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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!

Slowly

It was three years this summer that my mom passed away. I had a hard time with that. I spent my life talking to my mom almost everyday on the phone. I used to get excited to go over and have coffee with her. When I didn’t see her so much after I moved to the cape, I couldn’t wait to get home to sit with her again. We would sit for hours and just chat and, of course, gossip. Gossip about not only everyone in our family, but people on TV, too. We’d also sit and watch soap operas together and for almost forty years were so engrossed in the lives of our characters.

Today was the memorial service on Y&R for Katherine Chancellor. Jeanne Cooper, who played Katherine for 46 of her 86 years of living was an amazing woman both on and off the set. She was on the set right up until her passing. Her character was the glue that held all the other ones together. As each character went to the podium to reminisce, and the old footage of all those scenes over the last forty years played across the screen, I missed my mom more than ever today. Scenes of her life and mine over 58 years played through my mind. I especially missed that “excitement” that used to feel about going to NY to visit her.

Tonight I’m ending another Dorothea Benton Frank book, Shem Creek. The heroine has a sister and they share that same thing my mom and I used to share – that certain “excitement” about getting together for a gab fest. Tomorrow I’m going to NY for the weekend. My mom isn’t there anymore, but I found myself texting my sister and asking if she was going to be home Friday night. I told her I miss pizza & wine, but what I really meant was I missed sitting and chatting and gossiping with her, just as I used to do with my mom. I texted my husband to ask if he wanted to go over. He answered, “Sure!” I wrote back I told her yes – and added “I’m excited!”

Gradually, over the last three years, ever so slowly without my even knowing it, my sister slipped into that space in my life my mom used to occupy. Real change occurs in increments, day by day. Did you ever decide you were going to change something or do something consciously, only to find you don’t? It’s because real change is never decided. It doesn’t have a schedule or a plan. Real change occurs just like what’s happening outside our window tonight. It’s barely September, but summer has begun to slip. In three weeks it will be fall and we’ll think, where did summer go?

And so, as another day goes by, I’m thankful I have a sister like the heroine in my book, real change is unstoppable, it also keeps us alive and it’s usually for the better, and …I have written.

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