About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

50 Shades of Valentines Day

Yes, today I had it all – the 50 Shades date, complete with roses, chocolate and dinner. Roses are always beautiful, chocolate – well we all know there is no real word to accurately describe that, and as far as the date goes – any of you who know us, know our dates are always fabulous. So. Let's get right to the movie.

50 Shades. I powered through all three books (See my post – Christian Grey – Today's The Day) in a weekend the first week they were out. I loved them. What I didn't love was all the hype about them being “mommy porn”. Granted, they were not literary masterpieces, but there WAS a story there. An incredible story. A story of a heart encased in concrete, cold, impenetrable, resulting in a narcissist who cannot love and refuses to be loved. If you've ever known one, you know that they always lash out in some way – be it alcohol, drugs, or in this case, a red room. They also draw the person they love in, then when the person responds, they just as quickly push them away. Not many hang in there with these people, but Anastasia is a trooper and Christian Grey has no clue how lucky he is.

As for the sex – the scenes occured in the book over and over, so many times I actually got bored and skipped over them. While reading the books there were moments I actually wanted to shout Okay! I get it already! But in the movie? Oh wow. When professional screen writers do it right, I fall into the story and all I see is Christian Grey saying You can't love me. I am unlovable. What does Anastasia do? Does she hang? Does she bail? And that, my friends is the story. It is deep and emotional and by no means over – there are two more books to go, after all.

Should you go see it? Yes! Go! It's well worth the ticket price. The two actors were well suited to the parts they played. The amount of words said in looks and gestures was riveting. The red room? Tastefully portrayed to insert the block that is essential to the story. The ending? You. Will. Want. More.

Oh, and my hubby? He loved it too. He is at a major disadvantage because he didn't read the books, but he heard me soapbox about them for months because everyone, news media included, completely missed the incredible story because they were so enamored by the red room, so he just had to see what the hype was all about. And my man, the sensitive, heart-felt, people person he is – he got it. He agrees with me that the red room is a symptom, a side-action of the incredible story unfolding on the screen. When the movie ended I had to pat his arm and say Don't worry, dear, there are two more books, so it's not over yet.

And so, as another Valetines Day goes by, it is the ability to give and receive love that is truly the crux of life, and…I have written.

 

 

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