My name is Jonene Ficklin, and I'm a full-time wife, mom, writer, and professional artist. I've been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I use colored pencils, oil paints, and watercolors. I love what I do!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


The awesomely sweet Brenda Sills has passed on this award and I’m so flattered, especially knowing a bit about her. Last year, we carpooled to a writing workshop, and I can honestly say she’s one of the sweetest people I’ve met. She’s also amazingly versatile, talented, supermodel beautiful, and a super-mom to boot! Check out her blog here:

Here are the rules:

To claim your award:
1. Copy and paste the award to your blog. 
2. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
3. Share seven random facts about yourself.
4. Pass the award along to 5 deserving blogging buddies.
5. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.

And here are the seven random facts.

1. I just saw the movie Super 8 last night and it was fantastic! It’s kind of a mix between Goonies and ET and Alien. I won’t say anymore, other than I was either laughing myself sick, or clinging to the back of my chair through the whole thing. You won’t want to miss this one.

2. Last night for dinner we had creamed peas, pearl onions, and baby potatoes over biscuits. I’ve only made it three times as an adult, but remember eating it as a child (minus the pearl onions.) The kids are still scratching their heads over whether they like it or not.

3. Today my family blocks actually read ‘Family.’ See post:

4. Secret book discovery: If you haven’t read THE THIEF series by Megan Whalen Turner, you are in for a killer treat! Oh my heck! It just gets better and better and better. The first book has you wondering what in the world it’s about, but hang in there because by the time you get to book two and book three, you’ll be raving like a lunatic to every soul you meet. Trust me! It’s happening right now. (Thank you, Leisha, for adding a new addiction!)

5. Last week I attended the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference with master teacher Martine Leavitt, and I’m in heaven! My head’s swirling with information and ideas I can’t wait to put into action. If you love to write, save your pennies, mark the week of June 11 – 15, 2012, and start watching the website like a hawk in January 2012 for registration.

6. I’m writing a pirate book right now, and, after the conference, I’m literally bursting with the story.

7. I’ve decided to become a sporatic summer blogger so I can spend more time writing the pirate book that isn’t letting me sleep. I apologize right now.

And so, we’re onto awarding 5 super sweet blogging buddies:

Chersti Nieveen

Elizabeth Dimit

Yamile Mendez

Emily Mah Tippets

Elizabeth Mueller

Congratulations all!


  1. Congrats on your new award. I've heard Super 8 is a good one. Have fun with your pirate book.


  2. I REALLY wanna see Super 8
    AND I love pirate books!
    Congrats on your award
    Happy to be a new follower :)

  3. Joyce, oh, Super 8 was so good! Thanks and welcome!

    Shelly, I hope you get to see it soon, but be prepared. It's a wild ride. Thanks and so glad to have you visit!

  4. Jonene--HUGS--congratulations and thank you! You're so sweet! Now let's have a girls night out and eat it! :D

    Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
    YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!

  5. Strawberries! Yum! You are the perfect recipient for this award. congrats!

  6. Elizabeth, same with you! Amen.

    Leisha, right back at you! And thanks!

  7. Jonene! I can't believe you said such nice things about me! You know what? All those things you said about me totally apply to you! You are such a sweet, wonderful person to say them. You REALLY brightened my day - I needed that so much! I hope you know that you are the epitome of all the things you said about me!

    Love your 7 facts! You told us fun things about you at the same time you gave us great ideas! I can't wait to read the Thief series now!

    I CAN'T WAIT to read your pirate book, so I'm way happy you're writing it like crazy!

    Your dinner sounds delish! Growing up, we always had milk gravy (white gravy) with cut-up boiled eggs over biscuits. We loved it and my kids have always loved it too.

    I AM SOOO HAPPY!!! I got your print of TWILIGHT ON THE LI RIVER! It's SO beautiful and I love it! I was so excited, I tweeted about it and gave a link to your website - I hope people stop by!

    Thanks for being such a fantastic friend!

  8. Brenda, what a sweetie you are! Thanks for everything! I'm glad you're enjoying your print.

  9. Jolene, thanks! (I need to quit looking at the picture, because it's causing some serious cravings right now : )

  10. congrats on your award and to the new recipients! I too a feeling like I want to blog more sporadically. It's the summer thing, I guess. Also, I'll eat anything if it's over biscuits. If your kids won't eat it, send it over to my house. :)

  11. Lydia, thanks and yes, summer is hard, especially when schedules go out the window and you just want to go outside with the kids. (I'm keeping my writing mostly to early morning.) I realized how much I love biscuits and gravy. But I'm sending a helping your way. : )


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