This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, June 18 through Sunday, June 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
$10 to $342, 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 an open epic 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.
"We Will Fade into You"
"The Open Gyre"
"Growing Green, Growing Gold"
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"The Attack of the Dragon Shrimp"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"Cleaning Achnai's Oven"
"An Innocence Reclaimed"
SPECIAL: The above linkback is functional in this week's half-price sale, unlike most sales where it's just for our bookkeeping convenience. We have a goal of $700 based on the need to fund a new computer for my partner Doug, whose old computer is dying. I have a bunch of short demifiction items from Polychrome Heroics which I am offering as perks, one activated at each $100 threshold. These include newspaper articles from Rabid City, television commercials, and a replicable pattern for planting shelterbelts.
"The Gaslight Goes Out"
"Anti-Soup Agitators Open the Sealed Evil in a Can"
"Painting the Town Red"
"Rapid City Gets Cold Shoulder"
"Community Kitchen Bread Commercial"
"A Ham Is ..." Commercials
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 Aquariana, Cuoio and Chiara, Officer Pink, and Shiv.
Poems that unlock sequels: "
Even If It Is in Flames," " Severance Pay," " What Keeps Us Happy," " Defeating Tough Weather"
Poems that have prerequisites: "
Burnt and Experienced Hands," " A Way to Make Right," " A Healing Force," " Working Outside in the Elements"
33 poems, $7433 ÷ 2 = $3716.50
prices from $10 to $342
AQUARIANA (5 poems,
"A Boat to Go Chasing the Whales"
Your prompt about Dr. Infanta inspired the free-verse poem "A Boat to Go Chasing the Whales." Aquariana leads an ocean tour for Alicia and Judd to meet Steel and Moderato. Alicia has a yacht. The result is mostly fun with a little angst.
was $213, sale price $106.50 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.
was $164, sale price $82 SOLD
"To Be Able to Rise from the Earth"
Your Maldives prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Be Able to Rise from the Earth." An immigrant presents the President with a space program in a briefcase.
was $94, sale price $47 SOLD
"Flowing into the Future"
Your prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Flowing into the Future." Aunt Flo wants to immigrate to the Maldives with her research for improving women's lives.
was $99, sale price $49.50 SOLD
"There I See the Kraken Rising"
Your decloaking prompt inspired the free-verse poem "There I See the Kraken Rising." A meeting in the Maldives begins an alliance that will benefit both the island nation and Kraken.
was $332, sale price $166 SOLD
CUOIO AND CHIARA (2 poems,
was $560, sale price $280)
"Without Having to Speak"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "Without Having to Speak," a sequel to "Small Beautiful Bones." Cuoio's new Family wants to know how his team is doing after the incident.
was $264, sale price $132 SOLD to Daisiesrockalot & Curiosity
"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.
was $296, sale price $148 SOLD to Daisiesrockalot & Curiosity
IRON HORSES (2 poems,
was $428, sale price $214)
"What Keeps Us Happy"
Some of your prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "What Keeps Us Happy." Kenzie gets to meet a bunch more people on the reservation, and everyone brings goodies.
was $147, sale price $73.50 SOLD
"A Healing Force"
Your Iron Horses prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Healing Force." Kenzie is mostly recovered on a physical level, then starts showing symptoms of mental stress now that he has enough energy to start processing what happened to him. His new family provides support.
was $281, sale price $140.50 SOLD
Available for posting after "What Keeps Us Happy" has been sponsored and published.)
OFFICER PINK (3 poems,
was $394, sale price $197)
"Defeating Tough Weather"
Turq talks over his night with Janie and Ansel, then they go to deal with the aftermath of the snowstorm.
was $209, sale price $105.50 SOLD
"Working Outside in the Elements"
Turq joins the Snowbirds to shovel snow after a storm.
was $79, sale price $39.50 SOLD
Available for posting after "Defeating Tough Weather" has been sponsored and published.)
"Light Your Fire First"
Your prompt about Turq inspired the free-verse poem "Light Your Fire First." Ansel takes steps to make sure that Turq can stay warm in winter.
was $106, sale price $53 SOLD
SHIV (6 poems,
was $2349, sale price $1174.50)
"The One That Keeps Demanding"
Your first prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The One That Keeps Demanding." Dr. G brings some social stories for Shiv, and due to past abuse, Shiv loses his shit. Dr. G lets him vent, and then invites him to write anti-social stories.
was $630, sale price $315 SOLD
"Even If It Is in Flames"
Your prompt about bad tape inspired the free-verse poem "Even If It Is in Flames." The inside of Shiv's head is a mess, even before his attempt to make breakfast ends in utter disaster.
was $94, sale price $47 SOLD
"Burnt and Experienced Hands"
Your "bad tape" prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Burnt and Experienced Hands." After the kitchen fire upstairs, Cook takes care of Shiv.
was $248, sale price $124 SOLD Available for publication after "Even If It Is in Flames" has been sponsored and posted.
"Moving Objects with His Hands"
Your intelligence prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Moving Objects with His Hands." Shiv and Jaxon visit the Finns. Shiv finds math manipulatives equally enticing and overwhelming.
was $681, sale price $340.50 SOLD to Daisiesrockalot & Curiosity
"Conscious of the Injustice"
After Shiv brings a new girl to the gang, Boss White calls Dr. G for help dealing with what he saw in her mind.
was $196, sale price $98 SOLD
"One Moment of Opportunity"
Simon meets Batir in the Lincoln penitentiary. Things are not going at all well for Batir in there.
was $500, sale price $250 SOLD to Daisiesrockalot & Curiosity
SKINK (2 poems,
was $495, sale price $247.50)
Following a nasty cape incident, the police offer Skink a way out of supervillainy.
was $162, sale price $81 SOLD
"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.
was $333, sale price $166.50 SOLD Available for publication after "Severance Pay" has been sponsored and posted.
MISCELLANEOUS (13 poems,
was $2305, sale price $1152.50)
"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.
was $58, sale price $29 SOLD for DW user Mashfanfichick on June 27-28
"Retreading a New Trail"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Retreading a New Trail." Traumatic manifestation of superpowers bring new challenges and opportunities.
was $34, sale price $17 SOLD
"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.
was $86, sale price $43 SOLD
"The Windows of Your Home"
Summary: Fireheart helps a cousin-by-marriage deal with her superpowered son.
was $34, sale price $17 SOLD
"The Gossamer Threads of Trust"
A quiet outing for Pips and Joshua gives them a chance to deepen their relationship and talk about the challenges of running a suddenly expanded household. Then one of the town bullies assaults Pips, and Joshua deals with the aftermath. This is hardcore hurt/comfort with a focus on competence, loyalty, and trust.
was $341, sale price $170.50 SOLD
"Where You Begin to Learn New Things"
Your prompt about Riley inspired the free-verse poem "Where You Begin to Learn New Things." The second appointment of the day introduces Riley to a sex/gender doctor who proves very helpful.
was $684, sale price $342 SOLD
Some DW prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Homemade Families." Several young adults, recently aged out of the foster system, come together in a class on family skills.
was $345, sale price $172.50 HOLD for Mom & Dad (end of month)
"The Friend in My Adversity"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Friend in My Adversity." The morning after the attack, Joshua and Pips start dealing with the fallout. This is mostly hurt/comfort fluff with some serious bits.
was $347, sale price $173.50 HOLD for Mom & Dad (end of month)
"A Challenging Family"
From this I got the free-verse poem "A Challenging Family." Keras muses over the ups and downs of his unique family.
was $53, sale price $26.50 SOLD
"The Light of Intelligence"
This inspired "The Light of Intelligence." Heidi needs to find a placement for a thrice-exceptional girl: legally blind, unusually smart, and superpowered.
was $127, sale price $63.50 SOLD
"No One Has to Wait"
Your intelligence prompt inspired the free-verse poem "No One Has to Wait." T-Britannia has an organization for refugee superkids, some of whom are super-intellects.
was $78, sale price $39 SOLD
"A Recipe for Affection"
In Terramagne-America, children with disabilities are often paired together to help each other through life. In this case, Bob was born without a conscience and Tom was born without feet. They do just fine together.
was $20, sale price $10 SOLD
"Above All Else, a Variable"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Above All, a Variable." A technomancer puts on a display at a trade show.
was $98, sale price $49 SOLD