Recalled to Life
One of my all-time favourite books, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ begins with the four chapters of ‘Book The First: Recalled to Life’. In this book the ageing Dr Manette is discovered, during the French Revolution and after many years in prison, still alive and under the protection of a former servant. Manette is an almost broken man, a man who has known a ‘living death’ and is ‘recalled to life’ to become a key figure in one of the greatest and most engrossing dramas ever constructed by a novelist.
The phrase has always been of powerful significance to me. Indeed, for reasons I won’t go into here, the book has always been of powerful significance to me. It remains so, and for good reason.
It is I, now, who am ‘Recalled to Life’.
R V Raiment, or Richard V Raiment, was an author I used to know, a regular contributor to the Erotica Readers and Writers Association discussion lists, his stories regularly featured in the same Association’s public pages, his critiques sought by other writers. He had a book published by a fine, small publishing house whose editors loved his work, and almost a decade later had another published, following the publication in anthologies and on-line of a number of short stories.
R V Raiment learned to accept too little as enough, incarcerated himself in a Bastille built of low expectation. Today he freed himself. Today he is Recalled to Life. Today he decided that the ‘day job’ -responsible and significant to others as it is, as valuable as it is in terms of regularity of income – is simply not enough.
Today I, Richard V Raiment, decided to commit to full-time writing, to fly on the wings of an eagle or to starve in a garret according to the fall of the dice.
R V Raiment, whom I used to know, is alive again, and free.
It is R V Raiment who broke his manacles today, but it was not without significant help. Those who had chipped away at his irons, who have helped prepare him for this day, include the writers I G Frederick (Korin Dushayl), Nya Rawlins and Terrance Aldon Shaw. To them I am profoundly grateful.
Acknowledgements made, watch this space.