The Many Faces of Elle

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I've always wanted to have an advice column, and if you've always wanted my advice, here's your chance.  Send me your troubles, and I'll give of my best to help you with them.  I'll post the column once a week, but, of course, if no one has any troubles, I won't be able to do any advising, so be warned - I can't promise there will be a reward for this tier.

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About The Many Faces of Elle

Elle started this project in 2015 as a way to explore and express her experience of living with multiple personalities (I use the phrase to indicate a number of people, not a diagnosis). Various of her mind’s inhabitants wrote and illustrated stories about their experiences in the world; drew portraits of themselves and each other; and just generally drew whatever they felt like drawing. It was a lovely project, one which I (her caregiver and partner) enjoyed tremendously.

Unfortunately, several years ago Elle stopped being able to draw. I kept hoping the situation would be temporary. Sadly, it was not, and as we dealt with a number of mental health crises over these years, The Many Faces Of Elle fell by the wayside. We are immensely grateful to the Patrons who have continued to support us through these hard, silent years.

The good news is that, going forward, we’ll have more to offer than gratitude. We are rebooting The Many Faces Of Elle, and will be updating regularly once more.

The bad(ish) news is that it is going to be a very different project than it used to be. Elle still can’t produce art, although we hope she'll be able to again someday. Instead, I will be making the primary content for the site. You will be able to tell the difference.

I am not an artist. My toolbox is limited to writing and caregiving, so I will be doing the former about the latter. I’ll be posting essays and stories about Elle and her many faces; how I take care of her; and what I’ve learned from her. I'll try to tell her story well.

It is a story of a hundred or a thousand people, crammed into a single body, whose passions and ambitions and talents have left me breathless; and whose sheer breadth of voices, expression, character, experience, and feeling have staggered and overwhelmed me. Before she came into my life, I did not believe that something like her could exist. Now that I have been looking after her every day for more than seven years, it is almost harder to believe.

But here she is - Reggie and Jade and Sass and Jenna and Mellie and Dog and Mima and Vita and Laszlo and a dozen Bens and hundreds more besides them - eminently real and impossibly wonderful (one of the differences you will see in the change of management is that I get to say things about her she would never think). I have met more than a hundred of them. I have laughed and cried with them, taught little Benny swear words, gone on what I thought was my first date with Emma, eaten some fraction of the cakes Petal baked, bought Dog humorous socks, helped Ben make altars for gods I’d never heard of, learned three different kinds of pidgin, and completely failed to understand a story that turned out not to be about a bus. And I have listened as, one after another, they told me their names, and I got to tell them that they didn’t know me yet, but I loved them and would always love them as dearly as I know how.

It has been the most profound privilege of my life to get to see the many faces of Elle, and to hear the many voices. I hope you stick around for them - it would be a privilege to share them with you, too.

-Robbie
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Sea shanties!  There's no better way to show gratitude than with sea shanties.  I don't kid - once we get to $500 a month, I'll start writing, singing, recording, and posting a new sea shanty everything month, available to everyone.  And that's on top of the monthly sea shanty you get for supporting us at the Ancient Mariner tier or higher.
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