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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 47

This might be a little late, but I have a correction to make.

  • Mountain Child -> Mountain Imp

I don’t know about you but I feel that it is about time we made this correction. I mean, when the name of the monster species was first mentioned, there was nothing much to go with it. We didn’t know whether it was a monster or a human, there was only so much you can tell from the name alone. Now that we know more about the monster, it is high-time we corrected the name.

While I was searching for synonyms of “child”, I stumbled upon “Imp” and thought that this was the perfect choice for our hairy little troublemaker. Continue reading Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 47

Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 46

The greatest joy of a translator is probably seeing return visitors coming back for more chapters. It’s actually quite a blissful thing to see returning visitors leaving a comment and like on a chapter you published. But then again, it can also get quite worrisome when the frequent readers suddenly stop commenting or liking new posts.

Yes, I know who you are and I appreciate you being here with me on this long journey 🙂
Well, okay, maybe I don’t know who you are, if you change your ID and Email, I probably wouldn’t have guessed…
But regardless, I still thank you for making your presence known.

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 45

I spent quite some time thinking of the classifier regarding the monster’s ranking system. The direct translation would be Low-Rank Initial Stage, Low-Rank Middle Stage, etc.

I felt that the direct translation would be too long. So I came up with several options:

Option AOption BOption COption DOption E
Low-Rank
Low-Rank+
Superior Low-Rank
etc…
Lesser Low-Rank
Low-Rank
Superior Low-Rank
etc…
Low-Rank
Low-Rank+
Low-Rank++
etc…
Low-Rank
Low-Rank Plus
Low-Rank Plus Ultra
etc…
Low Rank-
Low Rank
Low Rank+
etc…

Obviously, I chose option A, but options C is not bad either. What are your thoughts? Which option do you prefer? If there is none, what other option would you suggest? Please leave your comment below or cast your vote HERE! Continue reading Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 45

Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 44

Well damn, the weather is so hoooooooot lately. I’m not even kidding when I say it’s hooooooooot, emphasizing the hot! It’s so hot that forest fires are almost a daily occurrence around this part. It’s kind of sad to see the green land slowly turning into a wasteland. The forest fires are so frequent that I suspect there might even be an arsonist or two around here.

Is this truly the force of nature, or a man-made fire? Hrm…

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 43

Somebody told me to slow down my release pace so I can build up some stockpile for future releases. I’ve been pondering and I think that’s a fair point. In case I got busy in real life, going on a vacation, and whatnot, I will be able to keep up with the chapter release by taking some chapters out of the stockpile and I probably wouldn’t feel as pressured as translating them on the fly.

Well, the Patreon users will probably not be affected by this change since it’s not like my translation speed will slow down or anything, it’s only the public release that’s being slowed down. I think I’ll go at a 1-2-1-2 pace. One chapter on week one, two chapters on week two, back to one chapter on week three then two chapters on week four, rinse and repeat.

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 42

Ahh… That hits the spot! A break is nice isn’t it? Though I say that, I was actually planning to take the break and translate at my leisure so I could build up some stockpile, but who’d have thought, I really went and slacked for one whole week without touching the novel.

Even if I can trick myself into thinking that I’m still fine, I can’t trick my body after all. But it was a well-deserved break. I was finally able to take some time to update the Wiki page since nobody wanted to take up the job of managing it.

Thought of the day:
Maybe I should recruit an editor after all? Not only to help check my grammar but to manage the Wiki page as well 😛

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 41

Never expect they’d be a day when I actually look forward to weekdays more than the weekends and public holidays, but these hellish days are finally over. I can finally throw back and relax now.

I need to give myself a pat on the back for keeping up with one or two chapters per week despite the busy schedule, but now that the tension is gone, I’m all burnt out and I believe I deserve a good rest. With that said, pardon me for taking next week off and won’t be releasing any chapters.

Thoughts of the day:
I love-hate short chapters. I love it for the fact that I can translate short chapters quickly. I hate it for the fact that short chapters usually contain many difficult words.

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 40

Well, it took quite a while for Ziru to notice that I’ve stopped posting on his site. He sure was angry though, as he rightfully should. He blocked me after saying everything he had to so I had no chance to explain. I suppose it was a pretty mature choice to avoid escalating possible conflict further than necessary. Though I do have a few things to clarify.

1) I did specifically tell him that I won’t be making Ziru’s Musing my new home and that I will pull out any time if things don’t go well.

2) My conscience was indeed hurt due to his spartan editing, but that was not the reason why I stopped hosting on his site, if that was the case, I would have said something and stopped the collaboration before it went public.

3) What made me stop posting on his site was because I don’t feel welcomed there. It has got nothing to do with how busy he was or anything, and I wasn’t even expecting a full review of the novel when I asked him to read it. All I expected from him was just a simple introduction of the novel and the translator, a welcome message of the sort. It’s something he should have done without me deliberately telling him to, it’s what should be expected of everyone when a new employee joins their company/team. Is he really expecting me to go up to him and say, “Hey Ziru, I just joined your team, aren’t you going to introduce me to your company?”

4) I don’t hate Ziru or anything, I only hoped he could have done a better job at entertaining his team.

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 39

I actually wanted to translate three chapters this week so I can have more leeway next week, but alas, this chapter has so many terms in regards to tea ceremony and gave me a run for my money. It doesn’t help at all that this chapter is 1.5 times longer than usual and my brain just gave up thinking from overworking. This chapter alone ended up taking me 4 days to translate. Good thing I only released one chapter last week and the other chapter was half completed already.

Thoughts of the day:
I heard sugar is nutrient for the brain, I wonder how true is that?

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 38

If you see me inputting a lot of comments in the chapters, that’s me getting stressed out in the middle of translating and had to find a way to vent it out.

Anyways, moving on to business. I have given this offer to someone who left a comment in Patreon, but he never did reply back, so I’ll be giving this opportunity to the first comer. Now that I’ve gotten a fair amount of patrons, I can afford to spend up to 50 dollars per month to buy the VIP chapters off another reader, at the rate of 1 dollar per chapter. Do note that I can buy all thousands of VIP chapters from the publisher for not more than 60 dollars, then why am I spending 50 dollars per month to buy only 50 chapters from a reader instead? Isn’t that counterproductive?

It’s simple, what I need is a raw text file, the image format of the raw from the publisher is not what I’m looking for, and it’d slow down the translation pace too. (I’ll explain more on this in the next post).

If you’re interested to take up this job, please send a sample text file to [email protected]
Preferably Volume 2 Chapter 18, the first VIP chapter of Demon Sword Maiden. I need to check the text file against the raw from the Publisher to determine if the accuracy is high enough for me to pay for the future chapters. Once approved, I will send you an email for confirmation and we can discuss the payment method and delivery method after that.

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 37

Yep, I don’t have a schedule. Even though I was releasing 2 chapters at a fixed time per week, I do not want to set anything in the stone because it will only end up pressuring myself, and I know for a fact that I can’t keep a schedule. If I don’t have one to begin with, nobody will expect anything, and nobody will be disappointed if I am late with my chapter release.

Same goes with Patreon, please be reminded that becoming my patron is 100% voluntary and the rewards are not guaranteed. You only get early access to as many chapters as I have translated. For only 3 dollars, you will gain access to everything I have. Be it 1 chapter, 2 chapters, or 10 chapters, it will cost you nothing more than 3 dollars per month. I will not ask for more to get early access to more chapters as that would be contradictory to everything I said prior to this.

For now, I find that translating one chapter with an average of 3k words in 2-3 days to be manageable, so you can continue to expect this steady pace for a while. That is unless real life gets in the way or the author increases the chapter length, I hope not right?

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 36

I have so many things to say but there’s just not enough column to contain all my rant. But the really short version is that life sucks so expect only 1 chapter next week.

Anyone who cared to read the long version; there are two reasons:

Work
Real hell is starting tomorrow. From tomorrow morning until mid-April, I have to wake up at 4am and get to work by 5am during the weekends, including Friday.

Why do I need to get to work so early you ask? Well… You know how some people will line up in front of the shop before dawn in order to buy a limited item right? This isn’t really the case but it works as an analogy.

I have to wake up early in order to collect the annual subscription fees from all those customers.

With that said, I will apologize in advance if I can’t keep up with the chapter release. Since I needed to wake up early, I obviously needed to sleep early, so I won’t be able to translate until late night. I normally start translating after work, at approximately 7pm until 11pm.

Faulty Laptop
The other reason is that my old laptop used for translating breaks down on me. I personally reformatted the laptop and wasted one valuable day on it. The next day, the CMOS battery died and I got the accursed 5 beeps every time I start up the laptop. I tried to screw open the laptop but I got “screwed over” instead. Took me a good hour to figure out how to unfasten the keyboard, cause ya know, laptop keyboard is really tricky to unfasten. After finally getting through that ordeal, I thought everything else would be a breeze, but who knew… two screws got stuck in there and I was unable to screw them open, imagine the frustration I was feeling then, I tried various ways to unlock those screws, but to no avail. After one good hour of meaningless struggle, I finally decided to just drop it at the IT store tomorrow, I’ll just pass on this headache to them for a frigging 50 bucks.

Don’t you just hate it when your PC or web server goes wonky on you when everything was working fine just the other day?

Thoughts of the day:
I said that I don’t have a schedule, but I am somehow keeping up with two chapters a week. *Mind Blown*

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 35

Translating is easy, that’s what every bilingual person must have thought of at least once. I can finish reading a chapter in 30 minutes, I should be able to finish translating one chapter with just the same amount of time.

However, it is not that easy in reality. The words don’t get automatically translated in your head, the structure of the sentence is different in both languages and you have to think of the most appropriate words to use in order to translate each sentence without losing its meaning. One sentence which can take you 3 seconds to read will take you 3 minutes to translate. One chapter that can take you 10 minutes to read can take you 4 hours to translate.

I have a friend who told me he could translate a single chapter in 30 minutes, so I gave him a project and asked him to translate it for me. I asked him the next day, he told me it’s not done. I asked him again the day after the next, he’s still not done. And this process repeated for a month and he’s still haven’t provided me with a single chapter.

Translating sound like an easy job, but it’s actually not. You have to stop whenever a new term come out and do some research to see if there’s an official translation of said terms and if there is not, you have to think of how should you translate that word. I especially hate any words with the “神 (literally: god)” character in it. Any terms with that “god” character attached may come in several meanings and is very ambiguous. To name a few, it can be “consciousness”, “mind”, “spiritual power”, “shikigami”, “eyesight”, “temple”, “expression”, or literally “god”.

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 34

Rain is a blessing from heaven. I almost died from heatstroke at work just now, no kidding. It was so hot I could feel the heat getting into my head. Why can’t the weather play nice and lower the temperature to a moderate degree! Don’t you just hate summer? It’s so hot to an unreasonable degree! What’s worst than summer is that you are in a tropical country where summer is prevalent 365 days a year.

Thoughts of the day:
I wish spring would come to me, in both meanings. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Demon Sword Maiden Chapter 33

Yes, I guess many of you have been wondering why I haven’t been posting on Ziru’s Musings. There are various reasons but I guess the main reason had to be this: It’s just not worth the hassle.

What? That wouldn’t cut it? Okay… here goes the nagging.

Spoiler
Posting on three sites at once is quite a lot of work actually, and there are little to no benefits to gain. Wait, what do you mean three? Not two? Yeah, three! I included Patreon in the equation. I mean, I wouldn’t mind posting on three sites if there are actually some benefits to gain, people do work a little harder and deal with the hassle if there’s something to gain right?

My main goal, which is to spread awareness of this novel to more audience didn’t go so well. Even after posting on Ziru’s Musings, the number of readers is still more or less about the same. I guess that’s pretty much to be expected, most readers came from Novel Updates after all. And Ziru doesn’t seem all that excited to have me over, he didn’t even bother reading Demon Sword Maiden, give a short review of the novel, and make a post to announce me moving over. Well okay, he did read a bit when I asked him to, but only the first few paragraphs and his grammar nazi habit kicks in.

Remember the friend I told you who said my English is not that good? Yup, that’s the culprit in the flesh. Though I appreciate it when someone tells me something is not right and correct my sentence, I do not appreciate someone who is literally changing every single sentence I translated, it just makes me lose my confidence you know… He literally went and changed almost all the sentence he read through in Chapter 1. I can show you the chat log with his “correction” on Chapter 1 if you so wish.

I know it was not his intention to “diss” my English, but it still made me feel bad and hurts my confidence.

Thoughts of the day:
Wow the author literally used a Japanese character in this chapter’s title.

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