This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, October 16 through Sunday, September 24. 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 $17 to $358.50, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.
There are two open epics at present, both in Polychrome Heroics, so you may open a new one if you wish. 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.
"The Marble and the Sculptor"
"Leaves Upon the Water"
"Lead Us in Peace"
"We Will Fade into You"
"The Emulsification of Humankind"
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, 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 pages for Antimatter and Stalwart Stan, Officer Pink, and Shiv.
Poems that unlock sequels: "
Also: "The Inner Transition" is still in microfunding with $233 left to go. It's a prerequisite for all the subsequent Stylet poems, which are not on sale this week, but finishing it will also unlock some stories that Siliconshaman has already written.
Poems that have prerequisites: "
Also: Not on sale because it's brand new is the latest Iron Horses poem, "Said to the Four Winds" at $283, so bear in mind that sponsoring and posting the earlier two in this sale would fulfill the prerequisites for that.
30 poems, $6889 ÷ 2 = $3444.50
prices from $17 to $358.50
ANTIMATTER & STALWART STAN (3 poems,
Summary: When T-Oregon adds an Other category to its paperwork, Stan and Lawrence wind up discussing the implications at school.
"The Most Precious Right of Every Citizen"
Third in the “Voting” triptych
Summary: Stan and Lawrence share the experience of their first voting day.
"Always Repay the Cost”
Summary: When a superhero takes critical damage, having a favor to call in becomes very handy.
DAMASK (3 poems,
"To Protect the Most Vulnerable"
Summary: Mallory joins Heron and others adding a garden to a local park.
"Only If It Is Embraced"
Summary: Damask and Farce join a team to help capture the Scream.
"Feel the Might of Creation"
Summary: Mallory's baby finally arrives.
IRON HORSES (2 poems,
"Come Out of the Darkness"
Summary: As Kenzie continues to recover from his ordeal, he settles in on the reservation and begins to open up. He shares his struggles with Ida, who has seen it before and offers sympathy.
"Sheltered and True"
Summary: The fourth day after Kenzie's rescue finds him restless and looking for something to do.
Available for publishing after "Come Out of the Darkness" has been sponsored and published
OFFICER PINK (3 poems,
Summary: Supervised by Riposte, Ansel, and Boots, the telepathic kittens explore Ansel's office.
"The Things That Really Interest Me"
Summary: Ansel talks with Kyle, who is exhausted from all the extra work at Bouchet College.
"A Moment of Atonement"
Summary: Ansel and Turq meet with an adjudicator to discuss what society owes Turq and what he owes society.
SHIV (10 poems,
"What A Win Looks Like"
Summary: Dr. G demonstrates the difference between negotiation and coercion when asking Shiv to attend group therapy for the benefit of the regular attendees.
"Creating a Community Around Food"
Summary: Shiv explores the Farmer's Market in downtown Omaha, and brings home some of autumn's bounty.
"Ten Minutes in the Life of a Pear"
Summary: Shiv helps Cook create seasonal dishes with the bushel of fruit from the Farmer's Market.
Available for publishing after "Creating a Community Around Food" has been sponsored and posted.
"One Call Away"
Summary: Shiv calls Dr. Bloch for intimate advice on superpowered kink.
"Capable of Stretching"
Summary: Shiv and Dr. G explore the aftermath of the beach visit, including Shiv's scars.
"A Wanderer with a Purpose"
Summary: Shiv gets to see Tolliver's forge and explore pilgrim badges as a simple craft project.
"What You're Afraid to Ask For"
Summary: Shiv coaxes Pain's Gray into playing with him again.
"The Mere Knowledge of Friendship"
Summary: When a "steady" prisoner starts picking fights, the Warden arranges a tete-a-tete.
"With a Tender Hand"
Summary: After the meeting with Warden Lincoln, Kinkade follows up with Ambrose, whose skills in mediation and education help him map a way forward.
Available for posting after "The Mere Knowledge of Friendship" has been sponsored and posted
Summary: When his old gang from Lincoln starts stirring up trouble, Shiv pushes back in an artistic fashion.
MISCELLANEOUS (9 poems,
"For Any Creative Assignment"
Summary: Joshua is bemused to find a supervillain on his doorstep asking for a job.
"Death Whispers at the Tip"
Summary: Several women find new meaning in the old legends of the Amazons.
"Climbing Through the Cracks"
Summary: A flickering teen soup, searching for a way out of an abusive home, finally finds a viable option.
"Chaos and Disruption"
Summary: Jerryrigger tells a wannabe anarchist what anarchy is really like.
"The Best Type of Intimacy"
Summary: Kennedy, Benchdog, and Pinion all have their reasons for bailing from the mixer party to hang out with each other instead.
"The Things That Money Can't Buy"
Summary: A tycoon with an excess of money and an absence of sense or compassion can cut a wide swath through life.
"The Windows of Your Home"
Summary: Fireheart helps a cousin-by-marriage deal with her superpowered son.
"Pinballs in a Broken Machine"
Summary: A young man has to choose between his family and his career.
"A Different Kind of QUILTBAG"
Summary: So the Irish have a lot more than two or three divisions of cape alignments, and Ticker lives with most of them.