This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Tuesday, May 18 through Sunday, May 24. 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 $19.50 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 are two open epics at present. "Protect the Forests" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. It needs $266.50 to be complete. "Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. It needs $109.50 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"
"Always Carry Your Goodness"
"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"
"The Arc of the Mental Universe"
"So Often Alone"
"Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure"
"The Bushfire Shawl"
"Putting Everything in Its Place"
"The Wingspan Wrap"
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, The Big One, and Shiv.
Poems that unlock sequels: "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Poems that have prerequisites: "Delicious Nemeses"
26 poems, $5,130 ÷ 2 = $2,565
prices from $19.50 to $283
AQUARIANA (2 poems,
was $455, sale price $227.50)
"How to Hold the Darkness"
Story Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Graham returns to the Maldives to talk with Steel and Shale, which brings up a lot of intense emotions for everyone.
was $312, sale price $156 POOL
"The Paramount Importance of One’s Fishing Companions"
Story Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Summary: Tolli and Simon try teaming up with the whales to catch fish.
was $143, sale price $71.50 POOL
THE BIG ONE (4 poems,
was $364, sale price $182)
"Think First of the Action"
Story Date: Monday, May 30, 2016
Anxiety Girl manages an Anxiety Relief Station a couple days after the Big One.
was $121, sale price $60.50 POOL
"The Mother of Trees to Come"
Story Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Summary: After the Big One, a childless woman decides to adopt baby redwoods.
was $157, sale price $78.50 POOL
"Close Attention Is Paid to Their Actions"
Story Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
Summary: After the Big One, people struggle to restore a sense of order, and the crows help.
was $47, sale price $23.50 POOL
"Because Her Darkness Burns So Brightly"
Story Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Summary: In the wake of the earthquake, new powers rise to care for the land -- and a cat who once walked by himself, no longer does.
was $39, sale price $19.50 POOL
DR. INFANTA (2 poems,
was $316, sale price $158)
"Play with a Sense of Destiny"
Story Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Alicia Martins explores a new playground in Onion City.
was $145, sale price $72.50 POOL
RUTLEDGE (2 poems,
was $348, sale price $174)
"Where Change Can Take Place"
Story Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Rutledge citizens -- including Muslims, Christians, and a Satanist -- make preparations to welcome the Syrian refugees. But not everyone is on board with this plan.
was $140, sale price $70
"Often the Beginning of Great Enterprises"
Story Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Summary: Oscar Paton comes up with another idea to improve the economy in Rutledge.
was $208, sale price $104 POOL
SHIV (11 poems,
was $2999, sale price $1499.50)
"The Cutting of the Gem"
Story Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Tolli takes Shiv to a rock and gem shop.
was $278, sale price $139
"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.
was $566, sale price $283
"A Fresh Opportunity to Make a Mark"
Story Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Shiv's first day in Motor City has some ups and downs.
was $276, sale price $138
"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.
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.
was $185, sale price $92.50
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.
was $176, sale price $88
Available for publication after "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors" has been sponsored and posted.
"Who Chose the Darkness"
Story Date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Shiv meets a couple of goths at Blues Moon and they talk.
was $137, sale price $68.50 POOL
"Selected as Staff"
Story Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015
Summary: Shiv asks Mrs. Dr. G how to deal with a pregnant cat.
was $100, sale price $50
"More Valuable Than Money"
Story Date: Friday, September 4, 2015
Summary: This inspired the free-verse poem "More Valuable Than Money." Boss White and Shiv deal with a bit of petty fraud at Blues Moon.
was $43, sale price $21.50 POOL
Story Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Summary: Shiv talks to Aidan and Dr. G about why he doesn't like church or priests.
(Warning for graphic implications of child abuse.)
was $260, sale price $130
"Like Hugging an Alley Cat"
Story Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Holiday activities cause a tangle between Shiv and Edison.
was $496, sale price $248 SOLD to Mom & Dad
STRANGE FAMILY (3 poems,
was $264, sale price $132)
"From Many Emotional Colors"
Story Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Summary: Genna and Dom stumble across a batik class on the beach.
was $69, sale price $34.50
"The Cardinal Sin of Satanism"
Story Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Summary: While seeking new spiritual resources, Genna stumbles across the local Satanists. She is disturbed by how much she has in common with them.
was $116, sale price $58
"Independence, Dignity, and Freedom of Spirit"
Story Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Summary: Genna introduces Hatter to a cat therapist.
was $79, sale price $39.50
OTHER POEMS (2 poems,
was $384, sale price $192)
"Loss Is Like a Wind"
Story Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Summary: A drowning death inspires people to take concrete steps to prevent future tragedies.
was $300, sale price $150 SOLD to Mom & Dad
"Two Thirds of Our Miseries"
Story Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Summary: Dazhawn struggles to learn his superpower, but not everyone is careful about dealing with it.
was $84, sale price $42 POOL