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We need a vacation 
24th-Mar-2016 07:05 pm
Kodansha USA has been announcing new titles up the wazoo this week! Man! And we just keep thinking, "No! Stop! Don't license anything else until we have time and energy again!" On the other hand, they might have translators for all these things already, which would be great, especially for those translators, but we wanna translate all the manga! We also really, really don't. We're so conflicted lately. All we need is a vacation! ...A vacation that doesn't involve coming back to twice the amount of work. Aaaah, good times.

Anyway, speaking of vacations! We had kind of an odd work situation this week, in that we were working on this project that needs to be translated and then "reviewed" (also known as "edited"). The people in charge want only one person to do the reviewing, so Athena did some of the translating and I did all of the reviewing, and that meant that Athena had a whole day to find something else to do while I worked.

Fortunately(?), yesterday Shutterfly sent us an email letting us know that our photo book was finished! Tadah! So we looked at it...and were like, "No, no, no." We didn't like the way the pictures were organized at all, and it kind of makes sense that that would happen, because it's not like the graphic designers had any clue what was going on in those pictures...except for the pictures themselves, which they say are worth a thousand words, but maybe not. I mean, just because one picture is clearly of the Arabian Coast and another picture is clearly of the American Waterfront, they're also both clearly of DisneySea, so who's to say they don't go together?

Anyway, the point is, we wanted to rearrange the whole thing. So that's what Athena was working on all day while I reviewed a bunch of translations. And now she has a bunch of pages that look really good, and a bunch of pictures that need to be put back in somewhere, and the whole time she's like, "Hrm, we ordered the 8x8 book and there's like 50 pictures on this page--there's no way anybody's going to be able to see what's going on!" (I think the max amount of pictures on any page is...Athena says she thinks some layouts allow 25.) Of course, we have all the pictures on the camera, the computer, and the Shutterfly to look at in whatever size we want, but we want to show them off! And the people we know who would be the ones looking at the book are the ones who seem like they'd be the most interested in larger versions. (A certain Disneyland associate of ours seemed mortally offended when he started reading the Big Hero 6 manga and the font was shrunken rather small to fit a "hwoinch" in a little speech bubble. Don't blame the manga artist; blame Lloyd Alexander for giving me the idea. Or, y'know, the translators who decided to go with a seven-letter word instead of a 4-letter one.)

So now we're wondering if we could change to a larger book size, but oh my goodness, with all the extra pages we've already ordered for this book, the price has already skyrocketed! I mean, we might not need all of the aquarium pictures (you can see fish anywhere, can't you?), but come on. We want them. It was our special Japan trip. And they also sent us a 40% off coupon today, which may or may not be a result of our not having ordered the book immediately upon seeing it.

And hey, I just remembered I was supposed to talk about high-context/low-context language stuff. Heh, heh, heh. It's been a long week. And we might not be done with work today. Yippee.

Today I'm thankful for having time for Athena to redesign our photo book some, finishing the one project at least, still having chocolate (we might need it), the very wise decision to start watching Gilmore Girls for our dinnertime TV show (we finished Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries), and the delicious pizza we had for dinner last night.
24th-Mar-2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Kodansha is being so rude to people who want to work on everything but don't have time! None of the things they've announced yet were anywhere on my radar before being announced (in contrast to the ones that I'm already buying in Japanese), but now that I do know about them I can't help being curious. I would guess the books don't have translators assigned yet, because they're scheduled for fall and we're still working on summer books right now? ...But no more new things, okay? Let's be good :) (until something you REALLY want comes along.) (edit: I mean, of course it's your decision to take on new stuff or not! i've made it my personal goal to try not to take on anything else until i can see that my schedule's back under control, but you may have your own approach to the too-much-work issue.)

And then Yen's got its Sakura Con panel tomorrow, and who knows what that may bring.

I feel like I should apologize about the hwoinch thing too, but... well, what can one do? (it is a good onomatopoeia, leaving aside the issue of fitting the bubble.) Good luck getting your photo book all sorted out!! It's nice that Athena had the unexpected free time to work on it!

Edited at 2016-03-25 02:54 am (UTC)
25th-Mar-2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Gosh! We feel pretty much the same way about the announced titles. I think the assignment of translators (and how quickly it happens) depends on the editor. We really mostly hope we don't get any offers for a while because we have such a hard time saying no. But on the other hand, we don't want all the manga to go to someone else. It's so hard having a job that you love but that you really need to step away from for a while...

Oh, goodness, it is convention season, isn't it? Siiiiiigh.

Nah, don't worry about it. We think at least part of the problem is that people don't want to admit that they're old enough to need reading glasses. Hwoinch really is a good pig sound, after all. Oink is just so...common. Or something. Anyway, thanks for the well wishes! I think we're too daunted by work to start Photo Phriday today, but I also think we may start prepping photos for it over the weekend.
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