Talking Turkey

April 21st, 2008

Got an amazing e-mail via the CONTACT TIM button a few days back from a developing writer in Turkey, who had an interesting proposition. Here’s what he said:

Firstly, I want to thank you for the very useful work of yours, Finishing Your Novel. It helped me to develop my will and my discipline as a writer -well, a writer candidate.

As I always feel responsible to my fellow people, I’m willing to publish Finishing Your Novel on a website, in my native language, Turkish. If you give me permission, I’ll translate and try to help many people who have difficulties about finishing. On both blog and PDF formats, I’ll give full credit to you of course and a link to your website will be there.

I’m waiting for your positive or negative response impatiently.

“I always feel responsible to my fellow people . . .” — Is that cool, or what?


This is no small undertaking. The “Writers’ Resources” area of this site is a whopper. Anyway, I said, “Yes.” So in a few months, those of you who are bored with me in English will be able to read me in Turkish.

6 Responses to “Talking Turkey”

  1. Lisa Kenney Says:

    That is pretty cool. I’d consider it some kind of good karmic sign. Are any of your books published in Turkish? Maybe you’ll be tapping into a whole new fan base.

  2. Larissa Says:

    That’s wicked. Turkish is not exactly easy. I know this from the experience of working on teaching myself from a book hehe-always a process. (c: That’s really cool. 😀 Keep us posted (pardon the pun).

  3. fairyhedgehog Says:

    That’s brilliant. Your resources are really encouraging for struggling writers. I think they should be translated into every language! Turkish is as good a place as any to start.

    What a nice guy to offer to translate it for you. I love the parts of the internet that are still around to help people and not just for making money.

  4. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, all —

    I think it’s pretty terrific myself. I’m not published in Turkish, although I’d like to be. Maybe some day. Wonder how many copies it takes to be a bestseller in Turkey?

    And yes, isn’t it great that the Internet still has so much for free. I think the commercialization of the Net has been extremely destructive. (And I’m also working toward a Microsoft-free computer, gradually repacing all MS programs with open-source software. Windows goes next.)

  5. Sphinx Ink Says:

    Congrats, Tim, and I agree on getting away from Microsoft. Next computer I get will be a Mac. I’d replace Word, etc., on my current computer with OpenOffice, etc., but I need Word for when I have to bring home work from my job. I don’t want to try to replace Windows, etc., by myself. Hence, I figure the Mac is my next step. Apple has not yet become as overwhelming as Microsoft in trying to bump out every other brand of software (as far as I know). And everyone I’ve talked to who has a Mac loves it.

  6. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, Elora — Macs are fine, but I can’t live without the right-hand mouse button, and since the only computers I own any more are laptops, that would mean using a mouse with my laptop, and that’s not on.

    By the way, Open Office Writer will open any Word document instantly. Then, after you finish working on it and press SAVE, it’ll ask you whether you want to save it in Word or in Open Office. Similarly, you can create docs in Open Office and then push SAVE AS and choose Word 97. It’s instant and seamless.

    And the CALC program in the Open Office suite is better than Excel, and I think Excel is the best program MS ever released.

    Once I get rid of Windows and replace it with Ubuntu, I’ll have a Microsoft-free (and essentially virus-free) computer. And I’ll be (excuse me if this sounds pretentious) opting out of the rush toward virtual empire that seems to characterize so much of computer life these days.

    Also, open-source software is improved ALL THE TIME, and the updates are, of course, free.

    Am I off-topic? Oh, wait — it’s my site.

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