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A novel concept 
11th-Apr-2016 04:32 pm
mondainai
So we did a strange and novel thing today and decided to stop working at (what used to be) our usual quitting time. Then we ended up taking a long time answering emails and now here we are, updating LiveJournal significantly later than we'd planned to. The whole thing is just...just...I don't know, but I'm nervous. We've just had such a jam-packed schedule for such a long time that the idea of stopping work when we're only halfway through a first draft goes against all of my training for the last several months, even if that book isn't due for another three weeks (and it isn't!).

It's hard, because on the one hand we're so used to working overtime that it seems unwise not to. On the other hand, we've been working overtime for so long that we need to take it easy or one or both of us will likely have a nervous breakdown. This is okay to do, because our schedule has cleared up significantly--most of our titles have either ended, or we're caught up with Japan so we have to wait before we have another volume to work on. But back to that first hand, if we don't work, we don't earn money, and then we don't, like, eat. So when we think about it too hard, we're like, "So, uh, if we don't get any new titles soon, we're going to run out of money." But on the flip side of that, we're afraid that when the new titles start coming in, there will be so many of them that they crush us again!

So we're very conflicted lately, especially because! the emails we were taking so long to reply to involved new work! And it's so fun and exciting! Yay! New stories to translate! We want to translate all the manga! On the one hand. On the other hand, death.

Was that melodramatic enough? For the most part I am excited, though. Except for this pressure in my chest that doesn't seem to want to go away. That's okay, though; I'm pretty sure it's just fear of the unknown.

In the meantime, we have the whole evening ahead of us!

Today I'm thankful for talk of new titles, having room in our schedule to accept new titles, having time this week to stop work at our usual time (today, anyway), having plans to watch Gilmore Girls tonight, and the delicious Cookies & Milk flavor of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.
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11th-Apr-2016 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I've realized recently that I don't know what I would do if I wasn't working all day long. Other than days/evenings when I have plans to be out doing something specific, I mostly just work until I'm ready to go to bed (I usually read for a while before I actually sleep, and I take breaks for meals, and I poke around facebook and lj and stuff throughout the day, so it's not actually nonstop work all day...) edit: So with all that said, I'm so proud of you for having self-control to stop at a reasonable time and enjoy a work-free evening!!

I think my schedule is clearing up lately too (thank goodness, but then the temptation of new things...) but it's hard to tell for sure because I'm in the middle of a lots-of-work project that I don't have very much motivation for... so I've been plodding through it for the last couple weeks, and once I'm through I'll probably have to hurry through the next couple things. Mrrrrr.

I'm excited for you with your talk of new titles!! May you have wisdom in deciding whether or not to pursue them :) (if they're ones I'd want to letter, you should totally take them though. hahaha.)

Also I wanted to tell you that I found a new anime that I like, and that it's the Tanaka-kun one, and that if you watch(ed) it I want to know what you think :) Most of the reviews I've seen so far say it's boring and slow but I thought it was hilarious!!

Edited at 2016-04-12 12:00 am (UTC)
12th-Apr-2016 02:51 am (UTC)
I know, right? It's so weird. I think that might be part of why we end up playing so much Kingdom Hearts--we just don't know what to do anymore! (We're pretty much the same; we take breaks to eat, and we check the internet periodically, but the difference is if we can't stop for the day by dinnertime, we start to get loopy. Hence the self-control.)

Oh man, we totally know the feeling of being in the middle of less than appealing work. Good luck getting through it, and we hope your schedule stays reasonable!

Thanks for the wishes for wisdom; we're going to need it! (Which ones do you want to letter? We might be able to factor that in.)

Ooohh, new anime! We'll have to check it out! We'll see if we have time after our regularly-scheduled Monday evening program.
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