And last, but certainly not least Etherian.
Taking them out of order a bit here, but I wanted to start by saying no, this is definitely not too much feed back. I can not possibly get too much feedback, because its the feedback that lets me know whats working and helps me find new ideas so your post just made my night and then some. thank you so much for taking the time to really get so detailed. I appreciate it more then i can say.
Definitely trying to up my game when it comes to hands, glad its at least somewhat coming through. (hands.....grrrrrr....).AS to Rabbits costume- well, it wasn't really meant for a life of bad ass-ness, so i always figured it probably took quite a beating in her first near death experience and just unravels from there.
I got the idea of the research journal from some writing friends of mine. its a great tool to help compile all my early thoughts, questions, and images to help me figure out what i know and what i still need to work on. the pictures are actually kid pictures of one Audrey Hepburn. Its part of an exercise another writer gave me in which you 'cast' your main characters in order to help you visualize them better- its a fun experiment and a great early springboard, even if the actual character design changes as you continue developing.
I'm still not 100% on the name, but I wont lie there's something kind of poetically juicy in the name Emily. see, thus far many of the characters are named after famous poets, artists, and philosophers who dealt with death and the macabre. for example, Rabbits mom is called Mary after Mary Shelley. Somehow it seems fitting that Emily Dickinson (a personal favorite of mine) be among the writers used. but again, i'm still sleeping on it.
concerning Coyote's memories...I like it. I like it alot! I like the idea that he is running from his past, especially if there are parts he needs for his master plan (whatever that is) to work. I haven't put much thought into his death just yet. I do know it was violent (since a violent death is what usually brings a poltergeist into existence), and that is was probably at least somewhat undeserved (though he probably was far from undeserving. like i've said hes not a nice guy, alive or dead). oh, and it happened in the year 1577. there are lots of little tidbits in my research and for some reason that date has popped up on four different occasions. so i figure he either died that year, or at the very least that's the year he made the pact with Baron Samedi.
Come to think about it, Coyote has a lot of missing peaces still. Its an excellent point to bring up. Hmmm... lets see. I suppose on the whole Tricksters, though they do have children in many mythologies, are not always the best parents. there lone wolf types, often sexual, crass, and love to upturn anything remotely ordinary. they are the doorkeepers and the instigators. So far i get the impression that Coyote is, if anything less
mature then Rabbit. Its the kind of relationship here opposites attract. you know where Coyote (having to tact) says something incredibly offensive and Rabbit (shy but immune/ignorant of his powers) launches her shoe into his face.
Rabbit does have a father, and though he is loving, he's not exactly very attentive (professor type- good with books, not with kids). Her mother died a year before the story starts. I guess more then a parent hes kind of a 'partner in crime'. Drags her in and out of trouble. I don't know- still a bit hazy there. I just figure it kind of grows from a reluctant alliance for mutual gain to a legitimate friendship, at most a big brother kind of thing.
and yeah...last picture...thingy...
I don't know man, it didn't start that way, but it just kind of ended up like that. Yes, technically its Rabbit and I'm not sure if its 'cannon', but it did get me thinking- I mean technically Rabbit is not truly dead (shes living on borrowed time thanks to her encounter with Coyote, half in the grave and half out) so shes going to grow up. that doesn't mean it ever turns intimate or anything (that may need to be filed away under the wait and see category), but i definitely
think it might play with Coyote's head a little bit. For a womanizing jerk like him, its got to be quite a paradigm shift to realize that your best friend ain't a little girl any more. In fact the minute i read your post I totally had a scene flash in my head of the first time it hits the man (like a ton of bricks) and he just don't know what to do about it because 'hell...that's Rabbit...what the hell...there are so many many things wrong right now because that's Rabbit'.
And on another side note, yes, I think Coyote has some pretty unpleasant memory's from the 1700's in New Orleans, but I'm still working on a few more details before i post those pictures. your just a few steps a head of me
but anyroad, that you for so many many many MANY helpful thoughts and questions. I cant thank you enough