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Poem: "Pandora's Quest"
Today's Smoothie (papaya mango)
Community Building Tip: Neon
Today's Smoothie: Mango Orange Guava
Self-Awareness Question: Guilty Pleasures
Strawberry Mango Guava Smoothie
Poem: "Out of Suffering"
The crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend with a theme of "Quest for Discovery." See what I did.
There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, February 17-Sunday, February 23.
Voting is currently open for the Rose and Bay Award in crowdfunding. You have until the end of February 29. This award recognizes exemplary projects and enthusiastic patrons. It currently features six categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.
These are the handlers for the 2020 award season:
Art: ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art! (4 votes)Please vote for your favorite crowdfunded projects and patrons from 2019.
Fiction: ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction! (7 votes)
Poetry: readera Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry! (1 vote)
Webcomic: ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics! (4 votes)
Other Project: ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects! (3 votes)
Patron: ng_moonmoth Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons! (6 votes)
Poetry in Microfunding:
There are three open epics at present.
"Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Murray, Boris, Lucy, and Aconite go to a Disability Pride Festival.
"Celebrate and Cherish" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Mallory. Mallory and family begin exploring the Circle School with a teacher.
"Into the Thousand-Eyed Present" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Aquariana and Gentle Soul. Aidan, Saraphina, Drew, and Zipper apply for Maldivian citizenship.
The weather has been mostly mild here. It rained today. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a large flock of mourning doves, several dark-eyed juncos, a downy woodpecker, and a squirrel. Cardinal Pridefest: at one point I saw at least 4 male cardinals in the forest garden with no females in sight. :D There were females at other times during the week, though.
This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, February 17 through Sunday, February 23. 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 $16 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 three open epics at present, so I would prefer not to open any more until at least one of these closes. "Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. It needs $191 to be complete. "
Celebrate and Cherish" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Mallory. It needs $63.50 to be complete. " Into the Thousand-Eyed Present" belongs to Polychrome: Aquariana. It needs $134.50 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.
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.
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"A Lively Feast"
"Between the Normal and the Abnormal"
"Always Carry Your Goodness"
"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"
"The Arc of the Mental Universe"
"So Often Alone"
"An Iron Fist"
"Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure"
"The Bushfire Shawl"
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. 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 page for Shiv.
Poems that unlock sequels: "
Without Diversity" " Alstroemeria," " The Making of a Wonderful Sculpture"
Poems that have prerequisites: "
Alstroemeria," " Watching The Water Department," " Maple Everything," " To Be Something Stronger and Better"
27 poems, $5,545 ÷ 2 = $2,772.50
prices from $16 to $283
FORTRESSA (2 poems,
"Quality, Convenience and Tech Experience"
Story Date: Monday, November 30, 2015
Fortressa tries out a bodysuit with lightweight armor.
was $89, sale price $44.50 POOL with Fuzzyred, Erulisse, and ng_moonmoth
"When Life Throws You Some Curves"
Penny works on designs for a plus-size customer.
Story Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015
was $98, sale price $49 SOLD to Librarygeek
RUTLEDGE (4 poems,
was $575, sale price $287.50)
Rutledge citizens debate and vote on the refugee issue.
was $207, sale price $103.50 POOL with Fuzzyred, Erulisse, and ng_moonmoth
A florist helps a Syrian refugee in Rutledge.
was $90, sale price $45 POOL with Fuzzyred, Erulisse, and ng_moonmoth
Available for publication after "Without Diversity" has been sponsored and posted.
"Watching The Water Department"
Students at a French immersion school watch television together and talk about the show, relating it to their own experiences.
was $131, sale price $65.50 SOLD to Librarygeek Available for publication after "Without Diversity" has been sponsored and posted.
Story Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Summary: Ibrahim and his family attend the Maple Everything festival in Rutledge.
was $147, sale price $73.50 POOL with Fuzzyred, Erulisse, and ng_moonmoth Available for publication after "Without Diversity" has been sponsored and posted.
SHIV (16 poems,
was $3892, sale price $1946)
"A Weird Tension"
When art therapy reminds Shiv of his unpleasant past, he loses his temper.
was $406, sale price $203
"Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Story Date: Evening of Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Molly takes care of Gray after the incident with Chyou.
was $279, sale price $139.50 POOL with Fuzzyred, Erulisse, and ng_moonmoth
"Survive the Recovery"
Story Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Shiv meets with Dr. G to talk about what happened with Chyou.
was $414, sale price $207
"The Cutting of the Gem"
Story Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Tolli takes Shiv to a rock and gem shop.
was $278, sale price $139
"The Most Genius Thing That Man Created"
Story Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Summary: Shiv gives Molly the knife that Tolli and Simon commissioned.
was $64, sale price $32
"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.
was $566, sale price $283
"Another Expression of Art"
Story Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Summary: A nutritionist visits Blues Moon to talk about food as edible art and how to make a healthier menu.
was $293, sale price $146.50 SOLD for Mom & Dad
"Those Tiny, Negative Elements"
When Shiv makes a mistake in Motor City, he tries to make up for it according to local custom. It does not go well.
was $482, sale price $241
"The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Story Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Summary: Pain's Gray and Shiv discover Indian food.
was $185, sale price $92.50
Story Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Immediately follows "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Summary: Gray wants to try making Indian food at home, and Shiv helps.
was $176, sale price $88
"As a Form of Cultural Bricolage"
Story Date: Monday, August 3, 2015
Summary: Shiv, Luci, Tolli, and Simon watch a new television show about jerryrigging.
was $155, sale price $77.50
"Happy Little Trees"
Story Date: Sunday, August 27, 2015
Summary: Shiv looks up some old painting videos online and falls in love with the style.
was $179, sale price $89.50
Story Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Summary: Shiv brings a gift for Graham.
was $32, sale price $16 SOLD to Librarygeek
"The Sharpness of the Sword"
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Luci is interested in one of the boys at school. The sword really isn't.
was $63, sale price $31.50 SOLD to Librarygeek
"The Making of a Wonderful Sculpture"
Story Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Summary: Shiv, Tolli, and Simon visit the Raleigh Metalwork Show.
was $88, sale price $44 POOL with Fuzzyred, Erulisse, and ng_moonmoth
"To Be Something Stronger and Better"
Story Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Summary: After the Raleigh Metalwork show, Shiv and Tolli make things in the workshop.
was $231, sale price $116 IN MICROFUNDING NOW by kestrels_nest Available for publication after "The Making of a Wonderful Sculpture" has been sponsored and posted.
STRANGE FAMILY (2 poems,
was $454, sale price $227)
"Serenity, Hope, Balance"
Story Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Genna and Pips go shopping in Amilla Vazan.
was $385, sale price $192.50 SOLD for Mom & Dad
"From Many Emotional Colors"
Story Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Summary: Genna and Dom stumble across a batik class on the beach.
was $69, sale price $34.50
OTHER POEMS (3 poems,
was $437, sale price $218.50)
"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.
was $300, sale price $150
Story Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Fadwa Zaitoun went to extreme lengths to flee Syria.
was $95, sale price $47.50 SOLD to Librarygeek
Story Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Summary: Fairybread's color-changing ability is no use in combat, but that's okay.
was $42, sale price $21 POOL with Fuzzyred, Erulisse, and ng_moonmoth
"Strange and Twisted Creatures" $139.50, $69.75
"Survive the Recovery" $207, $103.50
"Without Diversity" $103.50, $51.75
"Alstroemeria" $45, $22.50
"The Making of a Wonderful Sculpture" $44, $22
So if you're interested, please check out the pool and contact fuzzyred.
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