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!

The Rest of God

I love mornings. News on the telly playing low in the background, sitting in my recliner next to my open back door, iPad on my lap with a hot cup of good coffee within easy reach completes the picture. I tend to my email and browse the Facebook newsfeed. After awhile, feeling all is okay with the world, I’m ready to leave my chair and begin my day. Not having to be somewhere at eight o’clock is perhaps the greatest gift of retirement.

Next I climb the stairs to get ready for one of my many missions of the day. Already my mind is spinning, putting my mental to do list in a proper order to save both gas and steps. It right here I pause. I remember that I must calm the jabber of my brain before it gets overwhelming. I sit with God for a few minutes. I begin with my tiny prayer of Jabez that starts with “Lord, bless me indeed.” A sense of instant peace comes with that verse. I am once again reminded that in order to accomplish what is set before me each day, I must tend to my needs first, so I can go out and be strong for others. Then I take time to ask for blessings for those I love. Lastly I stand before God and “drop everything” and tell Him to direct my day and give me the courage, wisdom, strength and energy to do whatever He sets before me.

These small moments end with peace. I’m not in charge. I cannot change the world. I can’t change people. I can only control my own thoughts and actions. It is here all anxiety disappears and I bask in the rest of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 says God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.

And so, as another day goes by, if I begin my day by resting in God, I go forth with a sound mind, and …I have written.

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