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 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 look that bad. Change. I can do it. After all, I am one of the biggest proponents of change that ever lived. Change negates stagnation. If we refuse to move forward with the times, and what the times ask of us, we stagnate – like a pond with no outlet. No fresh water to flush and replenish that which no longer applies.

I have to sometimes remind myself of that which no longer applies. Snakes. Snakes have it down. So do hermit crabs. Snakes and hermit crabs clearly understand the need to shed. They know that if they hold on to what is, it will kill them. They know they need to shed the skin and the shell and move on. How can mere animals know and do, without a second thought, what we humans resist and kick and scream at when the same is asked of us?

There comes a time when we must be brave. We must face it. Change is inevitable and we cannot stop it. We are not so adverse to change when it is of our own choosing. It's when change is imposed on us from sources we cannot control, such as a new program or practice being introduced at work or the sudden loss of our job itself or maybe the failure of a project we put our heart and soul into. I have found that it is these uninitiated changes – the ones that blindside us – are the ones that really keep us from stagnating and cause true growth. These kinds of changes turn our world upside down and place us in new landscapes we could never have envisioned ourselves traveling. Scary? Yes, but if we view these changes as necessary, and perhaps even as an exciting new adventure, change beyond our control becomes easier to handle.

And so, as another day goes by, I will accept the changes that come my way today and look forward to the new places they'll land me because it is change that reveals all the wonders life has to offer, and… I have written.

 

 

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