Happy New Years, guys! This is my fourth and final announcement, and it’s slightly belated one, for good reasons. However, now is the time to announce it. This won’t mean too much to a lot of you, but it means a lot to me, and I thought I’d share, since y’all have been along for it. As of December 21, 2015, literally one year to the day after I started Wuxiaworld…I have resigned from my previous career. I will now be focusing on Wuxiaworld full-time.
Quite a few of you have been curious as to what I did, and I never wanted to discuss it, for a simple reason; as many of my old friends at SPCNET know, I (was) a professional American diplomat who worked in our Embassies around the world (hence my recent move to Hanoi). I didn’t want to bring politics and all that heavy stuff into WW, so I’ve never discussed it here, and I’ve done my best to keep those two lives separate. Increasingly, however, Wuxiaworld has taken up more and more of my time, even aside from translating; negotiating over copyrights, working with editors on publishing books, website maintenance, ad management and network testing, server maintenance, recruiting…all these things take a tremendous amount of time, and of course, I’m translating as well.
Being a diplomat, in turn, is not a 9-5 job; for months, even after the slowdown, I’ve been working my ‘regular’ job from 8 AM to 6 or 7 PM, then doing WW from 8 PM to 1 AM. Something had to give; I wasn’t doing as good of a job on either front as I felt I should be. It was one or the other. So, after lots of debate and soul-seeking…I decided that I would go with the ‘other’. Wuxiaworld was (is) my baby; I wasn’t going to give that up. And so, my career as a diplomat was what had to go.
Needless to say, mommy and daddy are MOST displeased about this (sorry, pops!). It was an extremely stable, respectable, and well-paying career that let me see the world and meet with people and do things that I’ll probably never have the chance to do again. Even now, I feel a tinge of regret for having given it up. But…sometimes, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Sometimes, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. I might regret this in a few years from now, but the safe road is not always the right one; sometimes, it’s the less-trodden path. Right?
What does it mean for you all? Well, first of all, let me make one thing clear; it doesn’t suddenly mean that I’ll be doing like ten chapters a day now. There’s a huge amount of unseen back-end work that needs to be done, and even 3 CD/DE length chapters every day (which I plan on for January), when done too long, will result in serious hand cramps. What this really means is that I’ll be able to not kill myself, while still providing the highest quality translations at a fast pace, and taking care of everything else that I need to care of, such as copyright negotiations (the recent stuff that’s been happening in the Japanese world is a good example of why this part of it is so important, if underappreciated). This will increase my longevity as a translator, and hopefully help make Wuxiaworld not only a long-lasting fixture, but a better one.
You’ve all been with me and the other translators here for a year now, and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for your past, current, and (hopefully) future support. 2016 will be a phenomenal year for all of us, I hope! To reword Grandmaster Pill Demon from ISSTH, when you joined us at Wuxiaworld as readers, the seeds of karma were sown between us. So long as you do not break those karmic ties, neither shall I!
PS: Let me close out with a final picture of myself; one final look back, before we look forward. Quite a few of y’all asked for pictures in the past; here is one of my proudest pictures from a few years ago, with a certain special lady (she’s not popular with everyone, I know, but…whatever xD).