This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, October 15 through Sunday, October 21. 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
$5 to $363.50, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. There are three open epics at present, so no more until at least one of those concludes.
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"
"A Lively Feast"
"Between the Normal and the Abnormal"
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 pages for The Big One, Officer Pink, and Shiv.
Poems that unlock sequels: "Only the Finest," "The Compass That Guides Us," "
A Way Out of No Way," "The Scars on the Mind," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," " The Opportunity to Develop," "In the Light of Creative Altruism" The open epic "In the Depths of Your Grief" needs to be completed before all its sequels can be posted, although they can be sponsored sooner.
Poems that have prerequisites: "That Ability to Comfort," "A Different Vision of Life," "
A Way Out of No Way," "On the Other Side of Fear," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "The So-Called Truths," "Provisions for Parent Education," "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"
31 poems, $8207 ÷ 2 = $4103.50
prices from $5 to $363.50
THE BIG ONE (9 poems,
"A World Built from the Bottom Up"
A hippie prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A World Built from the Bottom Up." Bellychord witnesses her intentional community torn apart by an earthquake, then starts to pick up the pieces.
"In the Tremor of the Earthquake"
"In the Tremor of the Earthquake" is a free-verse poem on the first day, showing the minor shakeup in Mercedes and then their organization of relief efforts for refugees from other places hit worse.
"No Es Problema"
This inspired the free-verse poem "No Es Problema." A group of people in Los Angeles evacuate to a shelter in the hills above the city, coping with various challenges along the way.
"That Strength You Get from a Team"
This inspired the free-verse poem "That Strength You Get from a Team." Calliope and Vagary join the rescue efforts in Rain City.
"Only the Finest"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Only the Finest." Skink and Rizal respond to the casualties pouring into Las Vegas, Nevada from southern California after the earthquakes.
"A Sacredness in Tears"
"A Sacredness in Tears" is written in free verse. Joseph Elkdog finds out about his sister's disappearance and falls apart. The other Iron Horses take care of him.
"At the Subtlest Levels of Function"
This inspired the free-verse poem "At the Subtlest Levels of Function." After the earthquake on the West Coast of America, Dr. Infanta takes care of the casualties teleported to the Maldives.
"That Ability to Comfort"
This inspired the free-verse poem "That Ability to Comfort." Skink deals with the aftermath of his overzealous healing efforts.
Available for posting after "Only the Finest" has been sponsored and published.
"Courage, a Contradiction of Terms"
A backchannel prompt from mama_kestrel inspired the free-verse poem "Courage, a Contradiction in Terms." Eugene Jacoby talks to Junket about Granny Whammy's motivations for sacrifice.
IRON HORSES (2 poems,
"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life." After the unpleasant incident with Mick, Kenzie seeks help from the tribe's psychiatrist, Pretty Ears.
was $576, sale price $288 In microfunding now by POOL
"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 SOLD to POOL
MARIONETTES (3 poems,
was $1380, sale price $690)
"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
"A Different Vision of Life"
Frustrated by not knowing Italian, Griffin decides to learn it with superpowered assistance.
was $412, sale price $206
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.
was $610, sale price $305 SOLD to Anthony & Shirley Barrette
MERCEDES (2 poems,
was $1013, sale price $506.50)
"With a Warm and Tender Hand"
This inspired the free-verse poem "With a Warm and Tender Hand." Pips needs testing to recalibrate his glasses, which is all kinds of no fun. Joshua goes along to provide comfort and practical support.
was $727, sale price $363.50
"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
OFFICER PINK (3 poems,
was $652, sale price $326)
"Ten Minutes You Didn't Have"
A needs prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Ten Minutes You Didn't Have." Ansel invites Turq to lunch with some friends, in which they all have a good time and everyone's needs are gracefully accommodated.
was $216, sale price $108 SOLD o Anthony & Shirley Barrette
"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 SOLD to POOL Available for publication after the rest of "In the Depths of Your Grief" has 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 "
In the Depths of Your Grief" and "A Way Out of No Way" have been sponsored and posted.
SHIV (9 poems,
was $2438, sale price $1219)
"When We Feel Flayed"
With Shiv gone nonverbal, Pain's Gray calls Dr. G for advice.
was $188, sale price $94 SOLD to POOL
"Willing to Share in the Scary Stuff"
Dr. G and Pain's Gray coax Shiv into talking about how the scene went wrong and how to prevent that from happening again.
was $440, sale price $220
"Holiday in Handcuffs"
After Pain's Gray has a major flashback, Shiv helps him recover.
was $270, sale price $135
"An Opportunity to Develop"
Alvie explores two possible schools -- a public school and a private Christian one -- in Lincoln along with her parents, Dr. G, and Manushi.
was $160, sale price $80 SOLD to janetmiles
"Provisions for Parent Education"
Since nobody is thrilled with the schools in Lincoln, they move on to Omaha, which offers much better options including a college prep school and a Montessori school. They also scout job and housing opportunities in case of a move.
was $297, sale price $148.50 Available for posting after "An Opportunity to Develop" has been sponsored and published.
"His Kitchen Garden"
A backchannel prompt inspired the triolet "His Kitchen Garden." Shiv is growing herbs.
was $10, sale price $5 SOLD
"The Scars on the Mind"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Scars on the Mind." Shiv gets an unexpected opportunity to address past damage.
was $305, sale price $152.50
"The Worst Word in the Dictionary"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Worst Word in the Dictionary." Shiv picks up his half of a trade.
was $182, sale price $91
Available for publication after "The Scars on the Mind" has been sponsored and posted.
"The So-Called Truths"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The So-Called Truths." Shiv deals with the unsettling aftermath of personal repairs.
was $586, sale price $293
Available for publication after "The Scars on the Mind" and "The Worst Word in the Dictionary" have been sponsored and posted.
OTHER POEMS (2 poems,
was $301, sale price $150.50)
These two poems go together:
"In the Light of Creative Altruism"
This inspired the free-verse poem "In the Light of Creative Altruism." When a college student starts flickering, other people around him begin to copy what he's doing. This is only sometimes a good thing.
was $183, sale price $91.50
"Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending." Divinity student Micha Bautista meets Dazhawn Alvarez, whose superpower is Projective Altruism.
was $118, sale price $59
Available for posting after "In the Light of Creative Altruism" has been sponsored and published.