February 15th, 2021



Tonight it's snowing, more than previous occasions.  Mostly fine flakes but some larger, with a brisk cold wind.  It's enough to make a small drift on the patio. 


Today is freezing cold, and still snowing -- almost sideways.  There is more accumulation than we've seen all year and it is drifting.  Still relatively low on my scale, but a heavy snow for the current context.

I fed the birds.  It's three-bird cold out: they huddle together even on the feeders.  I've seen a flock of sparrows, several doves, some dark-eyed juncos, a Bewick's wren, and a downy woodpecker who's foraging low to avoid the wind.  No cardinals as yet.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, February 15 through Sunday, February 21. 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 $5 to $305, 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 two open epics at present, so you can start another and it will lock at the sale price.  "A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  It needs $113 to be complete.  "The Best Understanding of Their Differences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Calliope.   It needs $51 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.
"The Arc of the Mental Universe"
"Everything That Blooms"
"In the Shade of the Mighty Oak"
"Let the Children Lead Us"
"Autumn's Palette"
"Delight in Another"
"A Sense of Weather Changes"

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 in time to collect donations 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: "Everywhere Immigrants Have Enriched"

Poems that have prerequisites: "Essential to Well-Ordered Living," "Before the Nature Wants"

9 poems, $2,510 ÷ 2 = $1255
prices from $5 to $283

RUTLEDGE (5 poems, was $991, sale price $495.50)

"Why People Hold onto Memories"
Story Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Oscar and Labib deal with an unpleasant prelude to the Fourth of July.
453 lines, was $227, sale price $113.50

"To a Syrian in Vermont"
Maples symbolize hope.
16 lines, was $10, sale price $5

"Everywhere Immigrants Have Enriched"  POOL
Story Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Elry needs workers for his garden center, so Gideon helps him find some among the Syrians staying at Family Business Rest.
511 lines, was $256, sale price $128

"Essential to Well-Ordered Living"
Story Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Gideon takes Ibrahim and sons to a thrift store for winter clothes.
568 lines, was $284, sale price $142
Available for publication after "Everywhere Immigrants Have Enriched" has been sponsored and posted.

"Before the Nature Wants"
Story Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Liyan talks with other Syrian women, and discovers that Janna is unhappy in her marriage.
427 lines, was $214, sale price $107
Available for publication after "Everywhere Immigrants Have Enriched" has been sponsored and posted.

SHIV (4 poems, was $1519, sale price $759.50)

"Defined by the Patient" POOL
Story Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Summary: Shortly after release from prison, Shiv tries out a doctor in Omaha, with surprisingly good results.
1219 lines, was $610, sale price $305

"This Very Moment" POOL
Story Date: Evening of Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Summary: Tolli looks over the few family photos of Shiv.
77 lines, was $39, sale price $19.50

"The Contrast of Light and Dark"
Story Date: Sunday, March 27, 2016
Summary: Shiv meets Rob Ross and they enjoy an impromptu painting session.
599 lines, was $300, sale price $150

"Spinning Out of Nothingness" POOL
Story Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Summary: Shiv and Luci visit the Nebraska Collective Fiber Fair.
1139 lines, was $570, sale price $285


Monday Update 2-15-21

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Tool Use
Speculative Evolution
Evolving Sign Languages
Poem: "If You Want to Build a Ship"
Poem: "Integration of the Contraries"
Community Building Tip: Dignity
Perceptions of Race
Unclassifiable Animals
I <3 Pluto Festival (Feb. 13-18)
Self-Awareness Question: Learning New Things
Moment of Silence: Larry Flynt
Cockatoo Tool Use
Cuddle Party

This week a half-price sale is running in Polychrome Heroics.

The February Poetry Fishbowl has launched two new series, both introductory poems now posted.
* "Soul Song" features a setting where soulmarks guide people to compatible partners (sexual or platonic) but sometimes complicate life.
* "Laundry, Liturgy, and Women's Work" presents a post-apocalyptic setting with a relatively positive tone as people work to rebuild new societies in the Aftermath. If you read it when it first came out, check the notes, because it took days to get those up and there are a lot of them to describe the new setting.

The Rose and Bay Awards are open for voting. The voting period runs February 1-28. Go vote for your favorite projects! Use the nomination posts to learn more about them. Spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in participating.
Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art!
Fiction: [personal profile] freshbakedlady Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction!
Poetry: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry!
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics!
Other Project: [personal profile] zianuray Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects!
Patron: [personal profile] nsfwords Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons!

My February goal is wok study. You can read along with me for foodpr0n even if you don't use a wok. Here are the relevant posts:
We Have a Wok
Wok Study
Recipe: "Ginger Pork Stir-Fry with Mushroom"
Today's Cooking: Orange Beef
Wok Recipes
Oyster Sauce
Recipe: "Chicken with Pineapple"
Recipe: "Bell Pepper Beef"
Recipe: "Chicken with Baby Corn Stir-Fry"

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Keira's father dumps her mother on Yule.

"The Best Understanding of Their Differences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Calliope and has 3 new verses. Calliope and Vagary consider the aftermath of the bubble fight.

The weather has been cold and partly cloudy most of the week. Today it is frigid and still snowing.  The snow is drifting more too.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of cardinals, a flock of mourning doves, several dark-eyed juncos, Bewick's wren, a downy woodpecker, and two squirrels.