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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!



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!

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!


Why Do You Do What You Do?

“Why do you write?” they ask.

Why do I write?  That’s like asking a world traveler why they travel – because they were born to experience other cultures and see the world.  That’s like asking a photographer why they take pictures – because they were born to capture that one moment in time and make it last forever.  That’s like asking a veterinarian why they help animals – because they were born an animal lover and they grew up wanting to help them.

I write because I was born to write.

Every since I was younger I wrote.  My first “book”, at the age of 7 or so, was my own story based off of the board game Clue.  The final manuscript, and I still have it today, was ten pages stapled together of misspelled words and terrible drawings.  I then went on to write more stories – ones with correct spelling and no drawings – and have not stopped writing since.

It truly is my only natural talent.  I feel that I was literally born to write.  I have quite a vivid imagination and stories to tell, and whether I am writing book reviews, essays for school, a travel article, or a NaNo novel, I just plain and simply love it.

“So why do you write?” they persist.

I write to ignite imagination.

“Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality” ~ Jules de Gaultier

I write so I can learn.

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli.

I write to create new and unique worlds, times, people and places.

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” ~ Carol Burnett.

I write because I have a story to tell.  Even if it’s only for myself.

I never feel that I have comprehended an emotion, or fully lived even the smallest events, until I have reflected upon it in my journal; my pen is my truest confidant, holding in check the passions and disappointments that I dare not share even with my beloved.” ~ Stephanie Barron.

I write because I was born to write.

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.” ~ Leo Rosten.


Whether it’s writing, painting, healing, helping, or anything else, why do you do what you do?

Link of the Day: 8 Glee Club Stereotypes

A Cappella Stereotypes

The Huffington Post: A Cappella Stereotypes

Now That’s A Lot of Bebés!

Yes, I’ll admit it: I’m a slight celebrity gossip junkie.  My guilty pleasure is reading and seeing what’s going on in the celebrity world.  However, that was until I discovered  Now, I’m a pet gossip junkie, if that’s even possible.

One of the photo slides I found today on was called “Doggie Duggars” and it featured the world’s biggest litters of puppies.  It’s amazing how many puppies can actually come from one litter and I thought I would share with you some of the biggest puppy litters from the article.

Button the Dalmation – Liter Count: 33

Tia the Blue Mastiff – Litter Count: 24

Dixie the American Pit Bull – Litter Count: 20

Ariel the Leonberger – Litter Count: 18


These are just some of the world’s biggest litters.  Check out the full article to see more pictures and to hear about each dog’s story at: Doggie Duggars!  World’s Most Massive Litters 

While I am sharing these pictures and this article, and while looking at baby puppies (or anything baby) is so adorable, I am still in support for always spaying and neutering your pets.

Besides the overpopulation of dogs and cats – the fact that many are homeless, roaming the streets, and thousands are being killed because there are not enough homes for the animal’s rising population – there are many other benefits to spaying and neutering your pets.

Here are some of them:

1)  50% of dogs and 90% of cats will die if they get breast cancer (yes, even animals can get breast cancer too).  Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and uterine infections, which will help your female pet live a longer and healthier life.

2)  Neutering helps your male pet too by helping to prevent testicular cancer.  Plus, a neutered male dog will not run away in search of a mate, he will not spray in the house, and he will overall be better behaved.

3)  For the pet owners, spaying and neutering your pet is also very cost-effective.  The price of getting your pet fixed is a lot less than the price you would be paying if your pet were to have a litter.  Imagine how much money and work would be needed if your pet had a litter as big as the ones above!

These are just 3 of the many reasons why you should spay and neuter your pet.  Check out the full 10 reasons to spay and neuter your pet on the ASPCA website here.

Remember, there are animals dying out there because they can not find homes.  Prevent the overpopulation, which eventually leads to millions of dogs and cats dying every year, by spaying and neutering your pet.  Plus, your pet will thank you by leading a longer and healthier life!


*Note: Click on the links above to check out the full articles and to check my sources.  The pictures above were taken from the article featured on  The thoughts and wording in this blog post is my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*

Link of the Day: Lingerie Football, Dog Surfing, Mud Sliding and More

The Huffington Post: The Wild World of Weird Sports