Dragon Run continued

July 20th, 2017

It’s funny that as soon as I started working on the Pearl collection, I started taking notes about where my French pilot from the other WIP would be going…

Dragon Run‘s finally back on track, slowly but surely. Only 200-300 words today, but it’s a good start, and I finally know what to do, with new characters and a new locale to do it.

Good to be back!

roots

July 8th, 2017

Looking into my family history this past month has awoken feelings I wasn’t prepared for, or even expecting… Be warned, this is going to be a bit of a rambling post, I’m trying to put my thoughts into words here…

My grandpa was born in 1917 (iirc) in Oran, which was at the time French Algeria. He left Algeria for continental France pretty early, and indeed was a French POW for a good part of World War 2. I’m not aware he ever went back to Oran, certainly not for any significant period of time. His family however was originally Spanish, from around Valencia, and this Spanish connection has always been the one primarily emphasized by the family when talking about our origins. I had a bilingual childhood, learning Spanish and French at the same time, and my grandpa had a summer house in Spain where they (and then we) went on holiday very regularly.
After WW2, there was the Algerian war for independence. As far as I know, his brother moved to France around that time. He outlived my grandpa, who died in 1988, but I met him very sporadically, and sadly, I never really got to know him.

Through what could be called some kind of nostalgia, I’ve been trying since last year to learn more about my grandfather, and for the past few weeks, after talking with my parents, I’ve come to reflect a lot about how we build our life history, and how we see ourselves in the world. Since I moved to Barcelona 11 years ago, I’ve always half-jokingly called myself quarter-Valencian and played on the rivalry between the two Catalan cities. But I’m struck now by how I could just as legitimately claim a connection with Algeria, and indeed perhaps even more so. It is after all the land he was actually born in.

So there’s a sudden, and very strong, feeling of longing that’s been growing since this conversation, and a desire to go there, to go to Oran and visit the country, and retrace his steps, and tangibly reconnect with my past. I had never stopped before to consider how, from this side of the family, being “French” was such a very recent affair. I’m not the rabid patriot type, meaning I have never felt any particular pride or attachment to being French per se, but it is funny to realize how tenuous this status can be, and how accidental this all is.

And it is interesting to see that, either consciously or subconsciously, a curtain was pulled over this whole side of our family history, leaving it unspoken in the dark, as some sort of external footnote in our “European” ancestry. Now, I do not want to give false impressions, my mother was never reluctant to speak about it when asked, and I do not suppose my grandpa would have been either. The choice they made, however, to put Spain front and center by default as it were, gives me considerable food for thought.

One day I will go to Oran.

words

July 8th, 2017

I don’t post as much as I used to and I have to admit I’m not happy with that. This is something that I would like to improve in the future. Social media have taken a lot from what used to be posted here, but their ephemeral nature is not always suited to longer, deeper posts or updates.

With the changes in my daily routine, most notably the far longer commute, I’ve been back to reading, and reading a lot. Since mid-January, I’ve read or re-read Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, The Expanse series by “James S. A. Corey”, the Song of Ice and Fire series by G.R.R. Martin, and the latest, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth.

I know, that’s a lot. I read a lot.

I’ve also restarted for the nth time work on both WIPs. Inspired by the microstories episodes, though unrelated, I have decided to give my sci-fi book the title The Uncertain War, and as of now, it is no longer a trilogy, but a single book divided in three parts; depending on how it ends up it might become a trilogy again in the future. Since I hadn’t worked on the book proper for about seven or eight years (the longest stretch so far, though I started working on it more than twenty years ago…), I have decided that instead of trying to catch up with it, I would write a series of five short-stories, each focused on an aspect of this universe. The Meikashi Pearl & other stories is tentatively scheduled for release next October, though under what form, I do not know yet.

Secondly, I have finally found, I think, a way to get out of the writer’s block that has been holding the development of Dragon Run for the last year or two. A reshuffling was due, and I’m going to follow this path and see where it takes me, but I’ve got an idea now of where to take them from where they had ended up to the story’s proper resolution.

2017 will mark ten years since my epic road trip across the USA, and this year will see another road trip across the north of Spain, then up to Paris. A dedicated blog will open accordingly, in due time.

Finally, after years of flip-flopping around the issue, I’ve pulled the trigger and passed the sailing license test. My three-year project laid last November to get a sailing boat and sail around the world is so far going to plan smoothly.

tl;dr: Not much to show, but lots of projects and ideas.

To Be Continued.

Refresh, Q1 2017 edition

February 7th, 2017

Following the closure of freylia studios as a commercial entity, freylia.net is now back online after a slight cleanup.
The homepage remains fairly empty at the moment as I’m not quite decided on what to put on it yet (or even how to call it), but the legacy photo galleries and portfolio have been restored.

Refresh, Q3 2016 edition

July 8th, 2016

There’s been quite a bit of work behind the scenes these past few weeks and the most visible result is a refresh of the site to reflect this evolution.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about refocusing the core offering of the business, and the natural result to that is a return to only localization and LSP-grade services. As a consequence, a few adjustments were needed:

– First, as of July 1st, photography services are no longer offered. The existing portfolio will remain published for reference, and I don’t exclude the possibility of one-off assignments, but it’s off the list;

– Localization management and consulting are now their own suite of services, to separate them from purely linguistic jobs. Coaching and training programmes are now available;

– A new contact form is now online to facilitate requests and queries from visitors and/or potential clients.

That’s all for the main developments, next will probably be a refresh of this very blog’s looks soon for consistency, and I’m working on an ebook about localization-ready design, of which a free sample will be posted here.

Feel free to comment below, and stay tuned!

TEDx IESE Barcelona

March 16th, 2016

I was lucky last saturday to attend the first edition of TEDx IESE Barcelona. TED is a non-profit dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading”, and TEDx events are licensed ones that are independently organized. The running theme last week at Barcelona’s IESE Business School was hidden potential, and the various speakers shared their vision, insight and inspiration to spur the audience to find their own. I thoroughly enjoyed their talks and for me, it strengthen even more my resolve to stay the course I’ve chosen, which every day is taking me farther from my comfort zone than I’ve ever been.

#TEDxIESEBarcelona

Posted by IESE Photo 2015/2016 on Sunday, 13 March 2016

More information at http://www.tedxiesebarcelona.com/ and videos of the talks coming online very soon.

Cat Pack update

February 23rd, 2016

EC-FMC is leaving Europe it seems. According to David Pajus’ blog, the PBY has been sold to an overseas buyer.

More details likely to come as the story develops…

Ciao Umberto

February 21st, 2016

Que dire ? Umberto Eco, avec Saint-Ex, était l’un de mes écrivains fondateurs, et a eu une influence considérable sur ma manière de voir le monde et son étrange population, de le sentir, de le décrire. Un géant d’érudition qui restait accessible, qui donnait libre cours au langage, qui taillait sa route au milieu des mots là où d’autres peinait à s’ouvrir ne serait-ce qu’un sentier. Une perte immense, un autre jardin secret dont la clé est à jamais perdue. Adieu, maestro, merci de nous avoir éclairé aussi brillament, aussi fugace qu’ait été le moment. Je vous dois tellement. J’aurais aimé vous rencontrer et vous le dire. Trop tard désormais. Sic transit gloria mundi. Mais je n’oublierai pas.

Barcelona streets

February 7th, 2016

Went out and did some street photography with my good friends of Barcelona Photo Project.

The objective today was to try and do some impro shots and “shoot from the hip”, as it were, and snap candid street life protraits.

My results can be seen in this album and they will be incoprorated into my own galleries during the next round of updates. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment below!

war stories – chronicles of an uncertain war

January 26th, 2016

The Uncertain War – Deschamp’s Last Stand

Another story build upon the foundations laid out by Luigi.