This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, August 20 through Sunday, August 26. 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
$27.50 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.
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"
"Where Symbols Had the Power"
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. 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. See the thread page for Officer Pink.
Poems that unlock sequels: "The Compass That Guides Us,"
Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life,"
&"In the Depths of Your Grief," &"A Way Out of No Way," &"On the Other Side of Fear"
13 poems, $2001 ÷ 2 = $1000.50
prices from $27.50 to $305
DAMASK (2 poems,
"When You Begin to Worry"
As Mallory is settling into her new life, an acquaintance from her supervillain days tracks her down and wants to make sure she's all right. Things don't fall out the way Mallory fears.
"Only in Acceptance"
The headmates think about their relationships with each other.
MARIONETTES (3 poems,
"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.
"A Different Vision of Life"
Frustrated by not knowning Italian, Griffin decides to learn it with superpowered assistance.
Available for publication after "The Compass That Guides Us" has been sponsored and posted.
"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.
OFFICER PINK (4 poems,
"The Day That Holds All Time Together"
Turq shares Christmas Day with Ansel and Janie.
was $150, sale price $75 SOLD
"In the Depths of Your Grief"
As the raid captures more staff of the Umsetzung Complex, Turq finds out what happened to one of his cohort.
was $565, sale price $282.50 SOLD Available for publication after the rest of "When You Strike and Overcome Him" has been sponsored and posted.
"A Way Out of No Way"
When survivors are found in the Umsetzung Complex, Turq goes to speak with them and coax them out of the cell block.
was $119, sale price $59.50
Available for publication after the rest of "
When You Strike and Overcome Him" and "In the Depths of Your Grief" have been sponsored and posted.
"On the Other Side of Fear"
The centaurs begin to come out of the cell block. Ansel and Turq help them adjust.
was $317, sale price $158.50
Available for publication after the rest of "
When You Strike and Overcome Him" "In the Depths of Your Grief," and "A Way Out of No Way" have been sponsored and posted.
ASSORTED POEMS (4 poems,
was $850, sale price $425)
These all feature previous characters and threads, but I've only got one of each, and no real miscellaneous ones this time.
"Holiday in Handcuffs"
After Pain's Gray has a major flashback, Shiv helps him recover.
was $270, sale price $135
"If You Talk to Him in His Language"
Pips meets Walden. It's a bit of a bumpy ride at first.
was $286, sale price $143
"An Inner Strength"
Many Tongues is exasperated that some children knocked over a bookcase in his den. Kenzie and his friends help clean up the mess.
was $179, sale price $89.50
"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