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This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, September 16 through Sunday, September 22. This series is superhero fantasy. It features themes of heroism, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $10 to $283, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.

Prices on open epics are locked at the time of opening; however, if anyone wants to donate to open epics and buy poetry, spending $100 will get you the quarter-price rate on the new poems, regardless of the rate on the open epic(s) you support. There are currently 2 open epics, so there's room to open another.
"Everyone Can Dance" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and needs $75.50 to be complete.
"What Survives the Whole Process" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Fortressa and needs $113 to be complete.

We are repeating the special discount for purchases of $100 or more, in which you get poetry at 25% of its original price instead of 50%. (Note that this increases the amount of poetry you get, rather than reducing the amount of money spent; the point is to get this stuff off of my desk. Yes, I can afford it.) That size of donation also makes you a k-fan which comes with some other perks, like a year-end collection of a poetic series. If several folks want to bundle their orders to make the $100 threshold and have one person send it all, that's okay; you'll get the discount and I'll list all your names as donors, but you'll have to decide amongst you who gets the k-fan credit. If you host a pool, please close it the day before the sale closes, so you have time to collect funds and turn them in on time.

Some of the poems are in sequence of related action, so in places there are prerequisites before a poem can be published. They can be sponsored at any time, just might have to wait for publication until something else gets posted first. Those are marked accordingly. I have also made lists of poems which unlock sequels, and poems which have prerequisites.



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About timing: If you want maximum choice, shop early. We usually send a batch of things to my parents near the end of a sale, and those poems will be posted as I have time.

About pools: Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to get the quarter-price rate. Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to buy a bigger poem. Yes, you can offer to match donations by other people. However, the wordsmith is not also a math whiz! After several attempts to find a way that I can work with pools and matches, I have concluded that this is over my head. (I did figure out how to avoid generating fractional pennies, though: all initial prices are now whole dollars, which means they cut evenly into halves and quarters.) So if you want to host a pool or a match, make a post for that in your blog or other venue, then comment here with what you're doing and include a link to wherever the discussion will be. You figure out the poems, you collect the funds, and when stuff is fully funded, you send me the money and the list of what it's for. Then I'll post the goodies. Please close the pool by the end of the sale, so I can start posting pool poems no later than the day after the sale.

Before placing your order, please check this sale page to see what is still unsold! I will try to update the page as things sell, and it's likely to be the case that some poems will be marked SOLD before appearing in posts. People often buy things in batches, which means that selling gets ahead of posting. Also sometimes people ask for the same thing at the same time, so that not all overlaps are preventable. If you have alternate instructions in case you request something that has just sold, please include that in your message; otherwise I'll email you back and ask what you want to do.
Currently available are the following poems. Some are in series chronological order, and others are just kind of stuck wherever, because sequencing Polychrome Heroics is like trying to sequence a dozen different comic book titles from the same publisher. See the thread pages for Berettaflies and Shiv.


Poems that unlock sequels: "The Compass That Guides Us," "Any Direction You Choose," "A Form of Escapism," "Dissolving the Barrier"
Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life," "Celebrate and Cherish," "Conducive to Thought," "A Form of Escapism," "Thrust to the Level," "Dissolving the Barrier," "Broken Angels," "Dance in the Sun"




FOR SALE
35 poems, $9,194 ÷ 2 = $4,597
prices from $10 to $283



BERETTAFLIES (2 poems, was $305, sale price $152.50)

"The Mark of Your Ignorance"
Story Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014 -- Month 5
Your berettaflies prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Mark of Your Ignorance." Stylet contemplates possible projects for his class in Applied Bioethics.
526 lines, was $263, sale price $131.50

"Making Eyes"
Story Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Facet learns about a new kind of body language.
83 lines, was $42, sale price $21


BROKEN ANGELS (2 poems, was $897, sale price $448.50)

These two poems go together and introduce Broken Angels, a Lincoln-based spinoff from Shiv.

"Dissolving the Barrier"
Story Date: Friday, September 11, 2015
Lincoln policeman Ned Sterling observes little changes in town and helps out one of the homeless boys.
990 lines, was $495, sale price $247.50

"Broken Angels"
Story Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Faster Blaster expands his gang.
804 lines, was $402, sale price $201
Available for publication after "Dissolving the Barrier" has been sponsored and posted.


FORTRESSA (3 poems, was $316, sale price $158)

"A Form of Escapism"
Story Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Not all designers like the one-month challenge, but this gives Penny and the Pit Group some interesting ideas.
291 lines, was $146, sale price $73
Available for publication after the open epic "What Survives the Whole Process" has been completed.

"Thrust to the Level"
Story Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Many battlesuits are built by hacks. Fortressa is not impressed. Penny is downright appalled.
162 lines, was $81, sale price $40.50
Available for publication after the open epic "What Survives the Whole Process" has been completed and "A Form of Escapism" has been sponsored and posted.

"Quality, Convenience and Tech Experience"
Story Date: Monday, November 30, 2015
Fortressa tries out a bodysuit with lightweight armor.
177 lines, was $89, sale price $44.50
Available for publication after the open epic "What Survives the Whole Process" has been completed and "A Form of Escapism" and "Thrust to the Level"  have been sponsored and posted.


MALLORY (2 poems, was $797, sale price $398.50)

"Any Direction You Choose"
Story Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Heron and Mallory discuss educational options for Dairinne.
493 lines, was $247, sale price $123.50

"Celebrate and Cherish"
Story Date: Friday, January 16, 2015
Mallory, Heron, and Dairinne explore the Allerton Circle School.
1100 lines, was $550, sale price $275
Available for publication after "Any Direction You Choose" has been sponsored and posted.


MARIONETTES (2 poems, was $770, sale price $385)

"The Compass That Guides Us"
Griffin takes a vacation to Italy, reconnects with Glyn, and makes some new friends. They take him into the resource room to find new clothes, since he doesn't have much left between the transition and the house fire.
715 lines, was $358, sale price $179

"A Different Vision of Life"
Frustrated by not knowing Italian, Griffin decides to learn it with superpowered assistance.
823 lines, was $412, sale price $206
Available for publication after "The Compass That Guides Us" has been sponsored and posted.


SHIV (13 poems, was $3943, sale price $1971.50)

"A Weird Tension"
When art therapy reminds Shiv of his unpleasant past, he loses his temper.
811 lines, was $406, sale price $203

"Where the Fruit Is"
Story Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Dr. Bloch gets a load of exotic fruit and asks Shiv to help him introduce it to other inmates.
269 lines, was $135, sale price $67.50

"All the Beautiful Lights"
Story Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Shiv and Luci enjoy a holiday cruise on Lake Manawa.
824 lines, was $412, sale price $206

"Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Story Date: Evening of Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Molly takes care of Gray after the incident with Chyou.
558 lines, was $279, sale price $139.50

"Survive the Recovery"
Story Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Shiv meets with Dr. G to talk about what happened with Chyou.
828 lines, was $414, sale price $207

"Calming and Rewarding"
Story Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
When Shiv feels restless, Elisabeth Finn invites him to bake bread and teaches him some of the more complex slashing patterns.
1039 lines, was $520, sale price $260

"When You're Halfway Down"
Story Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Summary: Shiv gets patched up after an adventure.
51 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"The Cutting of the Gem"
Story Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Tolli takes Shiv to a rock and gem shop.
555 lines, was $278, sale price $139

"Wanting a Little of Everything"
Story Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
After several casual meetings, Shiv and Luci finally get together with Bennett for a deeper discussion about kink in general and switching in particular.
1132 lines, was $566, sale price $283

"Conducive to Thought"
Story Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Shiv begins knitting a brain to help him understand anatomy better.
558 lines, was $279, sale price $139.50

"Knowing What Not to Take"
Story Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Shiv and Dr. G talk about vacation plans.
160 lines, was $80, sale price $40

"Chamomile and Care"
Story Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Shiv packs tea for his trip to Motor City.
53 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"Dance in the Sun"
Story Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Shiv enjoys wheelchair dancing at Tolli and Simon's wedding.
1063 lines, was $532, sale price $267
Available for publication after the open epic "Everyone Can Dance" has been completed.


STRANGE FAMILY (4 poems, was $1152, sale price $576)

"Pull Something out of the Bag"
Story Date: Afternoon of Monday, November 3, 2014
Genna receives a gift from Hafsa.
154 lines, was $77, sale price $38.50

"Nothing Is More Comforting"
Story Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Pips helps Genna rebuild her wardrobe.
831 lines, was $416, sale price $208
Available for publication after "Pull Something out of the Bag" has been sponsored and posted.

"Serenity, Hope, Balance"
Story Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Genna and Pips go shopping in Amilla Vazan.
770 lines, was $385, sale price $192.50
Available for publication after "Pull Something out of the Bag" and "Nothing Is More Comforting" have been sponsored and posted.

"Dans une grande âme"
Story Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Genna does some educational troubleshooting.
547 lines, was $274, sale price $137


OTHER POEMS (7 poems, was $1014, sale price $507)

"Some Creation of the Brain"
Story Date: Monday, December 5, 1938
Your Tesla prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Some Creation of the Brain." Nikola Tesla muses about inventions and their implications.
104 lines, was $52, sale price $26

"Loss Is Like a Wind"
Story Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010
From a previous backchannel prompt, I got the poem "Loss Is Like a Wind." A drowning death inspires people to take concrete steps to prevent future tragedies.
600 lines, was $300, sale price $150

"A Combination of Brains and Materials"
Story Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Some Dreamwidth prompts inspired the free-verse poem "A Combination of Brains and Materials." Four inventors contributed to the rise of Microfyne: a man, a woman, a little girl, and a cat.
373 lines, was $187, sale price $93.50

"Refoulement"
Story Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Fadwa Zaitoun went to extreme lengths to flee Syria.
189 lines, was $95, sale price $47.50

"Into the Thousand-Eyed Present"
Story Date: Monday, 6 April, 2015
Aidan, Saraphina, and Drew apply for citizenship in the Maldives.
654 lines, was $327, sale price $163.50

"The Ever-Changing Anthem"
Story Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Mamlambo opens the summer games with a verse describing events to come.
52 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"The Great Growling Engine of Change"
Story Date: Monday, September 7, 2015
In Soho, magic and technology mix, and nobody really notices.
65 lines, was $33, sale price $16.50

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Community Building Tip: Bike-friendly City
Poem: "Building Castles in the Sand"
Full Moon Friday 13
Ms. Monopoly
Emotional Intimacy Question: 26 hours
Peas and Protein
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things


The Creative Jam ran this weekend and you can read about it here.

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics running Monday, September 16-Sunday, September 22.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Everyone Can Dance" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Shiv learns jive dancing.

"What Survives the Whole Process" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Fortressa. Penny releases a playtesting video.


The weather has been warm this week. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of mourning doves, several house finches, several sparrows, a pair of goldfinches, a pair of cardinals, a downy woodpecker, and a squirrel. Currently blooming: violas, petunias, pinks, marigolds, lantana, torenia, million bells, moss rose, firecracker plant, salvia, nasturtiums, gaillardia, clover, morning glories, red yarrow, coreopsis, Queen Anne's lace, thistle, sunflowers, purple penstemon, little bluestem grass, purple sedum, pink sedum, goldenrod, hosta, and a bunch of other things. Crabapples are ripening. Apples have green fruit.

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 [personal profile] acelightning pointed to a YouTube channel about octopus studies.  :D  Check out the color test video.

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 This looks interesting.

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The September 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. I will keep this poll open until at least Monday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

Here are your options:

"Condensed Soup"
A teen boy can only conceal his flickering for so long.
138 lines, Buy It Now = $69

"The Great Growling Engine of Change"
A backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Great Growling Engine of Change." In Soho, magic and technology mix, and nobody really notices.
65 lines, Buy It Now = $33

"Refoulement"
Fadwa Zaitoun went to extreme lengths to flee Syria.
189 lines, Buy It Now = $95

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Foot painters, and other people who use their toes intensively, develop hand-like maps in the brain for their toes.  Most humans don't, although other primates do.

It makes me wonder if my brain does that, because I use more of my body than most people do.  I don't paint with my toes, but I do pick things up with them, and I can manipulate things such as light switches.  I also use my mouth as a manipulatory appendage.  I had no idea that most people have nearly no resolution in their lips until I read about it -- I routinely use mine to check for rough spots on something that's supposed to be smooth, because I can sense smaller variations with my lips than with my fingertips.  

Or maybe it's just because I don't have some of the standard human wetware, leaving extra space for other exciting things such as a linguistic coprocessor.

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For my current set of tips, I've decided to use the one I wrote based on how to make your hometown more like Bluehill in Terramagne-America. I took a close look at the town's positive features with an eye toward replicating them here with local resources.

* Bike-friendly city with dedicated and mixed use paths, a bikeshare, a local bike shop, etc. Those movable corrals aren't very hard to make and use; one car parking space = ten bike parking spaces. This is one area usually driven by citizen action.

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This poem is the freebie for the September 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "sand" square in my 9-1-19 card for the Arts and Crafts Festival bingo.

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The September [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "nature." Come give us prompts or choose some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Building Castles in the Sand" is this month's freebie.


From My Prompts

"Tiger Tracks" by [personal profile] worldofwords is this month's freebie.

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Your "Colors of the coming automn" prompt contributed to the short work: Trying something new. Which is 418 words. A sighted woman tries to paint with her eyes shut.
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The September 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics running Monday, September 16-Sunday, September 22.  The quarter-price option will be active.  Please mark your calendars accordingly. 

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When we noticed that we had a full moon on Friday 13, we threw together an extra ritual.  (Our main one is scheduled for tomorrow.)  We invoked Pagan symbols including Friday 13, full moon, black cats, and dancing around a bonfire.  We did actually light a fire and dance around it too.  After the ritual we made s'mores.  :D 

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A new version of Monopoly is coming out, Ms. Monopoly.  It's less gimmicky than I expected from the title.  One big change is that female players make 20% more than males, which has outraged many men.  (QUILTBAG folks can discuss how to handle diverse gender identities in the game.)  It also focuses on female inventors -- instead of real estate, players can invest in things invented by women.  One clear concrete benefit is that people will remember those things were invented by women just by being in the game, even if nobody remembers the name of the inventor.  Regrettably, the producer still falsely attributes the invention of the game itself to a man, when it was actually invented by Elizabeth Magie.  If the gender disparity gets more men interested in playing the Prosperity version, though, that would be good progress.

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... comes from friction, possibly due to tiny deformations in the surface of materials.  

That could also explain why some magical folks have more electrical activity.  Their higher energy has more influence over the shape of things, because "solid" matter is really just a bunch of whizzing bits of energy.

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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

49. If there were 26 hours in a day, what would you do more of?

LOL write. But you knew that already. ;)

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Peas contain protein and other vital nutrients.  This is generally a good thing.  If you grow peas, clean and cook them, and put them in your mouth, they are good for you.

If instead you run the peas through a factory to make things like pea protein isolate and artificial meat substitutes, they're probably not good for you.  That's because these are now ultra-processed products, which contribute to early death via various health problems.  Here are my thoughts on what constitutes ultra-processed food and why it tends to cause trouble.  People hear "pea" and think of the things in a garden, but they're buying things in a package, which is not at all the same.  It's junk food, with the high-fat high-sodium profile typical of that category.  It's just savory instead of sweet.  A little bit probably won't hurt you, but consider how much meat most people eat.  If you ate that much fake meat, it would probably do significant harm.

Some corporations are already trying to breed and/or gengineer peas to produce more protein.  I came across several articles about gengineered peas causing allergic reactions in mice, but couldn't find one clean enough to link.  It took humanity thousands of years to break wheat.  It won't take nearly that long to break peas.

Interest in pea protein is booming.  This would be great if it were encouraging people to eat more peas.  But it's not.  It's trying to tempt people into buying ultra-processed products of which former peas constitute some percentage of the end result.

Here, cook some actual peas.  If you have the Elder Scrolls Cookbook, the pea soup recipe in there is mind-blowing.

If you want a meat substitute, consider these vegetable replacements for meat.

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Today is sunny and rather warm.

We went out to the savanna and started cutting up one of the big branches that had fallen a few weeks ago.  There's still a lot more to do, but we got the smaller parts off this one so now it's just the main branch needing to be cut down with a saw. 

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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?

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 ... and they all fit the necessary parameters.  \o/

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Here's a detailed look at the evolution of Irish color terms.

This section in particular caught my interest:


4.1.2 dividing the spectrum
In section 1.4.1, I discussed Carey’s (2009: 221) polarity between black and white, which does not exist between the colours of the spectrum according to him, and thus forming a continuum. Yet, a lot of the literature on the neurophysiology of colour – which I shall not further discuss here – points out two additional physiological polarities of visual perception: yellow-blue and green-red (Wooten and Miller 1997: 70). Each of these channels forms a polarity, rather than a continuum: red can be mixed with blue or yellow, but not with green, there is no such hue as ‘greenish red’ or ‘reddish green’ (McNeill 1972: 29). If red predominates the mixture we obtain unsaturated tones
of red and if green predominates we obtain unsaturated tones of green.

Under these terms, an Irish colour term such as glasrua does not refer to ‘greenish red’ but to an unsaturated subset of red, or to a greyish tone of red. This ‘polarity’ compound seems to be the only one included in the FGB dictionary, yet it does not have any tokens in the NCE, and only one of my informants (informant 9) recognised it as a colour compound. My informants did mention these other ‘polarity’ compounds: dubhgeal (lit. ‘black-white’ or ‘black-bright’; informants 3, 9, 10, 15, and 16); buíghorm (lit. ‘yellow-blue’; informants 13 and 18); deargghlas (lit. red-grue’; informants 2 and 12); and ciarbhán (lit. ‘black-white’; informants 15, 16, and 19). Other languages also seem to have colour words that denote polarities: Pukapuka (Cook Islands) has a colour term that translates into English as ‘yellow, blue’ (McNeill 1972: 24-25), and Karajá (Brazil) and Lele (Chad) both have terms that denote yellow or green or blue (information obtained from the Typological Database System).

These polarities, which are physiological channels of colour vision, do not influence colour perception or classification. The way the colour spectrum is divided into discrete colours, can still be culturally dependent: to state there is no intermediary hue between red and green is just as subjective as to state that a technologically advanced society should have a term for pink and/or orange.


The author assumes that contradictory colors cannot exist. But if you can see them, it is logical to name them in compounds like buíghorm (which may be the "yellow-gray" that I've seen mentioned only in translation).

This also relates to all the Irish color terms that aren't generally counted as "colors" in English, like alad for "piebald." Irish just plain classifies the appearance of things very differently than other Indo-European languages. I was fascinated to discover that a few other languages also have words for yellow-blue and other contradictions. \o/

Further consider that once writing is invented, every "obsolete" word becomes retrievable. In light of which, many Pagans who've studied Irish, even casually, know the older color terms because they learned those from the color ogham and they are useful. That thing really works.

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