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Sorry about the delay on direct links to the Wednesday entries - general business and birthday wonderfulness kept me from the computer. I will likely be delayed on Thursday links as well as I'm off to Seattle. Should all be caught up by Friday though! As for why it is a Sherman Alexie quote that headlines this post (again) that is because the more I read about him and by him the more I love him. The guy is just cool, and coolness must be spread far and wide in these days of global insanity. Go read more Alexie at Jackie's post today.

And now, here is your Thursday Winter Blog Blast Schedule:

David Mack at Chasing Ray: "The Kabuki volumes have always had children's literature as a theme that runs through them. The first volume is a retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Each of the characters in the story matches to a character in Carroll's world and each corresponds to a piece on the chess board."

Paul Volponi at The Ya Ya Yas: "I think my message to teens is that what they write is very important because it's real and from the source. I value what teens write. It doesn't matter to me if there are mistakes in it. I don't want to give it a grade. I wish kids would value there own writing and thoughts more than anyone's on radio, TV, or a library shelf. We're all part of the chain, and the things teens say and write are very important and worthy."

Elizabeth Knox at Shaken & Stirred: "I should say that while I'm wringing my hands about my planned horror novel or epic fantasy with zombies my tasteful husband is always encouraging me to write whatever I want to write."

Ellen Emerson White at A Chair, A Fireplace and A Tea Cozy: "It's very sad that so many starlet types in the public eye (especially a Lindsay Lohan, who is actually talented) are crashing and burning, but sometimes, I think they're so addicted to the fame and attention, that they're embracing the constant coverage and exposure, despite the fact that it mostly makes them look ridiculous. Even Andy Warhol might be flummoxed by today's media climate.

That said, I have to wonder where all of their parents are. A rich and famous teenager is still a teenager. It would be nice to see them get a little sensible, adult supervision."

Jack Gantos at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: "The Jack Henry stories are based on my life. I kept journals when I was young and wrote down the odds and ends of my days. I never threw my journals away, or lost them, and years later I pulled them off my shelf and reread them. Then I plucked out all the incidents and themes and characters and emotions which seemed to define my life and rewrote them."

David Levithan at Not Your Mother's Book Club: "I love not being in total control of the story and the characters, and having to take it one chapter at a time. The challenge, of course, is finding someone who shares your writing wavelength; with me and Rachel [Cohn], there was as much writing between the lines (hints and clues, dares and kudos) as there was in the lines itself. Sometimes we got what was between the lines… and other times we went off on our own tangents. Every time Rachel and I talk about our books, we find out something new about what the other person wrote."

Micol Ostow at Bildungsroman: "And the very best thing about grad school is how much I get to READ. As an editor, you're always drowning in manuscripts. But for school, I'm required to submit a monthly bibliography. So I'm finally getting to spend time curled up on the sofa with great YA. How is that "work?" But it is!"

Laura Amy Schlitz at Miss Erin: "I can think of three things I really love about being a writer (and a great many things I don't, but you didn't ask me that.) I love it when the story tells itself to me. I love it when the finished book comes out and I get to hold it in my hands. And I love it when a child reads my book and says, "That was the best book!� and I hear the italics around the word 'best'."

Kerry Madden at Hip Writer Mama: "I guess I want my own front porch. When I was stung by yellow jackets last summer in North Carolina, I was in pain but trying to mask it, and the woman at the Stop & Go who sold me Benedryl said, "Bless your heart." I almost burst into tears."

Sherman Alexie at Interactive Reader: "The simplest answer is this: the two funniest groups of people I've ever been around are Indians and Jews. And so there must be some inherent connection between genocide and humor. I haven't spent a lot of time around other genocided peoples, but I assume they're funny, too."


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