Greetings! And thank you for stopping by my page!
My name is Tim. Contrary to popular belief, “Timbuck,” is in no way a reference to the city of Timbuktu located in Mali, N Africa. Rather, it is a reference to a silly, comedy play some of my closest friends and I did in high school called The Clumsey Custard and the Ice Cream Clone Review, where the main character was called Swashbuck Valparaiso. I did not play the main role, but somehow my buddies ended up calling me Timbuck.
All my life, I have enjoyed writing. In junior high, I created a character called Mystic Cat, that started with a doodle on a “Peace” sign while sitting in church one morning (instead of listening to the sermon). It begin with a face, but became a character to the likeness of a teenage Batman but in a world of cats instead of people. I wrote the novel for several years until high school came and I realized how silly the story was. Yet, I still found pleasure in the fact that I ended up with around 30 pages or so of a single story. I’d say that’s quite a lot for a young junior high kid writing about a cat-person trying to be Batman. But as they say, “Always be yourself. But if you can’t be yourself, be Batman. Always be Batman.”
Currently, there are 2 components to this blog:
1) Timbuck Travel Tales
2) Timbuck Story Tales
1) Timbuck Travel Tales is a chronicling of adventures I had while backpacking across Europe. Some of the stories will likely make you laugh, some will excite concern, others will hopefully bring you appreciation for incredibly beautiful places and perhaps inspire desire in you to see them for yourself. Others may be incredibly boring, but the more boring ones are what makes the chronicle true and honest. Furthermore, it is my deep desire to tell the stories in a way that makes you feel as if you are a bird on my shoulder, almost experiencing everything I experience right there with me. This journey took me across 7 different countries over 2 months having never before left the country, much less flown on a plane. I saw some incredible places, met some amazing people, made a few missteps, and had the pleasure of meeting one very well-known celebrity that ended up being in my tour group in Rome along with his family.
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2) Timbuck Story Tales is made up of short stories based on a book I am reading called “The 7 Basic Plots” by Christopher Booker. I think it’s funny that his last name is Booker. The premise of Booker’s book is that all books – that is to say, stories, – seem to contain at least 1 of 7 basic story plots. The function of this page is for me to try my hand at writing short-ish stories using the 7 story plot principals. Some will likely be horrible, but I hope some of them are found to be satisfying.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy! God bless.