On the Silence of Winter

The world is strangely silent tonight.

Despite a main highway, there’s been little traffic, and not just because of the holiday. The world is taking a breath as a winter storm moves in.

Snow began falling a little while ago. The back walk, which had been cleared since the last snowfall, now has a quarter of an inch of accumulation. The road, illuminated by a streetlamp, looks uniformly white.

No one’s quite sure what this storm will bring, though tomorrow may reach the low 40s. We may get an inch of snow, topped by sleet and ice. We may get almost no snow, but an inch of ice. The forecasts have no consensus.

Nonetheless, I’ll take the quiet. It’s peaceful.

The way winter should be.

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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