The inspiration for this story was very simply built around a campfire-- the idea of cuddling up with someone you love as you watch the flames. I brought it into Headphones in the form of a fireplace. It's literal in Embers and Flame, obviously!
"Was it some kind of ancestral instinct to build a fire, even as the remains of the sun’s heat rose all around us from where it had been stored in the dirt and the asphalt and the rocks? I watched the flames as they flickered their dance, eventually settling down to embers, cracking and sending sparks into the air like tiny firework displays."
Headphones was an experiment, a story written in "snapshots", a serial, a comic in word form-- call it what you will. It ran for one year plus one day-- January 1st of 2015 to January 1st of 2016. It was the story of a group of friends who took in a damaged girl and helped her find herself. But on the way, she helped them fill the holes in their own lives. I've pulled it now with the hopes of rewriting it into a book. Each day was matched with a music video and each month's mixes are still here. So if you've stumbled in, enjoy the music, and hopefully I'll be able to post updates occasionally!