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!

Without Change or Shadow

On these vacations mornings I’m always the first and only one awake at 7 am. I leave my husband sleeping, daughter and friend buried upstairs, oblivious to noise, due to the air conditioner, and my niece and her friend sprawled across the pull-out bed in the kitchen/living room. I make my breakfast and settle into the my office, the only room not holding sleeping bodies.

Today glanced down at my Bible. I picked it up and it fell open to a bookmarked page. The verse was

All things good and perfect come from God. He shines forever, without change or shadow.

Without change or shadow. That part of the verse hung onto a corner of my brain and dangled there until I left for an early beach walk. Only 8 am and the heat was oppressive. I decided to walk the road to Scorton Creek and make my way back walking along the shore in the water. Without change or shadow. I mentally tumbled the words around as my feet slipped and splashed across the stony shoreline. Seaweed was catching around the thong of my sandal, requiring much stopping and cleaning. Now and then a rock would creep in under my foot. I’d have to stop and dislodge it before my sandal floated away. Lots of trouble, but the water was cool and there were my pleasant steps in between. Without change or shadow, despite the difficult steps, the shoreline stretches and remains.

Reaching the road, my steps quickened. The sweat poured into my eyes and stung when it mixed with the sunblock. Not the most comfortable walk, but my house was soon in sight offering relief from the heat.

Soon after arriving home, we received news that my sister-in-law had passed. All things good and perfect come from God. In there somewhere there is comfort. Her road was full of bumps, but she had some beautiful steps in between. Her shoreline was riddled with difficult days, fought bravely. Now the good and perfect is hers, forever, without anymore change or shadow.

And so, as another day goes by, I sit in the shade of my backyard, praying for peace for my brother today, once again marveling how God comes close at just the right moment, and…I have written.

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