Butterfly Dreams Reborn

August - Zell’s Place - Creators Realm - Jelly 18 - Black Butterfly with Clockwork Gears

It was August. Two months had passed since I entered the Realm that would forever be my new home.  Back in the small desert town of Cratersville, where I grew up, the weather would be in full furnace mode as was typical for late summer. In the Creators Realm, however, it was the same temperature […]

Prelude

January - Icon Realm - Senior Year

It was January. The weather was warm—eerily so.  My father and I were standing on the roof of his theater. It was not the one in Cratersville. This was his other home. The one that suited his style best. Why we didn’t end up here in this big city of lights instead of the sleepy […]

Look at the Stars and Dream

April - Creators Realm - Jelly 19

The owls were hooting their haunting enchantment as my sister and I slipped from our room. The moon was new and, as was part of the Wanderlores’ tradition, my sister performed a ritual to bless the coming month. I was not initiated into my mother’s magic at the time, yet—no matter the weather—if I was […]

The Wanderlores

The Wanderlores

The Wanderlores have a secret. The secret was even secret from me until I formally joined my mother’s clan when I was seventeen. The secret has to do with the names the Wanderlores call themselves, as well as the nomenclature they use to describe the sacred spaces they call home. The name Wanderlores refers to […]

Holidays of Cratersville

Early January - Creators Realm - Jelly 20

The last Jolly Zings of the season are flittering about my head. They’re dropping their remaining bits of glitter and tinsel upon me as I’m writing these words. Once their magic reservoirs are empty they’ll be gone. The Jolly Zings appear along with the rest of their festive compatriots on the day after Turkey Day—also […]