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!

Surfer Girl

Oh, where do I start? Today was paddle board day – the second try. Maybe I should start with how it took 1 truck, 3 people, and 4 trips to get everything onto the beach for this paddle board day. We set up camp at noon. It was high tide. We had to wait for low tide around 5 pm to do this. The day was gorgeous – not a cloud in the sky. The water was a different story. The waves were crashing and the wind was blowing. Not exactly the surf needed for smooth paddle boarding.

We settled in with: 8 small bottles of wine, 8 Lime-a-rita’s, 2 vodka and lime water, crackers, chips, pretzels, and various forms of hummus dips. After awhile friends of ours came down to the beach and we joined their camp. 3 wines later, it was 5 o’clock – not somewhere- right here. The tide was out and the sandbars shone in the late day sun. The waves were still crashing. I thought this was another no-go day, but my daughter said we could do it on the sandbar. She even said she’d go first.

So we carried the board out to the sandbar and the waves were so strong, we knew there was going to be no stand-up paddle boarding. We had another idea. I told her to push it way out and ride it in like a surfboard. She did and it was awesome. I took it next. I pushed it way out beyond the surf, turned it around and jumped on it, kneeling. The waves were huge. They came up behind me and I rode it into shore. It was exhilarating. We took turns doing it over and over. It was like an adult boogie board. I never had so much fun, got so much exercise, and got so exhausted in an afternoon at the beach.

By 6:30 the sun was disappearing and now we had to carry it all home. We were wet, sandy, and very tired. I got the outside shower first. My daughter stood waiting for me saying, “Are you done yet, Surfer Sally?” I came out of the shower and told her, “You can’t ever say I made your life boring.”

A good time was had by all, my husband, carrier of the board, had a nice dinner ready for us. Now we sit, after dinner, wine in hand, enjoying a campfire laughing about our surfing paddle board day.

Once again I didn’t get to paddle board, but at least I got the board in the water. More importantly, this is what families are made of.

And so, as another day goes by, I’m hanging up the paddle board for 2012, and… I have written.


Surfer Girl

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