And as of today at 1am I finally hit on a concept for the book. In the past two years I've attempted to write a novel, and FAILED, because my heart and passion lies in shorter vignettes or poetry. So I am going to give in to my tendencies, write a series of 50 interlocking vignettes and call it a novel just to see if I can. It will still meet all the other requirements.
so, 50 Passions: A Book of Portraits, has been born. This also makes the word count so much easier to manage.
Good luck to everyone, write happily!