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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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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," "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 SOLD to DW user Fuzzyred

"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 POOL

"Broken Angels"
Story Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Faster Blaster expands his gang.
804 lines, was $402, sale price $201 SOLD to Anthony & Shirley Barrette
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" (previously posted)
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 SOLD to Anthony & Shirley Barrette

"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 SOLD to Zianuray

"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 SOLD to janetmiles

"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 SOLD to Zianuray

"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 SOLD to janetmiles

"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 POOL

"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 POOL

"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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Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the September 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It's spillover from the July 16, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "Secret Exposed" square in my 2-28-19 Words and Phrases card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Check out this deep-sea fish.  The huge eyes identify it as a denizen of the deep.  They always die when you drag them up to the surface -- the pressure differential is deadly.  Some of the really deep ones pretty much liquefy on the way up, a frustration for scientists who wish to study them.

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