December 9th, 2008

Lost in translation?

NPR took a look at the challenges posed by translations.

“The differences between cultures can be a challenge. When working on Gargantua and Pantagruel, Raffel translated Middle French into modern English. Written in the 16th century, the novel was set in a time of filth and squalor. Raffel found he had to overcome the limits of the English language.

"Rabelais, the author of this very strange book, ends the chapter with a sputtering iteration. I believe it's something like 43 different words in French for s- - -," says Raffel. "My problem was finding 43 different words because English is not so plentiful in these things."

Read and even hear more here.

How many words do you know for poop? I'm not sure I can think of more than 10.

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Finding time to write

How do you find time to write?

Romantic suspense author and NY Times bestselling novelist Allison Brennan (who at the time had four kids – she now has five!) used to write every day after working a full time job and putting the kids were in bed - from 9 to midnight. I believe a glass of wine was involved

When he was a defense attorney, NYT bestselling mystery writer Phil Margolin made a deal with his wife. He used to write from 7-11 on Saturdays and Sundays, and she agreed to keep the kids away.

And in this post , Jeff Abbott talks about how he used to write from 4-7 a.m. before going to his job at a startup.

I thinking I’m blanking out on how I used to write while working full time. I know it was rare for me to get more than two hours in. Sometimes it was a lot less. I wrote outside my kid’s mandolin lessons. I wrote when I came home from work. I wrote a little bit at lunch. I wrote every weekend. Eventually it all added up.

When do you/did you write?

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