|The Zugspitze on a clear day...|
I'm in Germany for a 3-week course in international and military relations as they apply to Europe, Central Asia, and the Trans-Caucasus, so I've put the French on hold and am learning to sprechen sie Deutsch instead... By the time I leave, I hope to be good enough to get around, which I've always considered to be "order a drink, be polite, check in to a hotel, and buy a garment." If you can do those little things, you'll probably be OK... And of course, many people here speak great Englisch, which is both helpful, but also makes it harder to learn Deutsch, since you aren't actually forced into it...
|My latest release!|
Translation is wonderful! You learn so much through it... For instance, when my translator, the wonderful and talented Sabine Ströbele sent me the draft, I noticed that a line in which the Queen observes that she was never an ordinary, average princess now included a strange-looking numeric code: 08/15.
I thought this was a typo, and asked Sabine about it - it turns out, this is a German idiom that dates back to the first World War when the MG 08/15 machinegun was the "standard issue" weapon, and was so ubiquitous that even today, someone or something that is ordinary, average, or lacking in originality is referred to as being "08/15."
So, if you read German (or know someone who does!) please recommend this short, fun Märchen (fairy tale) for their reading pleasure!
This announcement is also the biggest part of my ROW80 update, because it's the final check in the block for my publishing goals category in this round:
- Write 3 Chapters of my Learning Indonesian book
- Finish Charming
- Finish The Welsh Mouse
- Finish The Artillerists
- Finish Merry Christmas, Mister Washington
- Finish Intercepts
- Score 300 on the Combat Fitness Test
- Bench Press over 100 kg
- Five hours of studying French per week (replaced this with German until 15 September...)
- Execute my “Social Media Plan”
- Build my “Core Group” to 25 people
Well, obviously (and disturbingly, from the perspective of an author) the biggest thing I have left to do in the next 3 weeks is write! (And not blog posts, either!) So, back to the drawing board (errr, keyboard!)
Wishing you all a great week, and will try to have some more interesting posts in the next few days about awards, electronic newspapers, etc...