Readers wrote of those:
L: "Got stuck, for hours, reading the interpreters stories, which was the next best thing to any bestsellers!"
CS: "Poor, poor interpreter...our hearts bleed...while we chuckle, chuckle, chuckle!"
TM: "Marvelous! Simply marvelous!"
BB: "I love your interpreter stories. They are so funny, and often a bit sad, too."
AD: "I read the first sentence and thought 'goody goody, another interpreter story.' I really enjoy the interpreter stories."
DC: "If you ever publish the interpreter stories in book format, please do let me know."
TM: "I love the interpreter stories!"
SL: "I love these stories."
NS: "My officemate thinks I'm insane and given to fits of unprovoked laughter. But how bittersweet."
CT: "I keep meaning to tell you I love these interpreter stories. Keep it up!"
KH: "I feel I've made this wonderful discovery-the interpreter stories!"
At some point the stories became a serial of increasingly longer episodes that wandered away from the original idea. The interpreter began to have a life, a partner, perhaps even a future. I removed those stories from the blog, but felt that after being reworked they deserved a new home. New versions of some are posted here. They can be read as individual stories, but are linked by character and circumstance.
These stories are of suitable length for reading while riding public transit, hiding in the supply room at lunch, or cowering in a bunker, remembering when small, personal problems were what kept us awake at night.
Thank you for visiting. I hope your commute is tolerable, your lunch pleasant, your bunker cozy, and that you are sleeping okay.
(Publishing dates were altered to create a desired sequence.)