This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, July 16 through Sunday, July 22. 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 $28.50 to $305, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. There are three open epics at present, and at least one more planned, so no more for now.
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"
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 buy a bigger poem. 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 ...
6 poems, $1376 ÷ 2 = $688
prices from $10 to $342
"Any Fight Worth Fighting"
Cuoio gets sent to capture some human traffickers, but the mission gets a lot more complicated than anticipated.
was $172, sale price $86 SOLD
"The Compass That Guides Us"
Griffin takes a vacation to Italy, reconnects with Glyn, and makes some new friends. They take him into the resource room to find new clothes, since he doesn't have much left between the transition and the house fire.
was $358, sale price $179
"None of It's for You"
This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It happens in Week 9, Day 5 and comes after the stories "Milk Bottles and Newspapers" and "Calling the Maid" by Dialecticdreamer.
After getting fired as a medical transport driver, Dempsey LaTour becomes a bicycle pizza delivery boy. It doesn't go a great deal better.
was $115, sale price $57.50
"Until One Is Committed"
Alfonso Durante has a nose for trouble, and he's picking on the wrong superhera.
was $57, sale price $28.50 SOLD to Mom & Dad
"Whose Qualities Are Thwarted"
A young man in Bluehill has a series of interesting encounters with a team of Italians who are setting up shop in town. The plot is neatly summarized in the prompt.
was $610, sale price $305
"Written in Dust"
This poem follows "A Pattern of Devotion" and "Always Repay the Cost" and shows how Fiddlesticks responds after the incident that nearly killed him.
was $64, sale price $32 SOLD to technoshaman