This series of posts was inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, which I’ve been reading for quite some time and thoroughly enjoy. It’s about time we discover how our colleagues work and get to know them a little better.
If you want to participate in this fun series, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send you the Word template where you can fill in your answers and your bio (incl. your site/blog/social media links) and then send it back to us as an attachment along with your photo (optional but preferred). If you don’t like any of the questions, just delete them and add your own. You can read the previous interviews here.
Location: Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
Current work title: French to English freelance translator
Languages you have studied or currently speak: English (native), French, Reunion Creole; Korean, German, Spanish & Portuguese (basic).
The project you’re most proud of: translating thousands of words of MMORPG dialogues written by a well-known author.
Your current computer setup: a 27” iMac, and a Mac Book Pro when I’m on the move.
Do you own a smartphone? If yes, which one? iPhone 4
Favourite gadget (apart from computer & smartphone): not sure if it counts as a gadget, but I have an enormous mug that holds about half a litre of tea. The cupboard is full of other mugs, but I keep on washing and using that same one – I love it.
Next conference/event you’re planning to attend: A “speed business meeting” to be held by a local businesswomen’s networking organisation.
How many hours per day do you usually work: generally 8am to 7pm with breaks for lunch and sport.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Ambivert – I can do well both socially and individually and I like interacting with people. I need time and space on my own, but I also need people to talk things over with people I trust. I sometimes like spending time with others, but not always. I can do things alone, but I don’t like spending too much time by myself.
Are you an early-riser or a night owl? Definitely a night owl!
What do you listen to while you work? I love music but not while I work. I don’t have A/C and for most of the year I generally have the window open and listen to the birds outside.
And a few non-work related questions to get more personal 🙂
Next city & country you want to visit: City: Atlanta to see my brother again. Country: Oman (for the scuba diving).
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? I make an excellent banana loaf.
Favourite vacation place: Maldives
Favourite book: Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu
Favourite song: Map of the Problematique by Muse
What are you currently reading: Fuir by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Catharine Cellier-Smart has been translating from French to English since the early 1990s, and became a full-time freelancer in 2011. Born in London, she’s lived on Reunion Island, a French overseas department in the south-west Indian Ocean, for 20 years. She is a member of the French National Translators’ Association, SFT. You can find her on Twitter @Smart_Translate, (voted 12th in the 2013 Top Twitterers Language Lovers competition) as well as Facebook and Google+. She blogs at A Smart Translator’s Reunion.