First of all, I’d like to thank all my new followers for all the amazing support you’ve given me. The blog now has frequent visitors and it makes me happy that my work is appreciated. As you’ve noticed, I’ve been posting around 2 reviews per day and I have a contest going on. I think the contest helped bring new readers and it’s the reason why I’ll hold more of them.
Now, the main reason I’m writing this post is because I’d like to update you on the progress of my novel. For those of you who didn’t know I was writing one, you can read my first update post over here: https://iulialesleybooks.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/happy-holidays-novel-update-impossible-does-not-exist/ – the incredible thing about it, is that I know I’m finally on the right track. I barely slept last night because I felt the need to write. Ideas kept popping into my head. I ‘ve been worried, mainly because I was stuck at chapter 5. I’m writing from three different POVs and it’s a pretty hard job to do. The new ideas I had last night had nothing to do with the first book, but with two different characters that are important in the book I’m writing.
I feel compelled to write their story first, and by doing this, get to know the characters better. It will also help me envision the world I built much better. That being said, I think I’m going to put the words on paper now, before they eat me up from the inside. I barely slept around two hours last night because I kept imagining their lines, their emotions…it was pretty intense. I’ve also decided the title for the first book will remain unchanged for the time being, so I might as well share it with you. The book will be called The Archangel Covenant and it’s 7225 words long, for now – I’m hoping it will be a long one. What do you guys think? I might post the first draft of the prologue after we get a few more readers. I would love to get some feedback!
Anyways, I’m ending this post with a picture of an angel and his lover. I’ve been searching the net for a picture that could represent something from my book and this one seemed appropriate for a story of a character I’ll be writing later on. Much love,
Iulia Lesley xo
First of all, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you’re enjoying your holidays, eating chocolate and cakes. Counting calories is a no-no at this time of year! I’m spending my holidays in Romania this year and it’s good to be back. I’m also excited that my birthday is coming up on Monday!! I’ll be 20 years old. Wow. Can’t believe it. I feel different somehow, this birthday more important than the 18th.
I’ve been working these two years on finding an idea, on writing a story and setting my priorities in the right order. It was no easy feat. I finally feel that I’ve found what I’ve been looking for, finally willing to risk writing this book that seems to want to write itself. I’ve finished four chapters in two days and it’s already more than I’ve written for my other novels. It’s probably still the excitement of the first days since the idea settled in. The one thing that makes me certain that I’ll continue writing this story is the fact that I’m already falling in love with one of my characters. They are all special, all having traits and feelings that I want to explore more. Who knows, maybe I’ll write their stories as well!
What I can tell you about the novel without spoiling the idea is that it features angels, archangels and demons. There are probably hundreds of books featuring these fabulous creatures, but I feel like this idea is different, unlike anything I’ve seen or read till now and it makes me excited to be the one writing it. I’ve had my mum and my brother read the work I’ve done till now and they were impressed. I was scared at first, didn’t know if my work was good enough. I was afraid of criticism even though I specifically told them to tell me the truth. It proved that I didn’t need to worry. My mother, who read my earlier attempts at a novel, said that my writing had improved lots, that reading the lines I’ve written, she got the feeling that a more experienced novelist wrote them. I was blown away by that comment. She told me she was proud of me and asked me never to give up on writing. It almost brought me to tears. The fact that my brother also liked what I wrote is even more of a shock. He’s not a fan of paranormal romance, but was captivated even from the first chapter. He made me promise to let him read everything I write from now on. It boosted my confidence.
So all in all, this year has been a good one, with its ups and downs, but it feels like my future is starting to shape into what its meant to be. Don’t ever give up doing what your good at and follow your dreams. No idea or dream is too small. Impossible does not exist. Live by this motto and you’ll see all the possibilities unfold.
Wishing you all happy holidays, much love and good health,
Iulia Lesley xo