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!

I Am

I am

by Grace Donvan

I am a singer and songwriter
I think that music is amazing

I am a dog lover
Walking my favorite dog Sophie
Throwing balls to her
and trying to get them back

I am a fast runner
I love feeling the wind in my hair and face I love speed

I am a reader
Of interesting books
I love the feeling
Of being somebody else’s eyes

The above poem was written by the nine year old daughter of a friend of mine. I’m constantly amazed at what thrashes around in the minds of our very young. I look at Grace’s poem and think how great it is that she writes and has found a way to express what goes around in her brain. Then I think about the children who don’t “write” – they only respond to the on-demand writing in the classroom. I used to be one of those children. I never connected with sharing my thoughts with “writing”.

Today I’m impressed with Grace’s thoughts. She very truthfully stated who she is – a brave thing to do. I wondered what I would say if I were called upon to do the same. Here’s my shot at it:

I Am

By Linda Bartosik

I am a writer.
I love the way words empty my heart and bring clarity to my head.

I am an artist.
Watching color splash on paper and take form makes my spirit soar.
I love how moving a few pencil strikes around somehow evolves into a living, breathing character in a story.

Most of me is a teacher.
My gift is breaking the mountain down into a few manageable grains of sand.

I just grabbed a piece of white paper and stopped to think of what makes me, me and wrote a few sentences about the three major parts of “me”. At first I was scared. Then I said, “If Grace can do it so freely, so can I.”

How about you? Grab a sheet of paper. Write I Am on top. Who are you? No one but you has to see it, so go ahead. Don’t try to impress or write for someone else’s eyes. Be as free as a nine year old. You may surprise yourself. 🙂

And so, as another day goes by, it’s good to pause now and then and think about what makes us “us”, and I have written.


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