Dawn of a New Decorum

April - Cratersville - 10th Grade - Little Creature with Flower

It was in my tenth grade year of high school that the pivot happened. Up until this point, my sister Poppy and I, had created little creature with little thought as to what their purpose was. The Blues’ grandmother, Mrs. Fields, was the first to understand that our technique of ignoring the elephant (i.e. little […]

Little Creatures

Life on Zorko - Tessla Queen - Keeper of the Portal - Three 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 rediscovery to more mature souls […]

The Purpose of Jelly’s World

Life on Zorko - Tessla Queen - Keeper of the Portal

Jelly’s Story is about what happens in society when an established decorum becomes oppressive and needs to be replaced with a new way of doing things. The magic in Jelly’s world exists in two parts. One part is always in power while the other part is reserved for the time of change. When the time […]

Green Space

Green Space

Sometimes society enters a phase where it seems that no one can see eye to eye. I believe that this occurs most often in societies where the mythos of the culture becomes a sacred text that cannot be deviated from. Those who want change are accused of sacrilege. Those who wish for things to stay […]

Strangers in a Strange Land

September - Creators Realm - Jelly 18

If you know anything of my early years in the Icon Worlds, you would understand why I’m drawn to the Bohemian aesthetic. Both my mom and my sister Poppy were Wanderlores by tradition meaning they lived their lives according to the rituals required of active members of the Tribe*. Despite the Wanderlores proclivity for living […]

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 […]

Maverick

Life on Zorko - Tessla Queen - Keeper of the Portal

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 play world that society structures […]

Both and Neither

August - Creators Realm - Jelly 25

I’ve written before about how we’re all born into other peoples’ stories. My own story is more complicated than most. Some of this complexity comes from the fact that my birth family chose to live a fiction for most of my life growing up in Cratersville. By the time I returned to the Creators Realm, […]

Conspiracy Theories

life on zorko - tessla queen - keeper of the portal

We’re living in an era of extreme change. One of the foremost clues to this fact is the proliferation of conspiracy theories. I should know this. Fringe religious movements—such as the one I grew up in—were experts at using conspiracy talk to keep their followers coming back for more. Heck, you didn’t want to miss […]

The Decorum IRL

The Decorum IRL

The concept of the decorum is core to Jellybean’s world. The founding of this concept comes from my wish to avoid—in our world—the dangers that come when a new “magic” begins its ascent. Jelly’s story is not a literal representation of anything happening in the real world. Their story represents the symbolic cycle that occurs […]