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Half-Price Sale: Shiv
The half-price sale has SOLD OUT!  Thank you all so much.

Holiday note:
Due to family activities on Thanksgiving, I expect to be away from the computer much of the day.  That means I may not be posting sponsored poetry until Thursday night or Friday morning.  I'm marking poems in the sale list as donors tell me what they want and I have time to edit here.  "Hold" means someone has stated intent to buy something or I've given them a batch to shop from.  "Sold" means it's paid for.  If Thursday is your only possible poetry-shopping time, go ahead; but it's easier to avoid pileups of several people wanting the same thing if you send donations when I'm at the keyboard and can update the list.  Ideally, aim for Thursday night after you see me reactivate, or Friday.


This week, the poetry in the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series is on sale for half price from Monday, November 21 through Sunday, November 27. This series is superhero fantasy and the thread focuses on a young supervillain. It features themes of trauma, recovery, law and disorder, coming of age, power dynamics, trust and distrust, identity, diversity, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $30.50 to $236.50, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. There are two open epics at present, both in Polychrome Heroics, so it's possible to open a new one.


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.

"Thinking River Thoughts"
"The Marble and the Sculptor"





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 the thread page for Shiv.

Poems that unlock sequels: "Good-for-Nothing Thoughts," "To Suffer the Selfishness," "Unless You Are Prepared," "Silent and Vital," "Leaving and Not Knowing"

Poems that have prerequisites: "The Best Time for Something Juicy," "His Capacity for Self-Redemption," "Silent and Vital," "Leaving and Not Knowing," "To Feel Safe in This World"
Note that "Best Teach It to Dance" and "The Most Serious Occupation of Manhood" occur considerably later than the other poems about Shiv, after his release from prison.  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

15 poems, $3727.50 ÷ 2 = $1863.75
prices from $30.50 to $236.50



"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   SOLD    for daisiesrockalot (paid) and technoshaman (paid)

"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   SOLD    for daisiesrockalot (paid) and technoshaman (paid)

"Good-For-Nothing Thoughts"
Shiv's head is already in bad space the day after Warden Daley harasses him, and then he gets called to the Safety Office to talk about what happened.
610 lines, was $305, sale price $152.50   SOLD    ng_moonmoth (paid) and technoshaman (paid)

"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   SOLD    for daisiesrockalot (paid) and technoshaman
(paid)

"Vindication of Right"
Summary: Warden Daley reaps the consequences of his poor decisions.
275 lines, was $137.50, sale price $68.75   SOLD    to daisiesrockalot (paid), technoshaman, (paid), and clockworklady (paid)

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

"Meraki"
Summary: Tolliver brings some new materials for Shiv to explore in the craft room.
392 lines, was $196, sale price $98   SOLD    for Anthony & Shirley Barrette (paid)

"His Capacity for Self-Redemption"
Summary: Dr. Bloch teaches a CPR class at the prison.
888 lines, was $444, sale price $222   SOLD    daisiesrockalot (paid), technoshaman
(paid), and ng_moonmoth (paid)
Available for posting after "To Suffer the Selfishness" has been sponsored and published.

"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    SOLD  to janetmiles (paid)

"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 SOLD    for Anthony & Shirley Barrette (paid)
Available after "Unless You Are Prepared" has 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   SOLD    for Anthony & Shirley Barrette (paid)

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

"To Feel Safe in This World"
Summary: Shiv and Dr. G discuss the challenges of Shiv returning to the standard wing.
374 lines, was $187, sale price $93.50   SOLD   to EdorFaus (paid) and clockworklady (paid)
Available for posting after "Unless You Are Prepared," "Silent and Vital," and "Leaving and Not Knowing" 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   SOLD   to EdorFaus (paid) and clockworklady (paid)

"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   SOLD   to EdorFaus (paid) and clockworklady (paid)

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From: technoshaman Date: November 21st, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will be MATCHING up to $150 worth of contributions on this. Let's GO!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 21st, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow!

Awesome, I have posted about this.
From: technoshaman Date: November 21st, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow!

"Hello, boys, I'm BAAAAAA-AAAACK!"
-- Independence Day
From: technoshaman Date: November 23rd, 2016 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, remind me what comes first? I've got a matcher....
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 23rd, 2016 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

You can use Shiv's page to view his whole thread, or the sale page to see the poems currently available for sponsorship. They are listed in my best guess of series-chronological order.

This is the earliest poem:
"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

The third one in the available list is the earliest in the sequence of poems about current actions, the previous two being outliers from some time ago.
"Good-For-Nothing Thoughts"
Shiv's head is already in bad space the day after Warden Daley harasses him, and then he gets called to the Safety Office to talk about what happened.
610 lines, was $305, sale price $152.50

Remember that if you're spending $100 or more, you get the QUARTER-PRICE rate, which is half of the listed "sale price."
ng_moonmoth From: ng_moonmoth Date: November 23rd, 2016 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Ready to jump in here

I was planning to throw in some and join your pool. How about I toss in half of $76.25, which with your match would cover "Good-for-Nothing Thoughts"? I'd call that $38.25 for myself ($38 for you). Deal?
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 23rd, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ready to jump in here

Got it. I'll get started on posting "The Vindication of Right."
From: technoshaman Date: November 23rd, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ready to jump in here

Okay, so $48.25 towards the above, and then $100 in the direction of "Good-For-Nothing Thoughts" (matched by daisiesrockalot and what's left for "Moments when the World is Made Whole"...
From: daisiesrockalot Date: November 24th, 2016 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ready to jump in here

Ok, so it looks like someone else already caught "Good-for-Nothing Thoughts", so I'll be putting $150 towards "To Suffer the Selfishness" and "Moments when the World is Made Whole" with anything left over going to "The Vindication of Right". With your match of $100 we could finish Vindication, get "The Law of Life", and put whatever's left towards "His Capacity for Self-Redemption"? What do you think?
ng_moonmoth From: ng_moonmoth Date: November 24th, 2016 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ready to jump in here

My numbers, counting technoshaman for $148.75 and daisiesrockalot for $150, show that the pool would wind up half of $92.75 short of being able to get all that. I'll add that $46.50 to my previously pledged $38.25 to cover that. That leaves one bit (= $ 1/8, from when "pieces of eight" were circulating) for the pot.

If this is off, please let me know.
From: daisiesrockalot Date: November 24th, 2016 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ready to jump in here

Sounds good! I've put in the $150.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 24th, 2016 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ready to jump in here

What I currently have for you:

"Moments When the World Is Made Whole" -- $54.50
Daisiesrockalot pledged $27.25
"To Suffer the Selfishness" -- $77.50
Daisiesrockalot pledged $38.75
"The Vindication of Right" -- $34.38
Daisiesrockalot has pledged $11.69
"The Law of Life" -- $49.50
Daisiesrockalot pledged $24.75
"His Capacity for Self-Redemption" -- $111
Daisiesrockalot has pledged $47.56
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$150
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 24th, 2016 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ready to jump in here

Not sure about that numbering. I posted mine for what I figured out for and , so check those. I have you down as planning to send $38.25 toward "Good-for-Nothing Thoughts."

I have been juggling math all evening. Hopefully it is not too screwed up, but this is not my strong suit.
From: technoshaman Date: November 24th, 2016 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ready to jump in here

Works for me
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 24th, 2016 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Donation

What I currently have for you:

Technoshaman offered to match up to $150:
"Good-for-Nothing Thoughts" -- $76.25
Technoshaman pledged $38
"The Vindication of Right" -- $34.38
Technoshaman has pledged $11.69
"Moments When the World Is Made Whole" -- $54.50
Technoshaman pledged $27.25
"To Suffer the Selfishness" -- $77.50
Technoshaman pledged $38.75
"The Law of Life" -- $49.50
Technoshaman pledged $24.75
"His Capacity for Self-Redemption" -- $111
Technoshaman has pledged $9.56
-----
$150
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 24th, 2016 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Poetry Update

Here is the list of donations per poem thus far:

"Moments When the World Is Made Whole" -- $54.50
Daisiesrockalot pledged $27.25
Technoshaman pledged $27.25

"The Law of Life" -- $49.50
Daisiesrockalot pledged $24.75
Technoshaman pledged $24.75

"Good-for-Nothing Thoughts" -- $76.25
Ng_moonmoth pledged $38.25
Technoshaman pledged $38

"To Suffer the Selfishness" -- $77.50
Daisiesrockalot pledged $38.75
Technoshaman pledged $38.75

"The Vindication of Right" -- $35.38
Lone_cat sent $10
Needs $23.38
Daisiesrockalot has pledged $11.69
Technoshaman has pledged $11.69

"His Capacity for Self-Redemption" -- $111
Daisiesrockalot has pledged $47.56
Technoshaman has pledged $9.56
$47.56 + $9.56 = $57.12
Needs $53.88

* * *

This is far more math than I expected to be doing, and I'm not good at it, especially with this many variables. But I think that's where we're at. When money arrives, I will start posting poems from the top of the list.
ng_moonmoth From: ng_moonmoth Date: November 24th, 2016 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poetry Update

Here's my cross-check:

"The Vindication of Right" is $34.38; you have it a dollar more. But after taking out lone_cat's $10, what's left is $24.38; $1 more than your number. So take 50 cents from daisiesrockalot's and technoshaman's contributions to "His Capacity for Self-Redemption", and that one goes to $54.88 left. I threw in an extra $46.50, based on my numbers and a different value for how much technoshaman was going to contribute, so that leaves $8 5/8 to get the last one in the list funded.

Hope it shows up somewhere, plus maybe some other sponsorships. Looks like sponsoring "Unless You Are Prepared" would unlock a bunch of things. I'll be keeping an eye on the state of things, but may not be able to do much until returning home Monday.

ETA: Just dropped in on "The Vindication of Right", and saw that you'd gotten the price correct there, and had another dollar from somewhere, so the $23.38 was correct. That brings the amount down to $7 5/8, but if clockworklady chipped in, that would finish that off and leave $15.75 for "Unless You Are Prepared". If that happens, there'd be a big dent in the backlog with another $15 or so. I'll stay tuned for further developments.

Edited at 2016-11-24 10:45 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 26th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poetry Update

>> Here's my cross-check: <<

Thank you.

>> "The Vindication of Right" is $34.38; you have it a dollar more. But after taking out lone_cat's $10, what's left is $24.38; $1 more than your number. So take 50 cents from daisiesrockalot's and technoshaman's contributions to "His Capacity for Self-Redemption", and that one goes to $54.88 left. I threw in an extra $46.50, based on my numbers and a different value for how much technoshaman was going to contribute, so that leaves $8 5/8 to get the last one in the list funded.<<

More people chipped in. "The Vindication of Right" is complete and I moved the overage to "His Capacity for Self-Redemption."

>> Hope it shows up somewhere, <<

It will show up somewhere. At this point I'm actually showing you with $27.50 left over, since the pool filled all the stuff other folks mentioned.

I have clearly overshot my grasp of math this week. :/ On the bright side, people have given me merry bundles of cash and I am posting merry bundles of poetry in exchange. Hopefully that will all work out in the end.

>> plus maybe some other sponsorships. Looks like sponsoring "Unless You Are Prepared" would unlock a bunch of things. I'll be keeping an eye on the state of things, but may not be able to do much until returning home Monday.<<

"Unless You Are Prepared" is also covered.

>>ETA: Just dropped in on "The Vindication of Right", and saw that you'd gotten the price correct there, and had another dollar from somewhere, so the $23.38 was correct. That brings the amount down to $7 5/8, but if clockworklady chipped in, that would finish that off and leave $15.75 for "Unless You Are Prepared". If that happens, there'd be a big dent in the backlog with another $15 or so. I'll stay tuned for further developments.<<

I only muffed the price in one place, probably just by hitting the wrong key, but that got rolled into other places and my attempts to fix it may or may not have been done correctly.

Holy smoke, we're down to the last three poems. Yay? Yay. It looks like the earliest of the remaining poems is "To Feel Safe in This World." There's also a little bit of cash in the general fund.

By Monday, when you get home, I should have more of the sponsored stuff posted. If you decide you want to chip in more toward whatever's left at that time, it'll still count as part of the sale.
ng_moonmoth From: ng_moonmoth Date: November 29th, 2016 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poetry Update

KThx! And cheers for all the Big Damn Heroes who sent money your way to make it a smash hit!

Anyway, given that I appear to have some cash left over at the end of it, I'd like to see it directed toward "Holding Hope and Love". I think that will get it down low enough that it might be finishable, which would open up another crowdfunding slot.

I'm open to other plans for it, if there's something else that would benefit from attention.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2016 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)

New matching offer for remaining poems

I'm a bit late to the party here, was abroad with work all last week, but that's OK I guess - lets me see what everyone else did and got in the meantime. That thing about matching funds seems like a good idea, I'll have to remember that for other sales, especially if I have a hard time deciding what to get.

So, three poems still unsold, for a total sale price of $400, or $200 if utilizing the 25% option (since all of them are above or very close to $100 anyway). (While that sum seems suspiciously round, it is accurate according to my calculator...) Buying just two of them, the options are (93.50+133)/2 = $113.25, (93.50+173.50)/2 = $133.50 or (173.50+133)/2 = $153.25.

If I understood some other comments correctly, there are people who are interested in them and checking to see if they have enough funds, while the existing matching offers/pools are already maxed out and completed.

Which suggests that I can't join that offer, but it might still be possible to play the matching game, albeit with a new pool and a wrinkle (and a rather short deadline).

The thing is, I want to buy a poem or two even if no one ends up joining me in this, and would prefer to get the 25% price for that, so I figure I might as well commit to at least $100 right away to ensure I do so (unless others buy the poems out from under me, of course).

I offer to match up to $50 on top of that, since no more would be needed to get all three poems.

To make the math easier, assuming just a single contributor joining me, the most obviously useful amounts are $6.50, $16.75, $26.50 and $50, since those correspond (after matching) to the abovementioned sums for two or three poems. (I'll throw in the missing quarter where the rounding makes it necessary.) The amount determines which poems to get, since the sum for each combination is unique.

If more than one contributor wants to join, I will of course match the sum of their contributions (up to the limit). In that case, determining which poems to get and getting the sum exact may require some more coordination, or we could simply funnel the overshoot to the general fund instead.

-EdorFaus

P.S.: Please tell me if any of this is wrong, doesn't actually work this way, or is not acceptable at this time.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 28th, 2016 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: New matching offer for remaining poems

>> I'm a bit late to the party here, was abroad with work all last week, but that's OK I guess - lets me see what everyone else did and got in the meantime. <<

I'm glad you made it! :D

>> That thing about matching funds seems like a good idea, I'll have to remember that for other sales, especially if I have a hard time deciding what to get. <<

I'm open to revisiting the match concept, but I do not want to do it the same that I did this time. I spent a whole evening trying to hack the math. O_O So I think what I will do in the future is add up money and put people's names on the poems they want to cosponsor, and calculate the amount of poetry sponsored along a line of poems rather than trying to divide each poem's cost by the number of donors. Also it finally occurred to me that I could just round up to the nearest whole dollar instead of fiddling with line counts or leaving them ending in $.50 (which divides evenly in half but not quarters).

>> So, three poems still unsold, for a total sale price of $400, or $200 if utilizing the 25% option (since all of them are above or very close to $100 anyway). (While that sum seems suspiciously round, it is accurate according to my calculator...) Buying just two of them, the options are (93.50+133)/2 = $113.25, (93.50+173.50)/2 = $133.50 or (173.50+133)/2 = $153.25. <<

Hmm ...

"To Feel Safe in This World"
Half-price = $93.50, quarter-price $46.75

"Best Teach It to Dance"
Half-price = $173.50, quarter-price $86.75

"The Most Serious Occupation of Manhood"
Half-price = $133, quarter-price = $66.50

Half-price total = $400, quarter-price total = $200

It seems our numbers agree.

>> The thing is, I want to buy a poem or two even if no one ends up joining me in this, and would prefer to get the 25% price for that, so I figure I might as well commit to at least $100 right away to ensure I do so (unless others buy the poems out from under me, of course).

I offer to match up to $50 on top of that, since no more would be needed to get all three poems.<<

Woohoo!

Also, you have effectively just activated the first stretch goal, because we only need $51.02 to hit the $1000 goal. \o/

To make the math easier, because I suck at it and hate it and have screwed it up already this week, I suggest: Start funding "To Feel Safe in This World." When it's full, go to the second and third in order. Let people send you however much they want and say which poem(s) they want their name on as cosponsor. There's a slot available for an open epic, so if we don't quite finish one, that is fine. Since "To Feel Safe in This World" is $93.50 at half-price and you're offering $100 regardless, that one is funded for sure but other folks can chip in to put their name on it and raise the total amount of poetry funded by this pool.

There is a little money in the general fund. If the pool doesn't finish all three poems, the general fund can be used to reveal more of whichever one is partially funded. If the sale sells out, general funds will get routed to other open epics and yayrah everyone booyah *goflopnow*.
fyreharper From: fyreharper Date: November 28th, 2016 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: New matching offer for remaining poems

Interested but No More Brain Nao so will check back in after sleeps.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 28th, 2016 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: New matching offer for remaining poems

Just so you know, the sale sold out.
fyreharper From: fyreharper Date: November 28th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

RE: Re: New matching offer for remaining poems

:does dance of My Fellow Humans Are Awesome and Yay ALL THE POEMS: :D

Guess I'll just have to catch the next one then ;)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 28th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Re: New matching offer for remaining poems

Next up will be the fishbowl on December 6 with a theme of "All the news is dark, so light a candle."

After that will be the Holiday Poetry Sale, featuring everything from this year. It's likely to have the quarter-price option for $100+ donations.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 28th, 2016 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: New matching offer for remaining poems

And we're done. clockworklady says she sent $50. Doug is already in bed, so I won't get the confirmation until morning, but assuming that transaction clears properly, all that's left is you sending your $150. \o/

I'm going to post the mega epic poll.
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