This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, June 19 through Sunday, June 25. 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 $36 to $273, so hopefully there will be something for most folks. There are three open epics at present, all in Polychrome Heroics, so we're full for now. Prices on open epics are locked at the time of opening; however, if anyone wants to donate to open epics and buy poetry, spending $100 will get you the quarter-price rate on the new poems, regardless of the rate on the open epic(s) you support.
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.
"Testing the Metal"
"The Marble and the Sculptor"
"Picking Up the Litter"
"The Golden Peaches of Peace."
"Leaves Upon the Water"
"The Quick Brown Fox"
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, although in this case I've already done that and those poems will be posted as I have time.
About pools: Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to get the quarter-price rate. Yes, you can offer to match donations by other people. However, the wordsmith is not also a math whiz! After several attempts to find a way that I can work with pools and matches, I have concluded that this is over my head. (I did figure out how to avoid generating fractional pennies, though: all initial prices are now whole dollars, which means they cut evenly into halves and quarters.) So if you want to host a pool or a match, make a post for that in your blog or other venue, then comment here with what you're doing and include a link to wherever the discussion will be. You figure out the poems, you collect the funds, and when stuff is fully funded, you send me the money and the list of what it's for. Then I'll post the goodies.
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 Berettaflies.
Poems that unlock sequels: "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas," "Until It Hears Something Better," "A Little from the Heart," "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens," "This Is How I Should Be," "The Place Where the Journey Begins"
Poems that have prerequisites: "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas," "Until It Hears Something Better," "A Little from the Heart," "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens," "This Is How I Should Be," "The Key to Everything," "We Are All Related"
11 poems, $2734 ÷ 2 = $1367
prices from $36 to $273
Berettaflies (5 poems,
These poems need to be posted in order. "The Inner Transition" is in microfunding now, with $308 remaining at $.50/line. However, the sequels are available at sale prices, and if sponsored can be marked as such for posting whenever the earlier poem(s) are completed.
"The Inner Transition"
Berettaflies: Week 4, Day 2
Summary: Having decided to turn himself in, Stylet enlists the help of Valor's Widow.
In microfunding now
"The Willingness to Surrender Ideas"
Story Date: Week 4, Day 3
Summary: After turning himself over to the police, Stylet begins negotiations with the authorities.
was $411, sale $205.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition" has been sponsored and published.
"Until It Hears Something Better"
Story Date: Week 5, Days 1-6
Summary: Stylet begins wading through various consequences agreed to in the negotiations.
was $91, sale $45.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition" and "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas" have been sponsored and published.
"A Little from the Heart"
Story Date: Week 5, Day 7
Summary: Stylet has a private face-to-face meeting with another berettafly victim.
was $241, sale $120.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", and "Until It Hears Something Better" have been sponsored and published. Also unlocks the story "Reaction" by siliconshaman.
"The New Beginnings of Soft Greens"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Carissa expands Stylet's culinary horizons with foods chosen for mood-bolstering properties.
was $91, sale $45.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", and "A Little from the Heart" have been sponsored and published.
"This Is How I Should Be"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Stylet responds to a follow-up text from Ashley.
was $154, sale $77
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", "A Little from the Heart", and "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens" have been sponsored and published.
"The Key to Everything"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 6
Summary: Stylet answers questions about one of his prior creations, but there's more going on than he realizes.
was $72, sale $36
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", "A Little from the Heart", "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens", and "This Is How I Should Be" have been sponsored and published.
Miscellaneous (6 poems,
was $1674, sale $837)
"Pebbles in the Path"
Directly follows "Ruts in the Road"
Summary: Jules and Mariset get a private lesson in rescue work.
was $135, sale $67.50
"The Place Where the Journey Begins"
Summary: In the middle of nowhere in particular, the Iron Horses encounter a youngster entangled in a barbed wire fence, and stop to render aid.
was $382, sale $191 SOLD
"We Are All Related"
Summary: The Iron Horses take Kenzie to a safe place for further care.
was $546, sale $273 SOLD
Available for posting after "The Place Where the Journey Begins" has been sponsored and published.
"Climbing Through the Cracks"
Summary: A flickering teen soup, searching for a way out of an abusive home, finally finds a viable option.
was $188, sale $94
"Death Whispers at the Tip"
Summary: Several women find new meaning in the old legends of the Amazons.
was $125, sale $62.50