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  • Writer's pictureMaya Collins

A Pixie's Tale - The Cycle of Creation

Creating the story of Poppy the Pixie has been a remarkable journey, resembling a reiterative cycle more than a straightforward path. This process, which has been imbued with inspiration, self-doubt, and countless learning experiences, has spanned several months of fervent writing and introspection. Poppy's tale, germinating in my heart and mind for years, has finally taken root and is now reaching out towards the sun.

Many may think that the tale of Poppy is a simple fantasy story, but it holds a deeper resonance for me. In many ways, it mirrors my own life. No, I am not a pixie in the physical sense, but perhaps in spirit, I embody that pixie-like wonder and courage. Just like Poppy, I have felt the weight of the world, struggled with self-doubt, grappled with depression and anxiety, my own version of the Rot.

Yet, within these struggles, there's a silver lining, a beacon of hope that I've tried to imbue within Poppy's tale. Just as Poppy discovers her inner strength to combat the Rot, I too have found resilience within myself, even in the face of adversity. These shared experiences have made Poppy's story not just a narrative to be written, but a personal journey to be walked.

Currently, I've reached the first editing phase, having completed the initial writing process. Editing is a different beast altogether. It's a phase of refinement, of polishing the story to its best form. This stage requires a meticulous eye, immense patience, and a deep understanding of the narrative's heart. Each round of edits brings Poppy's story into a clearer, more potent form, which is rewarding in its own unique way.

After the first editing phase, it's essential for me to take a step back, to allow for a period of 'creative pause.' This pause is a necessary part of my creative process, allowing me to return to the story with fresh eyes and a rejuvenated spirit. It's during this period that I often find new insights and perspectives that help enrich the narrative further.

Poppy's tale, in essence, is a testament to the strength within us all. It's a story of transformation, of turning trials into triumphs, and of the power of empathy and love. As I approach the end of this chapter of my writing journey, I am filled with gratitude for everyone who has joined Poppy and me on this ride. Your support has been invaluable, a magic in itself.

As we move forward, here's to the magic that lies ahead, to the lessons we'll learn, and to the stories we'll tell. The journey continues, and I can't wait to see where it takes us next!

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