After completing "Sharon Tate" in January 2012, I found myself going in-between a novel and ongoing work with "Videotape". The months went by, and both projects were beginning to overwhelm me. After talking with a few friends and spending a week or so not touching either one, I found myself overwhelmed, exhausted, over-stressed…basically scared for no reason.
I was walking the pooch one lazy afternoon when I decided to play "Ambient One: Music for Airports" by Brian Eno. The album was inspired by a lack of easy-going music at airports. With people going back and forth, trying to make flights, dealing with endless delays and just the overall fear of flying, Brian, his brother Roger and his friend Daniel Lanois decided to produce a collection of tracks to help ease future passengers in airports.
I discovered the album while in college. When dealing with project deadlines or finals week, this was my go-to. It always helped me find balance. It's still one of my go-to's. As I continued that walk, I suddenly had an idea for a story. Like Brian's album, I wanted to create a short story that's meant to relax the reader while also offering moments of introspection. I also wanted it to be the length of a domestic flight, so readers could have something to start and finish while flying to their destination. So the experiment began, and I deliberately chose "Waiting for Love at Airports" as my way of tipping the hat to Brian and company.
The story came together rather quickly, and editing went just as fast. All told, it took us roughly two months to begin the story and publish it. I also took note of several independent authors who published playlists on YouTube of music that inspired their stories. When I write, there must be music in the background. Usually, it's on loop for several hours (or however long I find myself in front of the laptop). With this story, it made sense I put together a playlist, considering the direct references to "Music for Airports". I also felt it could assist readers in fully realizing the world I was creating.
"Waiting for Love at Airports" was published on August 1, 2012, and it went to the top of the Amazon free e-book charts for two or three weeks. It got a few good reviews, and certainly was more well-received than Sharon Tate. I had considered putting together several more short stories like this one, but my work on the novel and "Videotape" seemed more pressing. I still hold a soft spot for this story, and it was therapeutic to write about a man who talks to a random stranger for a couple of hours.