This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, November 19 through Sunday, November 25. 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
$7.50 to $363.50, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. 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.
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.
"The Open Gyre"
"Growing Green, Growing Gold"
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"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 get the quarter-price rate. 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," "On the Other Side of Fear," "The Scars on the Mind," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "
Confused, Screwed Up, but Here," " Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There," " A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose," " Emptier of Bad Thoughts," "In the Light of Creative Altruism" Note that sponsoring "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here" will unlock Siliconshaman's story "Screwed" in addition to setting up the four subsequent poems.
Poems that have prerequisites: "That Ability to Comfort," "A Different Vision of Life," "Those Who Have Suffered," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "The So-Called Truths," "
Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There," " A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose," " Emptier of Bad Thoughts," "Whatever You Seek," "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"
31 poems, $8246 ÷ 2 = $4123
prices from $7.50 to $363.50
THE BIG ONE (9 poems,
was $1662, sale price $831)
"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.
was $144, sale price $72
"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.
274 lines, was $137, sale price $68.50
"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.
was $256, sale price $128 SOLD
"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.
was $154, sale price $77
"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.
was $170, sale price $85 SOLD
"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.
was $234, sale price $117
"That Ability to Comfort"
This inspired the free-verse poem "That Ability to Comfort." Skink deals with the aftermath of his overzealous healing efforts.
was $195, sale price $97.50
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.
was $174, sale price $87 SOLD
"The Keeper of His Identity"
Your prompt about She Walks in Mist inspired the free-verse poem "The Keeper of His Identity." Joseph Elkdog learns that his sister is still alive, and hurries to visit her.
was $198, sale price $99 SOLD
MARIONETTES (2 poems,
was $770, sale price $385)
"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.
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 SOLD
OFFICER PINK (2 poems,
was $879, sale price $439.50)
"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 SOLD
"Those Who Have Suffered"
Ansel and Turq deal with one of the more substantially injured centaurs.
was $562, sale price $281
Available for publication after the rest of "On the Other Side of Fear" has been sponsored and posted.
SHIV (12 poems,
was $2901, sale price $1450.50)
"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 SOLD
"Holiday in Handcuffs"
After Pain's Gray has a major flashback, Shiv helps him recover.
was $270, sale price $135
"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
"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.
"21 Ways That Supervillains Say No"
This free-verse poem lists some ways that black capes express refusal.
was $15, sale price $7.50 SOLD
Siliconshaman sent me a backchannel prompt to weave with a storyline he's developing for Shiv and Luci. It starts with his story "Tangle." I have written a set of sequential poems. There will likely be more from both of us later as events unfold.
"Confused, Screwed Up, but Here"
This poem is written in free verse. Following the events of "Tangle," Shiv falls prey to Chyou's attention. Luci's attempts to soothe his jangled nerves are interrupted by her family demanding her attention.
was $160, sale price $80 SOLD Sponsoring this will unlock the story "Screwed" by Siliconshaman.
"Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There"
This poem is written in free verse. Shiv flees from Blues Moon and seeks refuge with Tolli and Simon.
was $116, sale price $58 SOLD Available for publication after "Confused, Screwed Up, but Here" has been posted.
"A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose"
This poem is written in free verse. Righteously pissed over what happened to Shiv, Tolli calls Boss White to give him an earful.
was $107, sale price $53.50 SOLD Available for publication after "Confused, Screwed Up, but Here" and "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There" have been posted.
"Emptier of Bad Thoughts"
This poem is written in free verse. Simon suggests comfort cooking as a way to help Shiv feel safer and stop thinking about what just happened.
was $310, sale price $155 SOLD Available for publication after "Confused, Screwed Up, but Here," "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There," and "A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose" have been posted.
"Whatever You Seek"
This poem is written in free verse. When Shiv gets stressed by holidays and winter weather, Luci suggests an anime marathon to unwind.
was $113, sale price $56.50
Available for publication after "
Confused, Screwed Up, but Here," "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There," "A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose," and "Emptier of Bad Thoughts" have been posted.
OTHER POEMS (4 poems,
was $1021, sale price $510.50)
"The Hottest Blood of All"
Your prompt about grief inspired the free-verse poem "The Hottest Blood of All." A boating collision in the Maldives leads to some major life changes for our whales. This is hardcore hurt/comfort, but it has some hopeful aspects.
was $603, sale price $302.50
"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
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.