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Let's try this again 
3rd-Nov-2014 03:53 pm
Maybe it's the "getting back to work after taking a week off" thing, or maybe it's the "having had to spend about an hour working on figuring out what happened to a lost payment" thing, but today is feeling pretty blah. So we're sort of taking it easy today, in the sense that the idea of working any longer is so torturous that we kind of have to stop early.

Anyway, we only technically worked today...although I guess since what we did is what we usually do when we're working, I guess we really did work today, but we didn't do anything that we have a contract for, so it's not technically our job, or something. But the point is, we decided that we are interested in going to Japan, and since we're having a very difficult time doing that the regular way (saving up money and going), we figured we might as well try out this translation contest thing again. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, though, what with all the torment we put ourselves through in reading the judges comments from last year. There's also the thing about how maybe this kind of thing is really more for the benefit of amateurs than people who are already in the industry. I don't know.

We decided to go with Kamakura Monogatari for our entry, because if the judges are so into character voice, that'll be the one that's easiest to use obviously different ones. It's hard, though, because we're always second-guessing ourselves, and always thinking, "But does this wording make the character sound unique enough!?" But today was just the first draft. We'll figure that stuff out in the second draft, probably tomorrow.

Today I'm thankful for finishing our first draft of that entry, getting to eat delicious vanilla fudge last night, having Sailor Moon to watch tonight, having lots and lots of yummy snacks, and maybe having plans to go to Wednesdays with Walt on Wednesday.
3rd-Nov-2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the contest! I hope that whatever the results, you're able to see it as a good experience. Kamakura Monogatari does look a little different from the kind of manga you usually work on, so maybe it'll give you a chance to do some new things! (it also looks like it'll be a total pain to letter in English.) I'm looking forward to reading your entry!

By the way (maybe you already heard, since writing this), Shojo Beat just announced today that they'll be publishing Maid Sama!, and as a real license rescue rather than a digital-only release of the Tokyopop editions (like all those "viz select" titles). I left a comment on their facebook page suggesting they bring you two back as translators... I hope you don't mind! (rereading your summary post about working on the series, it sounds like it wasn't all flowers and dreams (heh) to translate, but on the other hand I know there can be a feeling of "that's mine!" when you've invested time working on a series, even if you didn't love every part of it. and then again, who knows, maybe they already have a translator picked out...)
4th-Nov-2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! We're hoping for that, too.

Of course we don't mind if you suggest Viz get in touch with us about anything! It's true, Maid Sama! wasn't our favorite thing to translate, but it was just starting to get interesting in the volume we were working on when we got the news of TokyoPop's shutting down. Thank you so much for doing that! We really hope something comes of it!
4th-Nov-2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Glad to do whatever I can!! I hope something comes of it too! I know you've made attempts to contact Viz before, but it wouldn't hurt to email them again if you've got any current editors' contact info! (maybe Ysa can help?) Even if not for Maid Sama! (they also announced the latest Minami Maki title), I think you two would be a great asset for the Shojo Beat team :)
4th-Nov-2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! If we did have a specific editor's contact info, you can bet we would have contacted them by now! But alas, we do not. Maybe someday...
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