Wednesday, April 22, 2015

That Bus ...

Every year about this time, I get hit with a ton of projects. And - every year - it catches me off-guard.

In the last two weeks, I've had ... um ... six projects cross my plate. And I'm honestly not sure if any of them have even been announced, yet.

It's a lot of work. I've talked about this before. But the work I do is nothing compared to the work done by the translator. I do not envy him his task. Most of the projects I receive come from a friend of mine who I've worked with for close to a decade, now.  He's a good guy and over the years, he's come to anticipate some of my corrections and I've gotten used to a few of his translation quirks.

This long-term relationship has, I think, made both of us better at our jobs. As an added bonus, we trust one another. He trusts that I'm not making changes just to make it seem like I'm doing something, and I'm now comfortable enough to make (in some cases) sweeping changes. In fact, I'm more comfortable making these sweeping changes with other translators, too.

He also knows what style of game I like playing. Usually. Of the games I worked on this weekend I'm very interested in a few of them and there are a few that I think I need to try first. I don't think there are any that I'm likely to dislike.

So thanks, Eric.  I appreciate you and I enjoy working with you, even if I don't say so often enough.

As for the rest of you: I'll talk about the games when I can.  Promise.

Meanwhile, it's been a very long weekend, and I need to get some sleep so I can drive to Portland to pick my wife up in the morning.


  1. And yet, I couldn't do any of it without you.

    Also, I still feel like you're doing the lion's share of the job - I just turn text into English, give it a form, you're the one who polishes it and makes it into what it is.

    ...And I also hope the rush dies down soon. I think we both deserve a break... ;)

    1. I disagree. My part of the job requires that I be fluent in one language. Yours requires two. And that's just to start with.

      All I'm doing is explaining how to play a game. I'm not going to lie and say it's easy or that it doesn't get tedious, but I'd rather have my part than yours any day of the week.