collywobbles |ˈkälēˌwäbəlz|plural noun informal chiefly humorousstomach pain or queasiness : an attack of collywobbles.• intense anxiety or nervousness, esp. with such symptoms : such organizations give him the collywobbles.ORIGIN early 19th cent.: fanciful formation from colic and wobble .
This is one of those words that need to become more popular. I rarely have stomach problems--my anxiety manifests itself in shoulder and upper back pain. I had a lot of it while writing Dead In L.A. No colic, but a lot of emotional wobble. Instead of letting it cripple me, I decided to harness it and channel it into Jon, the narrator. It became the stuff of his fears, bitterness, and secret yearnings.