A Review of Momo

by Tim Burdick on 04 September, 2013

Picking out a book by unknown author is quite scary. Will it be good? Will I like the story and the characters? Of course, I could have spent hours searching the shelves. There were so many new books out there besides the classics. However, in the end, when I visited children’s section of Luxor, I found one tucked in the corner hiding in the shadows, Momo by the German writer Michael Ende. His most famous book was The Neverending Story.

Where the best ice cream is. . .

by Tim Burdick on 29 August, 2013

not France or California, not even Italy, but Pokeno, a small town outside of Auckland, New Zealand.

Where scary stories come from Pt.2

by Tim Burdick on 20 August, 2013

In my imagination, I met a scared boy running full out in the dark.

Where I discovered a scary story

by Tim Burdick on 12 August, 2013

In honor of Tommy and the Manawar’s Eye, I will be writing about New Zealand this month. This story’s biggest influence was black water rafting. You wear a thick wet suit, gloves, boots, helmet and a life vest. You float along on this underground river, looking at rock formations and glow worms on the tunnel ceilings.

Written and Illustrated by Karel Capek, this classic children’s story is divided into two halves.  The story starts with Dasenka’s birth. A puppy who is nothing but a ball of fur, a nose and eyes.  In the following chapters, Nature, the narrator, and Dasenka’s mother Iris all teach her to walk one leg at a time, run, eat and other doggies lessons. Some of them (eating well and maintaining good health) can be underlying messages for young readers. In the second half, the author uses rich language as he tells funny, truthful doggie fairy tales such as  “The tale of the dog’s tale, Why fox terriers root around, About Fox”, and many others as they give a dog's eye view of the world. 

Living is the best inspiration.

by Tim Burdick on 24 July, 2013

I’m happy that you’re reading my blog, but if you want to write poetry, short stories, ballads, a novel, you probably won’t get your ideas while staring at your computer monitor, TV screen, or microwave oven. 

It's not how much you know, but what you know

by Tim Burdick on 18 July, 2013

On the way back to Prague, I was travelling by train (true story). I had little time to make the connection in České Budějovice.   I was sitting in my seat, repeating the sentence which I would ask the conductor. "Excuse me, Sir, could you tell which platform the train to Prague leaves from?" 

How to make your waitress laugh

by Tim Burdick on 10 July, 2013

Once when my parents visited me in the Czech Republic, I took them to Cesky Krumlov.  While we were there, we stopped for a coffee and cake at a cafe.  of course, I had been living in Prague, for a few months and I wanted to impress my parents with my Czech.

 So, I decided to order in Czech a hot chocolate and a honey cake (medovnik).

What’s in a house?

by Tim Burdick on 08 May, 2013

What's Upstairs? is my first e-book and it has many different characters.  A retired lighthouse keeper, an Irish surfer, an injured child, a crazy cousin, and a house. Well, yes, it is true. Okay, in true literary terms, it isn’t. A house develops the setting.  This one creates a mysterious atmosphere, but like my characters, it has secrets. Why is it broken down with an unrepaired roof?  Why is there no furniture in the downstairs?
As a writer, I left you clues to help you guess what comes next. But, I hope you don't. Surprises are nice because they make you re-read the story to find the details you missed the first time.

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