Musings of the Master
Years ago, I picked up Cheeseburger Brown’s The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster and fell in love with the story because I love all things Darth Vader. Seriously though, his unique story filled in the gaps with precision and humor. In (2015), I rediscovered his masterpiece and re-read it. Twice! During the second read—in October just before NaNoWriMo—I realized that no one had yet written the Emperor’s rebuttal to Vader’s journal. My mind spun into overdrive and I thought about different ways in which I might author a fun story that Star Wars fans could enjoy with the same enthusiasm I felt while reading The Darth Side. A few days later, I titled my idea The Darker Side and began writing project notes. A few days after that, I decided to use NaNoWriMo 2015 as the springboard to write the Emperor’s story—and I did it!
The Darth Side is an original work by Cheeseburger Brown: http://darthside.blogspot.com/
While you certainly don’t have to, you might want to read The Darth Side before you read The Darker Side since the latter responds to the former.
The Darker Side
Emperor Palpatine’s spies discovered Darth Vader’s personal journal hidden away in private databanks onboard his flagship Super Star Destroyer Executor. Quietly upset by Vader’s musings and distractions, the Emperor set out to journal his corrections to Vader’s successes and failures—and share the true purpose behind everything he did for the greater good of galactic peace.
And so, to tell the Emperor’s story, I decided that I would go all the way back to the beginning and let the Emperor regale the citizens of the galaxy (I mean, you, the reader) with his masterful tale of securing galactic peace.