The Importance of Translation in a Post-Pandemic World

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Today is International Translation Day, the 30th of September. It has been a trying year since most of us transitioned from normal life to lockdown and social distancing over the past 6 months. We have been working from home, surrounded by our children and pets, some of us have been homeschooling our children, while others…

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The Hidden Contributors: Translators & Women

The HIdden Contributors: Translators & Women

For a long, long time, throughout history, there have been very little women who were acknowledged as contributors to society in general, and the advancement of knowledge – both scientific, secular knowledge, and religious, spiritual knowledge. Today, one of the most famous examples of women who received little acknowledgement to their contributions to the advancement…

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Compassion: February 2018 Goals

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We’re already halfway through Q1, and I’m really glad I’m still sticking around with this blog posting thing! It has been a bit hard, though, since I didn’t exactly follow my January plans as I had wanted to. I did manage to implement a simple marketing plan, put Aurora Hikma on the map as a…

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5 Ways to Build a Writing Practice

5 Ways to Build a Writing Practice

This is a guest post by K. T. Lynn. There are many myths about creative professions, writing in particular. Contrary to common perception, being a writer consists of more than pounding laptop keys while sipping lattes at your local Starbucks. Building a writing practice takes commitment, persistence, and vision. Here are some beginner’s tips to…

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The Procrastinator’s Foolproof Guide to Social Media Consistency

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I have a procrastination problem. The only projects I’ve finished are all client work. And maybe, maybe, we could consider this website as a finished project, in terms of designing it and putting up the main pages. Everything else? They’re all works-in-progress. But today I don’t want to talk about WIPs. I want to talk…

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New Beginnings: January 2018 Goals

JANUARY 2018 GOALS

The last time I posted one of these posts, I ended up writing 1 blog post and disappearing for months while life threw all kinds of lemons at me. I’m pleased to say that finally, finally, most of the lemons have been squeezed and turned into lemonade. But that’s not what this post is about. The new…

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Translating Science Fiction into Arabic

Translating Science Fiction into Arabic

Very little people know this about me – because I haven’t shouted off rooftops about it – but last year, I completed my very first translation of a novel, from English into Arabic. Not only was I new to translating fiction, but the book that I translated was also the triple-award-winning science fiction novel, Ancillary…

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April Goals + Plans

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April is here, and it’s the beginning of the second quarter of 2017. I’ve been putting off blogging for quite a while, because I wanted everything to be perfect. Yes, I know quite well that perfectionism is a terrible thing, and I’m working on that, that’s why today I’m writing this blog post. Long ago,…

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What is an Author Impact Radius + How to Expand Yours

What is an Author Impact Radius? What’s a radius? It’s the measurement for a circle’s width. In the same way, an impact radius is the measurement of how wide the impact is. When applied to authors, what I mean by an impact radius is everything that an author or author’s books impacts. The lives you…

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The Ultimate Foreign Language Hashtag Trick

The Ultimate Foreign Language Hashtag Trick

We all know that Google Translate is quite highly inaccurate when it comes to translating between English and non-European languages. (I’ve caught it saying weird things in the English <> French pairs as well, but nothing as crazy as English <> Arabic. I’m sure this applies to other languages like Chinese, Japanese, and Korean as…

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