When I first published some chapters on Patreon, I never really expected to receive anything… but lo and behold, I now have 18 patrons and 3 of them became my patron purely out of goodwill. That was really unexpected, I honestly thought that 1 or 2 patrons were already a lot.
I can’t thank you guys enough for your generosity by becoming my patrons. Though I did say that I’m not doing this for money and I won’t be taking any donations for sponsored chapters, but hey, every little bit of money is always good for motivation boost! Of course, money is important, but your likes and comments give me just as much of a motivation boost.
You won’t believe how many times I visited the site just to check on the comments and likes every time I just published a chapter. It’s enough to make me go into the red with my mobile data.
Have you ever been in an awkward situation due to your tone of voice? When I speak in English, I always have this slightly deeper tone due to a force of habit, but when I am speaking Chinese, I am using my natural tone, which as my friend describes; an angelic voice. I remember one day during High School, my natural voice came out when I called for the waitress, and all my friends were looking at me as though they were shocked.
They kept praising my voice and told me to use that tone to speak to them more often, but I involuntarily switched back to my default English tone right after that and the whole situation turned very awkward until we returned to class. I mean, I can’t help it alright, it’s totally out of my control xD
Well, the first day on Ziru’s Musings turned out to be quite the disaster ^^’
I forgot to double check the timezone and ended up scheduling the chapter release on Ziru’s Musings 1 day later than the intended date. The end result was that all of you were left hanging for up to 8 hours. But anyway, enough of the gloomy stuff, it’s Chinese New Year!!
Yes, today is the start of the New Year celebration for the Chinese. It is a joyous day, but also the busiest day for us Chinese. For you English natives, Christmas is the biggest event, but for us Chinese, it is the Lunar New Year. So with that said, you should probably expect a slower release during the New Year celebration.
P.S. Oh and I’ve disabled comment on Ziru’s Musings because I think it is better to have a centralized comment section. Don’t worry though, I’ve made a redirect link that’d bring you directly to the comment section of respective chapters on Re:Library so it wouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience.
Today’s finally the big day! I will now be dual-hosting this series on both Re:Library and Ziru’s Musings. I have already come to a decision regarding the direction I’d like to go with this co-host project. Instead of publishing it one week earlier on one website or the other, I will be publishing new chapters on both sites simultaneously. You can think of reading on Ziru’s Musings as reading on a Dark Theme while reading on Re:Library as Light Theme.
However, for this week, just for this week alone, I will be directing you all to Ziru’s Musings first to commemorate the start of the collaboration, and let you all have a feel of what’s it feels like to read on Ziru’s Musings.
Lazy week, not quite in the gear to translate these past few days… and I regretted it when the weekend comes around. I was expecting to cram this chapter during the weekend, but real life had other plans for me. Work has suddenly picked up this year and I was made to work at the weekend, then my cousin got married and I was invited to the dinner party.
I think overworking has somehow killed a part of me. Since I woke up on Sunday, I had been holing myself in the computer room for the whole day doing nothing productive until 5 AM the next day, all the while skipping my three meals and live through the entire day on junk food… I honestly felt as though I was a zombie…
Well, forget about what I said on Thursday, it was vetoed because this chapter is so short!
Oh, before I forgot, I went and created a Wikia page for Demon Sword Maiden, but alas… I have no idea how Wikia works and wasted a whole lot of time on it. If anyone’s free and knows how to use Wikia, please help me fill up the glossary page~ Thanks
Thoughts of the day:
Shorter chapter = harder to translation
I played with the website coding and messed up, so I spent one day going over the error with my web developer and learned some basic web management skill from him. And remember how I mentioned that I sold my 8-year-old laptop last week? Yup, you probably guessed it already, I just got myself a new custom-build PC, so I ended up spending another day setting up my new desktop.
With two days wasted on something other than translating, I might not be able to do more chapter this week.
Thoughts of the day:
Never touch anything you do not understand.
You know, I am quite bummed when I found out the novel page of Demon Sword Maiden is not indexed in the front page of Google when I searched for the keyword. Instead, what showed up on the first page were pages from content thieves and the announcement posts. I wonder how many potential readers I’ve already lost to the thieves. 🙁
Heck, even after going through the 2nd to 5th pages, I still don’t see it indexed anywhere. Instead, I found the novel page which I haven’t officially published on Ziru’s Musings already showing up on the 2nd page, how did that even happen? >.<
When you pick up a new hobby, you have to give up on another.
I picked up translating and I have to sacrifice my time for my family and the time to indulge in my other hobbies such as gaming, and reading novels.
A free translation isn’t really “free”, think of the time, dedication, and sweat the translators pour into their work before you say or do anything potentially harmful. Most people take free translations for granted and demand for more, but they never once considered the work put behind the translations.
Changed Dynasty to Empire since I felt that it’s more fitting in a fantasy setting
This is going to be a lengthy read, so I’ll just state the conclusion first for those who don’t want to read the long and short of it. I will be dual-hosting Demon Sword Maiden on Re:Library and Ziru’s Musings.
As I have mentioned last week, a friend of mine has invited me to host Demon Sword Maiden on his site. We even had a voting session, and the result? 62% of you support this idea while the other 38% prefer to read here. Continue reading Collaboration with Ziru’s Musings→
So many things happened last week… so many things indeed. I had to plow the hard-as-rock earth and hurt my left thumb in the process. I had to clean the sewer and scraped my right thumb in the process. I bumped into a rock and scraped my right leg, this one really hurts. And then I sold my 8-year-old laptop for 200 bucks. Yup… more than half of these events end up with me being hurt in the process, ouch!
Thoughts of the day:
I never knew I was THIS clumsy… I’m really not cut out for physical labor…
This chapter took more time than expected to translate due to all the unfamiliar terms, like the shikigami or Daruma Egg. I mean… I do know what they are, it’s just that the terms in Chinese are ambiguous. Had to ask around and look for references.
> Changed tael to ryo
Apparently, tael is the unit used by Chinese, ryo is the Japanese equivalent of tael.
Wow… just wow… I actually… got a patron, and two to boot!!! 😮
Thank you, you guys are awesome! But take note that the chapters in Patreon are unedited and without footnotes. Not that I do that much editing when publishing it here anyways, the most I do are correcting some typos and changing the sentence structure so that they flow more smoothly.
Thoughts of the day:
My friend invited me to host this on Ziru’s Musing, your thoughts? Cast your vote below!
Yes, I know… I have published some chapters in Patreon some days ahead of time as intended early access reward for my non-existence Patron. I don’t expect anyone to subscribe to my Patreon, but I feel like it’s better than leaving it completely empty 🙂
Thoughts of the day:
Isn’t the chapter title a bit of a spoiler?