Yeah. So I don't feel like editing my 2008 Nano yet, but I'm all twitchy because I'm not obsessively writing anything now. I must not be as burnt out as in previous years. Used to be I did NaNo, then didn't feel like writing for the next 6 months at least.
I thought about the other ideas I had for this year, then pushed them to the back of my mind again. Took up an even older idea I never did do much with beyond a few short-short stories. Well. I'll try to finish something longer this time.
The Salt Gang. That's my group of "superheros". But I've been reading/watching wuxia flicks/serials, so it'll have something of that feel, except set in the modern day US. This will be version 3, 4, or 5. Something like that. I've toyed with various ideas and names for them over the years. Here we'll have the definitive origin story for them. Yep yep.
The human world, the ghost world. Spirits are called back from death into new bodies, for one reason or another. Being held together by chi powers, they are both more robust (immune to purely physical attacks) and more fragile (can be disrupted by magical attacks) than humans. The Salt Gang are a bunch of losers from the ghost world. Two dropouts of the Shadow Academy, one freed slave of a fire demon, and one monk cast out by his master for his greed. That's the group I'll start with, at any rate. As for plot, I'm still working on it. Maybe I'll just steal one.
Why the "Salt" gang? Two reasons. Got the idea from a Chinese serial I watched (years ago) and because I used to carry around little packets of salt from airline meals in my jacket pockets. I got to thinking, what if there was some use for it besides, say, sprinkling on a hard-boiled egg when out in the middle of nowhere? Obviously, salt is used in breaking spells and warding against evil spirits, so that was why my characters would have their emergency stashes of salt packets.
Now carried to ridiculous extremes...we get the "Salt Gang". Probably it's also a slur on them for only knowing the crudest of methods...dumping salt on demons... Now to see how they got started.
If I post it publicly, I'll have to follow up and write the damn story. It's better than a New Year's Resolution!