“…I have better debates with the voices in my head that with my class mates!…why are you laughing?”

My daughter is a born story teller. For any other child a mention of voices in their head might cause a mother to worry about the child’s mental health. I don’t worry about the voices. I know them. I don’t just mean I know what it’s like, I mean I know the voices in her head. By name, their likes and dislikes, their insecurities in some cases their sexual orientation and kinks. I’ve seen them develop from vague idea and rough sketch into full characters that took on a life of their own. Sometimes they visit my mind as well. Nowhere near as vividly as in her’s though. She says she knows what their singing voices sound like.

“…I’m not making this shit up…I mean I did, but I didn’t…”

She asks me regularly “What’s wrong with me?” I know that is frustration. And I keep telling her there’s nothing really wrong. What she has isn’t exactly common, but for storytellers it is kind of normal. Of course that doesn’t help much because to her mind she doesn’t tell stories, all her characters do are “stupid things”. My daughter tends toward humor stories. This is in a large part where her frustration comes from.

“But it’s not funny. I don’t think it’s funny”

She does. I know she does. I’ve seen her sitting with her sketch pad, laughing at whatever her characters are up to. It’s just by the time she has drawn it halfway, the joke has played itself in her head so many times the funny has sort of rubbed off. By the time she finishes the drawing she can maybe manage a smile. If she finishes it and doesn’t abandon her attempt because she can’t get the leg right.

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This is what she did at 10 years old. A carnival parade. The stories are mostly happening in the audience.
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This is her now at 17. These fantasy creatures are siblings. The eldest is a bit moody

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