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2017 Holiday Poetry Sale - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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2017 Holiday Poetry Sale
The Holiday Poetry Sale is now CLOSED.  Thank you all for your generosity!


A silver lantern glazed with cobalt glass panes sends a flickering blue light over the snow...

Welcome to the 2017 Holiday Poetry Sale! Today through Friday, December 22, my remaining fishbowl poems from 2017 are half price. So are poems from the Creative Jam and other activities. Especially check out the epics; they range from $16.50 to $271, so if you've been yearning for an epic of your very own, now's the time! For those of you with just a few dollars to spend, we're starting with six poems at $2.50 and four at $5. We only have one epic open, in Polychrome Heroics, so you're free to open another and lock in the sale price. Thumbnail descriptions of the individual poems appear in the first section which is listed by price.


Linkback Perk: Here are some open linkback poems:
"Lead Us in Peace"
"We Will Fade into You"
"The Open Gyre"
"Growing Green, Growing Gold"
If you participate in the Holiday Poetry Sale, you can reveal a verse of any one; just remember to tell me what you did and which poem you wish to extend. Linking to this post from any venue counts. So does sponsoring a poem.

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. Sometimes people who like a particular character or size of poem will stock up, and that kind may sell out.

Fair warning: Math is not my forte, and this event includes a lot of numbers. So don't be surprised if I scramble something. Just tell me, and I'll fix it as best I can.

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, it is extremely helpful, so please include that in your message. Otherwise I'll have to send you an email or private message and ask what you want to do.

Quarter-price Sale: If you spend $100 or more in this sale, you can cut the SALE price in half, buying poems at quarter-price instead of half-price. So for instance, a poem originally $20 would be $10 in the half-price sale and $5 in the quarter-price version. Yes, we can afford that; there is a huge heap of poems here, and the quarter-price option is proving quite popular in the big sales. 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.

Pools: A poetry pool is an open call for cosponsors to fund a poem or set of poems. It takes a minimum donation of $100 to open a pool. That first sponsor gets to stipulate which poem(s) the pool will be funding. (You can discuss desired poems with other fans if you wish.) Other people may then chip in as they wish. To open a pool, make a comment about it under the sale post, but run the pool in your own blog, then send me the results. Advantages: You get the quarter-price rate and people really egg each other on for more donations. Disadvantages: Subsequent sponsors get less free choice than if you were choosing on your own. Matching is allowed: for example, a donor puts up $100 and will match up to another $100 from other people, so the total will range between $100-200. I am NOT going to try splitting everyone's donations across individual poems anymore, the math is a nightmare; I'm just going to credit pool poems to pool members collectively.

Holiday Gifts: If you want to buy a poem as a gift for someone, let me know; I can dedicate it to anyone you wish, with or without naming you as the giver. Both the giver and the recipient count as donors for the purpose of perks such as nonexclusive reprint rights. That means if you buy a poem for someone else, you can post it on your blog or website for them, or they can post it on theirs, in addition to it appearing here.



Shopping: Here is a PayPal button for your convenience, or you may contact me for other payment options. (I'm just offering prewritten poetry this time, not scrapbook pages this late in the season.) Please specify which poem(s) you want and the SALE price.
 






POEMS BY SEQUENCE
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 listed those poems in their sequential sets. Note that a few of these refer to poems in microfunding or otherwise not part of the sale; here is the list of poems already sent to Mom & Dad.

Poems that unlock sequels: "Until It Hears Something Better," "A Little from the Heart," "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens," "This Is How I Should Be," "Always Ready to Receive," "Creating a Community Around Food," "Severance Pay," "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"

Poems with prerequisites: "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," "Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want," "Among the Colors," "Ten Minutes in the Life of a Pear," "A Way to Make Right," "For Any Creative Assignment"


FOR SALE
65 poems, $7770 ÷ 2 = $3885
prices from $2.50 to $271



POEMS BY STORYLINE

POLYCHROME HEROICS

AQUARIANA (2 poems, was $259, sale price $129.50)


"The Greatest Legacy"
A DW prompt about unique skill inspired the free-verse poem "The Greatest Legacy." A seal carver flees China and takes refuge in the Maldives ... and leaves an incredible mark on his new country.
189 lines, was $95, sale price $47.50  SOLD

"Reveal to the Universe"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Reveal to the Universe." Steel and Gladhammer want tool hands. Moderato throws a fit.
327 lines, was $164, sale price $82


ANTIMATTER & STALWART STAN (2 poems, was $624, sale price $312)

"The Most Precious Right of Every Citizen"
Third in the “Voting” triptych
Summary: Stan and Lawrence share the experience of their first voting day.
598 lines, was $299, sale price $149.50

"Always Repay the Cost”
Summary: When a superhero takes critical damage, having a favor to call in becomes very handy.
650 lines, was $325, sale price $162.50


BERETTAFLIES (5 poems, was $649, sale $324.50)
I would really like to get more of these posted to move the storyline forward, since both [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer have been writing stories further down the timeline.

"Until It Hears Something Better"
Story Date: Week 5, Days 1-6
Summary: Stylet begins wading through various consequences agreed to in the negotiations.
182 lines, was $91, sale $45.50    SOLD

"A Little from the Heart"
Story Date: Week 5, Day 7
Summary: Stylet has a private face-to-face meeting with another berettafly victim.
481 lines, was $241, sale $120.50   SOLD
Also unlocks the story "Reaction" by [personal profile] 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.
182 lines, was $91, sale $45.50  SOLD

"This Is How I Should Be"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Stylet responds to a follow-up text from Ashley.
307 lines, was $154, sale $77  SOLD

"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.
144 lines, was $72, sale $36  SOLD


CALLIOPE (4 poems, was $493, sale price $246.50)

"Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want"
Calliope lets Vagary help her sort through her clothes. It is awkward but enlightening.
445 lines, was $223, sale price $111.50  SOLD
Available for after "What Makes the Feast" has been sponsored and published.

"Odd Jobs for Odd People"
Many prompts combined to inspire the free-verse poem "Odd Jobs for Odd People." Vagary peruses the want ads at Kraken.
154 lines, was $77, sale price $38.50  SOLD

"Always Ready to Receive"
"Always Ready to Receive" shows Calliope turning to her friend Dolorita for help with a superkid.
210 lines, was $105, sale price $52.50  SOLD

"Among the Colors"
"Among the Colors" features Alberto looking for work and Vagary making an offer.
176 lines, was $88, sale price $44  SOLD


CUOIO AND CHIARA (1 poem, was $296, sale price $148)

"Forever in Your Broken Heart"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Forever in Your Broken Heart." On the second anniversary of his father's death, Cuoio completely falls apart. His Family puts him back together again.
592 lines, was $296, sale price $148


DAMASK (1 poem, was $542, sale price $271)

"Only If It Is Embraced"
Summary: Damask and Farce join a team to help capture the Scream.
1083 lines, was $542, sale price $271


DR. INFANTA (1 poem, was $92, sale price $46)

"Where Will All Come Home?"
Summary: Alicia, Judd, Saraphina, Aidan, and Heidi play with toy boats. My supervillain fluff, let me show you it.
183 lines, was $92, sale price $46


IRON HORSES (1 poem, was $283, $141.50)

"Said to the Four Winds"
Your Iron Horses prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Said to the Four Winds." Blazing Grass returns to see how well Kenzie is healing, and Kenzie thinks about belonging.
565 lines, was $283, sale price $141.50  SOLD by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth 


OFFICER PINK (1 poem, was $99, sale price $49.50)

"The Things That Really Interest Me"
Summary: Ansel talks with Kyle, who is exhausted from all the extra work at Bouchet College.
197 lines, was $99, sale price $49.50


SHIV (8 poems, was $2105, sale price $1052.50)

"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.
623 lines, was $312, sale price $156  SOLD

"Creating a Community Around Food"
Summary: Shiv explores the Farmer's Market in downtown Omaha, and brings home some of autumn's bounty.
516 lines, was $258, sale price $129

"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.
249 lines, was $125, sale price $62.50
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.
422 lines, was $211, sale price $105.50

"A Wanderer with a Purpose"
Summary: Shiv gets to see Tolliver's forge and explore pilgrim badges as a simple craft project.
572 lines, was $286, sale price $143

"What You're Afraid to Ask For"

Summary: Shiv coaxes Pain's Gray into playing with him again.
790 lines, was $395, sale price $197.50

"The Archetype of the Beauty"
Continuing with Shiv's adventure in casual classes, "The Archetype of the Beauty" introduces him to higher math in the form of crochet. He has no head for math, but he can grasp the sculptures just fine. This poem is written in free verse.
624 lines, was $312, sale price $156

"Beatdown"
Summary: When his old gang from Lincoln starts stirring up trouble, Shiv pushes back in an artistic fashion.
412 lines, was $206, sale price $103


SKINK (2 poems, was $495, sale price $247.50)

"Severance Pay"
Following a nasty cape incident, the police offer Skink a way out of supervillainy.
324 lines, was $162, sale price $81

"A Way to Make Right"

Skink follows through on his deal to repair some of the damage from the cape fight. This is hardcore hurt/comfort.
666 lines, was $333, sale price $166.50
Available for publication after "Severance Pay" has been sponsored and posted.


MISCELLANEOUS (11 poems, was $1201, sale price $600.50)

"For Any Creative Assignment"
Summary: Joshua is bemused to find a supervillain on his doorstep asking for a job.
600 lines, was $300, sale price $150    SOLD by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth 
Available for publication after "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" has been sponsored and posted.

"Climbing Through the Cracks"
Summary: A flickering teen soup, searching for a way out of an abusive home, finally finds a viable option.
375 lines, was $188, sale price $94  SOLD

"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.
200 lines, was $100, sale price $50  SOLD  for Soupshue

"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.
94 lines, was $47, sale price $23.50  SOLD

"The Windows of Your Home"
Summary: Fireheart helps a cousin-by-marriage deal with her superpowered son.
68 lines, was $34, sale price $17

"Pinballs in a Broken Machine"
Summary: A young man has to choose between his family and his career.
105 lines, was $53, sale price $26.50 (posted after sale, sponsored by general fund)

"Retreading a New Trail"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Retreading a New Trail." Traumatic manifestation of superpowers bring new challenges and opportunities.
68 lines, was $34, sale price $17

"The Smallest Act of Caring"
An EFA prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Smallest Act of Caring." Romy learns emotional first aid as a way of coping with his own feelings.
171 lines, was $86, sale price $43

"Purr Little Things"
A cat cuddler prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Purr Little Things." It relates the founding of one of T-America's most popular charities.
116 lines, was $58, sale price $29

"A Fabric of Our Own Making"

Darnique Alerding makes affordable clothes for soups with special needs.
174 lines, was $87, sale price $43.50  SOLD

"Touching Someone's Pain"
A backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Touching Someone's Pain." Aliens invade New York. The battle doesn't last very long.
427 lines, was $214, sale price $107  SOLD


OTHER SERIES

AN ARMY OF ONE (2 poems, was $246, sale price $123)


"Mosaic Identities"
"Mosaic Identities" is a free-verse poem that follows Astin and V after shopping. They go for massage and visit a bar, where they meet up with some AYES and talk about gender issues more.
331 lines, was $166, sale price $83  SOLD

"By Right of Passage"
Your unexpected prompt inspired the free-verse poem "By Right of Passage." Bexley argues that she qualifies as an adult because she made her own way to the Lacuna.
160 lines, was $80, sale price $40  SOLD


BLUESHIFT TROUPERS (1 poem, was $20, sale price $10)

"A Disease of Ignorance"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Disease of Ignorance." Some things are universal, others unique, and one of the things that hasn't changed over time is bigotry. But the Blueshift Troupers know how to handle it.
57 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD


CLAY OF LIFE (2 poems, was $35, sale price $17.50)

"Like Oil to a Lamp"
A DW prompt inspired "Like Oil to a Lamp," which is written in parallel tercets. It lists a whole bunch of famous Jewish foods.
36 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50  SOLD

"The Work of Your Hands"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Work of Your Hands." Menachem attempts to study the creation of golems.
57 lines, was $20, sale price $10    SOLD


FLEDGLING GRACE (1 poem, was $20, sale price $10)

"The Black and the Red"
It talks about the history of red and black Seminoles, and how they feathered out after the Fledging.
54 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD


MONSTER HOUSE (2 poems, was $30, sale price $15)

"Boys on the Porch"
A DW Monster House prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Boys on the Porch." Courting teenagers out front, chaperone indoors. Aww.
26 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50  SOLD

"A Very Special Door"
Your Monster House prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Very Special Door." The troll talks about life in the basement.
30 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50  SOLD


THE MOON DOOR (1 poem, was $15, sale price $7.50)

"Waxing Strong"
A Moon Door prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Waxing Strong." Several members of the pack can now return to work or school.
29 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50  SOLD


ONE GOD'S STORY OF MID-LIFE CRISIS (1 poem, was $20, sale price $10)

"Revisitation"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Revisitation." Shaeth hears a prayer from a long-time follower, and this time decides to answer it.
47 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD


SCHRODINGER'S HEROES (1 poem, was $57, sale price $28.50)


"Profusion"
Several prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Profusion." People travel through a crack in the Tef, first in spirit, then in body.
113 lines, was $57, sale price $28.50


TORN WORLD (1 poem, was $33, sale price $16.50)

"Divisible History"
The people of Roluma history is not whole, but splinters, and nobody really comes out of it intact.
66 lines, was $33, sale price $16.50


WALKING THE BEAT (2 poems, was $35, sale price $17.50)

"Neither Are You Free"
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Neither Are You Free." Dale feels frustrated by a neighborhood robbery; Rivka gives her a new perspective.
34 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50 (posted after sale as freebie for the December 5 fishbowl)

"Mysterious and Impermanent"
Lb_lee sent me some image prompts earlier. I crammed all of those murals into "Mysterious and Impermanent." Dale and Kelly love how the street art reflects the culture of Jamaica Plain, including its response to refugees and immigrants.
57 lines, was $20, sale price $10


STANDALONES (7 poems, was $83.50, sale price $41.75)

"A Letter to King Moonracer"
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Letter to King Moonracer." It's possible to have a merry autistic Christmas, but sometimes it takes help from an unusual source.
72 lines, was $36, sale price $18

"Changing Your Nature"
Your change prompt inspired the poem "Changing Your Nature," which is written in unrhymed tercets. It's about personal change from the perspective that nature is all about change.
12 lines, was $10, sale price $5

"Common Passages"
I used a prompt and several other prayers, spliced together, to create the free-verse poem "Common Passages." Because everyone talks about death in similar terms.
21 lines, was $10, sale price $5

"Violet Surprises"
A flower prompt on DW inspired the poem "Violet Surprises." It's basically a description of their colors in spring.
22 lines, was $10, sale price $5

"weather painting"
Your rain prompt inspired the free-verse poem "weather painting." It takes an artistic look at several forms of precipitation.
16 lines, was $10, sale price $5

"The Retraction Factor"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Retraction Factor." When a birth announcement and christening have gone awry, the only thing to do is correct them.
26 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50  SOLD

"the red heart of autumn"

A nature poem about a leaf.
3 lines, was $5, sale price $2.50


DARROW POEMS (5 poems, was $25, sale price $10)

New this year, I'm offering darrow poems in the Holiday Poetry Sale. These are written from the perspective of my darrow elves from Hallelaine. Think haiku or tanka with a fantasy twist. They're too short to thumbnail (most are only 3-4 lines) so I'll just mention that most of them have nature themes while others are macabre or enlightened. The January batch has five poems, available for $2.50 each or $10 for all five. If you want to buy one or a few, I can send you the batch and let you pick your favorite(s).    SOLD


POEMS BY PRICE

$5 Poems SALE! $2.50 (6 poems, was $30, sale price $12.50)


"the red heart of autumn"
3 lines, was $5, sale price $2.50

Also five darrow poems, $2.50 each or $10 for the whole batch  SOLD


$10 Poems SALE! $5.00 (4 poems, was $40, sale price $20)

"Changing Your Nature"
12 lines, was $10, sale price $5

"Common Passages"
21 lines, was $10, sale price $5

"Violet Surprises"
22 lines, was $10, sale price $5

"weather painting"
16 lines, was $10, sale price $5


$15 Poems SALE! $7.50 (6 poems, was $90, sale price $45)


"Boys on the Porch"
26 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50   SOLD

"Like Oil to a Lamp"
36 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50    SOLD

"Neither Are You Free"
34 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50 (posted after the sale as a freebie for the December 5 fishbowl)

"The Retraction Factor"
26 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50  SOLD

"A Very Special Door"
30 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50 SOLD

"Waxing Strong"
29 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50  SOLD


$20 Poems SALE! $10.00 (5 poems, was $100, sale price $50)

"The Black and the Red"
54 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD

"A Disease of Ignorance"
57 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD

"Mysterious and Impermanent"
57 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"Revisitation"
47 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD

"The Work of Your Hands"
57 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD


EPICS (prices next to title) (44 poems, was $7,510, sale price = $3,755)
Sorted by SALE PRICE, then alphabetically if needed.


"Divisible History"
66 lines, was $33, sale price $16.50

"Retreading a New Trail"
68 lines, was $34, sale price $17

"The Windows of Your Home"
68 lines, was $34, sale price $17

"A Letter to King Moonracer"
72 lines, was $36, sale price $18

"The Things That Money Can't Buy"
94 lines, was $47, sale price $23.50  SOLD

"Pinballs in a Broken Machine"
105 lines, was $53, sale price $26.50 (posted after sale, sponsored by general fund)

"Profusion"
113 lines, was $57, sale price $28.50

"Purr Little Things"
116 lines, was $58, sale price $29

"The Key to Everything"
144 lines, was $72, sale $36  SOLD

"Odd Jobs for Odd People"
154 lines, was $77, sale price $38.50  SOLD

"By Right of Passage"
160 lines, was $80, sale price $40  SOLD

"The Smallest Act of Caring"
171 lines, was $86, sale price $43

"A Fabric of Our Own Making"
174 lines, was $87, sale price $43.50  SOLD

"Among the Colors"
176 lines, was $88, sale price $44  SOLD

"The New Beginnings of Soft Greens"
182 lines, was $91, sale $45.50  SOLD

"Until It Hears Something Better"
182 lines, was $91, sale $45.50  SOLD

"Where Will All Come Home?"
183 lines, was $92, sale price $46

"The Greatest Legacy"
189 lines, was $95, sale price $47.50  SOLD

"The Things That Really Interest Me"
197 lines, was $99, sale price $49.50

"The Best Type of Intimacy"
200 lines, was $100, sale price $50 SOLD

"Always Ready to Receive"
210 lines, was $105, sale price $52.50  SOLD

"Ten Minutes in the Life of a Pear"
249 lines, was $125, sale price $62.50

"This Is How I Should Be"
307 lines, was $154, sale $77  SOLD

"Severance Pay"
324 lines, was $162, sale price $81

"Reveal to the Universe"
327 lines, was $164, sale price $82

"Mosaic Identities"
331 lines, was $166, sale price $83  SOLD

"Climbing Through the Cracks"
375 lines, was $188, sale price $94  SOLD

"Beatdown"
412 lines, was $206, sale price $103

"One Call Away"
422 lines, was $211, sale price $105.50

"Touching Someone's Pain"
427 lines, was $214, sale price $107  SOLD

"Whatever I Want, Whenever I Want"
445 lines, was $223, sale price $111.50  SOLD

"A Little from the Heart"
481 lines, was $241, sale $120.50  SOLD

"Creating a Community Around Food"
516 lines, was $258, sale price $129

"Said to the Four Winds"
565 lines, was $283, sale price $141.50    SOLD by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth 

"A Wanderer with a Purpose"
572 lines, was $286, sale price $143

"Forever in Your Broken Heart"
592 lines, was $296, sale price $148

"The Most Precious Right of Every Citizen"
598 lines, was $299, sale price $149.50

"For Any Creative Assignment"
600 lines, was $300, sale price $150    SOLD by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth 

"The Archetype of the Beauty"
624 lines, was $312, sale price $156

"What A Win Looks Like"
623 lines, was $312, sale price $156  SOLD

"Always Repay the Cost”
650 lines, was $325, sale price $162.50

"A Way to Make Right"
666 lines, was $333, sale price $166.50

"What You're Afraid to Ask For"
790 lines, was $395, sale price $197.50

"Only If It Is Embraced"
1083 lines, was $542, sale price $271

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