I was battling another cold this week, so I had a tough time. By the end of it when I was formatting, my hands were shaking...my eyes couldn't focus...it was bad.
Anyway, I took a nap and now I'm working on my next project.
I have 4 projects for December, and 5 for January. I can't believe my January's filled up already! I guess I'm very fortunate right now.
I just wish I would stop getting sick!
On a happier note, all of my black Friday purchases came in this week. I got the older Seinfeld seasons (they released a complete box recently...so the old ones are getting cheaper...yes!) and an mp3 player. I am an amanojaku so I bought a non-iPod.
An amanojaku is a term that refers to people with twisted personalities who do things that are opposite from other people.
I was getting sick toward of the beginning of the week (it must've been the cold weather at tennis), and it really got worse on Monday night/Tuesday.
I've said this many times, but when you have a fever you can't translate effectively. So I had to ask for an extension on the Genshiken fanbook, especially because I was at the end of it where there are two short stories and a bunch of other text.
So it wasn't a very merry Thanksgiving for me.
Oh well. It really never is. My family doesn't do much for Thanksgiving other than go to a Chinese restaurant where I grew up. All of my relatives (both paternal and maternal) are in Japan, so we don't have to wait 4 hours at LAX or anything to see them.
I had a match today. My doubles partner was telling me that she recently saw "Letters From Iwo Jima." Since she knows what I do for a living, I told her that I translated some of the bonus features in the DVD.
Unfortunately, she didn't watch the bonus features and she had already sent it back to Netflix.
It's really unfortunate that people don't watch the bonus features. Since I work on a lot of them I tend to watch them.
The best ones are commentaries by the director and writer. The worst ones are red carpet showings (there is some footage in Iwo Jima) and commentaries by the actors.
Anyway, please take a chance to look at the bonus features.
Since my dear assistant won't be here in December, we're starting on preparing holiday cards.
I only have about 70 to send out, so it's not that bad... But most of them are to Japanese people, and since my calligraphy classes when I was in 4th grade did nothing for me, I print out messages on large labels and stick them on the card.
What my assistant is helping me with are data entry and label making. For now.
Since Japanese addresses can take up a lot of rows, I use label size 1 1/3" x 4" for the addresses.
For the message labels I use quarter-size labels.
The cards are store bought. If I was an artist and was able to draw cute characters I would be making original holiday cards...but I can't.
In the official book of Genshiken, there are many references to certain panels across the book. The editor asked me not to translate those panels but instead indicate which volume, page, and panel it comes from.
Trust me, that's a lot more time consuming than translating it.
I started to write in the location on the official book, but realized it was taking way more time than I anticipated.
So I asked an assistant to do it for me.
It took her roughly 3 days, but she did it.
This assistant is only going to be with me until the end of November. My sister is suggesting that I hire a REAL assistant.
Do I really need one?
It does help when someone else can rip and number books for me. Behind me, I still have about 6 books that need to be cut up and numbered.
Today I went to the island of Hawaii, or the "big island" to go see the volcano stuff.
The flight was early (5am in the morning) but it was worth it.
I came back around 7:30pm.
Hopefully in the future, I can go to most of the islands on an interisland cruise. But can I really live without internet for a week?
I woke up early yet again to go see sharks in a cage, but it was canceled. The drive to North Shore was pretty scary at 5 in the morning, because there are hardly any highway lights. And no other cars driving around me.
Anyway, I changed my plan to go to Hanauma Bay instead. I never went to Hanauma Bay before...I passed by it several times the last time I went to Oahu.
It was meh. I think I would prefer Kaneohe Bay or something. Next time I'll try that.
The people at S emailed me earlier telling me that there were writers on strike around the studio, but not to worry.
And I did run into them as I was walking to the video editing room, but they were really nice to me.
Inside the studio, I don't know if it was because there was a strike going on, but it seemed that less people were actually working. There was a lot of noise in the other rooms (that distracted me a bit), and when I was walking down the path outside inside the lot, there were people dancing.
...I don't know, it could be considered "work."
I read manga and that's considered "work" to me, so...
One tip regarding your resume, since I used to work a little in Human Resources. A lot of "fans" do this...they write in their qualifications that they love anime. That's not a qualification!! You should write that in the cover letter/email, since they ask for someone who is familiar with manga.
Anyway, if you're interested please apply and help poor Tania! She is busy, busy, busy...from what I can see.