The Alchemist's Lair
Thoughts on writing, language, life as a freelancer,
and what comes to mind.
and what comes to mind.
Got sick of all the love-themed writing going on this week?
Want to nurture and challenge your creative side with something different?
Have a look at this mini-collection of writing prompts, designed for short stories and flash fiction revolving around mysteries or odd situations. Enjoy!
1. The explorer's diary
2. Rainy day riddle
3. Wedding, disrupted
A quick one for your curious mind:
three videos about the mysteries, processes, and beauty of language.
#1 The enchanting music of sign language
Artist Christine Sun Kim shares her views on the analogies between sign language and music. By drawing on her own journey to the discovery and understanding of sound, she unveils some of the complexity and beauty of a not-so-silent language.
#2 How does language change your brain?
At TestTube Plus, Trace Dominguez shares interesting facts and geeky details on science, evolution, and other topics of general interest. In this video, you can find out more about how language affects our brain, and our perception of the world.
#3 The gift of words
"The more words you have, the clearer your thoughts,
and the more clearly you can convey them."
Poet and writer Javed Akhtar touches on the power of words and encourages us to rediscover the value of "slow communication" in human society. Simple, poetic, must-watch.
A few days ago, I did it. With trembling fingers, lump in throat and all.
I registered a new domain name, for MTM Translations as is will soon be no more.
It was more intense than expected. And even though I know it's the right call, I couldn't avoid the odd shiver down the spine. Because change is powerful and exciting yet scary. No matter how carefully you prepare for it.
I'm not changing careers nor starting a new life. Quite the contrary: I'm embracing the transformation to acknowledge the past, consolidate the present, and build for the future.
Until the big change, the blogs will be updated twice a month.
And, in the travel logs, you'll get a glimpse of what's going on behind the scenes.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you!
Time to deliver the last few projects, and wrap up another year.
But there's still time for one thing:
wishing you a nice and cosy winter break, and a new year packed with joy, laughter, excitement, and all things nice!
See you in January?
The digital detox ended gently as the first winter snow fell on Turin. Even though the blogs and Twitter have been silent, November was extremely busy and lively - packed with news, and a few surprises for you.
What happened in November
November was a thunderstorm. My planner is quickly filling up with projects for 2018, and the end of the year is always a race against time.
Yet, I managed to squeeze in some networking and social events. Silvia and I organised a brunch for translators in Turin, and enjoyed a few energising hours with some colleagues, near and far. We decided to meet again next spring ... and set the basis for a new tradition.
I also carved out some time to finalise my general planning for 2018 ... starting with some longed-for winter holidays. This year, I'm taking a break from December 22 through January 7, to get ready for a new, busy and exciting year.
And then, the proudest moment of all: my diploma in copywriting, with distinction!
Over the last year, some people asked whether going back to school was really worth it, after so many years of practical experience. While juggling work and study hasn't always been easy, I couldn't be happier. The world of communication is constantly changing. The course helped me hone my skills ... and taught me some new tricks as a nice bonus.
A treat for you
My favourite November project? The Writing Inspiration Playbook.
It's a colourful eBook with 53 writing prompts and exercises, designed to help you explore different forms of writing and sources of inspiration - from fiction to business writing, from poetry to reflection pieces and journals.
I wanted it to be useful yet light-hearted. Hence, I included the exercises and suggestions I use to get motivation back when writing feels like a burden. And it's free for you to grab.
Getting ready for 2018
November was also a time of anticipations for the year ahead.
In April, I'll be sharing insights on transcreation at BP18 in Vienna, with a talk on grasping and bringing your client's personality and tone of voice to life.
Also, I decided to venture on a journey that will result in huge and small changes for my business. My word of the year: GROWTH.
How are you getting ready for the new year?
Got any nice news to share? Have your say in the comments!