Compared to Blacktongue, this book is about a shade darker - telling the story of seeking the meaning of life, death, and everything in between. Without the historical backup to crank the words with, I had to take 'show, don't tell' to the extreme, fleshing out every single detail as I play a pretend-movie of the novel inside my head. Which is in fact, quite accurate on what I visualize this to be (in my head, not in the future) - some sort of a feature movie accompanied by no less than the soundtrack that has inspired this story, after all.
It was the original project for Nano 2016, however apart from being so occupied by APS and other matters; I simply felt like it wasn't the right time to write about a novel like that yet - I didn't have the right experience. The year of darkness was the perfect time for me to gain the experineces needed to flesh out the excruciating details that are required for the novel - and also give it the current planned ending that does not invalidate all the character's suffering. This year, writing this book seemed natural to me. That is, if I can persevere through the end!
This activity won't work though outside of November really, but I have found that meditation through writing - or at least taking other stuff off the mind and giving writing the 100% focus it needs, is a really rewarding activity and with a bonus that is at the end of the month, you get your own novel!