I’m still here.
I’m not where I want to be, not where at the end of DTS I thought I would be, and not where my fear thinks I should be, but I’m where God has me. Life and its lessons continue, and the lessons of the moment are mediocrity and dependence.
And after several years of word-by-word labor, withholding my works from friends in hopes of distributing it to strangers, the bell rang and I approached the mob of commercial publishing. And as I considered which publisher would benefit me most (or accept me), I bumped into the sermon on the mount. Jesus’ audience certainly was tempted by prestige, wasn’t it?
In 2014, a friend gave me Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water and wrote in its cover the following:
And if we have been created to sub-create, shall we do so in service of fame? Our industry of reputation twitters on, but Christ came not to be served but to serve. Is sub-creation not, like everything else, a method for relating—of intimacy, even? What have we made it, and why do I desire whatever it is we’ve made?
So in spite of the appeal of reputation, and while I can’t dismiss what value conventional publishing surely has, I’ve decided to publish primarily within my sphere. The old site, patrickdpace.com, has been absorbed by wheredeathdelightstodie.com, which allows for organizing content more thoroughly. It’s especially useful for longer pieces, collections, and non-writing projects.
I will post twenty pieces, in particular, within the next week or two. The final three parts of my Of Sin series and the first addition to my collection are the ones I’ve put the most work into, but to help fill out the number I’m submitting for the Copyright Office’s GRTX, I reaped the least weedy from ..\Writing To Be Organized\. After publishing them, I’ll add a new blog post to list them all. And after that, I’ll continue to tweak and add content to the site, as I’m able.