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!

Time Change Changed Me

Both yesterday and today I was up and out of bed at 5 am due to the time change. This is not so unusual. It's happens to a lot of us, but today, for me, it was as if someone flipped a switch when they pushed that daylight savings time button. I started in on my budget for November before 6am without breakfast. I took a short oatmeal break at 7 am and by 12:30 pm I had my budget done for all of 2013! No, I really mean done. Each month on one page, complete with money in, money out, extras accounted for, all hole punched and filed in a notebook. There's even a red pen tucked in the folder pocket to check off each item as it gets paid. Paying isn't the only thing I accomplished. I also know how much I'm going have in savings by December 2013. No, you don't understand – I usually don't know where that money goes that's supposed to go into that savings account.(Or maybe you DO understand). By 12:30 pm today every cent I get in 2013 is accounted for. I'm not sure I know how to live this way, but I'm willing to give it shot. It's like having google maps for my checkbook.

After that I tackled the college loans. I thought it was about time I organized them and knew exactly what each kid owes and what web site and passwords to use to get that info. I threw away a whole filing cabinet of student loan correspondence. I didn't think I needed the original FAFSA application from 1999 when the first kid went off to college. By 3 pm all the loans are condensed into a one page snapshot and all forms are in a folder on my desktop, where, my dear children, you have easy access to your info. This is even more amazing than my 2013 budget.

If that isn't enough, by 7 pm I resurrected a web site I started a long time ago for my little Cape Cod business. Last March I set up a web site and opened a local business where I teach. In fact, it's called "iTeach". It's a place where Cape Codders can go to get help with blogging, social media, and young authors workshops for their kids. I spend a lot of time helping people and children with these skills, so
last spring it dawned on me that that is another one of my retirement
jobs. So, Cape Cod friends, if I can be of assistance, visit my site!  I then used my "widget and what's it" skills learned through my blog challenge to post it over there on the left. See it? Even if you don't live on Cape Cod, click on it and give me a pat on the back. Pretty good isn't it? 🙂 It only took 56 minutes to figure out I needed a . between the words default and html in the html code AFTER I built the widget.  I know! Amazing, right?

By then it was 7:30pm and I needed dinner. Lunch never made it into the picture. As a matter of fact, a lot of things didn't make it into the picture today. No yoga. No fit club. No morning pages. No meditation time. No newspaper and noon news/tv time. Why, I actually think I took a day off from my life today. The energy level was (and still is) incredible. I feel like when the time change switch was pulled, the universe catapulted me into a new space and time. It was exhilarating. I haven't been this organized and felt so accomplished in such a long, long time. In fact, when I moved three years ago was the last time I felt like this. If this is "time change" I'm all for it.

How did the time change change you?

And so, as another day goes by, it's time to relax with some Voice on TV (Bryan Keith is my pick for the winner since the blind auditions), I hope this time change stuff continues 'til April, and….I have written.

Time Change Changed Me

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