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1st-Dec-2017 09:28 pm
I'm so tired and yet I feel like I haven't worked that much today. But we did work that much today. We worked all day...except for when the pizza was in the oven and we played Kingdom Hearts. There were also some brief pauses to play other silly apps...but I didn't think they were that long. No more than ten minutes. But I guess ten minutes can add up. But it only happened maybe twice.

Also, our schedule was completely thwarted by the arrival of this month's UQ Holder!. I did think it might arrive today, but I shrugged it off because I didn't remember seeing Ken Akamatsu tweet about finishing it yet. He had, though; I just wasn't paying enough attention. But it would have been perfect timing, actually, because our schedule was thwarted by something else, too! I think I mentioned yesterday...? Wednesday? That we couldn't find the book we wanted to translate. Well, we emailed our editor, and she sent us a(nother?) copy and said it's totally cool if we can't get it in until Monday. Originally it was due today. But it would seem that she did not overnight the book, so it's probably going to be impossible to finish it by the end of Monday... Well, with this series, it might not be impossible, even if it doesn't get here until Monday, but oh man, we've been pushing ourselves so hard already. We might have to do it anyway, because our schedule is still so...whatever it is. Anyway, we're wondering if maybe our editor thought all of these Fridays and Mondays were in reference to the ones happening a week later. Well, we'll just see how things go.

So it would have been pretty nice, just doing a chapter of UQ Holder! and then finishing up this other translation we're working on, but! arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, this chapter of UQ Holder. The script for it is the longest it's been since it went to a monthly schedule, by at least 30% of average. And it was all news reports and brainstorming and explanations of why ideas wouldn't work, and angsty monologues and uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh. ...We're not spoiling anything, are we? Anyway, I actually don't think it's a bad chapter; just exactly the worst kind of chapter that could come along when we're already so squeezed for time.

And so we didn't have enough time to finish up this other translation. Of course, that wasn't only UQ Holder's fault. There were two different kinds of dialects we had to deal with, and a kanji that we couldn't find anywhere. It was the most obnoxious thing, because usually when we can't find a kanji, it's because it's handwritten, so we can't make out what it's supposed to be. But this one was printed, clear as day, and it just wasn't in our dictionaries. But! it turned out to be a good thing in the end, because as a result of our exhaustive search, we found out how to Google kanji that you know what they look like but not how to read them. This will be very useful in the future if we can just remember how we did it. (If we don't have this problem for several months, there's a good chance we'll forget.)

And now I am again being aggressively attacked by the sleepies. It's time to go to bed.

Today I'm thankful for learning how to Google kanji, the new Coliseum boards for December, finishing that chapter of UQ Holder, Saturday sleep-in time, and having a kitty that loves us even though we spend all our time working (she tried to help today...).
2nd-Dec-2017 02:49 am (UTC)
Ever try the Pomodoro Method for those insanely bogged days? It might help.

If you’re not familiar, it’s really simple- you work in regulated bursts, to work with your attention span instead of against it. Result is more achieved in less time, and less mental fatigue/burnout. 25 min work, 5 min break X 4 blocks. Last break is 25 min long, then you return to the beginning.

There’s tons of Pomodoro style apps out there. I use Focus Keeper for iOS for when I’m studying.


Edited at 2017-12-02 05:50 am (UTC)
2nd-Dec-2017 06:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm, interesting suggestion. We do already make sure to take a break about every hour, and now that I think of it, our longer breaks usually happen at about the two hour mark. Maybe we could try the shorter work periods, but on the other hand, for the more difficult projects, we tend to need to build momentum.

Thanks for the tip! We might try it out if we feel like we really need to change our approach. (Our bigger problem is that the insanely bogged days have been going on consecutively for the last three weeks or so.)
2nd-Dec-2017 08:36 pm (UTC)
Just something to salt away as an option. Hope that it’s useful.

Yeah, do I know consecutively bogged. (>_<; ) On WaniKani for learning kanji, and it’s hours of daily SRS timed repetitive flash card drills... no days off from 0-JLPT N1. Burnout city. Seeing you guys here already fluent gives light at the end of the tunnel. Somebody out there can actually speak it! It’s not an imaginary goal! LOL m(_ _)m~* *staggers, singed circuitry smokes*

Good luck with your deadlines! Cheering from over here!

3rd-Dec-2017 02:10 am (UTC)
Yup, we'll definitely keep it in mind!

Haha, not to make you despair or anything, but sometimes we're not entirely sure we really can speak Japanese. It's funny; we'll be talking to someone and it will come out that we're translators, and they'll be like, "Oh, so you speak Japanese?" and we're like, "I sure hope so!"

But seriously, sometimes the best thing for it is to decide that, you know what, yes I can speak Japanese, and just go for it. (Of course, reading is much easier, since you can go at your own pace, and you don't have to worry about whether or not anyone understands you. But it also makes for great practice!)

Thanks! And good luck with your studies! We're cheering for you, too!
2nd-Dec-2017 07:40 am (UTC)
I finally got around to reading "Kigurumi Guardians" volume 1 and 2, so I posted comments about them on your reviews of each one.
2nd-Dec-2017 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up!
5th-Dec-2017 01:26 am (UTC)
I am chiming in with another (maybe) helpful tip for you too—or maybe it's something you already know of... Since I frequently don't know how to read kanji I run into, at some point I found http://kanji.sljfaq.org and I keep going back to it since it has a tool to write the kanji out that it will search for matches for. Sometimes it seems a little finicky, maybe because there are a few radicals I don't exactly know where one stroke starts and ends, but I eventually find what I need. But then maybe this one you didn't know that wasn't in a dictionary was especially obscure...
5th-Dec-2017 02:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! It does seem helpful! (But it looks like the kanji we had trouble with wasn't in their database... It got all the right radicals, so we know they would have shown it to us if they could. It was surprisingly obscure for being so few strokes.)
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