On Poor Sleep

I slept poorly last night.

I went to bed at a decent time–decent for me, at any rate–not much past eleven, curled up with Edison’s Conquest of Mars, Garrett Serviss’ 1898 sequel to H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. read maybe fifteen pages, and then nodded off to sleep.

At three I awoke with a pounding headache for which aspirin and orange juice had zero effect. I sat with Percy, the cat, in the living room for a few minutes, looked at the street lights, mused briefly on the wintry mix that hadn’t yet materialized, and tried to go back to sleep.

Strangely, I dreamed. And it wasn’t a pleasant dream–police in riot gear, brutalizing slack-jawed high school students. Maybe it’s best that I usually don’t remember what I dream–if that’s at all typical, I’d rather not know about the workings of my subconscious.

The wintry mix eventually arrived–no snow, just very cold rain in a fine mist that sucked all the life out of the day. The headache, mercifully, stayed away. Business at work was busier than I’d expected in spite of the mucky weather.

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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