So… some rather bad news.
As you can see by the missed releases for these past two weeks and the haphazard releases in general, Zither Emperor hasn’t been my top priority. In all honesty, I lost motivation in translating Zither Emperor months ago. It’s been a struggle to finish the next chapter because although I love the concepts behind the story, I dislike how TJSS executed it. The writing style doesn’t sit well with me, and while I make the best of what I have, I am not willing to force myself to translate a novel I can’t stand to work on. This is a hobby of mine. I don’t want to continue translating something and end up hating the whole process. Even my editors have grown weary with ZE.
So, here’s what I plan to do. I’ll keep translating ZE. Maybe once or twice a week; it’ll be slow. The moment someone wants to pick it up, I’m dropping the series. I’m sorry; I know I made promises to try and finish it all the way, but a chapter that normally took me a few hours at most is practically taking up half a day because I cannot bring up the energy to even read the Chinese text and turn it into English for ZE.
I’m even more sorry that tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of the novel translation. I had even planned months ago on making a huge event of it, but that was when I actually enjoyed translating the novel. And now… I don’t.
For any translator out there interested in ZE, you have two options. Contact Ruze about picking up the series, and I’ll post an announcement linking to your site. If you want to translate here at Radiant, apply via the Recruitment page. Ruze will give you a ZE excerpt to translate, and we’ll see how things proceed from there.
Once again, sorry. But I honestly can’t even stand looking at a ZE chapter for more than a handful of minutes at a time. I’ll force myself to translate a chapter a week just so you have something to read, but I’ll be spending more time on my other novels.
TL;DR: ZE release rate slowing down because I’m dropping the novel the moment an interested translator pops up.