MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAs a writer, I’m always looking at other artistic pursuits to see what I can learn.  Applying other theories to literature has fascinated me for years, and whenever I find myself in a rough writing patch I invariably turn to a little looting.

My sudden interest in opera is an example of such smash and grab tactics.

Opera is an especially rich field in which to plunder because it is an art form remarkably close to literature.

The whole idea of opera is to integrate the spoken dramatic word with song, spectacle and orchestra.  An opera should be an experience of sight, sound and mind.

A novel is little different, except its sight and sound must be provided through the play of words the author chooses.

So, as I continue my journey into the art of opera, I will keep a notepad and pencil nearby, always prepared to loot me some theory.

It may sound foolish, but give it a shot and see what you find.

Until tomorrow…

Chloe

Acclaimed author of 17 novels (my dogs and mother adore me), World traveler (I’ve felt the Sahara Desert between my toes… still gobsmacked over the stars in the Sahara) And survivor (of three dirty-fighting gremlins named Anxiety, Panic and OCD)… My name is Chloe Stowe. Hello. If you’ve found your way here, you’ve most likely arrived on the coattails of my blog, The Words and Madness of Chloe Stowe. Started in 2012, my daily rantings now number in the thousands. Ranging from humorous to moody, poignant to absurd, these tiny tidbits of thought began as a way to get my name “out there.” It has long since morphed into an effort just to “be there” for anybody out there struggling with words or madness, like me. Quick biographical sketch of me? Nerd turned nut at nineteen. In my sophomore year at Auburn University, I was taken out at the knees by severe panic attacks. Chronic anxiety soon joined the dogpile, followed shortly by OCD tendencies. Oh, it was ugly. I eventually had to quit school and soon quit life, as well. I spent a good chunk of my 20’s not able to leave my room. Twenty years later, it’s still can get ugly in my head. Thanks to meds and doctors, however, I am able to lead a better life, now. I still can’t work outside the house, but I can live and smile and write. So, here I am. Broken, but stubbornly present. I hope my voice proves company to someone lonely out there. Thanks for reading! Chloe Stowe

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