I don't know what has drove me to do this, but at the beginning of the month I decided to see if I could write this entire book by the end of the month. So far, so good. Do I really think it's going to happen? No, but I'll def give it a shot! It's been a fun writing experience so far, one that I can talk about at length without giving any sort of spoilers....which is an oddity for me.
Something I feel I should clarify is that it won't be entirely about the Death Squad. It's technically a historical piece on the Dwarven Tungri clan. Google "Tungri" and you'll get an idea where their story begins. I'm guessing about 1/2 the book will be historical pieces, initially written as fables that eventually develop into a modern story telling technique and carrying on about the Death Squad, up to the point of meeting M for the first time in book 4 "Consequences." So, it's a standalone that enhances the CoM world, as I have stated before.
Rather than have a simple series of folk tales/lore with no real continuity, I decided to use the author of the document (Uhler, of CoM fame) as a narrator between the stories to fill in the gaps. I also plan on using some Scottish folktales to build stories around, in the same way I did with Mai's past in "Hitori." I will not outright steal an existing piece and claim it as my own, but re-use their idea of something (let's say, what the Scots consider a vampire) and develop a story around that idea. It's just one of my little ways of making the book more believable. I've always liked the idea of a piece of fiction that seems plausible, so I try to whenever I get a chance.
On a side note, I'm really enjoying the writing process of this book. As much as I enjoy character development and dialogue in CoM, it's really interesting to write entire pieces with absolutely no dialogue (so far) and to not only build a series of characters, but to build an entire history for a people. A history that, if I do this properly, will grow and develop with each passing generation/chunk of story.