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The Artist’s Vocation: Finding Beauty in the Hard Places

The Artist’s Vocation: Finding Beauty in the Hard Places

Recently, my Russian tutor and I were philosophizing about love, happiness, and beauty. Kind of tough to do with an intermediate-level student, but we managed. The topics came up as we were reading an adapted version of "Sonia," a short story by Tatyana Tolstaya. It's about an odd, unattractive, but kindly spinster who is fooled by…read more →
Poetry Prompt: Write a Short Poem, Pack It With Punch

Poetry Prompt: Write a Short Poem, Pack It With Punch

All right, folks, autumn is in full swing (FINALLY!) and I'm back to writing poems. Which means I'm also back to bugging y'all with prompts to get you writing, too. 🙂 Today's prompt comes from a brief discussion I had over at deviantART about short poetry. I tend to prefer medium-length…read more →
A few things to know before proofreading a translation …

A few things to know before proofreading a translation …

OK, so, not long ago, I finished my first paid translation project. (Hoorah!) It was a collaborative Russian-to-English project, in which I and two others translated a menu for a Mexican restaurant in our city. (Yes. A Mexican restaurant in Siberia. I recommend it!) Technically, I was the native-speaking "proofreader" rather than…read more →