A freelance translator’s letter to Santa

A freelance translator's letter to Santa -- click on the image to enlarge

Also see A freelance translator’s lifestyle

The perfect present for a freelance translator has arrived! Mox: Illustrated Guide to Freelance Translation by Alejandro Moreno-Ramos is a must-have for all the translators out there with a sense of humor who are also willing to take some time to reflect on the actors in the translation industry and the role each of them plays. It is very likely that you will also pick your favorite and least favorite characters in Mox’s book (chances are you will find some similarities between yourself and at least one of them).

Apart from numerous hilarious first-ever-published cartoons the book features thirteen articles by the following renowned freelance translators:

  1. Alex Eames
  2. Benny Lewis
  3. Céline Graciet
  4. Corinne McKay
  5. Jill Sommer
  6. Judy Jenner
  7. Kevin Lossner
  8. Laurent Laget
  9. Pablo Muñoz
  10. Ramón Somoza
  11. Rose Newell
  12. Sarah M. Dillon
  13. Steve Vitek

So if you are a translator and you have not written your letter yet, make sure you add this item to your list.

You’ll have a fun holiday season!

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Advancing in one’s profession

Advancing in one's career as a freelance translator -- click on the image to enlarge

See this same post in Mox’s blog and his previous post in which Mina runs away.

This comic was inspired by both an article I came across that reports on the results of a survey to determine trends in pet ownership as it relates to certain professions and by my recent friendship with the genius creator of Mox’s blog, Alejandro Moreno-Ramos.

Alejandro’s work has been a great inspiration for me for a long time. I admire his sense of humor and his unique talent so imagine my excitement when I received his invitation to make a guest post in the widely renowned Mox’s blog (the pressure is on!)

Back to the article that has inspired this comic, it got me thinking about translators and interpreters and their most likely pets. According to the article, editors and writers generally own “reptiles”.  Would this also be the trend for translators and interpreters as Mox’s pet, Mina, seems to indicate? I figure that CATs should be also among the top places. And  I believe that “birds” must be quite popular among translators fond of social media.

It would be fun to find out if certain pets are “trending” among translators and interpreters like they are in other professions.

Would you like to participate in this “research” and tell your colleagues about you and your pet(s)?

P.S. Thanks Alejandro!

A freelance translator’s lifestyle

A freelance translator's lifestyle -- click on the image to enlarge

Also see this comic strip in Spanish.

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Have you been there? Do you think that this is an accurate description of a day in a freelance translator’s life? Is it a myth or an exaggeration maybe? Is there some truth in this description?

Would you like to share your story?

Twitter series (part 3) — Meet the social media expert

Twitter series (part 3) -- Meet the social media expert (click on the image to enlarge)

Also see this cartoon in Spanish

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Translator’s productivity (part 2) — shortcuts

Translator's Productivity --shortcuts (click on the image to enlarge)Translator’s productivity — shortcuts (click on the image to enlarge)

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“In computing, a keyboard shortcut is a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer keyboard which invokes commands in software. Some keyboard shortcuts require the user to press a single key or a sequence of keys one after the other. Other keyboard shortcuts require pressing and holding several keys simultaneously.” Wikipedia

Using shortcuts in your work will undoubtedly help you become more productive. At first it requires a conscious effort to start using them and remember them but with time their use becomes a reflex.

I have adopted a few which I use on a daily basis. However, I’d like to start using some more as they help me optimize my time and increase my productivity.

Below there is a list of links to useful articles with detailed examples of existing keyboard shortcuts that you can easily start using in your daily computing tasks:

What about you? Which shortcuts do you use?