Not enough sorries or groveling in the world can apologize enough for my lack of chapters!!!!! Orz
Keep your eyes peeled for more chapters for the holidays! I am still proofreading.
A multitude of factors converged to explain for my continued hiatus. The most memorable one being that at one point, I overdrafted my checking account because of crappy timing when it came to receiving payment for my freelance jobs and then it ultimately led to my bank account being frozen. That took me a while to dig my way out of so I couldn’t really focus on translating during that time. It really sucked. Probably because I couldn’t eat properly and that wasn’t helping my health situation. I didn’t really update during that time because I didn’t want to make another post complaining about this stuff and would rather my next post be an actual chapter.
I am currently in that awkward place where translating is a hobby that I’d like to expand into something I can devote more time to but I don’t currently have the resources to treat it like a full-time job even though I want to. So it is such a delicate balance that anything can throw it off. Sickness and unexpected expenses aside, stuff like mental exhaustion because my brain is too fried from work to even focus on translating can get in the way too. It makes downtime necessary so I can’t even process language properly, much less translate with any quality at all.
I am very grateful that you guys have mostly been so very supportive in general. I have been trying to figure out ways to be efficient while not skimping on the contextual stuff that is interesting and adds to the reading experience without going too crazy with the footnotes. I will need to start experimenting with some things so that you guys can get something to read even if life suddenly gets crazy for me. Would it be better for you guys if I were to pick up a side project that is an easy translation (and not historical fiction so I don’t need to take extra time to look up stuff for research ;_;) for you guys to read in between the wait for chapters of Great Tang Idyll? What do you guys think?