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!

A Day Off

Yesterday I took a day off. My daughters would laugh and say, "A day off from what? You don't work." Since they are still in the time of their lives when a typical job takes up five days a week, a day off to them just means you don't go to your place of work. When you don't work at a typical nine to five job, a day off means an entirely different thing.

Taking a day off when you don't change the venue means you have to change the day. My day usually consists of some form of exercise, which is important because my job involves a lot of sitting and shoulder hunching. Next I incorporate thinking and inspiration time in my day because being a writer and an artist requires a lot of ideas that can't be conjured up instantly facing a blank page or canvas. Another potion of my day involves education. Since I am new to the crafts of writing and illustrating, I need to spend countless hours hunting down knowledge. Being alone in my house all week involves finding ways to connect with other artists and writers to learn from and broaden my own horizons, so another part of my day includes correspondence – writing and answering emails, etc. In addition to all those parts that must be attended to, I must actually sit down to either write or draw. When a project is finished, next comes the season of publishing and marketing. So you can see, that although I don't venture out to a place of business or school of any type, taking a day off is just not a matter of staying home.

My busy Sunday and Monday prompted my day off, in fact, kept beckoning me to take it, but because my projects are laid out here, at home, all around me, I wouldn't listen. Sunday and Monday involved going to Boston each day for different things, and going to Boston for anything is a twelve hour day, no matter what you're going up there from the Cape to do. I don't like my weekly routine messed with and had every intention of getting back into my normal routine yesterday as quickly as possible. Tuesday morning was going to be back to yoga and I'd be off and running. So I thought.

I woke up and was still tired from my two day city adventures, so I decided no morning yoga. I'll go at night. I planned to get up and get a big piece of work done and be ready to go relax in yoga at night. I sat in my rocking chair and planned out in my head what I was going to work on after coffee and breakfast, but when the time came my body didn't move. And so it went with each thing I attempted throughout the day. When it came time to go to night yoga, I got my things together and just knew this wasn't going to happen. The biggest thing I did all day was take a shower and that was a lot of work.

All day, not moving, not even opening the door to go out and get the paper, I sat and actually felt my blood pooling all over my body and moving like slow river on a summer day. You know that commercial where they say a body in motion stays in motion and a body that's still stays still? There's truth in that.

It was so NOT me on a Tuesday that I was beginning to worry that this flu thing might be attacking me. I decided to wait until today to see if things improved on the movement front. Thank goodness this morning I was up and dressed, ready for fit club. After an excellent workout I really felt my blood moving fast through my brain again. On the drive home the ideas for the next part of my illustrating project came with full force. It was a full day, ending with Writer's Night Out tonight. Body back in motion.

Sometimes your body just won't move. It's telling you to take a day off. Take it out of motion. Rest. Relax. Do nothing. Nap. Read something that doesn't educate or have anything to do with work. Drink tea. Meditate on your breath. Let the body that's still, be still.

And so, as another day goes by, there's time enough tomorrow to set things back in motion, and….I have written.

Photo: Mine – View from my chair – subliminal message?

A Day Off

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