samedi 17 septembre 2016

Les Moustiques-Tempête

Allright folks, this is a short novel (above 99,000 words) I've written in French for friends & family, but the topic is a bit too narrow for their taste.

The story is about an assymetric defense approach from a poor country against a much richer, but not necessarily wiser, neighbouring country. It also includes some hybrid warfare aspects, but not many.

This is set in the Arab peninsula but, although the parallels are quite transparent, there is no reference to actual countries. The tone is sometimes tongue-in-cheek, in a way reminiscent of the "Adventures of Tintin" graphic novels.

I wrote this in a month where I was recovering from a bad health situation. It helped me a lot.

En français : voici un petit roman d'un peu plus de 90.000 mots qui traite de solutions de défense assymétrique pour un état pauvre confronté à un voisin menaçant et n'hésitant pas à recourir à des méthodes assymétriques.

My other book, in english, "Glasses, Pulleys and the End of Bread" :

samedi 31 octobre 2015

The end chapters

All right, I've made it.

The book is divided in two parts :
Part 1, chapters 01 to 48 (currently still missing chapters 45 and 46) is called Glasses & Pulleys
Part 2, chapters 49 to 81 is called The End of Bread

Part 2 is complete, I've managed to proof-read everything.

Here are the files to "The End Of Bread"

The complete novel is now over 413,000 words long, once the two missing chapters are finished it will about 420,000 words long.

It has been a tremendous experience for two and a half years. Please provide your feedback !



For all files, check this page :

mercredi 21 octobre 2015

Chapters 74 and 75

Okay, here are two more chapters. Even proof-reading them is an effort now, this is why I intend to post on a weekly basis but I won't make promises.

Anyway, enjoy.

dimanche 27 septembre 2015

Chapters 72 and 73

Update : as you noticed I got stuck for a couple of weeks. I expect to post more stuff in the following week.

It took me a lot of efforts but I managed to finish the main story !

Three chapters (45, 46 and 71) are still to be written, they focus on Norman and Jessica.

All in all there are 81 chapters and an epilogue (a 82th chapter in terms of number of pages). I managed to end the book exactly as I intended to.

I will publish two chapters per week, only in .odt and .pdf format. At a later time, in late October or in November, I will publish the book, renamed "Glasses, Pulleys and Bread" in three large files :
1- Glasses : Erich's departure from Chicago
2- Pulleys : Peacetime in Joyeux-Tiburon (levees etc.)
3- Bread : From the CCC crisis on.

Here are chapters 72 and 73 :

lundi 20 juillet 2015

Menières's disease

Okay, so here is the situation, I lost 40 db of hearing since february, and the specialist is pretty confident it's Menières disease.

As an interesting sidenote, this occurs in psychological profiles that match those of Erich quite closely, and it appears at age 40.

One effect of this disease is that I have a hard time to concentrate, let alone follow projects through. For the moment I can manage routine tasks, but I can't really go beyond that, and this means that this complex novel is on hold for an unknown amount of time.

It's sad because I have the next steps still pretty much clear in my head, I hope I won't get out touch should I resume this work.

We'll see this autmun how things evolve.

Thanks for the readership, take care.


vendredi 10 octobre 2014

Chapter 70

UPDATE on May the 31st 2015 : it has been an extremely busy year for me, with chronic overtime at work and general exhaustion. I had health problems linked with that in February that still linger on. I sincerely long to finish that project as intended. This would take several months, starting this summer if everything works fine.

New Year update : I am overwhelmed at work, and didn't progress a bit. One should look forward to May, at best, for any progress.

UPDATE : no new posts until the middle of November.

You can download the various formats there :

8 pages

Erich tries to go back to his family and a simpler life.

There will be one chapter per week in October, on average, and then I except to be able to post about two chapters per month during the winter. 

 "Glasses and Pulleys" is now over 355,000 words long.