Tuesday, September 30

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6 of the class. For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 7 and 8 are also available! If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 6 Internet assignment available NOW. Now that Week 6 has begun, the Week 6 Internet assignment is also available - this week, you'll be commenting not just on some Storybook coverpages, but also reading some Introductions. You'll find detailed instructions at the Week 6 Internet assignment page - just like last week, you have two assigned Storybooks to read, and you can pick two of your own choice. If you want to go back to a Storybook you looked at last week and read the Introduction, that's great - or you can pick something totally new from the class list. It's up to you! You can complete this assignment any time during the week or over the weekend, if you prefer.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in before 11 AM on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Vivid storytelling - Jatayu's flight. Sara Pyle in the Indian Epics class has finished up a really excellent story that I wanted to share with everybody. I can't think of a better example that shows the power of third-person narration: there is vivid description, lots of action, dialogue, and the inner thoughts of the central character, the great bird Jatayu. If you are in search of a storytelling style to inspire you, this is definitely one you should look at: A Hero's Death: Jatayu.

September 30: Navaratri. Today marks the beginning of the autumn observance of the "Nine Nights" Festival (and ten days) which are dedicated in Hinduism to the worship of Devi, the goddess in all her forms, especially as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. There is a Navaratri festival in fall, and again in the spring. The date of Navaratri (also called Navratri) depends on the lunar calendar, and in 2008, the fall Navaratri begins on September 30. You can read more about the festival at Wikipedia and at About.com: Hinduism. Here is some Navaratrai wallpaper!