Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

This week, three threads from Polychrome Heroics are on sale for half price: Calliope, Officer Pink, and Shiv.  The sale runs 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 $28 to $246.50.  There are three open epics at present, two of them in Polychrome Heroics, so I'd rather not open a fourth unless you really have your heart set on it.  There is currently one available slot for microfunding if someone wants to open a new epic.

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.
"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 Officer Pink and Shiv.

9 poems, was $1862, sale price $931


"Hostage to the Character"
Calliope and Hyperspaceman are called in to deal with a supervillain who is holding hostages in a bank.
414 lines, was $207, sale price $103.50 In microfunding now

OFFICER PINK (2 poems, was $741, sale price $370.50)

"From the Deepest Parts of Ourselves"
A couple of backchannel prompts from Shirley and Anthony Barrette combined to inspire the free-verse poem "From the Deepest Parts of Ourselves." Ansel takes Turq on a tour of Bluehill's downtown neighborhood, Cambridge Commons, to show him where the local resources are. There's some angst, because Turq is still skittish, but it's mostly fluff, and they're at it for hours. This is one of the longest poems I've written, and there is just no breakpoint. *headdesk*
986 lines, was $493, sale price $246.50 SOLD

"Who Overlooks Your Broken Fence"
An embroidery prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Who Overlooks Your Broken Fence." Ansel and Turq plant daffodils, and Turq gets to meet Ansel's girlfriend Janie. When Turq rips his jeans, Janie offers to repair them -- a little more elaborately than necessary.
496 lines, was $248, sale price $124 SOLD

SHIV (6 poems, was $1034, sale price $517)

"Moments When the World Is Made Whole"
An "outside" prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Moments When the World Is Made Whole." Travis takes Shiv out to the exercise yard. They have some ups and downs, but it mostly goes well.
436 lines, was $218, sale price $109

"Devil May Care"
A DW prompt about withdrawal inspired the free-verse poem "Devil May Care." Dr. Bloch deals with the aftermath of Jimar using drugs and having a bad reaction.
528 lines, was $264, sale price $132

Shiv finds a way to draw without anyone noticing his work, using black ink on black paper, to explore some of the dark parts of his past.
112 lines, was $56, sale price $28 SOLD

Shiv continues to explore art therapy, both on his own and with his support network. Now he's working more in red, and a different set of difficult memories.
556 lines, was $278, sale price $139
(This poem is available for posting after "Blackwork" has been sponsored and published.)

Shiv moves on to pale colors on pale paper, and a slightly more positive outlook.
256 lines, was $128, sale price $64
(This poem is available for posting after "Blackwork" and "Redwork" have been sponsored and published.)

A backchannel prompt from DW user Lynnoconnacht about Shiv inspired the free-verse poem "Jarred." 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
(This poem is available for posting after "Blackwork," "Redwork," and "Whitework" have been sponsored and published.)
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