Went with *snort* as the onomatopoeia for the noise that Norah makes when she’s startled awake. I also strongly considered *snerk*, but that sounded a little to much like the noise someone makes when someone laughs, both suddenly but also completely under control. Snerk also toes a line onto sounding like ‘snigger’, which was always a term I felt pretty uncomfortable with. Any other type of noise being made in this strip seemed, otherwise, to be too confusing and not readable enough and… You know what? From here on out I’m going to leave all of these decisions under the hood, I hope that’s OK with you.
For future reference: When you’re going to go to a metal concert while your pregnant wife stays at home and catches up on some work all night, just go ahead and leave a note on the counter. It’s not worth the fear of God that it will instill of you for the rest of your days.