El Jay wrote:To be quite honest... I have no clue what you should go with.
The reason being that I'm currently the visuals (yes incase anyone else wants to add art to these stories, I won't be the "I DON'T SHARE THE GLORY DAMNIT" artist here. :3), you are the brains.
I'm the brains? This project's in trouble.
I only request that you make things a little easy for me and don't make Lilly's hair more of a pain that it already is. Wavy hair and drill-hair are the two hardest things I see in these stories, not even Emi's prosthetics would give me problems, what with me drawing mechanical limb's all the time. Getting off topic here, but yeah.
Lilly's hair can be short - like, Rin or Shizune short - without any problem. Done.
The only possibilities in my mind would be with Hanako's scar's healing slightly better over time, and perhaps her hair changing slightly if/when she comes to terms with things and comes out of her shell... can't really think of much for Rin to be honest, as I don't want her to chaaange (me and the artsy types, ALWAYS the artsy types, hnnngh)... and LILLY, first thoughts coming to mind are old and gray, oddly. XD I don't have anything to offer though, really, so don't let my stuff have any influence on the writing unless it coincidentally is on a similar path to your thoughts.
Hanako, I already had her visualized with her hair back. Ponytail or bun, not sure which.
Loki wrote:I could see Lilly being in Grandmother mode, son/daughter visiting with the grandchild, and perhaps a moment where the parent is doing something with the child that makes Lilly and said parent pause and essentially have Lilly note "You're doing exactly what I used to do with you when you were a child". So essentially, watching the interaction between Lilly and her child using a grandchild as a catalyst.
Now the KS girls as GRANDPARENTS I never thought of. That's a very intriguing idea, though admittedly one that softens their signature character impact (we do implicitly correlate the elderly with disabilities, but not the young so much). I would like to see Katawa Grandma, though, if anyone wants to write it.
Another possiblity is a child still in school comes back with a friend, and from the view of the friend (first visit/meeting of Lilly?) the relationship seems cool and reserved, but by the end of the comic it's clear to them there is very strong bond between them.
Another one could just be a comic of what Lilly does with their child when they come back from school: spending time with them, reading to them, ect and just showing Lilly being very... well. Motherly.
The plot I've planned so far was simply that Lilly greets her daughter when she returns home, and asks her how her day went. They seem like a normal enough parent and child, except that the daughter spends a greater amount of time describing the events of her day visually. This seems routine enough for her age (11 to 12) to make it apparent they've been doing this for years and share a comfortable relationship. I wanted to illustrate in this chapter, through the dialogue and the little things like how her daughter helps in the kitchen, a mother and daughter who have come to terms with blindness and how to live with it. It certainly doesn't make Lilly any less of a mom (she deduces, from the focus her daughter places on him, that the girl has a crush on the new boy who just transferred to class that day).
Going off the dialogue teaser for Hanako, I see the child and Hanako being quite old personally; the child's apparently old enough to understand why they're staring at their mother and that they hate the fact she's being looked at for being different.
6 is what I had in mind, actually. This would be the first time the topic had been broached between them.
1. Hanako is trying to tell the sprog off after they got sent home from school for fighting (or she's had to come in), or just got into trouble. (Probable cause: someone being snarky about Hanako's scars). 5-17? (If you're familier with it, Kenji (Kaji?) from Persona 4 and his mother's relationship. He gets in trouble several times for defending his mother's honour, as he percieves it anyway.)
2. Again with the grandparent thing, elderly Hanako with at least one of her children and (one of) her daughter's grandchild(ren), said grandchild talking to their mother about how everyone keeps staring at granny for some reason. (Presumably Hanako's hit the age/maturity where she just doesn't give a shit what people think anymore. I've met women who's hit the age where they don't care what people think and they can be ludicriously sanguine about things.) Cue flashback comic showing interaction between Hanako and daughter over the same topic when Hanako's in her 30s and her daughter's in the teens?
3. A mature (late teens/early adult) child gets into an argument/drops a caustic remark* at someone while out with mother. Perhaps a shopkeeper in a store, (basically, somewhere public) Hanako not really wanting the confrontation, but the child refusing to back down and the comic shows the aftermath. Perhaps during the argument, Hanako slinked off, and after realising mother's gone the child fires one last barb that can only be described as cruel before we see an argument between mother and child over the child standing up for her (Exploring perhaps what the snarky, cynical Hisao and Stand in Storyteller's originally-wildcat-possibly-fiery**-blood-Hanako would produce, and how Hanako keeps the end result in line/cools it's head?). Could also generate some humour: two very strong willed people that are actually quite similer, and people in the background avoiding it in sheer terror.
*Stand-in Storyteller's threads on 4chan seem to be exploring the idea of a Hanako that may be a shrinking violet, but has claws and a talent of being able to hit where it hurts, so think caustic remarks that make you whince even when they're right and Hanako's in the right.
**No pun intended.
Another idea I probably need to think over a bit more is the idea that she deflects the comment to something like 'they were staring at me because I'm lucky enugh to have such a pretty/handsome little girl/boy' if the child is young.
I spend too much time dissecting Hanako as a character. I regret nothing though, I love character types like her though
Interesting scenarios, may be used for inspiration. I haven't followed the 4chan threads to be honest; I was introduced to KS through TVTropes.org and have never really touched 4Chan.
Rin's chapter may be up as soon as tomorrow night.
EDIT: Damn, it would be much easier to write this if there were a facial expressions sheet for Rin that I could use.