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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, August 19 through Sunday, August 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 $10 to $283, 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.
"Everyone Can Dance" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and needs $193.50 to be complete.
"What Survives the Whole Process" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Fortressa and needs $113 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. If you host a pool, please close it the day before the sale closes, so you have time to collect funds and turn them in on time.

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 Aquariana, Berettaflies, The Big One, and Shiv.

Poems that unlock sequels: "The Compass That Guides Us," "Shattered by the Truth," "Any Direction You Choose," "Already Where You Want to Be," "A Form of Escapism," "The Caliber of People," "Dissolving the Barrier"
Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life," "The Bravest and Most Lucid Thing," "Celebrate and Cherish," "Conducive to Thought," "A Form of Escapism," "Thrust to the Level," "Dissolving the Barrier," "Broken Angels"

34 poems, $8,713 ÷ 2 = $4,356.50
prices from $10 to $283

AQUARIANA (2 poems, was $321, sale price $160.50)

"Not a Drug on Earth"
Ras el Hanout speaks with President Latheef about Aunt Flo's Flushies and addictive substances.
305 lines, was $153, sale price $76.50 SOLD to POOL

"The Best Richness"
Fast-forward almost a year, to January of 2016, and see how events are unfolding in the Maldives and its new neighbor Thalassia. There are also some new challenges to consider.
335 lines, was $168, sale price $84 SOLD to POOL

BERETTAFLIES (3 poems, was $332, sale price $166)

"Shattered by the Truth"
Limestrike breaks up with the Spectrum. They do not take it very well.
46 lines, was $20, sale price $10 SOLD to POOL

"The Bravest and Most Lucid Thing"
Feeling guilty for his part in releasing the berettaflies, Limestrike surrenders himself to Valor's Widow.
447 lines, was $224, sale price $112 SOLD to POOL
Available for publication after "Shattered by the Truth" has been sponsored and posted.

"Puppydog Eyes"
Several months after the berettaflies get loose in Easy City, Facet responds to another call about bugeyed puppies, this time West Highland White Terriers.
176 lines, was $88, sale price $44 SOLD to POOL

BROKEN ANGELS (3 poems, was $1032, sale price $516)

These three poems go together and introduce Broken Angels, a Lincoln-based spinoff from Shiv.

"The Caliber of People"
Faster Blaster sets up in Lincoln, Nebraska and begins looking for people to form a gang.
270 lines, was $135, sale price $67.50 SOLD to POOL

"Dissolving the Barrier"
Lincoln policeman Ned Sterling observes little changes in town and helps out one of the homeless boys.
990 lines, was $495, sale price $247.50
Available for publication after "The Caliber of People" has been sponsored and posted.

"Broken Angels"
Faster Blaster expands his gang.
804 lines, was $402, sale price $201
Available for publication after "The Caliber of People" and "Dissolving the Barrier" have been sponsored and posted.

FORTRESSA (2 poems, was $227, sale price $113.50)

"A Form of Escapism"
Not all designers like the one-month challenge, but this gives Penny and the Pit Group some interesting ideas.
291 lines, was $146, sale price $73
Available for publication after the open epic "What Survives the Whole Process" has been completed.

"Thrust to the Level"
Many battlesuits are built by hacks. Fortressa is not impressed. Penny is downright appalled.
162 lines, was $81, sale price $40.50
Available for publication after the open epic "What Survives the Whole Process" has been completed and "Any Direction You Choose" has been sponsored and posted.

MALLORY (3 poems, was $847, sale price $432.50)

"Uptime Girl"
This really sounded like the description of a TV show, so I wove it into Polychrome Heroics that way. "Uptime Girl" is a free-verse poem about Heron and Mallory watching the first episode together, in which Clementine Hill tries to find a good place in the past to build a new time machine, and meets some interesting downtimers.
99 lines, was $50, sale price $25 SOLD to POOL

"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 $3962, sale price $1981)

"A Weird Tension"
When art therapy reminds Shiv of his unpleasant past, he loses his temper.
811 lines, was $406, sale price $203

"Where the Fruit Is"
Dr. Bloch gets a load of exotic fruit and asks Shiv to help him introduce it to other inmates.
269 lines, was $135, sale price $67.50

"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

"The Cutting of the Gem"
Tolli takes Shiv to a rock and gem shop.
555 lines, was $278, sale price $139

"Wanting a Little of Everything"
After several casual meetings, Shiv and Luci finally get together with Bennett for a deeper discussion about kink in general and switching in particular.
1132 lines, was $566, sale price $283

"A Gravel and Cream Sandwich"
Shiv is having a fine time at the Finn party until Aidan approaches, and then it is not fine at all.
510 lines, was $255, sale price $127.50 SOLD to POOL

"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 SOLD to POOL

"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.

STRANGE FAMILY (2 poems, was $519, sale price $259.50)

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

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

OTHER POEMS (6 poems, was $685, sale price $342.50)

"Condensed Soup"
A teen boy can only conceal his flickering for so long.
138 lines, was $69, sale price $34.50

"The Ever-Changing Anthem"
Mamlambo opens the summer games with a verse describing events to come.
52 lines, was $20, sale price $10

"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 SOLD to POOL

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 SOLD to POOL
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