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Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, February 18 through Sunday, February 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 $2.50 to $388.50, 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. There are currently 4 open epics, so I'd rather not open another until at least one of those closes.
"Only If It Is Embraced" needs $10 to be complete.
"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" needs $229.50 to be complete.
"Love Unflinching" needs $73.50 to be complete.
"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" needs $102 to be complete.

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"
"Nascent Wisdom"
"Where Symbols Had the Power"
"A Lively Feast"
"Between the Normal and the Abnormal"
"Always Carry Your Goodness"
"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"



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 Aquariana, The Big One, Officer Pink, and Shiv.


Poems that unlock sequels: "The Compass That Guides Us," "Whatever You Do to the Animals," "The Scars on the Mind," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "The Child Who Survived," "Cut With Our Own Dust," "How We Correct Them," "In the Light of Creative Altruism"

Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life," "Reaching Out to Rescue One Another," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "The So-Called Truths," "The Heart of Creativity," "How We Correct Them," "The Courage to Admit Them," "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"







FOR SALE
42 poems, $10,721 ÷ 2 = $5360.50
prices from $2.50 to $388.50


AQUARIANA (2 poems, was $843, sale price $421.50)

"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.
1206 lines, was $603, sale price $301.50

"Not the Opposite of Life"
A backchannel prompt from DW user Dialecticdreamer inspired the free-verse poem "Not the Opposite of Life." When the winter migration brings new whales south, Steel gets into a nasty fight about religion.
480 lines, was $240, sale price $120 SOLD TO POOL


THE BIG ONE (4 poems, was $710, sale price $355)

"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.
288 lines, 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 Ability to Comfort"
This inspired the free-verse poem "That Ability to Comfort." Skink deals with the aftermath of his overzealous healing efforts.
390 words, was $195, sale price $97.50 SOLD TO POOL

"To Repair the Damage of the Lumberman"
Your backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Repair the Damage of the Lumberman." Dr. Infanta helps revive redwoods from ancient stumps.
467 lines, was $234, sale price $117


IRON HORSES (3 poems, was $515, sale price $257.50)

"As Glorious Reminders"
Kenzie admires his new scars, and Ron helps him buy clothing to show them off.
174 lines, was $87, sale price $43.50 SOLD TO POOL

"Whatever You Do to the Animals"
While scouting for deer on the Blackfeet Reservation, Warshirt runs into an unexpected emergency.
359 lines, was $180, sale price $90 SOLD TO POOL

"Reaching Out to Rescue One Another"
Warshirt takes Spotted Deer back to his cabin and cares for her.
496 lines, was $248, sale price $124 SOLD TO POOL
Available for publication after "Whatever You Do to the Animals" has been sponsored and posted.

MALLORY (2 poems, was $197, sale price $98.50)

"The Beginning of Love"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Beginning of Love." When Heron feels out of his depth, he panics quietly and in an orderly fashion. Mallory takes a while to figure out how to reassure him that he is a great father.
164 lines, was $82, sale price $41

"Intrinsically Linked with Nurturing and Love"
Your prompt contributed to the poem "Intrinsically Linked with Nurturing and Love." Mallory and Heron introduce Dairinne to solid food.
230 lines, was $115, sale price $57.50


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.
715 lines, was $358, sale price $179

"A Different Vision of Life"
Frustrated by not knowing Italian, Griffin decides to learn it with superpowered assistance.
823 lines, was $412, sale price $206
Available for publication after "The Compass That Guides Us" has been sponsored and posted.


MERCEDES (3 poems, was $397, sale price $198.50)

"The Blue Bird of Happiness"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Blue Bird of Happiness." Halley and Edison have made a videogame about birds and the pursuit of happiness. Cheersquad tests it out.
373 lines, was $197, sale price $98.50

"The Consequences of Their Own Neglect"
Cold Cash, in his new guise as Ice Fog, leads his team on a bank job.
389 lines, was $195, sale price $97.50

"Why I Named My Pet Rock 'Mom'
or, 10 Ways a Smooth Stone Is Better Than an Abusive Parent
"

Jules writes about his mother.
10 lines, was $5, sale price $2.50 SOLD


OFFICER PINK (1 poem, was $243, sale price $121.50)

"The Reality of Cruelty"
Your centaur prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Reality of Cruelty." Ansel and Turq meet some new centaurs and find out more details about the mad science going on, this time with disturbing ethnic overtones.
WARNING: Includes very touchy topics in African-American, Jewish, and Vietnamese groups.
486 lines, was $243, sale price $121.50 SOLD TO POOL


SHIV (18 poems, was $5771, sale price $2885.50)

"What Seems Like Surrender"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What Seems Like Surrender." A week after the chayne incident, Dr. Bloch notices that Shiv has an unusual response to certain types of pain.
572 lines, was $286, sale price $143 SOLD TO POOL

"Survive the Recovery"
Shiv meets with Dr. G to talk about what happened with Chyou.
828 lines, was $414, sale price $207

"How Much Love We Put in That Action"
Tolli and Simon put Shiv's needs ahead of their own, which throws Shiv into a major meltdown.
912 lines, was $456, sale price $228

"All the Beautiful Lights"
Your prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "All the Beautiful Lights." Shiv and Luci enjoy a holiday cruise on Lake Manawa.
824 lines, was $412, sale price $206

"Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Molly takes care of Gray after the incident with Chyou.
558 lines, was $279, sale price $139.50

"The Quickest Way to Know a Woman"
Some DW prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "The Quickest Way to Know a Woman." Shiv and Luci go shopping in the Old Market.
1553 lines, was $777, sale price $388.50

"Sky Blue and Grass Green"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sky Blue and Grass Green." Shiv takes a class in underpainting, then freezes up when he tries to do it in complementary colors. He gets through it with a little help, though.
303 lines, was $152, sale price $76

"Like a Hand-Sewn Quilt"
Dr. G arranges a meeting between Shiv and his foster mother Precious Wright.
885 lines, was $443, sale price $221.50 SOLD TO POOL

"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.
594 lines, 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.
610 lines, 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.
364 lines, 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.
1172 lines, 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.

"When Circumstances Are at Their Worst"
When Mrs. Dr. G is upset, Shiv responds with comfort food.
231 lines, was $116, sale price $58

"The Child Who Survived"
Shiv goes to the Finn family tie-dye party.
848 lines, was $424, sale price $212

"The Heart of Creativity"
The tie-dyed shirts are opened and revealed.
458 lines, was $229, sale price $114.50
Available for posting after "The Child Who Survived" has been sponsored and published. This will also unlock a story by  dialecticdreamer.


These three poems form a set:

"Cut With Our Own Dust"
Shiv crosses paths with Stalwart Stan and Antimatter, and carries through a plan he made back in prison. This is a terrible idea.
294 lines, was $147, sale price $73.50 SOLD TO POOL

"How We Correct Them"
Realizing he fucked up, Shiv calls Rosie for advice.
394 lines, was $197, sale price $98.50 SOLD TO POOL
Available for publication after "Cut With Our Own Dust" has been sponsored and posted.

"The Courage to Admit Them"
Shiv goes to speak with Stan and Lawrence after their encounter.
137 lines, was $69, sale price $34.50 SOLD TO POOL
Available for publication after "Cut With Our Own Dust" and "How We Correct Them" have been sponsored and posted.


OTHER POEMS (7 poems, was $1275, sale price $637.50)

"A Frantic Resistance"
Your blind prompt contributed to "A Frantic Resistance." The superkittens meet a consultant who raises therapy cats.
225 lines, was $113, sale price $56.50

"Loss Is Like a Wind"
From a previous backchannel prompt, I got the poem "Loss Is Like a Wind." A drowning death inspires people to take concrete steps to prevent future tragedies.
600 lines, was $300, sale price $150

"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.
230 lines, was $115, sale price $57.50

"Penny's Pocket Parity"
A pocket prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Penny's Pocket Parity." When a college student can't find mainstream support for her line of women's clothing with pockets, Fortressa steps in.
530 lines, was $265, sale price $132.50

"The Perfection That Eludes Us"
In "The Perfection That Eludes Us," Shannalyn defends her son Eric against kidnappers from another realm.
361 lines, was $181, sale price $90.50


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.
366 lines, 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.
236 lines, was $118, sale price $59
Available for posting after "In the Light of Creative Altruism" has been sponsored and published.

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