I stare at the blank page thinking hard of something to say. I know this feeling, but writer’s block does not even begin to cover it: it’s more like mental block. I cannot even think about what I’m thinking, let alone spell it out in words. Christmas-trampled, ridden with the anxiety of incoming student loan bills and finding an apartment, figuring out the most convoluted transportation system I have ever seen, while also taking on a new job and my regular translation assignments, writing became such a distant thing it almost felt like I could never do it again.
But as life becomes more stable and things begin falling into place, I suppose it’s about time I start planning somewhat for the next year, for all those half-written articles I did not get to finish, let alone publish, all the half-cooked ideas that were stored away temporarily, for the sake of sanity.
This past year has definitely been one of my favorite so far: it will forever be remembered as the year when I finally realized my long-held dream of becoming a freelance translator. The past twelve years perfectly coincide with the beginning of my dream, since the very first time I said to myself, as a college freshman, “I want to be a translator”. Twelve years of discovery, hard work, transformations and may, many, many moments of doubt. Alas, here I am, finally seeing the product of my work, and I can only feel pride. I take pride in my work, I do it lovingly, and I look forward to many more years of growing as a professional and an artisan of words.
So what’s in store for 2012? More of the same, of course, but different: discovering a new city, calling it home, travels to not so distant places -but travels nonetheless-, and the taking on all those projects that were left “in the inker” as I put everything on hold for my big move to the Bay Area. Pinitos remains part of those projects. Why, it has barely begun.
Here’s to a new year of writing, translating and yes, interpreting. In short: a new year of figuring it out! And to a new decade of life (the big 30’s are just around the corner). Hopefully the world will not end yet.
¡Feliz Año 2012!