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!


Some days seem like an avalanche. You know the kind – where one thing happens right after another and it doesn’t let up until you climb into bed. Most of my days are avalanche days, now. Just look at today. I left the house at 7am to be at work in the Harwich Koko at . . . → Read More: Avalanche

Marketing! Marketing! Marketing!

This post first appeared in The Cape Cod Children’s Writers Blog on January 23 2014.

I have never moved my work very far simply because marketing has always been, for a self-published author, much too daunting for me. Just panacea of online information on how to go about it makes my head hurt and venture . . . → Read More: Marketing! Marketing! Marketing!


Yesterday my first piece of work was published. This is a special day for any writer. It took four years. This blog was it’s starting point. This blog gave me legs to get in the race. Since it’s inception, I have also found other talents along the way. I can illustrate, and recently I discovered . . . → Read More: Published!

P is for Passion – Click Click Click

Click. Click. Click. There’s no place like home. Follow your passion. Find your passion. It’s the pathway to happiness, so goes the recent hype. I jerk my head up and think, I better hurry up and get out there and search for mine. I thought when I retired from teaching what a wonderful opportunity to . . . → Read More: P is for Passion – Click Click Click

Creative Confidence

Creative Confidence is the name of a new book, written by the two , David and Tom Kelly, founders of Ideo, a design and consulting firm that uses a human -centered approach based on empathy (finding out what’s meaningful to people) to create things like the first computer mouse for Apple to TV remote controls. . . . → Read More: Creative Confidence

Success…or Not?…or Maybe?

I don’t know how you define “success”, but if you’re like me you define it by achieving a goal you set. If you mention the word success it automatically communicates that something has been accomplished – and it was a positive thing.

A few of my goals were to write this blog everyday and . . . → Read More: Success…or Not?…or Maybe?

Adding Meaning

I follow my school district on Facebook and today there was a great quote on there by Joshua Marine:

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them are what makes life meaningful.

The newness and excitement of returning to the working world has worn off and now the challenge of adapting to a work week . . . → Read More: Adding Meaning

Wait But Why?

This morning I woke up to a blog published in the Huffington Post, placed in my timeline by my daughter. I quickly opened it up and read the article because my daughter never posts to my timeline and when she does, I figure it’s a big deal.

I really liked the blog. The name . . . → Read More: Wait But Why?

H is for Hard!

This is actually the Fun Friday A 2 Z blog hop post – it’s appearing on Saturday – so can you guess what kind week it was? Yup. Hard. What made it hard? The fact that I’ve been called to edge of my comfort zone so many times in just five days.

This was my . . . → Read More: H is for Hard!

K-Cup Heaven

Today I drove back to the Cape and had to work the 4-7 shift at the Koko Centerville location. I’ve only been here once and am not to familiar with the shops in the plaza. It was 3:45 and way past my afternoon coffee time. I pulled into Bell Tower Mall and looked around for . . . → Read More: K-Cup Heaven