Reading for a Rainy Day


Spring in Montreal, like fall, an in-between season of raw grey days, sometimes snowy but mostly rainy, sends me running for shelter between the covers of a tried and true classic: Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I can’t remember the first time I read it, but I read it at least once a year at times … [Read more…]

Personal Branding, More than a Meets the Eye


These days, marketing experts would have us believe that, along with social media engagement,  personal branding is a “must” for both freelancers and salaried employees alike. But what exactly is personal branding? A recent thread on a popular social media platform asked whether translators should invest time and money in personal branding. Some group members vehemently dismissed … [Read more…]

Networking: Take Two and Rolling!


“All the world’s a stage,” said Jaques in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. These days, the world of work seems more like a movie. Successful networking, like a boffo box office hit, requires lengthy pre-production preparation, impeccable execution, and a thorough post-production process. If you’re in it for the long run, a post mortem adds … [Read more…]

Stop Wasting Time Networking


Networking can mean the difference between surviving and truly thriving for both freelancers and a full-time employees. Just “making the rounds” when you’re at loose ends or have a few bucks in your pocket, however, can burn up valuable time and money. Effective networking requires thought and planning. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time. Networking … [Read more…]

Machine Translation Fast Forward


Way back in April 2013 … wait, that’s not even a year ago. Okay, less than a year ago, I wrote about machine translation. Since then, the advent of low-cost or even free machine translation has captured the attention of the mass media. Most coverage still focuses on how great or how lousy machine translation … [Read more…]