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!

Ralph Lives – Time For A Creative Break

Now that Ralph is once again alive on Amazon, it’s time for a creative break. (I can’t believe you haven’t downloaded your copy yet – or if you just did – thank you!) Yesterday I went to the craft store to gather supplies for a jewelry project my daughter is working on. While there, I picked up some cool beads to practice my wire wrapping I started before this book project became my life. I’m also going to do some wrapping with starfish and sea glass for my daughters wedding and I thought this would be a good way to get used to my tools again.

While still in my jammies this morning, I sat down to play with wire and beads. Noontime I was still there. The physical results were a bracelet and earrings. The mental result was extreme relaxation. Sometimes after completing a huge project that consumes you, you have to turn away and do something else. This was downright fun!

Then I went to 4:30 Bikram yoga. You might say so what? You always go to yoga. But today WAS a big deal. I haven’t been to Bikram since July 23. One month. I must say I had help getting back there. My dear friend rearranged her schedule to go with me. I was scared and needed some hand-holding and good friends just somehow know that. The results? Like riding a bike. Meg was the teacher and I never had a stronger class. Didn’t miss a pose. Didn’t miss a breath. Didn’t feel the least bit winded or tired. Of course, during the month I did keep up fit club with a diligence and I think my last strength gain of 32% on August first made me stronger in yoga. It was an effortless class and tonight I feel wonderful.

This is the first weekday where I was alone and I didn’t do any writing or drawing, I created in different ways. When you need a break from your craft, you can still create – venture out and try something new and totally unrelated to your project.

Have you taken a creative break lately? Maybe now is the time. Have fun!

And so, as another day goes by, I’m liking the edge of the comfort zone, in fact, I’m deriving energy from the very place I feared, and …I have written.

Not perfect…but the nice part? It didn’t have to be!

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