Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Joy of Working Again

Typing Cat - photo by Dr Stephen Dann


At the very beginning of the year, I was left without work. It was a shock. It made me feel ill. It's not just the matter of income (although, of course, it does matter a lot), it'a also that I'm not used to not working. And, fine, I'm not used to not earning either. I didn't earn much, but it was still something.

Three days later, a dear friend found me something, a translation of a novel from Croatian to English. I've never translated an entire novel before, but hey, why not? The money wasn't much, but I was also learning while I was translating, I was getting experience and I was practicing, so that was good.

I translated the novel. I got the money. Err, now what?

A lot of people told me they'd keep me in mind if something came up. Great, but I was impatient for something to come up immediately. Of course, I didn't just wait for them to find me something to do, I also applied wherever I thought it made sense.

Today, I started the translation of a charming YA fantasy novel from English to Serbian. I suppose that the publishing house I'm doing it for will give me more to translate if they're happy with my work. My writing will probably slow down as I spend the entire day translating, but hey, I enjoy doing it. Yes, I'm a workaholic, and I enjoy being one, as long as I'm doing something interesting.

Happy at my keyboard again. Yay!

6 comments:

Kelly Hashway said...

Good luck with the new project!

angel011 said...

Thanks!

Cathy said...

May your fingers hover happily over your keyboard for a thousand years!

angel011 said...

Thanks, I hope they will!

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Have fun with your new project! :)

angel011 said...

Thanks, I do! It's a pleasure and fun to translate this one, and I'm sure it will make a nice gift to some teenage girls once it's done.