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Alethea & Athena
Expect the unexpected 
23rd-Apr-2018 09:57 pm
tired
Today was...not what we planned. We had been given notice about two weeks ago that this month's chapter of a simulpub would hit, and our editor was very sorry but we were going to have to get it done in just a day. As if we hadn't been getting the chapters finished within a day of getting them for the last several months. So we were planning to spend today translating a chapter of this simulpub, and then working on Sailor Moon if we happened to have extra time.

So we checked our email this morning...and there was no sign of this chapter. Ooookay. This was only mildly annoying, because we have two other things that are going to take up a ton of time this week, and we didn't have materials for either of those, either. But we made the most of it and got back to work on Sailor Moon. Then we remembered we had another extra thing to do, so we did that, and it was slightly soul crushing, but we did it anyway, and now we just have to check it for typos before turning it in.

We got back to Sailor Moon for the rest of the afternoon, and then after dinner there was still no word about this simulpub, and since it did seem so important that we get it done quickly (important enough that we got an email about it two weeks ago), we figured we should probably send an email to find out what was up. We said something like, "Are we going to get this chapter, or what?" (I imagine we were more polite than that, but I don't want to pull up the email to check). We got an email back from the letterer saying, "Uh, you did get it, remember?" And we were like, "Clearly, we did not, because if we did, we would be sending you a translation and not a confused email." Fortunately, she forwarded us the email with the info we needed before we replied with that exact message, and then we got to work.

Also fortunately, the chapter was relatively easy this month, so it only took us a couple of hours to finish it, and now we're only up half an hour late, instead of the hour or two or three that we had to brace ourselves for. And now we're going to bed, and we're going to sleep in tomorrow.

Today I'm thankful for finally getting the materials we needed, that chapter being relatively easy, getting our CD Japan order (without our materials, we were sorely tempted to blow everything off and spend all day watching Japanese stage plays based on anime and video games), getting to make some progress on Sailor Moon, and getting the soul-crushing extra things done.
Comments 
25th-Apr-2018 03:12 am (UTC)
Oh man, waiting for something urgent and not getting it and then finding out you were supposed to have gotten it but didn't sounds like the worst!! I'm glad that it worked out safely. But simulpubs are just not worth it, I'm thinking more and more. (The Disaster was recently re-offered to me as an ongoing thing because for some reason the current letterer apparently has a bad attitude about it? (can't imagine why. (actually I only can't imagine why he still works for them.)) and I thought it over for a few days but eventually concluded that (given my attitude already) it wasn't a good idea even though they did offer me a fair wage, because the work is just too fussy and annoying and the always-urgent schedule is so much stress I could happily do without.)

Sorry for the rant about my stuff. And sorry for all the regular plus added stress you're under!! I hope it gets better for you.
25th-Apr-2018 09:50 pm (UTC)
We weren't that stressed about it, because for some reason we kind of expected it. I think we were a little worked up when we did finally get it, because we were expecting a call from Mom any minute that might have destroyed all our productivity but that we would have prioritized anyway because we needed it. She didn't call until the next morning, though, and as we worked on it, we realized it wasn't going to be a super difficult chapter, so it worked out.

Simulpubs usually don't bother us, because taking some time out to translate a quick chapter isn't that tough. The worst for us is the digital releases where they want us to churn out a book every month. I mean, not that we don't like the series, just that we have so much to do, we just want to say, "Excuse me, can you just WAIT."

...So ultimately the problem, once again, is that we want to translate all the manga, but there just are nowhere near enough hours in the day.

Anyway, I'd say it was probably a good call turning down the Disaster. We're glad you managed to escape the added stress.
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