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Half-Price Sale: Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, August 17 through Sunday, August 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 $5 to $202.50, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.  The only open epic right now is in Frankenstein's Family, so there is room to open a new epic for microfunding in Polychrome Heroics if you wish to do so.  We're full on open epics for now!  But if you only have a little pocket money, you can contribute to any of the ones in microfunding.

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 listed those poems in their sequential sets.

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.
"Growing Moss"
"To Choose a Direction"
"Unfamiliar Feelings"

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.  Sometimes people who like a particular character or size of poem will stock up, and that kind may sell out.

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. I have fans working on touching up the organization; for now, see the rough draft of the Storyline Guide and thread pages for Aquariana, Antimatter & Stalwart Stan, Cuoio and Chiara, Danso and Family, and Pain's Gray.


40 poems, $5898 ÷ 2 = $2949

Poems that must be posted in order:

Pain's Gray
"The Breaking of the Shell" SOLD
"Strong at the Broken Places"
"Switching Out"
"How You Combine Them"
"What Makes a Team Work"
"No Feeling of Being Alive"

Antimatter & Stalwart Stan (featuring Shiv)
"As We Grasp Them" SOLD
"When We Stay in Our Chambers"

Danso and Family (featuring Cassandra)
"To Keep Growing" SOLD
"Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable" In microfunding now
"The Brightest Thing in the Day"

"An Even Brighter Path" (featuring Hannah & the kids)
"A Few Steps Down the Road" (continuing in Saul's perspective)

Cuoio and Chiara
"Poleaxed" SOLD
"Reveal Everything Mysterious"
"Some Ancient Urge"
"Pillow Talk"

Officer Pink
"The Individual's Own Reason" SOLD
"Forgotten to Breathe"
"When We Get the Rough Times"
"Damaged Control"

Poems with thumbnails:

"Only in Acceptance"
Damask think about their relationships with each other and with other people.
110 lines, was $55, sale price $27.50
(Available for posting after the story "Untying Knots" by DW user dialecticdreamer)

"The Breaking of the Shell"
Follows "Down New Paths"
Summary: Gray's friend Marcus gets him into a world of trouble with a rival gang. Gray decides that he has had enough of that shit from Marcus.
402 lines, was $201, sale price $100.50 SOLD

"Strong at the Broken Places"
Directly follows "The Breaking of the Shell"
Summary: Gray recovers from the beating and gets his first lessons in how to control his superpower. He worries about it getting out of hand.
510 lines, was $255, sale price $127.50

"Switching Out"
Directly follows "Strong at the Broken Places"
Summary: Ricasso thinks it's time to deal with Marcus's betrayal. He offers Marcus a choice. Gray may have lost a friend, but he is not alone.
478 lines, was $239, sale price $119.50
Available for posting after "Strong at the Broken Places" has been sponsored and published.

"How You Combine Them"
Directly follows "Strong at the Broken Places"
Summary: Being a good patient drives Gray a little stir-crazy and he signs up for pastry classes.
202 lines, was $101, sale price $50.50
Available for posting after "Strong at the Broken Places" and "Switching Out" have been sponsored and published.

"What Makes a Team Work"
Directly follows "How You Combine Them"
Summary: Gray gets the casts off, celebrates by making chocolate macarons, and thinks about teamwork.
212 lines, was $106, sale price $53
Available for posting after "Strong at the Broken Places," "Switching Out," and "How You Combine Them" have been sponsored and published.

"No Feeling of Being Alive"
Directly follows "What Makes a Team Work"
Summary: Ricasso asks Gray to help with another gang member who has blunted feelings, which makes Side-eye gravitate toward pain because it gets through to him.
810 lines, was $405, sale price $202.50
Available for posting after "Strong at the Broken Places," "Switching Out," "How You Combine Them," and "What Makes a Team Work" have been sponsored and published.

"Light the Match"
A villanelle about fighting supervillains.
19 lines, was $10, sale price $5 SOLD

"Ramping Up the Fun"
Summary: Carlanda notices that her friend hasn't had the best time on her birthday and determines to fix it for her.
60 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"About the Wind"
Summary: The Analyst takes an interest in how bridges and superpowers interact, and asks Calliope for help. Then a car goes off the bridge ...
180 lines, was $90, sale price $45 SOLD

"As We Grasp Them"
Directly follows "Never Laid Open"
Summary: Shiv struggles to adjust to life in the penitentiary. Just as he starts to get the hang of it, a violent incident in the cafeteria knocks him off his feet.
724 lines, was $362, sale price $181 SOLD

"When We Stay in Our Chambers"
Directly follows "As We Grasp Them"
Summary: A look at what Shiv values when he's alone, and what kinds of things entice him to venture out of his solitary cell.
420 lines, was $210, sale price $105

"With Your Brain and Your Resourcefulness"
Summary: Lawrence discovers that getting kidnapped is not nearly as much fun as kidnapping someone else, and then Stan gets dragged into the whole mess, and the new girl in town realizes that she has bitten off way more than she can chew.
478 lines, was $239, sale price $119.50 In microfunding now

Follows "As We Grasp Them"
Summary: Getting out of prison shakes him up more than he wants to admit, but he has a few coping skills now -- and an unexpected source of support.
180 lines, was $90, sale price $45
Available after: "When We Stay in Our Chambers"

"Folding Fire and Water"
Summary: Hannah encourages Hadyn to give yoga a fair try. The results surprise Hadyn.
128 lines, was $64, sale price $32

"To Keep Growing"
Follows "Settled" and the story "Marshmellow Hearts" by DW user dialecticdreamer
Summary: Cassandra has been staying with Groundhog. When she's regained enough enough energy to do so, she explores the Skylark Apartment Building with Groundhog.
536 lines, was $268, sale price $134 SOLD

"Dust Motes Rising"
Follows "Settled"
Summary: Hannah has to deal with Nathaniel's complaints of monsters under the bed, and with Aidan being stressed.
326 lines, was $163, sale price $81.50 SOLD

"Where We Love Is Home"
Summary: Amada and her boys find a new house in Hannah's neighborhood.
142 lines, was $71, sale price $35.50 SOLD

"Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable"
Follows "The World Keeps Spinning"
Summary: Cassandra gets a chance to face the man who ripped away her power of Flight. The path to justice is not easy, though.
454 lines, was $227, sale price $138.50 In microfunding now

"The Brightest Thing in the Day"
Follows "Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable"
Summary: Past and present stresses push her into some desperate measures. Groundhog finds out -- but his reaction is very different from previous experiences she has had. Competent dispatcher is competent.
536 lines, was $268, sale price $134
Available for posting after "Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable" has been sponsored and published.

"An Even Brighter Path"
Directly follows "Fear into Freedom"
Summary: While on a stroll through the park, Hannah and the kids are approached by a member of Kraken.
116 lines, was $80, sale price $40

"A Few Steps Down the Road"
Directly follows "An Even Brighter Path"
Summary: Saul is thinking over his encounter with Danso's family when he encounters another teen he's been trying to recruit.
264 lines, was $132, sale price $66
Available for posting after "An Even Brighter Path" has been sponsored and published.

"Always Something Beautiful"
Valentina helps the veterans at Laguardia Residence Hall look beautiful for a dance.
128 lines, was $64, sale price $32

"Coming Back to Your Breath"
Summary: Steel and Moderato are upset after the whaling incident. Their human friends are worried. But then Captain Koul pulls another coping skill out of his repertoire ...
358 lines, was $179, sale price $89.50 In microfunding now

"If You Could Bottle It"
Summary: Bruno used to be an enforcer until mad science torture left him with nerve damage and a new superpower. Sometimes, hope is a thing you can't find, until you give it away.
106 lines, was $53, sale price $26.50

Follows "She's a Knockout"
Summary: On their second date, Cuoio and Chiara go clothes shopping. Cuoio has some trouble staying focused.
248 lines, was $124, sale price $62 SOLD

"Reveal Everything Mysterious"
Follows "Poleaxed"
Summary: Cuoio and Chiara go on a double date with Ruggiero and Olympia, so that Cuoio can learn more about how this kind of relationship is supposed to work.
534 lines, was $267, sale price $133.50

"Some Ancient Urge"
Cuoio and Chiara take a romantic trip to the beach.
450 lines, was $225, sale price $112.50
(Available for posting after "Reveal Everything Mysterious" have been sponsored and published)

"Pillow Talk"
Directly follows "Some Ancient Urge"
Summary: Chiara is teaching Cuoio how to talk about desires and feelings.
150 lines, was $75, sale price $37.50
Available for posting after "Reveal Everything Mysterious" and "Some Ancient Urge" have been sponsored and published.

"That Links Your True Family"
Directly follows "Tomato Pie and Ice Cream"
Summary: Derreck and Blitz explore their growing bond, and some new modules in the quarantine unit. Wrex struggles with the unexpected changes in his life, and get some comfort from friends.
324 lines, was $162, sale price $81

"Not Just Gifts, But Also Joy"
Summary: Jackie Frost and her family take some of the things they no longer need to a neighbourhood giveaway. The giveaway also has some things put aside for them.
60 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"Rooting into the Future"
Summary: Alameda has always felt different, and one day she discovers why.
49 lines, was $20, sale price $10 SOLD

Summary: Facet goes out on a call to investigate complaints about venomous butterflies. Not even his insect powers are really up to the challenge at hand.
102 lines, was $51, sale price $25.50

Daphne has PDSD after a long ordeal, and it makes returning to everyday life difficult because of intrusive sense memories.
168 lines, was $84, sale price $42 SOLD

"A River So Long"
Rhoda escaped from an oppressive family, and put together a family of choice instead.
210 lines, was $105, sale price $52.50 SOLD

"The Individual's Own Reason"
Ansel starts to take on more cases believed to involve superpowers, which are challenging for the police to handle.
216 lines, was $108, sale price $54 SOLD

"Forgotten to Breathe"
This introduces some new supervillains who are making Ansel's job more difficult. He gets in over his head.
484 lines, was $242, sale price $121

"When We Get the Rough Times"
Ansel and Chief De Soto discuss how the incident went and what could be done better in the future. Also Skippy is really, really serious about his role as soup mentor.
464 lines, was $232, sale price $116

"Damaged Control"
After the altercation in the park Turq gets back in touch with Ansel, who finds out why Turq is such a wreck.
324 lines, was $162, sale price $81

"Come Through Your Door"
Summary: The vote for gay marriage makes Dylan think about the changes happening in Ireland. Then a couple of newly engaged men come into his bar, and things get a little tense ...
Dated May 22, 2015
138 lines, was $69, sale price $34.50 SOLD
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