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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, January 20 through Sunday, January 26. 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 $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 is only one open epic at present, so you're free to open more if you wish. "Celebrate and Cherish" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Mallory. It needs $63.50 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. 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.
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"A Lively Feast"
"Between the Normal and the Abnormal"
"Always Carry Your Goodness"
"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"
"The Arc of the Mental Universe"
"So Often Alone"
"An Iron Fist"
"Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure"

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 page for Shiv.

Poems that unlock sequels: "Because We Are All Unique," "Without Diversity" "Alstroemeria," "The Making of a Wonderful Sculpture"

Poems that have prerequisites: "Without Diversity," "Alstroemeria," "Watching The Water Department," "To Be Something Stronger and Better"

39 poems, $8,273 ÷ 2 = $4,136.50
prices from $7.50 to $283

BROKEN ANGELS (2 poems, was $362, sale price $181)

"By Our Every Action"
Story Date: Monday, October 5, 2015
Faster Blaster asks for help with soup issues.
221 lines, was $111, sale price $55.50  SOLD to [personal profile] mama_kestrel 

"A Sanctuary for Those in Danger"
Story Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
New people come to the Broken Angels.
501 lines, was $251, sale price $125.50  SOLD to [personal profile] mama_kestrel 

FORTRESSA (2 poems, was $187, sale price $93.50)

"Quality, Convenience and Tech Experience"
Story Date: Monday, November 30, 2015
Fortressa tries out a bodysuit with lightweight armor.
177 lines, was $89, sale price $44.50

"When Life Throws You Some Curves"
Penny works on designs for a plus-size customer.
Story Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015
195 lines, was $98, sale price $49

RUTLEDGE (5 poems, was $1032, sale price $516)

"Out of Suffering"
Story Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011-Monday, April 7, 2014
Summary: Ibrahim Khaled makes a long journey from Damascus, Syria to Rutledge, Vermont.
367 lines, was $184, sale price $92

"Because We Are All Unique"
Plagued by shrinking population, a town in Terramagne-Vermont considers inviting Syrian refugees to join them.
840 lines, was $420, sale price $210  SOLD for Mom & Dad

"Without Diversity"
Rutledge citizens debate and vote on the refugee issue.
413 lines, was $207, sale price $103.50
Available for publication after "Because We Are All Unique" has been sponsored and posted.

A florist helps a Syrian refugee in Rutledge.
179 lines, was $90, sale price $45
Available for publication after "Because We Are All Unique" has been sponsored and posted.

"Watching The Water Department"
Students at a French immersion school watch television together and talk about the show, relating it to their own experiences.
261 lines, was $131, sale price $65.50
Available for publication after "Because We Are All Unique" has been sponsored and posted.

SHIV (20 poems, was $5109, sale price $2554.50)

"Work Worth Doing"
Shiv wakes up in an unfamiliar place, and has to figure out how to fit into his new gang.
511 lines, was $256, sale price $128  POOL with [personal profile] fuzzyred[personal profile] book_worm5, and [personal profile] technoshaman 

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

"Because the Therapist Continues to Grow"
Story Date: Monday, November 24, 2014
Summary: Dr. G searches for places to learn new skills.
200 lines, was $100, sale price $50  SOLD to [personal profile] janetmiles 

"All the Beautiful Lights"
Story Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Shiv and Luci enjoy a holiday cruise on Lake Manawa.
824 lines, was $412, sale price $206  POOL with [personal profile] fuzzyred[personal profile] book_worm5, and [personal profile] technoshaman 

"Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Story Date: Evening of Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Molly takes care of Gray after the incident with Chyou.
558 lines, was $279, sale price $139.50

"Survive the Recovery"
Story Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Shiv meets with Dr. G to talk about what happened with Chyou.
828 lines, was $414, sale price $207

"A Fine Sweater"
Story Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Summary: Shiv and Luci knit up some of their sari yarn.
223 lines, was $112, sale price $56  POOL with [personal profile] fuzzyred[personal profile] book_worm5, and [personal profile] technoshaman 

"The Cutting of the Gem"
Story Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Tolli takes Shiv to a rock and gem shop.
555 lines, was $278, sale price $139

"The Most Genius Thing That Man Created"
Story Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Summary: Shiv gives Molly the knife that Tolli and Simon commissioned.
127 lines, was $64, sale price $32

"Wanting a Little of Everything"
Story Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
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

"Conducive to Thought"
Story Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Shiv begins knitting a brain to help him understand anatomy better.
558 lines, was $279, sale price $139.50  SOLD to [personal profile] librarygeek 

"Another Expression of Art"
Story Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Summary: A nutritionist visits Blues Moon to talk about food as edible art and how to make a healthier menu.
586 lines, was $293, sale price $146.50

"Those Tiny, Negative Elements"
When Shiv makes a mistake in Motor City, he tries to make up for it according to local custom. It does not go well.
963 lines, was $482, sale price $241

"The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Story Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Summary: Pain's Gray and Shiv discover Indian food.
370 lines, was $185, sale price $92.50

"Delicious Nemeses"
Story Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Immediately follows "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Summary: Gray wants to try making Indian food at home, and Shiv helps.
351 lines, was $176, sale price $88

"As a Form of Cultural Bricolage"
Story Date: Monday, August 3, 2015
Summary: Shiv, Luci, Tolli, and Simon watch a new television show about jerryrigging.
309 lines, was $155, sale price $77.50

"Happy Accidents"
Story Date: Sunday, August 27, 2015
Summary: Shiv takes a lesson in wet-on-wet painting, and gets a suggestion of where to look for more.
180 lines, was $90, sale price $45  SOLD for Mom & Dad

"Happy Little Trees"
Story Date: Sunday, August 27, 2015
Summary: Shiv looks up some old painting videos online and falls in love with the style.
358 lines, was $179, sale price $89.50

"The Sharpness of the Sword"
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Luci is interested in one of the boys at school. The sword really isn't.
126 lines, was $63, sale price $31.50

"The Making of a Wonderful Sculpture"
Story Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Summary: Shiv, Tolli, and Simon visit the Raleigh Metalwork Show.
176 lines, was $88, sale price $44

"To Be Something Stronger and Better"
Story Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Summary: After the Raleigh Metalwork show, Shiv and Tolli make things in the workshop.
462 lines, was $231, sale price $116
Available for publication after "The Making of a Wonderful Sculpture" has been sponsored and posted.

STRANGE FAMILY (3 poems, was $728, sale price $364)

"Serenity, Hope, Balance"
Story Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Genna and Pips go shopping in Amilla Vazan.
770 lines, was $385, sale price $192.50

"From Many Emotional Colors"
Story Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Summary: Genna and Dom stumble across a batik class on the beach.
137 lines, was $69, sale price $34.50

"Dans une grande âme"
Story Date: Monday, December 1, 2014
Genna does some educational troubleshooting.
547 lines, was $274, sale price $137  SOLD to [personal profile] librarygeek 

OTHER POEMS (7 poems, was $855, sale price $427.50)

"Loss Is Like a Wind"
Story Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010
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

Summary: Savoir Faire needs to keep moving.
34 lines, 13 verses, was $15, sale price $7.50  SOLD to [personal profile] lone_cat 

Story Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Fadwa Zaitoun went to extreme lengths to flee Syria.
189 lines, was $95, sale price $47.50

"Into the Thousand-Eyed Present"
Story Date: Monday, 6 April, 2015
Aidan, Saraphina, Drew, and Zipper apply for citizenship in the Maldives.
654 lines, was $327, sale price $163.50  IN MICROFUNDING NOW    

Story Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Summary: Fairybread's color-changing ability is no use in combat, but that's okay.
84 lines, was $42, sale price $21

"The Robe of Wisdom"
Story Date: Friday, December 4, 2015
Summary: An old patchwork robe assists with meditation, and inspires new ideas.
113 lines, was $56, sale price $28  SOLD  to [personal profile] janetmiles 

"Way Down Deep"
Mrrhow and her littermates talk about what they want.
48 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD to [personal profile] lone_cat 
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