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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 15 through Sunday, August 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 $10 to $254, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. There are three open epics at present, all in Polychrome Heroics, so I'd rather not open another unless you've totally got your heart set on it.  If someone finishes an epic and opens a new slot, I'll let you know.

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.

"Unfamiliar Feelings"
"The Tornado Blew Away"
"Tour Guides for All of Knowledge"

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.

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 Antimatter & Stalwart Stan, Aquariana, Berettaflies, Calliope, Cuoio and Chiara, Dr. Infanta, Officer Pink, Pain's Gray, and Shiv.

Poems that unlock sequels: "Tidefeel and Undertowen," "An Ugly Shadow Cast by Myself," "A Man with Decoration," "An Extension of the Personality," "Show a Genuine Concern," "They Really Almost Got Me," "Deceit and Defiance," "Responsibility and Accountability," "To Give the Problem Back," "The Responsibility of Tomorrow," "Through Infirmity of the Flesh," "Good-for-Nothing Thoughts," "The Vindication of Right," "Unless You Are Prepared," "Silent and Vital," "Pilot Soul"

Poems that have prerequisites: "An Ugly Shadow Cast by Myself," "To Do the Brave Things," "An Extension of the Personality," "Small Beautiful Bones," "They Really Almost Got Me," "Shine a Light on It," "Deceit and Defiance," "Responsibility and Accountability," "To Give the Problem Back," "To Try Making Things Right," "Dichroic," "Good-for-Nothing Thoughts," "The Vindication of Right," "To Suffer the Selfishness," "The Best Time for Something Juicy," "Unless You Are Prepared," "Silent and Vital," "The Purpose of Power," "Leaving and Not Knowing," "Eyes Turned Skyward"
Note that "Best Teach It to Dance" and "The Most Serious Occupation of Manhood" 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.


61 poems, $10,897 ÷ 2 = $5,448.50

ANTIMATTER AND STALWART STAN (3 poems, was $720, sale price $360)

"All the Difference" SOLD
Summary: Lawrence makes his first foray into rescue work.
386 lines, was $193, sale price $96.50

"Whirled Pieces" SOLD
Summary: Antimatter and Stalwart Stan try to break up a supervillain deal.
440 lines, was $220, sale price $110

"A Way That Helps You Blossom"
Summary: Stan and Lawrence design a self-care badge for Activity Scouts, with help from Stan's father Stuart.
190 lines, was $95, sale price $47.50

"The Outcome of Vulnerability"
Summary: Stan and Lawrence do some relationship homework together.
424 lines, was $212, sale price $106

AQUARIANA (4 poems, was $478, sale price $239)

"Tidefeel and Undertowen" SOLD
Summary: Aquariana and Irene help Steel cope with overwhelming emotions.
430 lines, was $215, sale price $107.50

"An Ugly Shadow Cast by Myself" SOLD
Summary: Aquariana and Irene update Steel and Moderato about the Japanese whalers, particularly the broken one.
180 lines, was $90, sale price $45

"To Do the Brave Things" SOLD
Summary: A message comes from Japan about the whaling incident, which Aquariana and Irene share with Steel and Moderato.
214 lines, was $107, sale price $53.50

"Shiny Little Things" SOLD
Summary: Steel and Evil!Schrodinger meet each other.
132 lines, was $66, sale price $33

BERETTAFLIES (3 poems, was $420, sale price $210)

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

"As My Awareness Increases" SOLD
Summary: Ashley works on practical and psychological exercises to deal with her superpowers.
156 lines, was $78, sale price $39

"Picking Up the Litter"
Summary: Following a berettafly attack on a pregnant dog, puppies are born with bug eyes.
118 lines, was $50, sale price $25

CUOIO AND CHIARA (3 poems, was $471, sale price $235.50)

"A Man with Decoration" SOLD
Summary: Cuoio takes Chiara and Salvo dress shopping at the Mosaic.
466 lines, was $233, sale price $116.50

"An Extension of the Personality" SOLD
Summary: Cuoio, Chiara, and Salvo dress up for a Family dance.
116 lines, was $58, sale price $29

"Small Beautiful Bones" SOLD
Summary: Cuoio meets someone from Salvo's past. Minor mayhem ensues.
360 lines, was $180, sale price $90

DAMASK (2 poems, was $330, sale price $165)

"Never Fail to Protest" SOLD
Summary: Damask speak with a protester outside the Sanger Women's Center.
248 lines, was $124, sale price $62

"The Best Place for Us to Be Now"
Summary: Mallory and Heron discuss their plans for the future.
412 lines, was $206, sale price $103

DR. INFANTA (2 poems, was $252, sale price $126)

"The Rare Elements of Grace"
Summary: Alicia Martins and Judd invite Darelle Ardoin and Zigana to the pony club. A grand time is had by all.
380 lines, was $190, sale price $95

"A Shadow the Length of a Lifetime" SOLD
Summary: Alicia encounters a pedophile.
124 lines, was $62, sale price $31

OFFICER PINK (6 poems, was $1248, sale price $624)

"Get Over That Old Doubt" SOLD
Summary: Ansel seeks permission to search for Turq's family.
314 lines, was $157, sale price $78.50

"A Life by What We Give" SOLD
Summary: Ansel and Turq go to the park with a friend. Food and memories ensue.
444 lines, was $222, sale price $111

"Show a Genuine Concern" SOLD
Summary: Ansel gets called to help Kyle, who is freaking out over college problems. Ansel coaxes Kyle into a coffeehouse to talk about what's going wrong in his life and how to fix it.
284 lines, was $142, sale price $71

"They Really Almost Got Me"
Summary: Ansel goes to Bouchet College with Kyle to straighten out the academic problems.
396 lines, was $198, sale price $99
Available for posting after "Show a Genuine Concern" has been sponsored and published.

"Shine a Light on It"
Summary: Ansel takes Kyle to a community counseling office for emotional support.
272 lines, was $136, sale price $68
Available for posting after "Show a Genuine Concern" and "They Really Almost Got Me" have been sponsored and published.

"Fresh Air in Your Brain"
Summary: Ansel shows Turq around his lakeside neighborhood.
786 lines, was $393, sale price $196.50

PAIN'S GRAY (3 poems, was $784, sale price $392)

"No Feeling of Being Alive" SOLD
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

"For the Sake of Reformation" SOLD
Summary: Ricasso and Zhonn ask for Gray's help.
388 lines, was $194, sale price $97

"Sweet Submission" SOLD
Summary: Cason's daughter Leta gets frustrated over dietary limitations. Gray attempts to offer an alternative, which does not go as planned. Ricasso steps in to soothe Gray's jangled nerves.
370 lines, was $185, sale price $92.50

SHIV (22 poems, was $5034.50, sale price $2517.25

"Moments When the World Is Made Whole"
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

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

"Reveal the Tactile Density of It"
Summary: Dr. Bloch introduces Shiv to a wide variety of feelie toys.
378 lines, was $189, sale price $94.50

"Deceit and Defiance" SOLD
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

"Responsibility and Accountability" SOLD
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

"To Give the Problem Back" SOLD
Summary: Graham and Shiv discuss what happened when Dr. Bloch tried to treat Shiv.
290 lines, was $145, sale price $72.50

"To Try Making Things Right" SOLD
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

Summary: Tolliver and Simon bring some new materials for Shiv to explore in the craft room.
346 lines, was $173, sale price $86.50
Available for posting after "To Give the Problem Back" has been sponsored and published.

"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

"Through Infirmity of the Flesh"
Summary: Mr. Vanburen returns to find the prison unsettled after Warden Daley's harassment of Shiv, and then Jimar gets sick.
286 lines, was $143, sale price $71.50

"Good-for-Nothing Thoughts"
Summary: Shiv reacts to Warden Daley's harassment, and Mr. Vanburen escorts him to speak with the prison's Safety Officer. On the way there, they overhear an argument in the warden's office which stresses Shiv even more.
610 lines, was $305, sale price $152.50
Available for posting after "Through Infirmity of the Flesh" has been sponsored and published.

"The Vindication of Right"
Summary: Warden Daley reaps the consequences of his poor decisions.
275 lines, was $137.50, sale price $68.75

"To Suffer the Selfishness"
Summary: Dr. Bloch decides that since previous measures to discourage drug smuggling and abuse have failed, it's time to try a different approach. The Peckerwoods learn that he really is not a safe person to piss off.
620 lines, was $310, sale price $155

"The Best Time for Something Juicy"
Summary: Dr. Bloch teaches Shiv about fruit.
946 lines, was $473, sale price $236.50
Available for posting after "The Infirmity of the Flesh" and "Good-for-Nothing Thoughts" have been sponsored and published.

Summary: Tolliver brings some new materials for Shiv to explore in the craft room.
392 lines, was $196, sale price $98

"The Responsibility of Tomorrow"
Summary: Dr. G finally admits that educational planning is not working for Shiv, and they turn to discussing what other goals might prove more productive.
320 lines, was $160, sale price $80

"Unless You Are Prepared"
Summary: Shiv receives a call from Dr. G, along with the Finnlings who are curious about his art.
132 lines, was $61, sale price $30.50
Available after "The Responsibility of Tomorrow" has been sponsored and published.

"Silent and Vital"
Summary: Shiv goes to Dr. Bloch for a checkup before moving back to the standard wing.
654 lines, was $327, sale price $163.50
Available after "The Responsibility of Tomorrow" and "Unless You Are Prepared" have been sponsored and published.

"The Purpose of Power"
Summary: When Shiv wears himself out dealing with people, Ambrose pulls him into a quiet room. They discuss the purpose of superpowers.
370 lines, was $185, sale price $92.50
Available after "The Responsibility of Tomorrow" has been sponsored and published.

"Leaving and Not Knowing"
Summary: Mr. Vanburen helps Shiv leave his cell in the private wing.
146 lines, was $73, sale price $36.50
Available after "The Responsibility of Tomorrow," "Unless You Are Prepared," and "Silent and Vital" have been sponsored and published.

"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

"The Most Serious Occupation of Manhood"
Summary: Dr. G visits Blues Moon and meets Boss White face to face for the first time.
532 lines, was $266, sale price $133

MISCELLANEOUS (13 poems, was $979.50, sale price $489.75)

"Between the Visible and Invisible"
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

"Composing a Movement"
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

"Tempering the Impact" SOLD
Summary: Fortressa and Socket discuss their unconventional relationship.
248 lines, was $124, sale price $62

"A Prickly Problem" SOLD
Summary: Friends drop by to visit Halley and Edison to make sure they're okay amidst all the uproar in Mercedes.
150 lines, was $75, sale price $37.50

"What You Think You Know"
Summary: Callista works on adapting to her disability and her new home. Handspring introduces her to the idea of an introvert party.
294 lines, was $147, sale price $73.50

"Who Lives Here?" SOLD
Summary: Aidan and Saraphina explore wildlife in their yard.
75 lines, was $37.50, sale price $18.75

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

"Experience Keeps a Dear School" SOLD
Summary: Contretemps learns the consequences of untrained superkids.
60 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"Pilot Soul" SOLD
Summary: Rad the Squirrel learns to fly.
72 lines, was $36, sale price $18

"Eyes Turned Skyward" SOLD
Summary: Rad the Squirrel finds ways to communicate with humans.
59 lines, was $20, sale price $10
Available for posting after "Pilot Soul" has been sponsored and published.

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