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Half-Price Sale: Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, May 16 through Sunday, May 22. 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 $10 to $254, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. There are three open epics at present, two of them in Polychrome Heroics, so I'd rather not open another unless you've totally got your heart set on it.


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 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.
"To Choose a Direction" NOW COMPLETE
"Unfamiliar Feelings"
"The Texture of Our Relationships" NOW COMPLETE
"Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam"



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, but this time they're busy later in the week. So we're sending their batch on Monday.

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 Berettaflies, Calliope, Cassandra, Cuoio and Chiara, Danso and Family, Pain's Gray, and Shiv.

Poems that unlock sequels: "This Penetrating Intimacy," "How You Combine Them," "Redwork," "Whose Lives Are Quite Different"

Poems that have prerequisites: "Dress for Myself," "What Makes a Team Work," "No Feeling of Being Alive," "Whitework," "Never So Alone Again," "Passport to the Future," "The Great Art of Life," "Deceit and Defiance," "Responsibility and Accountability," "To Give the Problem Back," "To Try Making Things Right"
Note that "Best Teach It to Dance" and "Jarred" occur considerably later than the other poems about Shiv. They would probably make more sense posted after this other stuff, but by now you know the story line enough to post them if you want them that badly.







FOR SALE

45 poems, $7611 ÷ 2 = $3805.50


All unsorted poems (13 poems, was $1192, sale price $596)


"Between the Visible and Invisible"
Directly follows "A Little Something Extra"
Summary: Flambeaux and Rougarou set out to stop Wanga from hexing people, but they need some help from a skull-and-bones gang.
234 lines, was $117, sale price $58.50

"So Closely Allied"
Summary: Twins Phoebe and Floyd have an unusual connection and superpowers enhanced through touch.
164 lines, was $82, sale price $41

"Baroque Motives"
Summary: Contretemps is in full display as the magnificent bastard that he is, manipulating everyone to create the future that he desires.
180 lines, was $90, sale price $45

"Sandy Beaches"
Summary: An engineer ruminates on his losses through the storms of New Orleans, and how sometimes superpowers come too little, too late.
104 lines, was $52, sale price $26 SOLD

"Checking Out the Library"
Summary: Too far along with her pregnancy to keep working, Jacqueline feels useless. Her husband suggests that volunteering at the library will help.
78 lines, was $39, sale price $19.50 SOLD

"Composing a Movement"
Directly follows "Always Something Beautiful"
Summary: Claire crosses paths with Jaimeson and Buttercup while they're exploring campus, and offer some input on solving challenges.
128 lines, was $64, sale price $32

"Overheating Elements"
Follows "A Cultural Control Problem"
Summary: Ilyana Cherenkov and Blue Blaze show up at Fortressa's lair, wanting help to stop the local nuclear reactor from melting down. Fortressa very grudglingly agrees -- but just being around these people is shaking up a relationship that she thought was stable, and that's going to be a lot harder to fix than a fucked-up reactor.
492 lines, was $246, sale price $123 SOLD

"Basking in the Light"
Follows "A Heartbeat at My Feet"
Summary: Shane finds some accommodations to make life a little easier as a lizardman.
206 lines, was $103, sale price $51.50

"Under the Hammer"
Summary: When a human trafficker attacks a Canadian family, he gets a lot more of a fight than he bargained for.
70 lines, was $35, sale price $17.50 SOLD

"TMIwork"
Summary: Gunmetal and Fidget continue their marital argument in the midst of a robbery.
94 lines, was $47, sale price $23.50 SOLD

"Huposkhesis"
Follows "Wiser Than the Sons of Men"
Summary: When someone robs the secure safe at All Creatures Great and Small, Dr. Althea Melas calls for help from her cape contacts. What follows is a very different perspective on tracking down the bad guys and solving problems.
444 lines, was $222, sale price $111 SOLD

"For the Purpose of Establishing Justice"
Summary: The Analyst and Blocks work out why a building collapsed.
140 lines, was $70, sale price $35 SOLD

"Maa Yea"
Summary: A bereaved mother puts on a mask to fight evil men.
128 lines, was $64, sale price $32


Berettaflies (3 poems, was $631, sale price $315.50)

"See Clearly Now"
Directly follows "Chase" (Part 2)
Summary: Facet, Adalina and Ashley take stock of their injuries after the fight.
306 lines, was $153, sale price $76.50 SOLD

"The Changing Face of Fear"
Summary: Adalina speaks with her counselor about updating her therapy regarding Facet.
584 lines, was $292, sale price $146

"A Confession of Pain"
Summary: Alicia and Judd visit the Easy City police station to share their past experiences regarding the Spectrum.
372 lines, was $186, sale price $93 SOLD


Calliope (2 poems, was $106, sale price $53) SOLD

"Against the Etiquette"
Summary: Calliope explores feminine underthings, but runs into an unexpected snag.
134 lines, was $67, sale price $33.50 SOLD

"Stripping Away the Inessential"
Summary: Cal isn't just Calliope; Calvin is still active as the secret identity. Sometimes this is a problem.
78 lines, was $39, sale price $19.50 SOLD (half from lone_cat)


Cassandra (2 poems, was $469, sale price $234.50)

"Veranderings"
Follows "The Brightest Thing in the Day"
Summary: Cassandra and Eunan spend a day at the beach.
438 lines, was $219, sale price $109.50 SOLD

"More Admirable than Conquest"
Follows "Veranderings"
Summary: Cassandra has volunteered for babysitting when Yona is ready to give birth, and she gets a little more family action than she was expecting because of how everyone pulls together.
500 lines, was $250, sale price $125 SOLD


Cuoio and Chiara (3 poems, was $482, sale price $241) SOLD

"This Penetrating Intimacy"
Summary: Cuoio is in action as a fighter boss, finds a new bodyguard, and slowly adjusts to building a team to replace the people he lost.
574 lines, was $287, sale price $143.50 SOLD

"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 SOLD

"Dress for Myself"
Summary: Cuoio walks in on Chiara and Salvo, and he learns something new.
240 lines, was $120, sale price $60 SOLD
[Available for posting after "This Penetrating Intimacy" has been sponsored and published.]


Danso and Family (2 poems, was $143, sale price $71.50) SOLD

"The Frequency of Love"
Summary: Danso and Noah cuddle.
42 lines, was $20, sale price $10 SOLD

"A Teacher Who Believes in You"
Summary: Danso discusses his concerns and future with his social studies teacher.
246 lines, was $123, sale price $61.50 SOLD


Pain's Gray (3 poems, was $612, sale price $306)

"How You Combine Them"
Directly follows "Switching Out"
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 SOLD

"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 SOLD
[Available for posting after "How You Combine Them" has 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 SOLD
[Available for posting after "How You Combine Them" and "What Makes a Team Work" have been sponsored and published.]


Shiv (17 poems, was $3976, sale price $1988)

"Calming the Agitations"
Directly follows "To Change the Audience"
Summary: Ambrose comes home after a rough day at work.
104 lines, was $52, sale price $26 SOLD

"Moments When the World Is Made Whole"
Directly follows "To Change the Audience"
Summary: 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

"Privacy and Comfort"
Follows the stories "Warm Fuzzies" and "Outside Influence" by dialecticdreamer
Summary: Shiv is still worried that the Microfyne may be addictive, and now also wondering about the licorice. He decides to ask Dr. Bloch about them.
858 lines, was $429, sale price $214.50 SOLD

"Redwork"
Directly follows "Blackwork"
Summary: 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 lines, sale price $139 SOLD

"Whitework"
Directly follows "Redwork"
Summary: Shiv moves on to pale colors on pale paper, and a slightly more positive outlook.
256 lines, was $128, sale price $64 SOLD

"Whose Lives Are Quite Different"
Follows the story "Warm Fuzzies" by Dialecticdreamer
Summary: Dr. G suggests a way for Shiv to join in storytime, but Shiv will have to put some work into it.
300 lines, was $150, sale price $75 SOLD

"Never Quite So Alone Again"
Directly follows "Whose Lives Are Quite Different"
Summary: Shiv takes part in storytime with Dr. G and Edison, getting to explore a lot of new ideas in the process.
638 lines, was $319, sale price $159.50 SOLD
[Available for posting after "Whose Lives Are Quite Different" has been sponsored and published.]

"Passport to the Future"
Follows "Never Quite So Alone Again"
Summary: The prison wants Shiv to come up with a plan for his education. Having no idea where to start, he asks Dr. G for help.
404 lines, was $202, sale price $101 SOLD
[Available for posting after "Whose Lives Are Quite Different" and "Never Quite So Alone Again" have been sponsored and published.]

"The Great Art of Life"
Follows "The Passport to the Future"
Summary: Ambrose introduces Shiv to a sensory bin with interesting sharp things to search for. Shiv has fun playing with it, aside from overstraining his superpower.
584 lines, was $292, sale price $146
[Available for posting after "Whose Lives Are Quite Different," "Never Quite So Alone Again," and "The Passport to the Future" have been sponsored and published.]

"Deceit and Defiance"
Directly follows "The Great Art of Life"
Summary: After Shiv plays with the sensory bin, Ambrose notices that Shiv has a raging headache and insists on taking him to the infirmary. A good time is had by none.
410 lines, was $205, sale price $102.50
[Available for posting after "Whose Lives Are Quite Different," "Never Quite So Alone Again," "The Passport to the Future," and "The Great Art of Life" have been sponsored and published.]

"Responsibility and Accountability"
Directly follows "Deceit and Defiance"
Summary: Dr. Bloch calls Dr. G to discuss the disastrous encounter in the infirmary and how to deal with the aftermath.
302 lines, was $151, sale price $75.50
[Available for posting after "Whose Lives Are Quite Different," "Never Quite So Alone Again," "The Passport to the Future," "The Great Art of Life," and "Deceit and Defiance" have been sponsored and published.]

"To Give the Problem Back"
Summary: Graham and Shiv discuss what happened when Dr. Bloch tried to treat Shiv.
290 lines, was $145, $72.50
[Available for posting after "Whose Lives Are Quite Different," "Never Quite So Alone Again," "The Passport to the Future," "The Great Art of Life," "Deceit and Defiance," and "Responsibility and Accountability" have been sponsored and published.]

"To Try Making Things Right"
Directly follows "To Give the Problem Back"
Summary: Shiv and Dr. Bloch try to work out their differences and discuss how to keep another incident from happening.
1016 lines, was $508, sale price $254
[Available for posting after "Whose Lives Are Quite Different," "Never Quite So Alone Again," "The Passport to the Future," "The Great Art of Life," "Deceit and Defiance," "Responsibility and Accountability," and "To Give the Problem Back" have been sponsored and published.]

"Devil May Care"
Directly follows "Renewing a Sense of Community"
Summary: Dr. Bloch deals with the aftermath of Jimar using drugs and having a bad reaction.
528 lines, was $264, sale price $132

"The Law of Life"
Summary: Travis realizes that things are changing, not just for him subjectively, but in the ways that he interacts with his coworkers and the inmates.
396 lines, was $198, sale price $99

"Best Teach It to Dance"
Summary: Graham takes Shiv out to a faire and Shiv has to cope with being around a lot of people.
694 lines, was $347, sale price $173.50

"Jarred"
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 SOLD
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