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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, June 17 through Friday, Junel 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 $43 to $310, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.

NOTE: This sale shorter than usual, because I have obligations toward the end of the month, in hopes that I can get all the sponsored poems posted before then. Additional funds would be most helpful in said activities.

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 $67.75 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"
"May Everything"

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.  Please close the pool by the end of the sale, so I can start posting pool poems no later than the day after the sale.

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," "Any Direction You Choose," "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing," "Already Where You Want to Be"

Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life," "Celebrate and Cherish," "To See a Doll of Yourself," "Conducive to Thought"

31 poems, $10,371 ÷ 2 = $5,185.50
prices from $43 to $310

THE BIG ONE (2 poems, was $281, sale price $140.50)

"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

MALLORY (3 poems, was $912, sale price $456)

"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

"Any Direction You Choose"
Heron and Mallory discuss educational options for Dairinne.
493 lines, was $247, sale price $123.50

"Celebrate and Cherish"
Mallory, Heron, and Dairinne explore the Allerton Circle School.
1100 lines, was $550, sale price $275
Available for publication after "Any Direction You Choose" has been sponsored and posted.

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.

SHIV (11 poems, was $4319, sale price $2159.50)

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

"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

"Calming and Rewarding"
When Shiv feels restless, Elisabeth Finn invites him to bake bread and teaches him some of the more complex slashing patterns.
1039 lines, was $520, sale price $260

"Already Where You Want to Be"
Heron helps Shiv adjust to faster reflexes after healing.
836 lines, was $418, sale price $209

"Conducive to Thought"
Shiv begins knitting a brain to help him understand anatomy better.
558 lines, was $279, sale price $139.50
Available for publication after "Already Where You Want to Be" has been sponsored and posted.

"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.
277 lines, was $139, sale price $69.50

"To See a Doll of Yourself"
Shiv helps out with a dollmaking party at the Finn house.
1239 lines, was $620, sale price $310
Available after "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing" has been sponsored and published.

"Already Where You Want to Be"
Heron helps Shiv adjust to faster reflexes after healing.
836 lines, was $418, sale price $209

"Conducive to Thought"
Shiv begins knitting a brain to help him understand anatomy better.
558 line, was $279, sale price $139.50
Available for publication after "Already Where You Want to Be" has been sponsored and posted.

"Everyone Can Dance"
Tolli and Simon invite Shiv and Luci to their wedding, and teach them about wheelchair dancing.
1081 lines, was $541, sale price $270.50 SOLD

INDIVIDUAL POEMS (5 poems, was $2362, sale price $1181)

"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 SOLD to Lilliane and Curiosity

"To Perceive Patterns"

Gray welcomes Keane to Motor City and they play together.
800 lines, was $400, sale price $200 POOL


Your vestments prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Oenikika." Kenzie takes part in a sweat lodge ceremony.
611 lines, was $306, sale price $153 POOL

"Every Man's Business"

Joshua and Pips deal with the official aftermath of Mark Hastings' attack.
1008 lines, was $504, sale price $252 SOLD to Technoshaman


Set between the time Gray gets sub-dropped and the time he gains superpowers, this is a lovely evening of kink when Ricasso takes a very inexperienced, very eager Gray to the local BDSM club. No sex, but this is frankly kinkpr0n.
1097 lines, was $549, sale price $274.50

OTHER POEMS (8 poems, was $1561, sale price $780.50)

"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 POOL

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.
490 lines, was $245, sale price $122.50

Fadwa Zaitoun went to extreme lengths to flee Syria.
189 lines, was $95, sale price $47.50

"A Great Many Evil Things"
What would really happen if a white guy got a Native American spirit guide?  Nothing good.
171 lines, was $86, sale price $43

"Dans une grande âme"
Genna does some educational troubleshooting.
547 lines, was $274, sale price $137

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