Unprovoked

Revived, revitalized, reinvigorated. That would be me.

With the health of my muses as stable as its ever going to get, my mind has graciously allowed me to enjoy my little corner of life again.

For we of the hermit-blood that means hanging with the pups… working out in the yard… chuckling (and wincing) at my old published-novels-in-waiting… and smiling unprovoked at the world and my monkish lot in it.

I’d like to order up more of these cheery days, please. My heart and soul gobbles them up like heavenly slices of cheesecake, while the gremlins in my mind choke on them like chicken bones.

(Note: that was a sentence with both a cheesecake and a chicken bone simile. I don’t know if I should be impressed at myself or very, very afraid?)

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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