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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!

Root Notes

Today I found my inbox just TOO full.  Sound familiar? So I went on a little hunt down into what I call the "bowels" of the box.  This is the place that I "save" important stuff for future use, but it seems like "future" comes and goes and these "important" words take up residence here.  In my search today I came across a newsletter for creative sorts that I get every few months.  It's called "Root Notes" and it's written by Keith Jenninngs.  I subscribed more than a year ago and for me to keep getting it, it has to inspire and have real value to what I do everyday. 

I got this particular one in December.  (Been awhile since I've seen the bottom of that inbox.)  I kept this one because it made a major impact on me, as a writer, and it just had to be shared.  It touched some deep convictions I have about my writing and reminded me of just why I do this blog everyday.  It is particularly timely in relation to a comment I got on my blog in the challenge this week.  It was very complimentary on both my topic and writing style, from a person who does not know me.  After rereading this copy of Root Notes, it really hit home that our writing must be of a quality that stands on its own, without our readers even knowing who we are. 

Keith also hits on a few more major points that make a writer say "ouch".  Just the title is enough to make you wince:

"My 5 Artistic Sins (And How I Overcome Them)

He is a very thoughtful and insightful person.  I love the challenges he sets for himself in his own writing.  I think they are so important for those of us in this discipline, that in addition to sharing them with you, I am printing them out and hanging them on a mirror to read each day while brushing my teeth.  (My readers know this is a time when my deepest thinking occurs.)  So, for all you writers out there – here is the challenge in 2013:

Root Notes by Keith Jennings

And so, as another day goes by, it's truer than true, artists are first known by their art, and …..I have written.

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