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Looking Back on November 2023 NanOwrimO

Welcome #BlackSTEMRomance Lovers

As another #NaNoWriMo comes to an end, it's time for some reflections on how I did. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and I was introduced to this annual event for writers in 2020. Since then, I have been more successful than not every April, July and November when I attempt to write the first draft of a 50k (or less) word novel. Well, this November I did something a little different. I wrote a Black STEM Romance anthology submission, Serendipity Smiles. It was a short story about a Chemical Engineering PhD student, Camryn, finding a connection in the back of a ride share vehicle. Dane is a barber, working on his MBA and driving ride share to make a little extra money. When he encounters Camryn, he knows she's someone special. He just hopes he gets the chance to see her again to help her see it.

The second half of the month, I wrote the draft of my first novella, Missed Connections. It will be the first installment in the Making Connections series or anthology. Skye is an architect who reconnects with her ex-boyfriend from high school, dean of students and track coach, Josiah while stranded in LaGuardia airport. This month I had to challenge myself to work on full character development with rich and interesting plots while also keeping it brief. I am also trying to be more more prolific by getting more words on paper and working on multiple projects at once. This is quite the challenge as I still have a full time job as an engineering professor. However, these stories rattling around in my head and on my Excel spreadsheet need to see the light of day.

Today on the last day of November, I will finish refining Missed Connections and get it to at least 12.5k words. In December, I return to editing Conflicted: Kenya's restoration and Heart Lessons: Jordyn's Journey. Stay tuned for January 2024 when the Audible version of Breaking Point: Chandler's Choice will be released. I am most grateful for all of you, my readers, as well as continuing to develop as an author. I pray that you all have a healthy, blessed, and prosperous holiday season.

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