July 19th, 2021


Monday Update 7-19-21

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Unsold Poems for the July 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl
Poem: "The Aftermath of Disaster"
Community Building Tip: Public Treasures
Christian Charity
Good News

The internet connection continues to be bad. I will attempt to open the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics, post the theme poll, and do other online tasks but this may or may not actually work. Sorry for the hassle.

We got the water level in the basement down.

The air conditioning has not been repaired. The service company says everyone is still busy due to the storm damage some time ago. There is no telling when or if someone will get around to repairing the life-support system.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"Rainshadow Road" belongs the Daughters of the Apocalypse series. It introduces Maggot to the Clearwater Caravan.

"A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Keira comforts her mother after the breakup.

The weather has been wet here, with intermittent rain leading to high water table. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of house finches, a few mourning doves, a lady cardinal, and a squirrel. I saw a meadowlark while we were driving into town. Currently blooming: violas, spiderwort, a couple of white things in the wildflower garden, purple coneflower, yellow coneflower, Shasta daisy, morning glories, pink catchfly, blackberry lily, nasturtium, cup plant, and black-eyed Susan. Blackberries and mulberries are ripe.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, July 19 through Sunday, June 25. 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 $45.50 to $397, 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 may start another if you wish. "Rainshadow Road" belongs the Daughters of the Apocalypse series. It needs $262 to be complete. "A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. It needs $100 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 followingpoems have verses left to reveal. Boost the signal for this half-price sale andtell me which poem you want to extend.
"Spirit of Truth"
"Everything That Blooms"
"In the Shade of the Mighty Oak"
"Let the Children Lead Us"
"Autumn's Palette"
"Pumpkin Spice Prosperity"
"Delight in Another"
"A Sense of Weather Changes"
"Ouroboros Insects"
"The Loving Embrace of Night"
"Generations of Cooks Past"

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Today is mostly cloudy and mild.  Sadly, the air is still full of mosquitoes who are not deterred by bug spray.

I fed the birds.  I've seen house finches and doves.  A sparrow was dustbathing in the ash of the burn barrel. 

EDIT 7/19/21 -- I picked a handful of blackberries.

Poem: "Nourish All Those Things"

This poem is spillover from the June 1, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "Caretaking" square in my 6-1-21 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv and Mercedes threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Poem: "Oak Guilds"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, based on discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It fills the "Gifts" square in my 6-1-21 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Shiv and Broken Angels threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It is followed by "Caterpillar Park" and "The Power of Food to Bring People Together."

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