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!

First Time, Ever I….

…. No, not saw your face. This is the first trip ever to NY or anywhere that I brought my writing project with me to work on. Driving down the Mass Pike that thought astounded me. What could that mean?

Now, you understand, that my writing is freelance and has no constraints or deadlines placed on it. There steps to follow such as spend a few years educating yourself, then, of course, you have to actually write the book. Next you have to belong to a good critique group and have your work evaluated by your peers. After months of this, you have to spend time researching publishing companies to find a good fit for your work. (And then about 30 more just like it). Finally you have to research and practice writing those query letters. It’s important to get those critiqued, too, if you’re new at this. None of this has any time constraints. How fast you do it depends on how much time you spend on it. How much time you spend on it depends about how serious you are about a writing career. There is no boss. There is no office. There are no set hours. The only thing that measures progress is your initiative.

For these reasons, I was surprised that I packed up my queries and manuscripts and carted them to NY with me today. I have to spend an extra day here due to a surprise routine doctor appointment tomorrow, and the first thing I thought of doing all day was working on my writing. You can see my fear. I fear I wasn’t as serious and invested in my work these past two years. The fact that I brought it on the road with me impulsively must be a shift in my priorities. Or, my productive day yesterday cleared so many obstacles and worries out of my way, that I am free to get down to real business and get the first book submitted.

One little unplanned action caused a major shift in attitude, intention, and confidence. I’m going to chalk it up to positive growth, kickstarted by the time change. I continue to feel changed for the better by the change, instead of plunging into the usual discombobulated state time changes bring.

How about you? Have you found yourself doing something that you hadn’t intended to do lately? What could it mean? A positive change? A new direction?

When you want to change, you make a decision.

And so, as another day goes by, it is now 4 o’clock when it’s supposed to be 5, I drove to NY to vote today, this is certainly a week of change, and…I have written.


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