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  • Preliminary Note:

    I was really excited after having seen Jonathan Harris talk at OFFF festival 2012 in Barcelona.
    It was such a great inspiring discovery.
    Totally un-expected and yet, after I felt like I didn't know how I could have lived so long without knowing about him and its amazing life experiences.
    He moved me.
    He actually still moves me.
    It was one of these moments where you really feel that there is still so much to discover. Every single day.
    When you feel that meeting people is probably one of the most enriching and rewarding experience in life.

    I was even more excited when getting home, I became member of the Cowbird storyteller and storylover community.
    My friends use to say that they are always disapointed with the 'reality' after I tell them a story.
    They prefer my version, they say.
    Flattering.
    (well, they are my friends you know…)
    But anyway, explaining a personnal experience or a recently seen movie to a close friend is something, writing a good story for the masses is another one...

    In that sense, I felt Cowbird to be kind of inviting.
    Friendly.
    Warm.
    As rookie as you can be, you just don't feel threatened.
    You feel safe.
    Its a nice feeling.

    Nevertherless, I quickly realized that I might have underestimated the language issue.

    Writting in a foreign language is a challenge.
    I'm used to use different languages though. Born in Brussels, Belgium, I've been breast feeded with language conflict between Flamish and French community. Then I learned English. Then I moved to Spain, well, Catalunya to be more precise, where I encountered the exact same conflict I tried to escape from, but between Catalan and Spanish this time.

    Anyway, long story short, despite all this, the language issue actually paralysed me at first. I'm a Cowbird dude since june 2012 and haven't published any single line since then.
    Boooooh.

    The unceasing flow of "Cowbird Daily Stories" entering my email inbox made feel increasingly more and more guilty.
    "Come on, be brave, write a goddamned story!"
    "Be what you prentend to be!"
    I eventually started to dream about it (or should I say nightmares?).

    Then I thought, okay, maybe I should write in French, then I'll translate, it might be easier…
    Yeah.. that's it! (Sudden 'Eureka feeling' invading me)

    Wrong.

    Let's face it, I was lying to myself.
    I was just scared. In all languages I know.

    So, I tried to relax and I thought I just needed to assume my condition. I thought that it might be part of the style, part of the personality of the story, part of my writing.
    A kind of realness. No proofreading, no translator, the pure stuff, a sort of 'Dogma', haha!

    I thought; I'm gonna write a small intro, a 'preliminary note', apologizing for my foreigner's English and possible spelling and gramatical mistakes. I'm gonna say I choose to write in english because it's the world's language, it's the travellers language, it's the internet language and I want my story to be shared with as much people as possible. I'm gonna say this, and then I'll just write my own story, and everything will be fine.

    So here I am, at the end of my 3300 characters 'preliminary note', and I realize that it became a story in itself.

    I think I'm gonna keep the other one I initially wanted to tell you for my next post.
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