Love Online – Poem

Scrolling up and down,
Scrolling left and right.
Tinder, Grindr, Twitter, Tumblr :
All the same, a waste of time.

Tick-tock, tick-tock : lost in time.

A picture lost among millions.
Like, pass, like, like, pass.
Tinder, Grindr, all the same.

When will love happen ?


NB : It wasn’t written on Valentine’s Day ! haha


Celebrating FIVE years on WordPress

It all began with a poem in February 2013, Forest, or the Death of Romanticism. At the time, I did not know where I was going with my blog. I knew I wanted to share my poetry, as well as some of my photographs.

This article is a way to share my favourite articles on this blog, so feel free to click and have a read on things you may have missed. All links open in a new tab.

It was five years ago, and now, I think I am quite happy with what Writing One’s Dream and the Dream of Writing has become : a sort of map of my human and artistic experiences. I have said it many times : I am an amateur in both writing and taking photos ; yet, I think that you do not need to be an expert to share what you create.

Recently, I started reviews on books I read, including Despentes’ Vernon Subutex and Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. I also talked about series I watched, such as Dark. In the future, I would like to talk about films as well.

A few years ago, when in Ireland, I worked on an amazing project about the importance of money in society. After interviewing many people, I wrote a kind of summary of the answers : What if money did not exist ?

I loved this project, and I hope I can create something similar soon. The truth is that when I created the blog, I was still studying and had more time than I do now. Especially since I have also started writing a novel on Scribay.

I would finally like to thank all the people who follow me, comment and like what I do. It’s always a pleasure to see that my work is appreciated. For those who haven’t yet, you can follow me on WordPress, as well as on Instagram and Twitter.

Boulogne-sur-Mer (Hometown)

I have shared on this blog many pictures of my trips in different places of Europe, but I realised I haven’t shared a lot of the city I come from : Boulogne-sur-Mer, located on the coast in the North of France. So, here we are !

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4 buildings, designed by Pierre Vivien.

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Outside and insite the cathedral, designed by Benoit-Agathon Haffreingue

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Four buildings and a tower (in which I lived for two years). View of the port.


Eglise Saint-Nicolas, Place Dalton, in the centre of the city


Four bands/singers who inspire me

As I am trying to develop my blog and talk more about art in general, I thought now is the time to tell you about some music I love. I have hundreds of bands and singers I like, so I had to reduce to a top four. I was about to present five but I don’t want the article to be too long. Below, you’ll find some information about them, as well as links to their Spotify pages and my favourite song for each.

1/ Sigur Ros

Born in 1994 in Iceland, the band quickly became famous around the world, thanks to the singularity of their music style. For instance, Jonsi (the lead singer), plays the electric guitar with a bow. I could do research to tell you the exact music genre, but that’s not funny. I think we could call it psychedelic, post-rock.

I have seen them live in Lille a few years ago and to this day, it is still the best concert I went to. They pay a lot of attention to the atmosphere, playing with lights and displaying clips on a screen.

Talking about the visual aspects of Sigur Ros, they have done many things over the years After an international tour, they went back to Iceland and played in different places around the country for free, to thank the population who made them who they are. They made a film, Heima, which gives a great overview of their music, as well as landscapes of Iceland. They also asked famous filmmakers to create clips for their album Valtari, and the result is amazing, and available on the band’s Youtube channel. More recently, they organised a festival in Reykjavik, in the beautiful Harpa (I have some pictures of the building, just click).

I could talk about them for hours, they are definitely my top 1.

Link to their Spotify : HERE.

Favourite song : Ekki Mukk (Valtari album)

2/ Antony and the Johnsons (now Anohni)

Antony Hegarty created the band in 1998. I actually do not know a lot of the history of the band, but I don’t think it would make a difference to know anything. What is special is Antony’s voice, which is one of an angel (I could have said the same thing about Jonsi in Sigur Ros), a voice so powerful that it made me shiver many nights. I have written many poems listening to Antony and the Johnsons.

Antony also worked with many artists I love, including Lou Reed, on the album The Raven (for those who love Edgar Allan Poe, it’s amazing), Björk and Leonard Cohen among others. Okay, I’ll quote CocoRosie too !

As Anohni, the music evolved to an experimental electronic genre. Even tough I liked the album Hopelessness (2016) a bit less, I was still enjoying the powerful voice of the artist.

Link to their Spotify : HERE.

Favourite songs : Hope there’s someone // Fistful of Love

3/ The Smiths (I am actually listening right now)

If you love British Indie rock bands from the 1980s, The Smiths is perfect for you. With Morrissey as lead singer, the group quickly became top of the charts.

What I love about them is how they mix genres, making each album a unique piece. I mean, if you listen to “This Charming Man” and “Asleep”, you’ll understand what I mean. Some of their songs are very melancholic while others can be more joyful.

Influenced by the Punk movement, The Smiths also used their music to convey political messages, including their views on Thatcherism or on the treatment of animals (Meat is Murder, 1985).

Link to their spotify : HERE.

Favourite song : Asleep

4/ Pink Floyd

Okay, I feel like if I tried to explain what Pink Floyd are, I would make a fool of myself. First, because I think they are famous enough ; second because they are so many different things. So I won’t go into details on the history on the band, which can be easily found online anyways.

Pink Floyd make me dream.

Every album is unique and you can really see an evolution between the early period and the most recent works. As I do not want to describe each album, I will just focus on two, that have really inspired me.

The Dark Side of the Moon is maybe the most famous one (after The Wall). It is thanks to this work that I have discovered the band. It could work as a single song, each track following the previous one with perfection.

Atom Heart Mother dates back to their early period (1970). With a 23-minute suite as a first song, it is a trip of the mind through different genres, including some opera voices at some point. The last song, “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast” even includes recording of sounds of chewing and cutlery hitting china. It is definitely an experience which goes beyond music itself.

Okay, I only said two albums but I just want to make a reference to Animals (1977) because it was inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm and I love both works so much.

Link to their Spotify : HERE.

Favourite song : Echoes (23 minutes)


Don’t look up – Poem

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NB : I hope it is clear enough on the picture, but you should follow the numbers. The last lines should then be :

Dark Dark Dark // Dark mind, Dark me, Dark people. // Don’t mind me, people. // Don’t look up.

Hope you enjoy it !


Now on Twitter

I don’t know how long I’ll stay there, but if you are interested in reading more about stuff I care about (art, vegetarianism, Human Rights, etc), you can join me on Twitter.

Also, I will share some of my articles there, so it would be a good way to get more poetry and photos.



Book Review #3 – A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

I read Hemingway for the first time when I was quite young, starting with The Old Man and The Sea. I do not have a lot of memories of that novel, except that I loved it at the time. Since then, the name of the author stayed somewhere in the back of my head until a few months ago when a friend of mine offered me a copy of A Moveable Feast.

If you have read the other reviews I made, you are already aware that I am not very good at them, and that I just like to talk about why I liked something and how it inspired me. (If you have any ideas to make them better, feel free to comment) So, here we go !

I cannot talk about Hemingway without refering first to the Lost Generation. So, for those who wouldn’t know, after WWI, a group of writers, poets, painters and art collectors would gather at Gertrude Stein’s apartement to talk about life, art and literature. Among them, Ernest Hemingway. Of course, the Lost Generation is more than that, but I could write an entire article on the people who were part.

The memoir tells different stories about the author’s life in Paris in the 1920s. His description of Parisian life in the early 20th century is excellent : it is as if Hemingway was describing photographs. But the best thing about the narration is that the book was written in the 1950s, and old Hemingway comments on his younger self actions. This gives us a pretty good insight of the evolution of the writer’s nature.

There is one place in Paris which I am obsessed with : the Shakespeare and Company Bookshop. Like Stein’s place, the bookshop was a meeting point for many writers (James Joyce, Ezra Pound, among others) and, even though it has become very touristic, I still glorify it. In A Moveable Feast, I loved reading about Sylvia Beach’s shop and how she was very welcoming (the people who work there now are brilliant too). For someone like me who dreams of becoming a writer, it is the perfect place to get inspiration.

I don’t know if it is important to know someone to appreciate their art, but I feel like it can help. Two authors I love are present in Hemingway’s memoir : Fitzgerald and Joyce. I found it interesting to meet a younger Fitzgerald, as he was writing The Great Gatsby : confident, yet uncertain about his talent at creating a whole novel. A Moveable Feast reminded me that before becoming the greatest American authors of the 21st century, Fitzgerald and Hemingway were sometimes struggling.

Talking about struggling is a good transition to the next theme I liked in the memoir : drinking. If you are, like me, a big fan of wine and beer, this is the perfect book. I could just imagine Hemingway in a Parisian troquet, writing and drinking, and it definitely made me want to do the same. Fortunately, I prefer coffee when I write, which prevents me from being an alcoholic. Anyways, when the title was chosen, moveable was about having Paris in your pocket wherever you were, and feast, I believe, represents everything that happens in Paris : its people, its streets and restaurants. But for me, feast is more about drinking : because that’s the image I have of Hemingway in the capital. Also, I am not sure about this fact as it is just a memory, but I think that in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Hemingway only appears in a bar. Did Allen give me a wrong image of the writer ?

I’m sure I could talk more about the book and the author’s style, but I think I will end this review now with a quote from the memoir :

We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

For this is the dream : books, a lover, the comfort of your bed, and stars to make you dream of the world that surrounds you.

I am currently reading The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt, and I could write a review about her next time (I LOVED The Goldfinch and The Secret History). She’s an amazing writer, full of suprises!


Snowy photograph and poem

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As I look through the window
And lay my eyes on the snow,
I embrace my dreams of the unknown,
In which I travel alone.


Ode à la neige

Ô cendres fragiles de l’hiver,
Vous qui dansez délicatement
Recouvrez la terre,
D’un immense manteau blanc.

Quel est votre pouvoir
Qui réchauffe son cœur ?
Dans le silence noir
Où il se meurt.

Ô cendres fugitives de l’hiver,
Dansez, valsez et ne cessez jamais.


La Boutique du Sommeil

J’en rêvais depuis longtemps. Depuis mes 17 ans, je dirais. Et enfin, après des années passées à procrastiner, j’ai enfin écrit un roman.

Enfin… le premier jet d’un roman. Il me reste encore à relire le tout, et retravailler certains points de l’histoire.

Longtemps, j’ai tenté de retranscrire les histoires qui me venaient en tête, mais je n’avais jamais réussi à écrire plus de trois pages jusqu’à maintenant. Et puis, j’ai découvert Scribay. Ce site est merveilleux : il permet d’écrire, en organisant les chapitres, et surtout, de communiquer avec d’autres écrivains amateurs. Il est possible d’annoter les textes, de les commenter, et c’est un très bon moyen de se motiver.

Chaque jour, je me suis efforcé d’écrire au moins 500 mots, et grâce à ce site, j’ai vite réalisé que les retours me faisaient beaucoup de bien. C’est ainsi que j’ai pu créer mon histoire.

La Boutique du Sommeil, c’est une sorte de thriller. Un roman policier, sans police. L’histoire débute avec un inconnu qui se dirige vers une boutique mystérieuse. Y travaille un jeune anglais, Ezra, qui va aider l’homme dans sa quête d’un “soulagement de la conscience”.

Quelques semaines plus tard, la propriétaire d’une boutique dans le Passage du Grand Cerf rencontre Ezra, et c’est une histoire d’amour qui commence. Mais le jeune homme est hanté par certaines erreurs qu’il a commises dans le passé.

Je pourrais vous en dire plus, mais je ne veux pas spoiler. En attendant, l’histoire (pas encore corrigée) est disponible sur le site Scribay, en cliquant sur le lien sur la bannière principale de mon blog, ou en cliquant ICI.

N’hésitez-pas à me contacter, ou à commenter si vous souhaitez discuter de l’histoire. Elle n’est pas parfaite, loin de là, et je reste ouvert aux différentes suggestions.