story and how it influences the construct of Jelly’s world, read the dispatches below.

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Origins – Little Creatures

Every creation has an origin story. The little creatures of Jelly’s World are no different. In Jelly’s story, the little creatures’ origins are tied to the mysterious and powerful Magic that Jellybean discovers when they are ten. Together with their younger sister, Poppy, they unleash not only their imaginations, but

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Little Creatures

When the portal to Jelly’s world first opened, it didn’t take me long to realize that the little creatures would be a large component of their* creative endeavors. I also understood that the little creatures didn’t represent a foray into a children’s wonderland per se but a clarion call for

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Maverick

I’m a maverick. I have been ever since I was young. I have no desire to do things the tried and true way. Part of this stubbornness has to do with the fact that I am on the autism spectrum. How I operate isn’t easily plugged into the plug and

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Peace, Love and Rainbows

I’ve always been a maverick. I couldn’t help it. Not only am I gender non-binary, but I’m also neurodiverse and creative as well. The world for me is a very different place than it is for the majority of society. What society expects just doesn’t work for me. For most

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Life on Zorko

I’m not sure what possessed me to start writing in my own voice, from my own perspective. It’s like I woke up one day to find that there was someone else’s voice in my head. At first I was confused for the voice didn’t sound like Jellybean or Blueberry—the two

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The Secret Language of Me

One of the main reasons I express myself through the characters and scenes of Jelly’s World is because communication for me—especially verbal—is so challenging. Not only am I on the spectrum, but I had a very strange upbringing. My parents didn’t act like neurotypical parents. I was left to raise

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Space

Space

When I look up at the sky at night I see a vast space filled with twinkling stars. I, being an empath, envy all that space.  I’m an empath. I’m also a neuro-diverse person. I sense things that others do not. One of things that I sense is space—or the

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