12 February 2010, Friday
I'm in labour and my due date is not till 24 February 2010. Actually, I'm about done with my translation project. I'm now at Phase 3,
i.e proofreading stage, and by the next couple of days, I should wrap
up everything and hand over the completed assignment to ITNM.
couldn't wait to be relieved of this as it has been a long and
laborious process. Come to think of it, why do I keep on doing this?
The money isn't that great, and it's a painful process. I likened doing
translations to being pregnant:
1/ Conception stage (Acceptance of project)
2/ 1st Trimester (Translation)
3/ 2nd Trimester (Editing)
4/ 3rd Trimester (Proof reading)
5/ Labour (Finalising and tying up loose ends)
6/ A Baby is Born (Handing over completed project)
in my case, during stage 2 to 5, you keep cursing yourself on why
you're in such deep s&*%#@, and after you've gone through Stage
6, with a short break, and if another project comes along, you agree,
just like agreeing to have another baby, despite going through a long
and painful labour the last time around. Life is such, and I'm no
And, especially when you see your name
printed on the book, it's such a euphoric feeling, and really
satisfying, just like holding and caressing your own baby.