Wednesday, October 22

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 9 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Spring 2009 enrollment. Next month, Spring 2009 enrollment will begin. Because of the limited number of online classes, these courses tend to fill up really quickly. If you are interested in taking another online course with me in Spring, I'll be glad to save a place for you - just let me know by next Wednesday (October 29), so that I reserve a place for you before enrollment gets underway. If you have friends who are interested in taking any of these online courses, let them know to fill out the waiting list form as soon as possible - there's an online waiting list form at each class website: World Literature, Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics.

Storybook Stack. There are still quite a few Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in before 8PM on Sunay, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, 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.

October 22: Doris Lessing. Today, October 22, is the birthday of the great British author, Doris Lessing, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007. You can read more about Doris Lessing's life and career in this Wikipedia article. This summer I read Lessing's novel Shikasta, which is one of the greatest science fiction novels I have ever read - if you are a science fiction fan, or interested in political literature (like Orwell's 1984, for example), it's a book I recommend most highly! Here's a recent photo of Lessing when she learned she had won the Nobel Prize. Happy birthday, Doris Lessing!