Tuesday, September 23

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5 of the class. The Week 5 Internet assignment is available starting today! For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 6 and 7 are also available. If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 5 Internet assignment available NOW. For the next eight weeks (Week 5 through Week 12), your Internet assignment will consist of reading people's Storybooks and leaving comments for them. This is an assignment that you cannot do early - but on the first day of each week, the Internet assignment becomes available, and you have the rest of the week to complete it. So, today, Tuesday, is the first day of Week 5, and the Internet assignment for Week 5 is available. I hope you will enjoy looking at other people's coverpages and giving them some feedback! Please take a look at the Week 5 Internet assignment page now to make sure your coverpage link and the link to your Comment Wall is correct; if there is a problem, you need to let me know as soon as possible so I can get that fixed.

The Ning Comment Wall. People will be leaving comments about your Storybook at the Ning Comment Wall which is part of your Profile page. In order to get your Profile page ready, I would strongly suggest that you make the latest activity and blog activity invisible, so that there will be more room on your Profile page for the Comment Wall. I have created a new Technology Tip so you can get extra credit for cleaning up your Ning Profile in order to make room for all the activity that will now start happening at your Comment Wall.

Storybook Stack. This week is probably the single biggest week for me in terms of the Storybook stack, and there is still a very large number of assignments waiting in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

September 23: Wilkie Collins. Today, September 23, marks the death in the year 1889 of the great English writer, Wilkie Collins. Although Collins is less well known today than his famous colleague and friend, Charles Dickens, he was a very popular writer, and his novels are the first modern mystery thrillers (they were called "sensation novels" at the time). You can read more about Wilkie Collins in this Wikipedia article. My favorite of his novels is The Woman in White: