I’ve been really creative this month, inspiration and motivation have been all around.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I entered a flash fiction writing contest by NYC Midnight (nycmidnight.com). It feels like I’m jinxing myself even to talk about it, but we are allowed to share our entries and it will not affect the judging. This contest involved being given a genre, location, and object then 48 hours to write a 1,000 word piece and submit it. I was given the Spy genre, an arsenal for my location, and a string trimmer for my object. Here is the synopsis: Female P.I. and her cyber doctor find themselves abducted by a hardware store owner attempting to sell weapons to the silicon magnate. If you want to read it, you have to join my Discord, where it is published in full under writing-challenges. You may comment on it, too. I’d love to hear what you think!
Speaking of Discord… I created a Discord channel to tie into my Patreon. You do not have to be a Patron to join my Discord channel. Becoming a Patron gives you access to one to three (depends on level) extra forum rooms where we can discuss your creative works in more depth. If you just want to talk general writing tips and try some writing challenges or share some poetry, you can hang out for free in The Hawk’s Nest. https://discord.gg/QCe7CyHS
Which brings me to Patreon. I do cross-post blogs from here, my website, works on Twitter, and promote my Discord, but I also use Patreon to post sneak peeks of my works in progress. I’ve been writing, trying to wrap up some stories officially. Finished works are posted here on my website with links to Amazon or wherever they are sold but in order to get in on the creation of these works you need to follow along with me on Patreon. Becoming a Patron is a monthly commitment. You can cancel any time, but this is a recurring payment membership deal.
ElshaHawk.com – In addition to links to finished works, this website will also host some new videos as I seek out new writing tips to share. I’m in the editing phase and I have zero editing videos, so I will be working on these.
The best ideas always happen in the shower. I was enjoying washing my hair and an idea came to me for a revamp of my Ko-Fi. I changed the price, cover image, profile, and came up with a sustainable idea. Ko-Fi is for small or one-time things. It’s not a commitment like Patreon. I was going to use it for beta reading or art, but I’d be selling myself short. So I chose Personalized Poetry or Prose.
Need a poem for a bouquet? Want a clever birthday surprise? Give me a prompt word or phrase, an occasion, and I’ll be your Cyrano de Bergerac. But that’s not all. Every person who commissions a poem for their loved one will have an random act of kindness performed in their honor by me. That’s right. I need to work on my generosity, to be able to see where I can brighten someone’s day. For example, I had extra coupons, so I left them stuck in the items on the shelf to grace another shopper with savings. That took little effort, and it was covert. I’ll never know if I’ve helped anyone. But it was a start; a way to expand my senses and begin to see places where I can inject kindness.
And lastly, I’ve been very creative in painting. I have made some pictures and a set of coasters I’d like to try to sell on etsy. Once I have an Etsy store up, I will link to it from here, but this is my writing website, not my Art website. I’m going to promote my Etsy store via Pinterest.
You may be asking yourself, will Elsha Hawk ever slow down??! Nope. I try to be as efficient as possible and make these things work for me in the background while I do my day job.