Bearded Rants

I’ve always considered myself a comedian, though much more of a spontaneous kind rather than the classic, scripted one in stand-up. It’s why my short career as one didn’t work. But as a writer, which I’ve been for almost eight years now, I decided to try and earn a living as a freelance writer/translator. If any of you have given it a try, you’ll notice how troublesome that crap is. Allow me to expand on this.

I have two bookmarked sites I usually visit. One of them allows employers to set the job offers so only premium members can apply for jobs (it’s a yearly fee of 120 bucks). If you aren’t a premium member… well, there are SOME jobs that aren’t set to Premium-only, but even then, to apply for the job, you have to pay 1 dollar. Just so it’s clear enough for everyone, I’ll repeat it. They [i]charge you[/i] for applying for a job. If you’re premium, applying is free, but if you’re trying to earn some money for yourself and are starting, you’re basically screwed unless the employer offers you to contact him via email directly. Other than that, you’re hosed. Then they have the translation contests, which would be awesome to have something to show off and get you in the spotlight and prove your skills. But again, only uncommon language pair (say, Arabic to Icelandic) you can make submissions as a free members. As a measure to trim entries in the most common language pairs (mostly English to almost any common language known to man) you must be a premium member of the site. So no “prove your worth” for you either. Also, mastery of a translation assistant program is required in mot jobs, premium-only or not, and those bastards cost over 600 bucks. I dunno, there are expensive dictionaries, but those are quite useful. I have one, actually, and it works wonders. I know it’s much more, but damn.

Then there’s the other freelancing site. This one at least isn’t demanding when it comes to “you have to pay for apply”, but it counters it with more bullshit. You have limited bids (times you can apply for jobs), and they regenerate very slowly (if you’re a free user, you get another bid every three days), and of course, competing with hundreds of people. Not only that, but, while there’s no way of making jobs “premium-only” in this one, the employer might demand to have passed one of the several exams the site offers to show your skills. And, of course, those cost money. 5 pounds each. Even if the exams aren’t truly necessary, it’s constantly encouraged to pass them to attract more clients. Again, this is balls if you’re trying to start. Not only you have to think about all that, but most of the jobs have such a miserably low pay that you have to read it several times because you refuse to believe. It’s very common to see offers where they pay you one dollar per 500-word article. Wow! [i]A whole dollar![/i] These guys are throwing money away like candy here! And don’t even get me started with rush jobs! This was a real, I-shit-you-not” conversation with a client.

"Hey, I need to get this 10 pages translated!"

"Sure, when’s the deadline?"

"In thirty minutes."

Yeah, that happens. And the pay is still shitty compared to the average translation rates. “Hire freelancers for a fraction of a cost,” they say on the site. A fraction indeed.

So while I still throw bids there and hope for jobs here and there, I’m working on another projects I’ll keep you informed about. I’ll still try to draw/update little by little as i usually do.

Okay, for those without too much to do, it’s flashback time!

I have been a huge passionate for ye olde art of blacksmithing since I was twelve, and I had always dreamed of becoming one myself. When I started in this fandom, I considered creating an OC for an ask blog (I was horrible at drawing, but I liked the idea) and I designed this character, whose original name was Steel Plate. After becoming a fanfic author and considering I’d never start the blog, I put the idea away. I still liked the character and I decided to make it my ponsyona. Then I added the talking, living beard during my time as a reviewer (which I still am), but the original concept was always in my head, but with no idea what to do with it. Maybe my lack of ways to draw combined with my thoughts about the blog probably going nowhere trapped the idea in some sort of limbo forever.

And that’s the story. I never said it was gonna be a good one; I said it had one :P.

Okay, for those without too much to do, it’s flashback time!

I have been a huge passionate for ye olde art of blacksmithing since I was twelve, and I had always dreamed of becoming one myself. When I started in this fandom, I considered creating an OC for an ask blog (I was horrible at drawing, but I liked the idea) and I designed this character, whose original name was Steel Plate. After becoming a fanfic author and considering I’d never start the blog, I put the idea away. I still liked the character and I decided to make it my ponsyona. Then I added the talking, living beard during my time as a reviewer (which I still am), but the original concept was always in my head, but with no idea what to do with it. Maybe my lack of ways to draw combined with my thoughts about the blog probably going nowhere trapped the idea in some sort of limbo forever.

And that’s the story. I never said it was gonna be a good one; I said it had one :P.

judacris:

enamorado16:

mylittlepony4u:

Did anybody else know that in a FIM official promo on how to create Cutie Mark Crusaders Chocolate Popcorn, the CMC are shown as adults, with their cutie marks?http://mylittlepony4u.tumblr.com/

D8 SINCE 2012!!

What the stuff?!

… waaaait a minute… WOAH

judacris:

enamorado16:

mylittlepony4u:

Did anybody else know that in a FIM official promo on how to create Cutie Mark Crusaders Chocolate Popcorn, the CMC are shown as adults, with their cutie marks?

http://mylittlepony4u.tumblr.com/

D8 SINCE 2012!!

What the stuff?!

… waaaait a minute… WOAH

I swear I wanted to draw some r34, but then I got this idea in my mind and I was like “Dude, that’s the most awesome thing you’ve thought today! Draw it!” I think I have a problem. 

I swear I wanted to draw some r34, but then I got this idea in my mind and I was like “Dude, that’s the most awesome thing you’ve thought today! Draw it!” I think I have a problem. 

I’m still far from what you could say on top condition, but MidnightDancer, who is a great friend of mine, is celebrating her birthday today. I decided to draw her OC openly accepting birthday gifts.

If you’re curious about it, she sells pony-related scented soaps. While I don’t remember exactly the site, you should totally throw her an ask to see what she has and, if interested, order some best pony-scented soap.

I’m still far from what you could say on top condition, but MidnightDancer, who is a great friend of mine, is celebrating her birthday today. I decided to draw her OC openly accepting birthday gifts.

If you’re curious about it, she sells pony-related scented soaps. While I don’t remember exactly the site, you should totally throw her an ask to see what she has and, if interested, order some best pony-scented soap.

mindlessgonzojam:

ask-rainbowslut:

djsckatzen:

lunarphoenix:

your tags mean a lot to me

NGL IT’S PRETTY BULLSHIT

wait what does it mean tho?
NVM I UNDERSTAND NOW

I don’t. Anyone got a clue?

Ooooh, They use the letters from the websites to have the message. It’s “tfw no gf.”

mindlessgonzojam:

ask-rainbowslut:

djsckatzen:

lunarphoenix:

your tags mean a lot to me

NGL IT’S PRETTY BULLSHIT

wait what does it mean tho?

NVM I UNDERSTAND NOW

I don’t. Anyone got a clue?

Ooooh, They use the letters from the websites to have the message. It’s “tfw no gf.”

So, Stunner here says he doesn’t want us to draw her OC from Georgia replies (NSFW warning) performing scat. So I said “screw your rules!” and I drew Georgia performing scat.

… I have the feeling this jokes needs an explanation, because it’s a bit obscure by itself. Aside from the meaning we all know (and the real reason Stunner asked not to draw it), scat is also an unfortunately named style of vocal Jazz focused on improvising lyrics by singing incoherent syllabi, normally using the voice as an instrument by itself instead of adding lyrics to an instrumental song. So I decided to draw Georgia as a Jazz diva donned in Jessica Rabbit’s clothing (fits like a glove, no worries).

So, Stunner here says he doesn’t want us to draw her OC from Georgia replies (NSFW warning) performing scat. So I said “screw your rules!” and I drew Georgia performing scat.

… I have the feeling this jokes needs an explanation, because it’s a bit obscure by itself. Aside from the meaning we all know (and the real reason Stunner asked not to draw it), scat is also an unfortunately named style of vocal Jazz focused on improvising lyrics by singing incoherent syllabi, normally using the voice as an instrument by itself instead of adding lyrics to an instrumental song. So I decided to draw Georgia as a Jazz diva donned in Jessica Rabbit’s clothing (fits like a glove, no worries).

dice-and-dining-rooms:

It’s an interesting group, indeed. I might be wrong with my impressions, but they seemed quite clear to me. I’ve been doing this for years, and it’s easy for me to identify the playing style of whoever sits at my table.

Comic update! More antics coming soon!

smileyskeleton:

so the other day i was out JUST MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS when out of nowhere a white cishet man came up and yelled “rape jokes are awesome! all muslims are terrorists” i couldn’t believe what i was hearing11!!!11

then he said “all black people should be slaves trans people…

I guess she was new in Texas.

belablag:

Fuck you

I’m Spanish. From Spain. As in, a country in Europe. We’re mostly white, but we also have Jews, Hindus and Muslims, but you get the idea. If this guy thinks that the only people that speak Spanish are latinos, I… actually, I believe this to be a possibility considering what I’ve seen concerning ignorance..

Second; if your statements are to be trusted, I’m appropriating your culture by speaking English. And French culture as well, since I also speak French in a lesser measure. As well as Latin, Ancient Greek and the Old Norse ones. I’ve become the emperor of an amalgamation of cultures! And only by learning the languages! Bow to me, my loyal subjects!

belablag:

Fuck you

I’m Spanish. From Spain. As in, a country in Europe. We’re mostly white, but we also have Jews, Hindus and Muslims, but you get the idea. If this guy thinks that the only people that speak Spanish are latinos, I… actually, I believe this to be a possibility considering what I’ve seen concerning ignorance..

Second; if your statements are to be trusted, I’m appropriating your culture by speaking English. And French culture as well, since I also speak French in a lesser measure. As well as Latin, Ancient Greek and the Old Norse ones. I’ve become the emperor of an amalgamation of cultures! And only by learning the languages! Bow to me, my loyal subjects!