In late 2016, I created a piece that I titled ‘Midnight Rider’. After publishing it, I started to consider expanding on the character’s world and her story. I just felt like one piece wasn’t enough to describe the atmosphere that was there.
During this period of thought, I was also riding what is known as the New Retro Wave-- a genre of music that reminisces the days of Don Johnson and pearlescent Lamborghinis. This musical discovery helped formulate themes of this young woman’s world, and what a retro-futuristic setting might have. I think it’s also somewhat important to note that I had not seen the original Blade Runner at to this point, so the exposure became a creative catalyst.
After obtaining the ingredients, I believe I finally had a recipe for a story. Combining one part cyberpunk with one part sci-fi, and just a dash of 80s nostalgia, I’ve hopefully made something digestible. I want to bring the fullest life I can to this fabricated world and its inhabitants. They and I both thank you for reading.