November 30th, 2005


Da-dun dun dun...

I really wonder how today ended up being so non-productive despite all our efforts to the contrary. I mean, only two and a half pages? What is that? Ah well.

On the bright side, this company we've been emailing is very nice and says they have non-yaoi stuff that we can translate. I'm not sure if it was just because I was a little thrown after having resigned myself to not getting more work or a real sense of right and wrong that made me wonder if it's okay to work for a company that does mostly yaoi stuff. But we had actually heard about this company many many times in the past, and "Oh! It's those yaoi people!" is not the thought that comes to mind. So we're thinking (hoping?) we're not compromising any standards by agreeing to do work for them as long as it's not yaoi or hentai. If we were, we'd probably have to stop working for TokyoPop, too, since they have some "adult" titles out there and just started a new line of yaoi stuff. Fangirls make me tired.

Also, we checked out the link to one of their partners, and they seemed to be a video game company in Japan, and one of their games is a love-sim for girls with Akira Ishida in it. That just made me happy. And we listened to the little voice clip of his character saying "yurusanai" over a few times.

And we made more shortbread! Because we're addicted. And because TV movies like the Felicity one that was on tonight are the types of things that require baking. Felicity's stories lend themselves much better to TV movies, thankfully, so it wasn't as difficult to sit through as the Samantha one. They both come from the American Girl series, which are these neat little books that are designed to help girls be interested in American history, and to sell expensive dolls (we have Kirsten!). We were really into them when we were about ten or eleven, so we had to watch the movies for nostalgia's sake. And as always, the books are better. Or so I would assume, not having read them for about ten years. But Virginia, our friend who got into them before we did, still has the books, and we think she's read them fairly recently, and she hated the Samantha movie.

Tonight I'm thankful for the ability to eat cereal, not having smallpox, American Girl books, orange juice, and milk.

Pururun pururun pururun-run!

Today we avoided our e-mail. Why? Because we were afraid of hearing back from that one company. There's no real reason for this, since anything we heard from them would probably be good. We were just afraid we'd been a bit too much of a hassle and not apologetic enough about it.

But as we were avoiding our e-mail, Athena checked our snail mail, because we should be getting a check soon and we really, really, really need it. Sadly, we did not get a check. But we did get the second part of a survey I took because they called and I somehow always feel like I have nothing but free time, when that is getting to be less and less the case. At any rate, I figure it's good to be nice and let the survey people do their job, since they're not really trying to sell me anything I don't want and can't afford (at least not directly).

So I took the phone survey, and today they sent the booklet survey (complete with a TV diary!) along with seven whole dollars cash as a thank you for taking the survey. And I'm not being sarcastic about the seven dollars, because on the phone, the guy told me it would probably be more like three. And this is a very good thing, because it means we can go to the 99cents Only store and not have to pay all in quarters (quarters that should be going to laundry). And thus we will survive until our next check comes. We hope. At any rate, we know that the Lord is looking out for us.

When we were done taking the survey, we decided it was time to bite the bullet and check our e-mail. And, not only were there not any scary e-mails from the new manga company, but there was an email from our boss at TokyoPop. Anything from our boss at TokyoPop with the subject "New Translations" is probably very good news. This time it most definitely was, as she offered us not one, but two new titles! Eeee! And one of them is a series we've been interested in reading but thought we wouldn't get the chance until maybe someday we were living in Japan and saw it for 50yen a volume at the used book store. If anything goes for 50yen. We don't know these things.

At first we were a little incredulous, because in the past, our old boss had given us an option of two serieses but we could only have one because other people needed work too. So we asked, "Really, can we have both of them?" and apparently we can! So the Twins are very happy right now.

So today I am very, very, very thankful for new titles to translate, nice survey people, having money to live off of, being able to work for TokyoPop, and corn meal. And speaking of corn meal, there was a small tear in the little bag inside the box of corn muffin mix, and we don't know why it was there, so in case we disappear, it might be that there was some slow-working poison in the corn muffins.