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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 17 through Sunday, August 23. 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 $24.50 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. "The Best Understanding of Their Differences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Calliope. It needs $151 to be complete. "Protect the Forests" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. It needs $185.50 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"
"Gökotta"
"The Arc of the Mental Universe"
"So Often Alone"
"An Iron Fist"
"The Bushfire Shawl"
"Petrichor"
"Putting Everything in Its Place"
"Everything That Blooms"
"Two Ends of a Spectrum"
"In the Shade of the Mighty Oak"





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 Berettaflies and Shiv.


Poems that unlock sequels:  "A Fresh Opportunity to Make a Mark"

Poems that have prerequisites:  "Those Tiny, Negative Elements"






FOR SALE
19 poems, $3,592 ÷ 2 = $1,796
prices from $34.50 to $283



BERETTAFLIES (2 poems, was $273, sale price $136.50)

"At the Heart of Repentance"
Story Date: Monday, December 15, 2014
Summary: An Easy City newspaper makes a concrete apology to Haruko.
144 lines, was $72, sale price $36 SOLD to janetmiles

"Rolling Darwin's Dice"
Story Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Summary: Wayne and Stylet discuss a college writing project, which gets interrupted by a phone call about tiny, terrifying dinosaurs.
403 lines, was $201, sale $100.50 SOLD to pool with Fuzzyred


BROKEN ANGELS ( 3 poems, was $491, sale price $245.50)

"Just One Form of Abjection"
Story Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Summary: Boss Blaster deals with one of the gaybashers in his territory.
276 lines, was $138, sale price $69 SOLD to janetmiles

"This Mischievous Effect from Lead"
Story Date: Monday, December 21, 2015
Summary: Boss Blaster meets with the manager of the water department.
435 lines, was $218, sale price $109 SOLD to pool with Fuzzyred

"When a Wheel Refuses to Turn"
Story Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Summary: The Marionettes saddle Boss Blaster with one of their problem children. But it doesn't turn out quite like anyone expects.
270 lines, was $135, sale price $67.50 SOLD to pool with Fuzzyred


MERCEDES (3 poems, was $350, sale price $175)

"The Respect That We Have for Them"
Story Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014
A cuddly day at the Tull house turns into a discussion of etiquette.
242 lines, was $121, sale price $60.50 SOLD to pool with Fuzzyred

"A Hint of the Resurrection"
Story Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Summary: Aidan finds out about Saraphina's cousin Josué.
295 lines, was $148, sale price $74 SOLD to pool with Fuzzyred

"The Highest Form of Self-Respect"
Story Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Summary: Chief Marquez leads a meeting in which the Mercedes police discuss ways of making amends for various things that went wrong with Bennett, Jules, and Joshua.
169 lines, was $85, sale price $40.50 SOLD to pool with Fuzzyred


SHIV (6 poems, was $2,045, sale price $1,022.50)

"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

"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.
551 lines, 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.
963 lines, was $482, sale price $241
Available for posting after "A Fresh Opportunity to Make a Mark" has been sponsored and published.

"For Want of a Shoe"
Story Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
When Judd loses a shoe, Alicia takes him to Tolli for a replacement.
294 lines, was $147, sale price $73.50 SOLD to janetmiles

"Not So Much in Words"
Story Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Shiv struggles to handle his first night as Head of Security at Blues Moon, but he has good backup.
716 lines, was $358, sale price $179

"A Choice We Make"
Story Date: Monday, December 21, 2015
Summary: Dr. G visits the prison in December. Colorful sweaters are involved.
431 lines, was $216, sale price $108 SOLD to pool with Fuzzyred


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.
137 lines, 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.
231 lines, 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.
158 lines, was $79, sale price $39.50 SOLD to pool with Fuzzyred


OTHER POEMS (2 poems, was $169, sale price $84.50)

"Bound in Primal Longings"
Story Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Summary: African-American and African-Cherokee people talk about primal superpowers.
239 lines, was $120, sale price $60

"Not My Responsibility"
Story Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Summary: Bobbie Irish is a supervillain singer who moves into Patchwork Manor.
98 lines, was $49, sale price $24.50

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