6 Lessons Learned From Freelance Translator Scams

Ripped off and pissed off, that’s how freelance translators feel when they get scammed. It happened to me and the six lessons I learned can help you from falling into the same trap.

This 26-Year-Old French Writer Slammed Multiple Presidents With Class Ignorance

I joined forces with another book blogger for a discussion about Who Killed My Father in the style of a written podcast.

Souffrance ou on s’en fou-ance

Se dire je vais bien Olivia Walters Me voilà au clavier. Cela fait combien de temps, un peu plus d’un mois. Je reconnais que j’ai du mal à m’exprimer. Les phrases ne déroulent pas comme d’habitude. Alors en arrivant à un tel moment, on cherche la raison pour laquelle on se trouvait incertain, désespéré, voireContinue reading “Souffrance ou on s’en fou-ance”

How to Steal from French Magazines for Writing Inspiration

Writing poetry in the style of a ransom note Olivia Walters This week I wrote French poetry by snipping words from travel magazines I stole at the Charles de Gaulle airport. The exercise got me thinking about fresh ideas for my creative work, but as I began stringing words together, making word associations, and elaboratingContinue reading “How to Steal from French Magazines for Writing Inspiration”

Thoughts on Ending Books, Leaving Fiction World

Olivia Walters Yesterday evening I powered through the last 50 pages of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. It’s been some time since completing a book, start to finish. I felt accomplished, well-read, and introspective as I entered the post-operative reading phase in which readers bemoan the return to reality.   Reaching the last page, weContinue reading “Thoughts on Ending Books, Leaving Fiction World”

French Siboy Artistically Rebrands Hardcore Rap, He Hopes

Olivia Walters  The first distinguishing traits about Siboy are his ski mask and shiny grill flashing between two fingers doing the cunnilingus sign. If there was a puzzle called “Match the Accessory to the Rapper,”  Biggie’s lopsided crown and Kanye’s runway ready parachute pants would make up the most iconic pieces. But Siboy is SiboyContinue reading “French Siboy Artistically Rebrands Hardcore Rap, He Hopes”

Lyon on Wheels

Olivia Walters Public transportation is something that French citizens are accustomed to. As an American, it was difficult to transition from having a car to suddenly relying on the métro, buses, and trains. Lyon is situated southeast to Paris, a gem notoriously known for its gastronomy and walls adorned with Italian-inspired fresques [murals]. Although skateboardContinue reading “Lyon on Wheels”

New Impressionism: Spray Paint

Olivia Walters The City of Light is divided into 20 arrondissements and dotted with expensive boutiques, while the left and right bank are separated by the Seine river. Looming over it all, the Eiffel Tower twinkles at night and makes for a classic selfie during the day. This is the image of Paris that never fails to touchContinue reading “New Impressionism: Spray Paint”