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Below is my card for [community profile] darkfantasybingo. This fest celebrates the interaction between humanity and the fantastical. It focuses on the razor's edge between dread and anticipation, shadow and light, the unknown and the known. Come explore the dark side ... if you dare! Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the prompts, rules, and fill requirements first. The signup post is here.

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers, and so far, I've picked up a few. It's also useful for developing a different set of series than I've explored in other fests. This is the first one where I didn't feel like ruling out any of the prompts. Dark fantasy? Bring it.

I'm still trying to find ways of monetizing the fests better, because I really like the thematically batched inspiration and the access to new audiences when I post bingoes. Catch is, there's a conflict of interest currently between writing things for sale and writing things for bingo: Unsold/unposted items don't count and don't gain new eyeballs, whereas doing too much stuff for free is not good for my bottom line. People have shown some interest in specific prompts as the new cards have gone up. If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. So far nobody has taken me up on this but I'm still hopeful. I will post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl. I have sold some items from previous fests that way.

Here's a new idea: the half-price sales for the Poetry Fishbowl are increasingly popular, and the vast majority of what I've written for fests -- except for a few oneshots combined with independent fishbowl prompts -- has been tied to existing series. What do you think about the idea of doing a half-price sale on unposted fills, sometime near the end of a fest?

If you have other ideas in this direction, please share them.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Row 1: Five poems
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Row 3: 
Row 4: 
Row 5: Four poems, one story

ISOLATIONSEDUCTIONWATERDEALSHIDING
POLTERGEISTINCUBUSFIRST TIMESUCCUBUSSPELLS
HEAVENRITUAL WILD CARD TRUSTGOTHIC
VOYEURISMTHIRD EYECHANCEMENTORLIFEMATES
LUCKPANICMYTHSDARKTWILIGHT

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