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!

Creative Shopping

My husband and kids would say that I’m just about the best value shopper they know. 90% of what I buy I never pay full price for. Yet, there are times when the thing you need will not be on sale, and you have to have a really good one to do the job. This is the time to be creative.

Yesterday I set out to buy a floor lamp for my art desk. I knew I wanted an Ottlite, and I knew they had them in Michael’s. In my head I figured I was going to spend about $50 for it. I don’t know what planet I was on because when I got there I found it was $199. But it was exactly what I needed..okay, I bit the bullet and bought it. Driving home I stopped to the AT&T store to do something about my $300 a month cell phone bill. They were able to change my plan and bring my price down to $142 a month. So….since I saved $150 on this month’s cell bill, my lamp really did only cost me $50, right? That’s creative shopping.

An Ottlite is really the only answer because my desk is now in my yoga room turned art studio and there is very little natural light in there and I really want to be able to work at night. For the price, this light allows me to see true colors and does it without heat. Perfect. Buying a lamp of that caliber today made me realize that I am getting serious about the illustrating. Illustrating is not just making pretty pictures. By taking on the responsibility of illustrating someone’s work, you agree to hold and nurture their “baby”‘ for the better part of a year, participating in its growth and you need the right tools to make that happen. Last week I moved my desk and set up a serious work space – a studio, as I like to call it – with all my tools and supplies at my finger tips. No more sprawling out on the kitchen island and searching the house for a certain tool or art material because I forgot where I put it.

Serious workspace:

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Sitting down to work on my next project yesterday felt different. It felt real. It felt serious in a new way. Do you have a thing you always wanted to pursue? The best way to begin is to put yourself in that setting. Get the tools or supplies you need. Imagine yourself doing it. Then, little by little, your passion is fueled and it begins to happen.

And so, as another day goes by, doing something that makes you and others happy is a deep well of energy, and…I have written. (And yes, Diane , I have done my art today!)
First quick sketch under my new lamp – meet my latest “babies”, Alistar and Octavia:

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