This feels like my blog diary, heh. No response from author. I take it that he’s cool with it since I’m not running around and selling his work. Since that’s the basic requirement one must accept if one were to do a fan translation.
Third day. No answer. So I guess we’re in the clear? o.O
Just going to continue then..
I actually contacted the author the night of 05/20/2015 when I said I was going to do it after volume 1. No answer from author’s wechat (China’s most popular messaging app) or weibo (Chinese Facebook). The accounts were confirmed by the company who made the program so he should be real since they say he’s the real author.
I told him that I was translating his web novel in English and asked him to notify me if he doesn’t want me to continue.
My guilty conscience has finally kicked in. Yes, I have a guilty conscience. Although I have embraced the darkness, I realize that I still have some sort of magically pure essence still within my body. This donation system for bonus chapters has been making me feel guiltier and guiltier. Before setting up the donation system, I had an idea that when I finish translating the first volume or something around there, I’ll go have a chat with the author of ATG’s web novel
and beg for mercy. I wasn’t sure when I was going to do this before I opened the donation system, but I have decided that I’m going to do it.
If this donation system lasts by the end of volume 1, I’ll go ask the author, Mars Gravity, if he would let me continue translating ATG that way. If he lets me, I’ll continue to translate ATG and maybe put up a donation button for you guys to donate to the author. We’ll see how it goes. I estimate that I’ll probably finish translating all of volume 1 before the end of June at this pace we’re currently at.
Most Chinese web novelists are pretty chill about stuff like this, so let’s cross our fingers.
I (we) cleared 3 committed and 4 sponsored chapters of chapter queue and then woke up to discover 5 more sponsored chapters overnight! I’ll see if I can get them all done by Saturday but don’t count on it. I also have decided to implement a change that will start on May 24th since we’re already into Thursday of the first launch.
The first launch trial period which was suppose to last a week and end on May 16th, shall be extended to May 23rd with a slight change on its second week: alyschu no longer needs to do 3 committed chapters every week. Instead, 3 committed chapters will come out from the entire ATG translation team per week so readers don’t have to worry about that. However, after the first launch ends on May 23rd, bonus chapters will increase from $50 to $75 per chapter. Any donations received from May 24th and onwards will be put into the second launch $75 per chapter donations. Leftovers from first launch will transfer over to the second launch.
This was just a thought I had so if anyone has any thoughts, feelings, anger, resentment, come at me!
Whether or not I change this decision, the final decision will be cemented on May 16th and made into an announcement post. bah too lazy, I’ll just put it on the side bar (updated on 05/15/2015)
My plans so far:
First launch (50/ch) will consist of: May 10 – 23
Second launch (75/ch) will start on: May 24 +
– Chapter length double that of (2k character) normal novels, averaging 3.5k-4k using bootleg wordcount
– Sentence structure should be more complicated than others
– More translators means alyschu self-translates less chapters
I feel like instead of concocting an evil plan barely hidden under the term “time = money”, I’ve actually created some kind of community project *gasp* because of the amount of translators I have for ATG now.. O.o..
There will probably be more and more people popping up and doing this kind of stuff (donation system) in the future. Even though I can’t say anything against it since I have given in, I must say that the night is dark and full of such terrors. Sighs. It’s mainly been the Chinese web novel translators who are doing this so it reminds me of those hateful Chinese gold selling bots that spam games about selling gold and stuff. They scare me because I always think they steal people’s info and run away with a *na nana nana* feeling. Then again I have read an article saying that the Chinese government make their prisoners play video games to farm gold and earn money for them…
Finally, I’d like to first give the translators who have not given into this darkness of greed and lust a moment of silence… I LOVE YOU ALL!! EVEN IF YOU HATE ME OR WHAT I’M DOING ATM BECAUSE LOVE IS ETERNAL!!
Final thoughts about second launch probably wed
2 translators pending. If both are accepted and there are even more applications, am thinking of a 1 committed chapter requirement (starting second launch) for all translators if they plan to translate more than 1 sponsored chapter a week, so there is no hogging going on.. This is alyschu’s
selfish plan that alyschu& readers can benefit from because alyschu’s a lazy slacker and would get less $$ if others translate. This is so alyschu’s committed chapters can decrease so alyschu can finish sub-translating/editing/whatever else alyschu needs to do to all the chapters any future translators translate! Of course, they (the translators) are free to translate more chapters without payment if they choose to! And make alyschu look bad… but that’s fine because alyschu has already embraced the darkness..