This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, April 15 through Sunday, April 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 $10 to $260, 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 2 open epics, so there's room to open another.
"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins and needs $119 to be complete.
"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $229.50 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"
"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 The Big One and Shiv.
Poems that unlock sequels: "The Compass That Guides Us," "The Child Who Survived," "
In the Light of Creative Altruism"
Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life," "The Heart of Creativity," "
Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"
26 poems, $6,948 ÷ 2 = $3,474
prices from $10 to $260
THE BIG ONE (3 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.
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.
was $137, sale price $68.50
"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.
was $234, sale price $117 SOLD to Fuzzyred
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 (3 poems,
was $896, sale price $448)
"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.
was $197, sale price $98.50 SOLD to Fuzzyred
"The Consequences of Their Own Neglect"
Cold Cash, in his new guise as Ice Fog, leads his team on a bank job.
was $195, sale price $97.50 SOLD to Anthony & Shirley Barrette
"Every Man's Business"
Joshua and Pips deal with the official aftermath of Mark Hastings' attack.
was $504, sale price $252
SHIV (9 poems,
was $3010, sale price $1505)
"Survive the Recovery"
Shiv meets with Dr. G to talk about what happened with Chyou.
was $414, sale price $207
"All the Beautiful Lights"
Shiv and Luci enjoy a holiday cruise on Lake Manawa.
was $412, sale price $206
"Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Molly takes care of Gray after the incident with Chyou.
was $279, sale price $139.50
"Calming and Rewarding"
When Shiv feels restless, Elisabeth Finn invites him to bake bread and teaches him some of the more complex slashing patterns.
was $520, sale price $260
"Made Anew in a Heartbeat"
Shiv is embarrassed by dolls as a coping technique.
was $296, sale price $148
"If You Don't Have Experience Sewing"
Your teacher prompt inspired the free-verse poem "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing." When Shiv loses a button from his shirt, a helpful neighbor explains how to fix it.
was $139, sale price $69.50
"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 Child Who Survived"
Shiv goes to the Finn family tie-dye party.
was $424, sale price $212
"The Heart of Creativity"
The tie-dyed shirts are opened and revealed.
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.
OTHER POEMS (11 poems,
was $1757, sale price $878.50)
"A Frantic Resistance"
Your blind prompt contributed to "A Frantic Resistance." The superkittens meet a consultant who raises therapy cats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
was $181, sale price $90.50
"The Pursuit of Happiness"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "The Pursuit of Happiness." It explores the evolution of diverse marriage practices in Terramagne.
was $86, sale price $43 SOLD to DW user Librarygeek
Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sojourners." Genna misses hanging out with other creative folks, so Pips takes her to a coffeehouse. There she overhears some film students working on a class project featuring an eastern about influential women in history.
was $245, sale price $122.50
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 SOLD to DW user Librarygeek
"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 SOLD to DW user Librarygeek Available for posting after "In the Light of Creative Altruism" has been sponsored and published.