I was delighted to see the second of the Maine Metaphor books listed among books being read by the editor of Mere Orthodoxy.
In proofing the first book, I did not realize until after handing in proofs that it was permissible to correct up to 30 copy errors while proof-reading. (Grammatical and punctuation errors versus the manner in which things are said.) I might have been able to edit MM I so that some of its metaphors weren’t so heavy-handed.
Hard to know what to say about these books. The real life imprint was kind to put them out at this time but I don’t know why. This might be called a miracle. After all, these first two books were written 25 years ago. Is it normal to happen like this?
And these publishers were then nonexistent. Did that have anything to do with it, I wonder? An Editorial Staff must have orders from Somewhere to move them. Where they’re being moved to is beyond me.
A dream staff seemed to be alongside 25 years ago as these books were in the writing. But afterward… just the dream—of an editor, with a few kind words handing me a shapely woven produce basket for the MS.
The editorial staffer said a few words, indicating (somewhat) how things don’t work here below. That is, promises are not always kept. I must admit it was pretty pristine and beautiful up there in the attic—hanging baskets, some on the counter full of produce, not a cobweb anywhere.
On the other hand… should I be trying to work out this miracle here? Perhaps I should just say… book for sale? Maybe, “two”?