’Tis the Season to be Holly

December - Creators Realm - Jelly 18

Every year, right after Turkey Day, the Holly Zings would appear. These little creatures with the green holly wings would hide in plain sight amongst the other Holly Day decor where they would wait eagerly for the perfect moment to interject a little Holly Day frivolity into someone’s day. Some would hitch rides on the […]

Little Blue Orb

December 24 - Creators Realm - Jelly 18

From afar, Earth is a marble of blue, green and brown shrouded by an ever-changing, wispy cocoon of white. Zooming in, this placid jewel turns more rugged as mountains, rivers and roads come into view. At night, bright webs of light electrify the darkened land. I can’t recall the number of hours that my sister, […]

Peace on Earth

December - Creators Realm - Jelly 18

Peace on Earth. There’s no more powerful or yearned for wish this time of year. Some people believe Peace on Earth means an absence of war or other violence. The way I see it, though, Peace on Earth means more than just cessation of conflict. To me, any world truly doesn’t have peace until its […]

Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

It started with a map. I still remember my sister’s glee as she unrolled an ancient-looking map of Earth in the room above our mom’s tea shop. On the map, emblazoned across a vast swath of ocean were the ominous words—Here Be Dragons. Poppy’s love of dragons had been well established long before we started […]

Winter Wish

December 24 - Creators Realm - Jelly 20

It’s the morning of Winter Wish Eve. In a few hours Nori and I will be hosting a Winter Wish party at Zell’s Place. But this morning is a time for remembering as I have done for the three years since arriving in the Creators Realm. For many, Winter Wish is symbolic. Wishes for the […]

Holly Days in Cratersville

December - Creators Realm - Jelly 18

Happy Holly Days! It’s the time of year I think a lot about the small town of Cratersville, where I grew up. Cratersville inhabited a desert valley located within a techno-magically created orb known as Red Rainbow Minor. The aesthetic of Cratersville was a bit of Norman Rockwell Americana with a lot of Jetson’s cartoonishness […]

Gobble, Gobble, Give Thanks

November - Creators Realm - Jelly 18

Turkey Day was fast approaching and the moment I had been dreading since arriving in the Creators Realm was here. For the past few months, I have spent my days cocooned in Professor Zell’s protective care. It was he who encouraged me to remember vividly my past life in Cratersville, while gradually embracing a new […]

Turkey Day

November - Cratersville - Jelly 13

Gobble, gobble, get ready! Turkey Day is almost here! Now, some of you may know this fast approaching day as Thanksgiving, while others of you may think of it as Shop-Till-You-Drop-Eve, but in Cratersville, where I grew up, this day was the day we celebrated turkeys. Yes, you read that right, instead of eating turkeys […]

Peace, Love and Thanksgiving

November - Creators Realm - Jelly 19

There’s just something special about Thanksgiving. It’s not a religious holiday, but a family oriented one. It’s a time when people travel great distances to enjoy a meal with the ones they love. Considering that most people eat on the run and rarely sit down to break-bread anymore this is an achievement worthy of commemoration […]

The Lonely Life of Ghost

October - Cratersville - Fifth Grade

“Ghost is lonely,” Poppy said. I raised an eyebrow, much like our parents would have upon hearing such an utterance. We were walking to the coffee shop in Cratersville, fresh from the secret portal that took us to and from school. It was a Monday, which meant it was washday. In Cratersville proper—meaning downtown—people hung […]