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Saturday, 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

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Following the closure of freylia studios as a commercial entity, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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.


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

More information at and videos of the talks coming online very soon.

Cat Pack update

Tuesday, 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

Sunday, 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.

New website!

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Check out the new looks! Freylia Studios has been completely redesigned to account for recent changes and updates, with new photos and designs sections filled with recent material. I also bit the bullet and decided to create Freylia Studios’s official Facebook page as well.

Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think!

the Cat Pack — N85U

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

This series of posts will retrace a few of the surviving airworthy (or close) PBYs around the world, and their history.

N85U is no more.

chute & cap


The last active Catalina waterbomber has been destroyed. The Cyclone-powered PBY-6A, which spent the last few decades based in Washington state, fighting forest fires, had been hired to appear in the upcoming Nicolas Cage war movie “Indianapolis”, when it was beached two days after its arrival there due to a leak. A misfortune for sure after spending months refurbishing and repainting the plane for its movie appearance. But the worst was still to come…

The plane was completely salvageable, although all the electronics were probably totalled, however the recovery turned to a complete disaster when the misuse of a crane destroyed the fuselage, leaving N85U a three-part wreck.

chute & cap

the crime scene

It is especially infuriating and frustrating to see such criminal incompetence as PBYs do have a hoisting point on top of the wing for precisely the kind of lift that was required. Wrong tools and unfamiliar crews can make a dangerous combination… A very sad, completely avoidable accident, and the end of one of the most iconic planes in the USA.


Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Happy New Year everyone!

So yeah, guess what, I’m working on clearing the daunting 2014 backlog both in writing and photos, so that I can focus on proper 2015 planning and events. I haven’t even taken last August’s US rolls to the shop yet (Ouch). Regarding the site itself, I’m thinking that it might be a good idea to have a wholly dedicated travels section now, actually, what with 4 travel blogs either published or in the works, and more to come… so I’ll probably do that.

So, stay tuned for news and check the site every now and then, not all changes might be announced 🙂

Cheers and fly safe!


new stuff

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Work is completed on the Romanian wedding set as well as on a series of street art pictures. I’m very happy with the results and I expect to be able to upload them in the next few days.  The Indian set is also very close to completion!

Exciting stuff!