Monthly Update: May 2018

Does anyone even read these updates?

May was a weird month, and it was definitely the first month that I really got to experience the workflow of a freelance translator. It’s not like I haven’t had weeks without work before, but this month was the first time that I went from absolutely zero work to 5 deadlines within one week.

Highlights:

Not so great things that happened:

  • My car died. Again. There was something wrong with the brakes and the engine. I’m picking it up in a few days and I just really don’t want to think about how much I’m going to have to pay the mechanic.

Read 75 books – I killed my reading challenge this year. Finished book no. 75 on the 13th of May and am currently reading book no. 81.

Do at least one cultural thing a month – Sorted.  I went to Forbidden Nights (a strip show with male strippers) with my host-mum. Does that count as a cultural experience? If not, I also went to Winchester and saw the ruins of a castle and a giant cathedral. Those weren’t as exciting, though. And, as I’m writing this, I’m in Stratford-upon-Avon, exploring the place where Shakespeare was born and buried (more on that on Friday).

Graduate – Still working towards this one. I finally did some work on my thesis and finished the second draft of the introduction and theoretical framework. I still have to get started on the empirical stuff – which is the hardest and most boring.

Writing my thesis (and these blog posts) was all the writing I did this month. It’s still silent on the fiction writing front. I am going to enter the Flash Fiction Challenge – just to get me back into writing again. That’s just about the only thing on my list of things to do in June. And filling out my self-assessment, which I have been putting off.

Until next month’s update!

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  1. Berendsen
    29 May 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Love your writings Maartje !

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