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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Activate Japan

Finally! A post about real life and its intricacies.
I work for Activate Japan, and it's probably the closest thing I have to a full time job (although, in our exciting lives for Jesus, we tend to take off doing lots of other things.)
The funniest thing about all this is, even though I grew up on the computer, typing out this and that, making little magazines and writing little stories, I never thought I'd be doing the work that I do now. For one thing, this is not the language I thought I'd ever be doing work in. It has been, for the last 3 years, a steady "learning as you go" experience. TYJ for the challenges that force us to learn new languages!!

Here! Is my handsome and quite qualified co-worker. His name is Akira. He is acting out his Muslim tendency to hide his face from sinners. He is also a very handy handyman, and really wants more people to come and help us in the FUN office so that he can do more handyman things with his handy hands.

So there's lots to be done and so little time to do it in. Some of the things we do are:
  • Receive orders for products and ship them off to field homes!
  • Process orders that come in directly from the General Public (I hope to be able to start marketing directly from Activate Japan more in the future...that would be so cool.) via our website, etc.
  • Process and coordinate the monthly printing and shipping of Activate magazines to subscribed readers! (As well as take care of incoming subscription information.)
  • CREATE new tools for witnessing in Japan, (Thankfully, we're able to outsource our translating, but the rest of the concept, design, and publishing for the most part happens right here.) as well as ship in products from overseas.
  • Keep up with all the financial business that is quite an ass-pain when you run an official company.
<--That is something Akira made to cheer himself up yesterday.
Things that cheer me up working in the office:

  • Akira trying to figure out his Spanish computer programs.
  • Getting @ed on Twitter
  • Knocking off lots of little to-dos
  • Remembering that, when we move, we will have a nice, big, new office to get inspired in.
  • Friends who know that I am loved best by a phone call that is short.
  • A clean canvas in Indesign
  • Crystal coming in with a snack for us (Crystal randomly makes snacks for us all the time. It is amazing.)


Blogger Nyx Martinez said...

Very cool. I just visited your counterpart in Italy and it was amazing to see how much work goes into everything, from translations to printing to shipping and all. You guys are great.


7/28/2009 5:03 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Scott said...

Hi--I just thot I'd let you know how much I appreciate you! I like your layouts! I also in between teaching 5 teens school, live InDesign, Photos-hop graphic work on kid's books, networking, etc and all this time I thot you were only a singer! Put up more of your graphics so we can admire them....
Oh yes, the YA boys in the band love that music video you posted...I think they OKed me to let you know that....

I got a new networking site at www.artewithe-motion.blogspot.com and at www.stephaniescottproductions.blogspot.com
that's so u can c the graphics i do...loveU!

love You!

7/28/2009 4:58 PM  

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