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  1. unforth

    I spent the morning packing. Just like yesterday morning, and the morning before that, and the morning before THAT. Want to trade? 🙂

    • Marie Brennan

      Since my morning’s work will (eventually) result in a check with my name on it, no. ^_^

      • unforth

        Well, that’s good. I take it the problem was sorted out, then?

        And that comment of mine was rather whiny, sorry about that…I’m actually almost done, so that’s good anyway. 😉

        • Marie Brennan

          Not so much a problem as jumping through bureaucratic hoops to make sure I don’t get double-taxed on the money from the German translation sale of Doppelganger and Warrior and Witch. I had to fill out a form to get some other forms that will prove I’m a U.S. resident so I can give those to other people so they will give me my money, bypassing German taxes.

  2. ratmmjess

    I spent the day translating Finnish literary criticism.

    And got about two usable lines from it all.

    When does the glamour begin?

    • Marie Brennan

      Wooo Finnish!

      I tried to study it a few years ago, but rapidly realized the class was taught in such a way that I wouldn’t achieve translation competence for about three years, and dropped out.

      • ratmmjess

        There’s something about repeated letters that I have great difficulty in translating. So Finnish is particularly difficult for me.

        But I’ve turned up information on a Finnish knock-off of Tarzan, appearing in 1940, raised on bear’s milk and charging out of the Arctic Circle to fight the Soviets in the Winter War–this, from a magazine published in 1940 in Finland.

        Which is, I think, pretty cool, and worth the headaches translating Finnish gives me.

  3. Anonymous


    Isn’t this the type of stuff that your agent should handle? Isn’t that what you pay her the “big bucks” for?

    • Marie Brennan

      Re: IRS

      She’s my literary agent, not my tax accountant. She (working with their foreign rights agent and co-agents overseas) got me the deal and sent me the necessary forms, but I still have to fill them out. And when things go awry (as they did in this case), I could sit on my butt and make somebody else send me everything again, but that would make the entire process slower than it’s already been.

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