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!

On The Receiving End

20140116-075852.jpg Not long ago I was reading a post in a blog I follow (M Bikram Yoga Life). Leigha Hall was talking about this necklace she found on Etsy. The name of the artist was Eternal Girl and she makes these gorgeous necklaces that can even be customized. I immediately fell in love and for $15 had to have one. I ordered this one with my Leo sign on it because I love being a Leo. Every characteristic I’ve ever read about Leos totally describes me, so what better way, for only $15, to make a fashion statement that speaks to who I am, than to wear my Leo sign.

The package came in a few days. It was a small envelope. When I opened it the artist provided a beautiful card in a tiny envelope with tissue paper accent. Next out came the necklace delicately wrapped in tissue paper. I remember how I felt opening the package. I was delighted with the care she took in presenting her work to me. I only paid $15 for it, but I felt I was opening something that was far more precious.

It occurred to me that I was enjoying being on the receiving end. When I create something I always have a purpose and a vision. My work is always going somewhere for something. It was nice to stop and let someone else’s art come to me. It was nice to receive the pleasure of their craft. That concept transferred over into my morning meditation (Silent Journey). As the music played and I took my usual spot at my God’s table, clutching my hot cup of tea, I thought that maybe today I’d stop filling the whole time with prayers, petitions and gratitudes. I’d make my statements to God then I would spend the remainder of the mediation sitting on the receiving end. So I did. Amazing when I stopped asking and thanking. Answers to things I’d forgotten about surfaced. Assurance for things I’d brushed aside bubbled to the top. My Lord spoke, and for once, I simply listened. I didn’t even thank or comment back. I just sat – peacefully – on the receiving end.

And so, as another day goes by, I once again realize it isn’t all up to me, and…I have written.

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