This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, September 14 through Sunday, September 20. 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 $34.50 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 three open epics at present, so I'd rather not start another until after one of these closes. " Thinner in Some Places" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Aquariana. It needs $137 to be complete. "The Best Understanding of Their Differences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Calliope. It needs $141 to be complete. " Protect the Forests" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. It needs $130.50 to be complete. Two of the open epics have closed, so if you want to open a new one, that is fine now.
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"
"The Bushfire Shawl"
"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 page for Shiv.
Poems that unlock sequels:
"Vulnerable and Bound," "No Idea What's Going to Happen," " Hope and Faith in Their Abilities," "An Opportunity to Participate with Us in Our Vision," " A Fresh Opportunity to Make a Mark"
Poems that have prerequisites: "
No Idea What's Going to Happen," " Hope and Faith in Their Abilities," "An Opportunity to Participate with Us in Our Vision," "Why People Hold onto Memories," "Those Tiny, Negative Elements"
13 poems, $3,328 ÷ 2 = $1,664
prices from $34.50 to $283
RUTLEDGE (6 poems,
was $996, sale price $498)
"Where Change Can Take Place"
Story Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Summary: 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 SOLD to janetmiles
"No Idea What's Going to Happen"
Story Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Summary: Theodore has a possible solution for Oscar's challenges.
was $122, sale price $61 SOLD to pool with ng_moonmoth Available for posting after "Vulnerable and Bound" has been sponsored and published.
"Hope and Faith in Their Abilities"
Story Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Summary: Oscar and Labib discuss their hopes for the future.
was $323, sale price $161.50 SOLD to ng_moonmoth Available for posting after "Vulnerable and Bound" and "No Idea What's Going to Happen" have been sponsored and published.
"An Opportunity to Participate with Us in Our Vision"
Story Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Summary: Oscar and Labib visit the farmer's market for a fundraiser.
was $82, sale price $41 Available for posting after "Vulnerable and Bound," "No Idea What's Going to Happen," and "Hope and Faith in Their Abilities" have been sponsored and published.
"Why People Hold onto Memories"
Story Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Summary: Fireworks make life challenging for Labib and Oscar.
was $227, sale price $114
Available for posting after "
Vulnerable and Bound," "No Idea What's Going to Happen," "Hope and Faith in Their Abilities," and "An Opportunity to Participate with Us in Our Vision" have been sponsored and published.
SHIV (5 poems,
was $2,247, sale price $1,123.50)
"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.
was $566, sale price $283
"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
Available for posting after "A Fresh Opportunity to Make a Mark" has been sponsored and published.
"To Give Suffering a Location"
Story Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015
A wipeout on a skateboard ramp leads to an intimate discussion of trauma between Hefty and a college student.
was $565, sale price $282.50 SOLD to Soupshue
"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.
was $358, sale price $179 SOLD to pool with ng_moonmoth
STRANGE FAMILY (2 poems,
was $185, sale price $92.50)
"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 SOLD to pool with ng_moonmoth