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!

Pink Wine

Ten years ago I was introduced to wine. I didn’t understand wine. It didn’t taste very good, so my husband suggested I try white zin. White zin was a very pretty pink wine, a bit sweet and I fell in love with it. After about five years my husband suggested I branch out. Try white wine he said. Being used to drinking wine now, I acquiesced. Pinot Grigio soon became my wine of choice and stayed that way for another five years.

During this time my husband tried to broaden my wine palate by introducing Chardonnay. We tried that a few times, and I couldn’t do it. What he called the “oakiness” was what I didn’t like. Gradually I fell in love with fruity riesling and spent a year stuck on Relax Riesling. In time I adjusted my palate to include Sauvignon Blanc. That was my new favorite.

Then we discovered Simply Naked wines. The Chardonnay was amazing. Unoaked and I loved it. My days of pink wine were way, way in the past. Pink wine now appears so sweet to me I can’t even look at it.

Then, today, we walked into the wine store to get wine for dinner with friends tonight. I was stopped in my tracks. There sat the most beautiful bottle of pink wine I ever saw. It said Beach House on it and had the best saying on the label: tranquil, cool, rippled sand, driftwood, peaceful, relaxed, ebb, flow, chill – The Beach House. I stopped my husband and said I need this bottle. It describes our house perfectly. I need it for my new office. It’s a piece of art. My husband just looked at the $10 price tag then looked sideways at me. I looked at him and said it’s not the wine. It’s the bottle. I need this. I set it down on the counter and told him I’ll drink pink wine tonight just to get this bottle.

I’m slowly paying attention to the things in drawn to. Shapes. Colors. Words. These things I’m drawn to help draw the map of me. When I assemble them in one spot, I get a snapshot of who I am.

Discovering who you are is not something that only happens at eighteen. You do it again at thirty. Forty you’re too busy to pay attention to who you are. By fifty the kids are gone and you begin to look at yourself again. By the time you reach sixty you have a whole new picture of you.

What are you drawn to? If you put a few things in a pile, what would it say about you?

And so, as another day goes by, sometimes it’s good to drink pink wine, and…I have written.

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