At this late, late date, with my deadlines all gone to hell and Closer to Chaos living up to its title in ways I cannot even begin to describe, I have located the theme. The main, core, heart-and-soul theme of the whole goddamned thing, the rudder, the star by which to steer the ship.
Love transcends death.
There it is. Three words. It is nothing, and it is everything — and for want of that goddamned theme, 280+ pages must now go down the toilet, and I’ll have to begin again.
But at least I found it. With that theme, the story — the real story, the one I’ve been searching for for six months, has suddenly and with shocking clarity fallen into place. Now I’ll be able to write the book.