Thursday, October 9 - Sunday, October 12

OU-TEXAS Weekend. This Friday is treated as an unofficial school holiday, and I know many of you will be out of town for the OU-Texas football game. Because there are no assignments due on Friday, I have not made any adjustments to the schedule because of the football weekend. If possible, you should work ahead and finish all your Week 7 assignments before leaving town, or else you need to be sure to finish the assignments during the usual Monday morning grace period. I will not be posting any new announcements here on Friday - the next new class announcement will be on Monday morning. For those of you traveling this weekend: have fun and be safe! Go Sooners!

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in, 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. For the Week 7 Storybook assignment, you need to wait until you get comments back on Week 6 - but if you want to keep working ahead, go on to the Week 8 assignment, adding a new story to your Storybook. Even if you are still waiting on comments back on your Week 6 assignment, please feel free to go ahead and start work on the Week 8 assignment and turn that in early.

Writing Center.
For those of you who are finding it difficult to proofread your own writing, the Writing Center is the place to go for help. Whether you are struggling with the overall organization of your writing (finding a focus, working with paragraphs), or whether you have questions about writing mechanics (especially punctuation), the tutors at the Writing Center can help. For hours and services, visit the Writing Center website. You can even schedule an appointment online! The Writing Center is there to help with the writing assignments you have in this class, as well as any writing assignments you will have in your other classes, too.

FRIDAY: Desire2Learn maintenance. (Repeat announcement.) On Friday, October 10, from 7AM until 9:30AM the Desire2Learn website will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on the system. For more details, see the previous announcement.

October 10: R.K. Narayan. Friday, October 10, is the birthday of the Indian novelist R.K. Narayan, who was born in 1906 and who died in 2001. This name is familiar to those of you in the Indian Epics class, since you are reading Narayan's versions of both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Narayan was one of the most famous Indian novelists who wrote in English, and he was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature more than once, although he did not win the award. You can find out more about Narayan's life and work in this Wikipedia article. The image montage below is from an article celebrating the centenary of Narayan's birth: 100 years of RK Narayan, The Master Storyteller.