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Goodbye November

I would like to issue a formal apology to all of Palm Trees & Bare Feet subscribers and followers.  I realize that I have not been taking my blogging duties very seriously the last couple of months, especially this month of November.

The previous months I have no excuse to why I did not blog regularly, and I am sorry for that.  However, this month, I do have a semi-legit reason for forgoing my blog: I participated in National Novel Writing Month.  For all of you who do know NaNo, it is a grueling, time consuming, brain-jumbling month of writing, writing, and more writing.  Between the hectic days and long, sleepless nights, you barely have time to keep up with family, friends, and housework, let alone blogging.

But, I am pleased to say that it did not go in vain.  Last night, after pulling a literal all-nighter, I was able to fill the 9,000+ word gap I was missing, and I finally and officially reached the NaNo word goal of 50,000 words!  I have completed NaNoWriMo 2012, and essentially won the honor of saying that I completed a novel! 

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So, as I ecstatically celebrate this weekend, and move on with my life – until next November that is – I am making a promise to both myself and to you, my followers, that starting Monday, December 3rd, I will be back to blogging like the old days.  While I will be forgoing the Question of the Day I used to do, you will still be getting the usual Quote of the Day and Link of the Day, and I will be sure to add in another fun, interactive daily meme.  I will also write more articles, more book and movie reviews, and will make sure that my blog is kept up!  So, with that said, I have created a poll below, and I ask you all to fill it out and tell me what you would like to see more of on Palm Trees & Bare Feet.

So, once again I apologize for my lack of blogging, but would also like to celebrate my NaNo win, and all the other wins my fellow writers achieved as well!

Happy Friday All and Hasta Lunes!



NaNoWriMo Experience – Day 5

Hi all, especially to my fellow National Novel Writing Month writers, otherwise known as Wrimos!  How is everyone’s novel coming along?  Are you sticking to your basic outline, or are all your previous plans going out the window?  Are your characters coming to life respectfully, or do they seem to take on a life of their own?

Personally, I never did create a plot outline, but instead just jotted down a few basic notes.  The majority of my story was stuck in my head until I began work once the clock struck midnight on November 1st.  So far, it seems everything is going to plan (or lack of plan, I guess) and I’m on a roll with 11,000 words.

My characters have really exceeded my expectations, and are both quirky and hilarious.  A few of my characters have given me that adrenaline rush I look for when writing, and anticipate more natural highs are awaiting me as I continue.

Now, I would like to hear from you.  Let us all know how your personal NaNo experience is going by commenting below, and filling out the poll I created.

Happy Writing Wrimos!




Daily Question: I am Sure

Daily Question by Thought Questions


I’m sure that this November during NaNo, I will finally finish my novel.

I am sure of this because I am going to work hard, and actually get it done.  I have been procrastinating for years of finishing a novel.  I have endless story ideas, and have started at least 3 of these different ideas just this past year, and in November I am finally going to be completing one of them.

So wish me luck!



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*Don’t forget to leave a link of your own answers to the daily question in the comments section below!  The photo was taken from*

8 Days to National Novel Writing Month!

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NaNo is rapidly approaching with only 8 days to go before writers around the world strive to reach their 50,000 word goal.

I participated and completed my 50,000 word goal last NaNo, however I never did finish my novel.  This year, my goal has changed.  Besides just finishing the NaNo word goal, I also aspire to actually complete my novel.  I have completed many short-stories and poems over the years, but I have not fully finished any of my many novel ideas.

So, 2012 is my year, and I strive to finally finish one of my many original and complex novel ideas!

What about you?  Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?  If so, please let us all know some of your motivation and inspirational tips to reach that 50,000 word goal and complete your novel!

Link of the Day: 30 Covers in 30 Days: The Best

Flavorwire:  The Best of the 30 Covers in 30 Days Project

Saying Goodbye to NaNoWriMo 2011

It is officially December 1st, which means that National Novel Writing Month 2011 is over.  It’s both quite sad and refreshing at the same time to know that we have an entire year to wait until next NaNo.

This year was my first year participating in it and I must tell you how much I truly enjoyed it.

At first, I felt like the goal would be impossible.  I mean, come on, 50,000 words in a month, that’s insane!  But once NaNo officially started, I dove right into writing and felt that it would be a lot easier than I thought.

That feeling of “easy” faded quickly too as some days I just did not feel like writing.  I did go days without writing, mostly on the weekends, and sometimes I felt like I was terribly behind.  And only once did I ever feel like giving up and scraping everything I had just written.  But luckily, that misery passed and I shook that thought out of my head and continued on.

On November 28, with two days left to spare, I reached the 50K word goal.  I don’t think I have ever felt so exhilarated in all of my life!  The feeling of completing what I thought in the beginning was an impossible mission, left me with the thought that I could complete anything!  

I think that the feeling you get when you realize how many words you actually wrote in a month (whether you reached the 50K or not), is the true meaning of NaNo; it’s all about that end sensation and realization that you actually completed something you worked so hard for.

However, I don’t think I could have ever gotten to the end with out my fabulous Facebook NaNo Support Group!  I did not find much help through the NaNo forums on the NaNo website, nor through the “writing buddy” option.  Instead, it was a small Facebook group of 159 NaNo-ers where I found the bulk of my motivation and inspiration.  And it’s the fact that we’re now creating a Critique/Editing group which is still helping me to write and complete my novel.

So for the first year of my NaNo experience, I must say that it was quite rewarding and worth it.  I will definitely be donating and I suggest that all of you who participated should donate as well.  Even $10 can help!

According to the NaNo website there was a collective NaNo 2011 word count of:

Not bad, NaNo-ers, not bad at all.

So let’s welcome December, and say goodbye to Novemeber and National Novel Writing Month.  

And let’s promise each other that we will continue to write even now that NaNo has come and went.

Happy December, All!


Teaser Tuesday: The Last NaNoWriMo Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays by: Should Be Reading

Flip to a random page anywhere in your current read and copy down two (2) “teaser” sentences.  Share the title and author and then post your teasers in the comment section of this week’s Teaser Tuesdays at Should Be Reading!


This will be the last NaNo teaser from me!

I have officially finished NaNo, though I am still writing to get my story done, and I will be happy to dive back into reading real books!

But for today’s Teaser Tuesday, I am going to give you another, and the last, teaser from my NaNoWriMo novel.  Make sure you tell me what you think!




Me, Kalie Lyn 🙂


Only the sound of one gunshot in the night forced their hands apart, the loud boom causing all three teenagers to jump up in shock.  After the fear had passed, after all three had settled back into the comfort of the couch, did Karim and Lola lock hands again, this time their fingers knowing where to connect with one another’s.