Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MBA student blog (en français)

My MBA student blog, in French, is now live on the University of Ottawa website. Hooray.

I guess this is my first non-literary freelance gig. Or, at least, non-literary freelance gig that pays money (I've worked for free at newspapers and blogs before). So far, I think it takes an inordinate amount of energy to accomplish. To be brutally honest, it's not terribly fun. On the one hand, blogging can never compare to interstellar battlecruiser battles or frogmen versus squirrelfolk ambushes. But, particular to this gig, there are far too many lenses I have to wear to write this blog: I'm a student at the university where I am also an employee, for one; second, the blog is published by that university; and third, I'm writing it in French.

That's not to say there isn't honest and forthright material in my posts. There is. But the competing priorities - student, blogger, employee, second language student - make it less easy to speak with absolute candor. It also takes some serious brainpower for me to write in French, brainpower that's already being drained by my courses and my own creative writing. That makes it harder to think of what might be interesting to say on a student blog. For that reason, I can't but wonder whether it all comes out sounding very trite.

But no matter. They're paying me better than the science fiction and fantasy magazines that are not buying my short stories, and it's another credential to both my literary and professional CV. That said, though, I'm only halfway through my contract and I'm already burnt as I wrack my mind for interesting subjects that are also not ridiculously controversial.

Well. I'm not doing a very good job of promoting my writing. Go forth and Google Translate my genteel prose. Amazement is sure to follow.


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