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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!

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Daily Question: I am Sure

Daily Question by Thought Questions

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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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What’s your answer?

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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 thoughtquestions.com.*

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!

Friday Finds: Before There’s a Movie, There’s a Book

Friday Finds by Should Be Reading

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

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Man On Wire

Man on Wire  by Philippe Petit

I’ve seen the documentary and get goosebumps just thinking about it.  Philippe Petit is extraordinary and I am so happy I discovered his book, and can’t wait to read it!

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Another beautiful and amazing movie, I just can’t wait to read the book from Monsieur Jean Dominique himself!

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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

I have the poster from Mr. Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange movie hanging up in my living room.  Can’t believe I still haven’t read the book!

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These are the three books I have found this week, and I am looking forward to reading each of them!

What about you?  What great books have you discovered, bought, or are dying to read?  Let us know in the comment section below!

Have a Great Weekend All! 

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Daily Question: Finding Your Strength

Daily Question by Thought Questions

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I’m not a very active or body-conscious person, so I find “strength” to be intellectual and passion driven.

I find my intellectual and passion driven strength from the things and people around me.  For example, I just watched Planet Earth and it made me remember how much I want to help animals and the environment.  And another example was competing in National Novel Writing Month last November.  In doing that, and having the support from the other NaNo-ers, it helped me to reach my goal of completing 50,000 words of writing and almost finishing my first novel.

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Where do you find strength?

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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 thoughtquestions.com.*

Friday Finds: Adventure Memoirs

Friday Finds by Should Be Reading

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

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The Year We Were Famous

The Year We Were Famous  by Carole Estby Dagg

This book looks very interesting.  It’s a mother/daughter adventure story and it looks worth the read.  I have no idea how I found it, but I’m glad I did!

Grayson

Grayson by Lynee Cox

This book looks like it has everything I usually want in a story: adventure, animals, and an unlikely friendship.  I can not wait to read this book!

Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

Following Atticus by Tom Ryan

And another adventure memoir, this book looks so cute!  Obviously, we all know that I’m a sucker for animal stories, and just looking at that face on the cover gets me!  Plus, I had a stuffed animal dog named Atticus when I was younger!

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These are the three books I have found this week, and I am looking forward to reading each of them!

What about you?  What great books have you discovered, bought, or are dying to read?  Let us know in the comment section below!

Have a Great Weekend All! 

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Friday Finds: Travel Week

Friday Finds by Should Be Reading

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

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From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava

From Baghdad, With Love by Jay Kopelman

Awww…I mean just look at the cover!  And the synopsis makes it look even better.  How would I not add this to my TBR list after finding it?!

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Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis

This is from the same author who wrote Moneyball.  This book looks both interesting and funny and I’m interested to see how it is.

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Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered

Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered by Tim Cahill

What’s better than a funny travelogue from an author who relates his interesting journeys?!  Nothing’s better for me!

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Here are my Friday Finds.  Now that NaNo is finally over (though I do miss it), I can actually indulge in my favorite thing which I have ignored for the past month: reading!  I’m extremely excited to get to these books on my TBR list!

 

Have a Great Weekend All! 

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