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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!

Until It’s “Fixed”

I have a problem. I’m fixated on it. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. I just pace and perseverate on it. Despite all the other things around me I could be thinking about or doing, I refuse to move off this problem until it’s “fixed “. Do you ever experienced this?

In the current . . . → Read More: Until It’s “Fixed”

For Today & Tomorrow

How tranquil will your Christmas be? Thanks to this post I came across a few days ago by Harriet Stack, mine will be very tranquil. Harriet reminds me of three things I have come to learn over the last five years. I loved her post so much and found it such a calming reminder . . . → Read More: For Today & Tomorrow


Hope. It IS a fitting topic for this time of year. Hope is often knitted with the thought that good things will happen in one's future. This morning, Anne Lamott once again graced my newsfeed with just about the best definition of hope I've ever come across. She said:

Hope is not based on . . . → Read More: Hope

I Have To Stop

I have to stop using 2 spaces after a period. OMG! I can't stop. What is the big deal about not using two spaces after a period? I just read that I should come into the 21st century and stop doing that. Okay. There. Twice. I did it. I used one space. It doesn't . . . → Read More: I Have To Stop

Left – Here On Earth

“Earth is forgiveness school. I believe that's why they brought us here, then left us without any owners manual.” ~ Anne Lamott

This morning on Facebook I came across an article in Salon by one of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott. This article was on forgiveness and we all know what is at the . . . → Read More: Left – Here On Earth

Can’t Argue With This

I need to put that on my mirror for those days when I feel just plain lousy (I hate that word, but I hate the feeling too, so it works). Sunday I just didn't have my usual energy bounce. When trying to figure out why, I could only attribute it to the tremendous . . . → Read More: Can’t Argue With This

This Must Be Shared…

Every morning my friend Shirley sends a little devotional to her family and friends. This morning I woke up to some very wise words entitled The Layman's Ten Commandments by an unknown author. After reading them I felt the thoughts were so cleverly written that they were just too good not to share.

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I’m Just Not Good Enough

This morning I was cleaning the toilet. Ok, it’s what I was thinking when I was cleaning the toilet that prompted this post. I had just shown my husband my first illustration for my rocker friend, VK Lynne (meet her here and maybe kick in five bucks to help fund her upcoming tour) and I . . . → Read More: I’m Just Not Good Enough

The Marsh Side

Today I sit on the marsh side. For such a long time I sat on the ocean side, but today strength and wisdom are coming from time on the marsh side.

During this pause I realize the ocean side dealt with all the turmoil of a tough time. Some days it crashed – angry . . . → Read More: The Marsh Side

Happy Anniversary

Linkedin informed me and a lot of my friends that it is my one year anniversary of working at Koko FitClub. I can’t believe it’s been a year. When I think back to last August when I first started at Koko, and I look at myself one year later, I’m astounded.

One year ago . . . → Read More: Happy Anniversary