Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 8! The Week 8 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 8 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon. Have a great weekend!

IMPORTANT NOTE: IT Maintenance. On the third Sunday of every month, IT does maintenance on its servers. There will be a maintenance window this Sunday, October 19. This often causes service outages, which may affect you if you are trying to publish webpages at that time. The maintenance window is in the morning, and the maintenance should be completed before noon on Sunday. For specific information and updates, see the IT Alerts page at (this is also a good page to check if you are experiencing problems with Desire2Learn, email, or other IT services).

Writing - Revising. Most of you are about to add your second story to your Storybook (the Week 8 Storybook assignment). The pattern of the last two weeks - writing, then revising - will repeat for the next six weeks of the semester. In Week 8, Week 10, and Week 12, you will be adding new stories to your Storybook. In Week 9, Week 11, and Week 13, you will be revising, along with some final revision assignments to complete your project in Week 14 and Week 15. I know that for many of you having to do all this revising is something unfamiliar, since in many university courses there is not a lot of emphasis on revising. By including revision - lots of revision - as part of the writing process, I hope everybody will wind up with something they can be really proud of by the end of the semester.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in this week, and my goal is to return comments to you before the weekend for any assignment submitted before noon on Friday. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

FRIDAY: OU Library Book Sale. For information about the Library Book Sale that is taking place this Friday, see the previous announcement.

October 18: Veerappan. Friday, October 18, in 2004 marks the death of Veerappan, the famou Indian bandit and smuggler whose outlaw exploits made him a kind of modern-day "Robin Hood. You can read more about his life and outlaw career in this Wikipedia article. Veerappan was famous for his dramatic moustache, as you can see in this sand sculpture created by Sudarsan Patnaik, an internationally famous sand artist: