This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Tuesday, April 7 through Sunday, April 12. 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 $21 to $283, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.
NOTE: Due to ongoing internet issues, posting of sponsored poems may take longer than usual. Uploading material uses more data than email or blogging do. I will get the poems posted when I can. We can use all the help we can get to cover extra expenses generated by this situation, like the interim internet service. If you've been waffling over when to buy something you wanted, now is a good time.
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 two open epics at present. "Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. It needs $184.50 to be complete. "To Be Something Stronger and Better" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. It needs $66 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"
"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"
"The Bushfire Shawl"
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: "
Releasing the Parts from False Position," "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Poems that have prerequisites: "
By the Action of the Muscles," "Delicious Nemeses"
16 poems, $4,622 ÷ 2 = $2,311
prices from $21 to $283
BROKEN ANGELS (4 poems,
"Their Wings Too Heavy"
Story Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Summary: Heron meets Cas and Hali at Blues Moon.
"The Highest-Paid Professional Women"
Story Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Summary: When a nun shows up to discuss prostitution, Boss Blaster is bemused.
"Not a Sudden Problem"
Story Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015
Summary: When the Hammerheads jump the Broken Angels, unexpected developments emerge.
"Brief Bright Flames"
Story Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Summary: On Hali's birthday, Cas and Boss Blaster talk about family issues.
SHIV (10 poems,
"A Weird Tension"
When art therapy reminds Shiv of his unpleasant past, he loses his temper.
"Survive the Recovery"
Story Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Shiv meets with Dr. G to talk about what happened with Chyou.
"The Cutting of the Gem"
Story Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Tolli takes Shiv to a rock and gem shop.
"The Most Genius Thing That Man Created"
Story Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Summary: Shiv gives Molly the knife that Tolli and Simon commissioned.
"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.
"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.
"The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Story Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Summary: Pain's Gray and Shiv discover Indian food.
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.
Available for publication after "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors" has been sponsored and posted.
"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.
"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.
"Releasing the Parts from False Position"
Story Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Summary: Dr. Infanta wants a favor, and in return, Shiv asks her to fix an old problem.
"By the Action of the Muscles"
Story Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Summary: After getting his arm fixed, Shiv feels sufficiently awful to let Heron take care of him with a minimum of protest.