Ethaniel, the main character in my novel, Fidelyon, has taken it upon himself to introduce you to his world by going through an alphabet of terms and names.
Yeah… X. That letter that no one actually uses to start a word with. So we’re just going to pretend that X stands for ‘random fun facts’. Because why can’t it stand for that, after all?
Fidelyon has gone through a number of titles, the first one being Legend of the Shield and one of the most recent titles being The Shield and the Spear. Yes, I like Fidelyon better too. Why do you think we went with it?
Fidelyon was founded in the summer of 2012 and started off as a 20-minute movie that was partly cool and partly horrible and only a few elements remain. The hero’s name was Artos and his companion was Tristin. I do believe Dartagnah and Silvara are the only two names that survived.
The first few drafts of Fidelyon ended around 1/3 through the current book, at the end of part two. Then we realized that the story actually continued on. It was short at that point (a mere 50,000ish words, imagine that) and we didn’t want to write a sequel, so we extended it.
And edited it.
And reworked it again.
And sent it to beta readers.
And repeated again and again until sometime late last year.
Earlier this year, we started a major rewrite that changed the end, worked out character arcs, added subtext, and basically ended the novel in a 240,000-word monster; adding 100,000 from the last draft.
Two characters, Tor and Cadoc, are pop up characters that no one planned but who just kinda appeared.
And, last but not least, there’s going to be a sequel. Someday. Around 30 years after this original book. Fidelyon stands alone, but there is so much that we already know will happen. It will be written sometime.
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