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Look What I Found!

At the turn of the new year, many people look back at what they did in the past year. Well, thanks to my mother, I got to look back at my entire life. A couple of years ago we gave her a machine that digitalizes old photos, in the hopes that she could save the old slides from the eighties. Well, she did even better; she got the slides and everything else with it! I got an external hard drive under the Christmas tree, filled with photos.

There are some real gems in there that will never ever be shared with anyone, but look what I found:

AZF Toulouse
Photo: private

It’s AZF (and the poudrerie nationale) before the explosion (almost exactly two years before, actually). We used to go walking up to Pêch David quite often because it has a nice view of Toulouse and it only took about thirty minutes on foot from campus. So, yay, I have a “before” picture to go with The Red Brick Haze! And as a bonus, you get a picture of me at nineteen. Yeah, I’d have edited that part out, but I don’t know how…

In case you haven’t read The Red Brick Haze yet (why haven’t you? It’s free!), AZF was a fertilizer factory that blew up on September 21, 2001. It killed 31 people, wounded thousands, ruined the immediate area around it, and destroyed one third of the city’s windows. The area has since been transformed into a cancer research center, which is what you’ll see if you look at a Google map for example (what do you know, I have one right here – check out the AZF pin).

It was very difficult to determine the exact cause of the explosion, so many theories still exist. A trial was held in 2009, with the person responsible for the site judged for manslaughter, but that didn’t necessarily stop people from theorizing. I guess that’s part of why my brain thought it would be a good idea to include it in a story!


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The Red Brick Haze: A Tolosa Mystery

Free Story: The Red Brick Haze

The Red Brick Haze: A Tolosa MysteryThe Red Brick Haze, a prequel to The Red Brick Cellars, is finally ready. It’s available on all the usual retailers, but more importantly, you can get it for free right here.

No good deed goes unpunished.

When an explosion lays waste to part of the city of Toulouse and the citizens attempt to recover in the ravaged cityscape, Louis runs to the aid of people in need.

Chivalrous intent clashes with nefarious goals as Louis has to save himself and those he loves.

If you enjoy the story, I’d very much appreciate an honest review on Amazon, so that other readers can also discover it!

Or, just let me know what you think 🙂