I’ll come clean: 2014 has been a tough year. Trying to juggle a string of health issues that forced me to become a recluse while slowly building up my translation activities has been quite an act, but, like you, I have so much to look forward to in 2015.
In 2014, I have worked on several books and gained returning customers (new projects to come this month), set up this website and a Facebook page, dedicated my Instagram to books and gained a steady flow of followers, and, most importantly, seen my writing and translating skills improve and flow more easily, page after page. I have also joined a MOOC on a topic I would like to specialise in (see here) and read avidly to feed my mind.
On the downside, my health problems have prevented me from really developing this business and, on a personal side, from joining a Master’s programme in comparative literature at the University of Bergen like I had counted on doing. See you next summer, UiB! In the meantime, I have my eye on an online literary translation course that could certainly allow me to hone my skills and, in the long run, open countless doors.
Plans for 2015:
-Get my health back!
-Revamp this website and blog more regularly
-Develop my skills through formal training and CPD
-Work on more books
-Follow Marta Stelmaszak’s January Bootcamp for translators and get on track!