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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A to Z Challenge—S.K.-isms! B is for . . . [ & IWSG (9) ]


B is for Broquet. It stands for bro bouquet/"flower" arrangement. Still confused? All right, example:

     Kevin walked into his apartment, and slammed the door behind him. Chris sat there, waiting in silence.
     “How could she do this, Chris? How could she drop that bomb on me?”
     “Dunno bro, but I gots something that’ll make you aight.”
     “What?”
      Chris leaned down, grabbed something and placed it on the table. The big vase was holding a variety of mini alcoholic beverages, and they were arranged between tissue paper, shot glasses, and soda. “A broquet, dude. Drink up.”


*Not an S.K.’s original. I wish I’d thought of it.
**Actual characters from my upcoming novel Static.
***Not an actual scene. Thank goodness.

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  Posting is first Wednesday of every month. Click here for more info.




This will be VERY short: I'm insecure. That's it, I'm done. 

Too short? Okay, let's see . . . I'm nervous my A to Z posts are too silly. But they're written and finished and I have two other things that are freaking me out. What? Glad you asked (or glad I asked for you—take your pick). My writing goals for the year are backed up. I'm way behind on Static and on the other MS I had planned on finishing (and publishing) this year. On the other hand, I would never rush a job and release before it's ready . . . so I'm freaked out, but I'm okay with it at the same time. 

More than anything I'm disappointed in me. Life happens and we have to be ready to deal with its many surprises. So that's what I'm attempting to do: deal with set backs while accepting not everything is in my control, but still applying pressure so I keep on going.

Thanks for "listening" to me, bros. 
Here's a broquet as a thank you for your time:

55 comments:

  1. As long as there is rum in there, I would gladly accept a broquet. I am right there with you on the whole backed up thing. Still the important thing is putting out a great product. We will get there and life is just going to have to learn to listen to us, lol.

    Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

    Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

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  2. I am not a writer beyond what little I do on my blog. I much prefer picture, researching, providing links but one of the reasons I've kept up blogging is that the occasional writing required keeps me from losing any ability I have. Moving forward after setbacks is something I'm very familiar with. Being kind to yourself about delays caused by situations outside of your control.

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    1. It is outside of my control, I realize that, I just have to remind myself every so often that it's okay. Thanks for stopping by ;)

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  3. I want a broquet! Most of the time flowers make me sneeze so this kind sounds much better to me. :)

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    1. It does, doesn't it? The memories should be a bit more interesting...

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  4. I'll drink to that!
    We're both behind. I guess we'll just deal and keep moving forward. Better than sitting and crying about it, right?

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    1. Yep. Drinking is better than sitting and crying...oh, you meant moving forward? Yes, that too. :P

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  5. LOL! That's epic.

    No worries about being too silly. We all need some of that. I'm with you on the publishing thing. It's never a good idea to push something out the door before it's ready. Reviewers can be brutal.

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    1. It would be more epic if it had cheese, Crystal. Always the cheese ;)

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  6. Love it! I've never heard of a broquet before! Amazing! And I could so see this being done!

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z
    Caring for My Veteran

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    1. I love it too, much more practical and thoughtful lol

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  7. Love the word!
    I'd take a broquet anyday... (not really a flowers type of girl...)
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Me neither. We shall meet and share a broquet!

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  8. An interesting idea, Broquet as presents. Thanks.

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    1. It's a new strange concept...but I think I'm a fan...lol

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  9. No self-defeating mindset allowed. You're doing just fine, and being backed up only means you have a lot of work to do, not that you're not doing anything. As for silly posts, I for one think silly works really well during this massive Challenge.

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Writing Tips
    Effectively Human
    Lots of Crochet Stitches


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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I figured if anyone wants to chuckle or roll their eyes after reading informative posts they can stop by here and relax their brains lol

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  10. First of all, silly A to Z posts are my favorite. Short and silly and gave me a smile and I showed it to my work mates because they roll like that. haha.
    We ALL have times when the schedule doesn't go as planned and life gets in the way. It's the reason we have frustrations and conflicts to actually write about. Otherwise, what's the point. Good luck and looking forward to more silliness.

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    1. Thanks! Glad you'll be around for the silly-party :D

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  11. Short and silly is good...I wish I didn't need 15000 words to make my point LOL. Yeah my writing projects are getting behind because I decided to distract myself with some crazy A to Z challenge.

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    1. I have no idea how you got sucked into doing this challenge...or how that person came up with joining either...I'm not taking responsibility for it! #SorryNotSorry

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  12. Broquet, that's amazing. I think I'm going to start using that one.
    You're A to Z posts are fine; trust me, everyone loves a funny post.

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    1. Eeek, thanks Laura. But if not, send me a Broquet from England, will ya? ;)

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  13. I love the silliness and would only hope you'd get sillier as time goes by. As far as time management, well...you obviously need to keep chatting with me or your life will fall apart. After that, you can budget the hours in whatever way you choose.

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    1. I don't want my life to fall apart so I will listen to your wise words. The rest well yeah: in whatever way I choose...sleep maybe.

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  14. First, I'd so take that broquet! Second, Goals are great, but life is fluid. Planning an entire year is good, but take time regularly and adjust your goals. Don't feel bad about having to push back something. Add new things as they come up.
    Good luck!

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  15. I love the broquet - not silly at all!

    Good for you for taking time to polish. It's hard to wait, but you'll be glad you did it right once you publish. ;)

    IWSG #243, until Alex culls the list again.

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    1. lol Until Alex culls the list. Love it. And yes, polishing is important...I just feel like the year is slipping through my fingers really fast. Ah well...I can always ask for hubby to give me a broquet :D

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  16. PS: And even if some of them are, we stressed out writers could use some 'silly.'

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    1. That's what I hoped for: tired & stressed out authors to come here for a mental break :P

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  17. I know people - guys and gals - who'd love a broquet even if they're not unhappy about something. Great idea! lol
    Don't be insecure about the A-Z posts. We're all in the same boat - but thank goodness we don't have to market and sell them, right?

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    1. Oh my goodness, right! Then I would need two broquets daily....

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  18. I like your A to Z posts. So far they're light, fresh and entertaining. no stress.

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    1. No stress! For you guys... haha kidding! Hey, laughing at ourselves is important, right?

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  19. That was too funny. Really. Okay, it wasn't too funny because too funny implies there's a limit to how funny something should be. LOL. Got that?

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    1. I got it! lol No limit to my funny. I understood completely....no? That's not what you meant? Fine. I like that thought though so I'll stick by it lol

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  20. LOL - just like you wish you thought of your passage, I wish I thought of your short post for IWSG :)

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  21. *LOL* Love this! I have to get a broquet for a friend or two in the future. Hehehe!

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    1. Yeah, the great thing is we can have several pre-made and have them in case of emergency for our friends. You know, if we don't give in and drink them ourselves lol

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  22. A broquet! I have to remember that!

    I am behind on my writing goals too. I am so guilty of spending too much time on facebook and blogs...pretty much everything but writing. I need to start keeping a log of word count to make myself accountable.

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    1. Keeping a word count! I should do that also. It has helped me before but then I got too busy and I forgot to remember :-/

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  23. A broquet - funny and clever.
    I'm behind where I want to be with my novel too. It's tough. I just want to finish, but then, I rushed myself the first time, and I know that's not a good idea to do again. So . . . I'm going to get it done when I get it all done. My proofreader has been sending me awesome and specific notes every few days - chapter by chapter, and I don't want to go to press without the process being complete. (not to mention that pesky last two chapters that I still haven't finished for the 3rd draft - I'm thankful my proofreader was willing to take "most" of the draft.)

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    1. I'm glad you're getting feedback, Tyrean. I'm such a control freak I can't let my MS out of my hand until the whole thing is done and to my satisfaction. Even if I know its going to change a lot depending on their feedback. Ugh. We'll get it done. We will!

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  24. *giggling! Cheers for that! And hey, don't stress the deadlines. I did that and boy, I paid for it later. Just do what you can. I'm where you are (behind schedule) so I know the pressure and disappointment in oneself, but that kind of negatively and pressure serves no one (I keep reminding myself). Best of luck! X

    shahwharton.com

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  25. Okay, that made me laugh. Love it!

    I think Douglas Adams said it best: "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by."

    Don't sweat it!

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  26. Now I'm thirsty.

    And don't be too hard on yourself. You'll catch up. Don't be discouraged. These things happen.

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  27. Broquet is a great word....love it!!!

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  28. LOVE the word, and the concept behind it.

    As for IWSG: I'm so behind on my writing goals that I didn't even get an IWSG post up, nor do I have all of my A to Z posts written yet, nor have I written much of anything aside from movie reviews and non-fictional update-type things on the blog in so long I can't even remember. Yes, there are other things that are my primary focus at the moment (i.e. the topic of my A to Z posts) but does that mean I'm not down on myself for falling so far behind in writing? No, of course not.

    All I can say is: it happens. We do the best we can, and things catch up when they catch up. You will finish Static, you will get to work on your other MS- it'll happen. Maybe just not in the timeline you'd like. Just keep writing.

    You rock!

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  29. Loved the excerpt! And I feel you on being behind on writing goals, "bro". ;)

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  30. Love your broquet. Your posts are entertaining and a good theme for the challenge.

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