The Alchemist's Lair
Thoughts on writing, language, life as a freelancer,
and what comes to mind.
and what comes to mind.
Welcome back, and happy 2016! Now that the end-of-the-year craze is finally gone, it's time to go back to the simple joys of ungodly working hours and packed schedules. Isn't that lovely?
Oh wait, there's something in between ... for me, that's usually a down-to-earth but fully functional review of how the closing year went, and a planning session to define my business goals for the next one.
This time, the yearly happening was a bit different, though.
A friend of mine challenged me to pick a keyword for 2016. She knows fairly well how I feel about the recent "heal my soul" trend, so she was basically aiming for a Christmas joke. To her dismay, I decided to give the thing a try.
My own rules: no adjectives nor names. I wanted a verb to build on when drafting my goals.
A few brainstorming sessions later, consolidate won.
Moreover, consolidate also means "to reorganise after having discarded unwanted items" ... which is another good thing to do for your business.
Word found, mission accomplished. I could almost hear the treasure chests opening after a long quest (Zelda, anyone?)
With that keyword in mind, I then tried to make some good use of the exercise ... and here's how this translated in reality: what's coming up on the MTM Translations' side of the pond in 2016:
Speaking & Training
After a few years of intensive training & speaking activities, it's time for me to sit back for a bit.
In 2016, I'll be focusing more on my activities as e-learning coordinator for The Alexandria Library. The e-learning project is only 10 months old now, but it's really taking off. There are more self-paced courses on the line (check out next week for the newest one!), and I'm looking forward to more trainers joining throughout the year.
To consolidate that, I am taking it a bit easier on webinars and conference presentations. The only events planned until June are:
In 2014-2015 my efforts have all been geared towards a specialisation course in teaching. Committing to such long term training (11 months) has been extremely challenging and invigorating at a time, and I learned much more than expected.
For 2016, I decided to consolidate and expand my knowledge in the areas of medicine and healthcare. The first step is a very promising MOOC on cancer treatment offered by the University of Glasgow (starts Jan 11). I'm still deciding on courses for the second semester, so feel free to share any recommendations!
Website & blogs
Over the last few months, the blogs have been utterly silent. Life and work were pretty demanding, hence I made some rough choices. Oh, and there is still the mobile unfriendliness of the website to sort out.
This is changing (quite) soon. There's a huge website redesign going on - please bear with me.
To make amends for the belated update to the new century, there will be more to read on the blogs. Two blog posts a month each, no excuses. If you feel like reading more about copywriting, language and languages, advertising and communication ... stay tuned!