Author Update #5

Hello Everyone,

For the first time in what feels like the last year and a half, I finally feel like I’m getting back into the creative groove of things. I’ve been able to write and draw more consistently than I had before. I think part of that is because I’ve been challenging myself with tasks that, while not too difficult, still require a modicum of effort so that I have to make an honest effort. Inktober, for instance, helped me to realize the problems in my own art style and gave me objectives to study and learn. In that same train of thought, stories I encountered in tv, movies, books and any medium really, helped me to realize faults in my own writing.

Reviewing what I had written and planned for book 3, The Legend of Nariko #3: Hellfire Rising, I realized that certain story lines weren’t quite in line with the characters’ paths that were dictated by the ending of book 2. Whether it was because my mind wasn’t in a healthy place or maybe I hadn’t considered everything I should have, I decided to rewrite 2/3rds of what I had already completed even though it is still a first draft. While this does delay Book 3 a bit more, I’m still planning for a 2022 release albeit likely in the 2nd half of the year.

I went through and did a quick update to Book 1 as I noticed an error here and there and changed chapter 44 to read “Blood Ties” instead of “Alpha”. Upon review, “Alpha” felt rather inappropriate considering it’s based off of incorrect data and honestly feels unfitting for the characters involved. As always with these kinds of updates, anyone who purchased a copy prior to 11/21/2021 can contact me at for a free copy of the updated novel.  

Part of this update was done due to what feels like a renewed passion towards writing that I’ve had throughout this month. I want to give my all to this passion project of mine and put out the best work that I can. I think we can all agree that 2020 and 2021 feel like write off years with everything that’s happened and what we’ve had to go through. That being said, we have an opportunity to try and make the best of 2022 coming in around 6 weeks. 2021, while feeling like a slog, felt like it also went by pretty quickly. It felt like such an unmotivating and exhausting year, I’m glad for it to be almost over and hopefully move on to something better.

Thank you for taking the time to read my work and I hope you do enjoy it! I really do appreciate each and every one of you! 😊

– Raphael

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