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Half-Price Sale in Shiv - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Half-Price Sale in Shiv

This week, the poetry in the Shiv thread of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, February 19 through Sunday, February 25. This series is superhero fantasy, and the thread is urban grunge. It features themes of heroism, villainy, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $58 to $197.50. There are two open epics at present, both in Polychrome Heroics and one in Shiv.  I'd rather not open another in Shiv, but it's an option if you're really attached.  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.

At the moment, there are no poems in Shiv's thread that require prequels.  "Ten Minutes in the Life of a Pear" is a sequel of
"Creating a Community Around Food."  "One Call Away" follows "The Sharpest Dose of Reality."  "The Archetype of the Beauty" and "Return Pass" both follow "The Willingness to Learn."

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.
"Lead Us in Peace"
"We Will Fade into You"
"The Open Gyre"
"Growing Green, Growing Gold"
"Mysterious and Impermanent"

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.

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Currently available are the following poems, in series chronological order:

SHIV (9 poems, was $2189, sale price $1094.50)

"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 SOLD

"One Call Away"
Summary: Shiv calls Dr. Bloch for intimate advice on superpowered kink.
422 lines, was $211, sale price $105.50 FREE PERK

"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 SOLD

"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 SOLD

"The Archetype of the Beauty"
Continuing with Shiv's adventure, "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 SOLD

"Return Pass"
Summary: Shiv rambles around Omaha and explores more of crochet.
232 lines, was $116, sale price $58 SOLD

"How Much Patience You Have"
Summary: Shiv has to decide whether he's up to hosting an extra guest or two for Heron's next visit.
303 lines, was $152, sale price $76 SOLD

"Pick Out the Best Parts"
Summary: The Finns invite Shiv to go smelt fishing.
771 lines, was $386, sale price $193 SOLD

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 SOLD

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