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!

One By One

Two weeks ago they came – one by one. Cars and groups of people arrived steadily from Wednesday through Sunday. Today they are all gone. They began leaving on Friday with my husband and daughter being the last two to vacate the premises this morning.

It’s over. The wedding and family vacations that were planed over a year ago. The backyard is clean and back to normal. The gazebo is down and put away. The garbage is piled high at the curb. This cleaning up is a necessary ritual for me after a big event. As people began leaving on Friday, the sadness began creeping in and taking hold. Both Friday and Saturday were hard for me, then yesterday when the cleanup effort began, the sadness began to fade. I needed something to close the big event. Cleaning up and packing away did the trick.

Today it’s back to working out then working 10-1 in Mashpee. This, too, is another ritual I need to fill the void. It was clearly the best two weeks I have ever spent with my family and friends. The wedding was beyond my expectations. Sitting there in the front row, watching my daughter and her husband take their vows, with the sound of the waves lapping on the shore just feet away, a seagull swooping down directly behind them, and the sun breaking through causing the sky to turn a pink-gold was a moment I’ll never forget. It was a true Cinderella evening – the song played for the father-daughter dance.

I sit now, in the quiet of the morning, and remember that August afternoon last summer when I was walking the beach, talking to my daughter who was crying over the phone when I told her we couldn’t do a beach wedding on our beach. I remember talking her down from the tree, hanging up, gazing out over the water and flinging my arm toward heaven, saying “God, just take care of this wedding!”

That was by far the most powerful prayer I ever prayed, because man, did He deliver. Not only providing the perfect venue the very next day, but giving me the job (that I love) to be able to pay for it. Yes, it’s over and it’s sad – but it’s only sad because it was so perfect. That is my God. He is perfect in every way. All my life He has been there providing just what I need at exactly the time I needed it. Watching that ceremony was watching the awesomeness of my God in action.

And so, as another day goes by, I return to my normal life with a heart full of gratitude, and…I have written.

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