February 18th, 2019

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Aromantic Awareness Week

... runs the week after Valentines Day.

Use this post to discuss the aromantic spectrum, share resources, recommend favorite stories or movies, etc.  You can talk about the aromantic spectrumsingle lifestylenonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat.  Here is a database of ace-aro characters in literature.

If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters

These series have aromantic characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta

These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Tripping into the Future
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Monday Update 2-18-19

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Refugees Then and Now
Poem: "Experience Stinks"
Community Building Tip: Community Garden
Moment of Silence: Miguel Civil and "The Scribe of the Evening"
Heating Patches for Clothes
Declining Life Expectancy
Emotional Intimacy Question: Thanks
Why Challenger Failed
Hard Things


The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend.

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week.


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Poetry in Microfunding:

There are four open epics.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 25 new verses. Pain's Gray has another talk with Clement about the importance of not mistreating Keane.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies." An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.

"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.


Weather here has been mild. We got a little snow, but most of it has melted off quickly. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, a Bewick's wren, and a squirrel.
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Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, February 18 through Sunday, February 24. 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 $2.50 to $388.50, 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 4 open epics, so I'd rather not open another until at least one of those closes.
"Only If It Is Embraced" needs $10 to be complete.
"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" needs $229.50 to be complete.
"Love Unflinching" needs $73.50 to be complete.
"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" needs $102 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.

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.

Linkback perk: The following poems have verses left to reveal. Boost the signal for this half-price sale and tell me which poem you want to extend.
"The Open Gyre"
"Growing Green, Growing Gold"
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"Nascent Wisdom"
"Where Symbols Had the Power"
"A Lively Feast"
"Between the Normal and the Abnormal"
"Always Carry Your Goodness"
"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"



About characters and storylines: The storylines feature multiple characters, so if you want poems about ONE specific character, look closely. The thumbnail descriptions here give some indication who features in each poem. The storyline pages are adding precise, complete information about which characters appear in each poem. If you need more than what's already visible, you can ask me.

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.

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 Aquariana, The Big One, Officer Pink, and Shiv.


Poems that unlock sequels: "The Compass That Guides Us," "Whatever You Do to the Animals," "The Scars on the Mind," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "The Child Who Survived," "Cut With Our Own Dust," "How We Correct Them," "In the Light of Creative Altruism"

Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life," "Reaching Out to Rescue One Another," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "The So-Called Truths," "The Heart of Creativity," "How We Correct Them," "The Courage to Admit Them," "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"






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