4 May 2015
In my first few months as a freelance translator, I did not have enough work to do. That was quite hard, not because I did not enjoy a leisurely life, but because I need to make a living.
Fortunately, after I started translating my first book, jobs keep coming. Though occasionally I come close to running out of books to translate, during better times, I can enjoy the luxury of committing to jobs that I love to do, like translating books I find meaningful, and declining jobs I like less.
Today, a client with first name Chelsea asked me to translate some urgent documents. I refused since my schedule is already quite tight. I refused politely of course. But I really wish I could write a reply like this:
Congratulations on winning the Premier League.
Unfortunately I am a Man United fan. You see, my team has lost three games in a row. I am really in no mood to translate for you Chelsea. Go park your bus and find another one to do it.