Why a Cheeseburger?




On the bridge.

With a swampy cheeseburger."


It's exactly what I was looking for in the opening lines of my new SciFi multimedia project. Succinct. To the point. Slightly esoteric. Nerdy. A little weird. It's perfect. Won't change it for anything. I never paid much attention to opening lines until I heard Stephen King talk about them.


There are all sorts of theories and ideas about what constitutes a good opening line. It's tricky thing, and tough to talk about because I don't think conceptually while I work on a first draft -- I just write. To get scientific about it is a little like trying to catch moonbeams in a jar.

But there's one thing I'm sure about. An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.

~ Stephen King



As this project was conceived as a comic book I was far more interested in the opening image than in the opening lines.

Her desire for a perfect cheeseburger will quickly become a parallel for her looking for something she can't find. But she will continue looking.

That's why I like that they're a little strange. I would like the first image to do all the talking.

The image to the left is a preliminary artist rendering of Titan in one of her spacesuits. She wears a lot of different suits throughout the series. They change as her rank changes and as her body changes in response to some of the catastrophes she will barely survive.

The blue suit in particular is important because it is what she was wearing the first time she lands on a red planet. The lifeforms there have never seen the color before and it instantly marks her as a super being . . . and she meets her best friend.


A few of the off shoots of the Retrograde Nova Transmedia project-

The Webseries

The Audio Drama

The Web Comic- Coming Soon!


Erika Christie

Erika is a multimedia creator whose passion lies in Writing, Photography, and Filmmaking. Her early experiences in theatre gave her an intense understanding of how words, music, actors, visual artwork, and storylines work together to create unforgettable experiences.

Her work as a creative director sees her traveling between NYC, Washington DC, and Atlanta. Her background teaching story development and filmmaking inform heritability to shape and strategize content to create the strongest audience experiences.  

She has been working in the transmedia world since before it was even a word. And, more recently, she has been interviewing and cultivating information from leading artists in fields such as virtual and augmented reality, music in the digital age, content distribution, game development, and world building across platforms. 

"Human creativity leads to social cohesion as artists define our collective reality."