Who doesn’t have stress? Honestly? There’s always something that gnaws at the back of the mind, that the merest thought of brings a quickening of the pulse and a pounding in the head. Stress.

Normally I’m a serene person, like a Zen master. Life generally doesn’t bother me, because what happens happens and you either deal with it and move on or you don’t.

It’s been a rough few days on that front.

Car problems. An extended business trip. Morale problems at work. Public tauntings. A Doctor Who short story due in two weeks I haven’t even plotted yet.

Has my vacation started yet? Can I even afford vacation now?


It’s only Tuesday. If I can make it through today and tomorrow, the clouds of stress will part and the sun will shine. Life has its ways of working out. I need to believe that. I need the optimism.


Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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