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!

Not Always

Today my girls and their friends were here and a beach day and a paddle board were on the docket. One thing that wasn’t on the docket was the overcast weather. Even though it was muggy, storms threatened at every hour and due to the absence of sun, we rescheduled the paddle boarding for tomorrow. We are also hoping the weather reschedules itself for tomorrow, too.

So..not a beach day. The girls went anyway, packing books and drinks. I got ready to follow them when my dear friend’s latest Facebook post popped up:

“Olympics!!!…Lazy Saturday…much needed & I know thoroughly enjoyed…have a lovely day everyone!”

Hmmm….it’s a lot of work to pack up for the beach just to possibly be chased home by a thunderstorm. I went out to the back patio, my husband brought me a glass of chilled sangria, I’m totally immersed in “Gone Girl” since yesterday – suddenly my friend’s idea for today seems enticing. Just stay here, forgo the beach, sip sangria, music in the background, book on my lap, husband near and cooking away….somehow I didn’t think paddle boarding was meant for me today.

What do you do when things don’t go according to plan? What do you do when you just don’t get what you want? Those are loaded questions for a type A, planner and control freak like me. I’m not used to the word no, but on the other hand I’m always quick to abandon plan A and switch gears, as long as everybody’s happy.

These last few years I’ve learned to relax and just let things flow and happen as they go along. If it’s in line with my planning and thinking, great. If not, great, too, because there’s something unknown and new that I get to experience and learn.

And so, as another day goes by, Cervantes has a point, and…I have written.


Not Always

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