Thursday, November 6

Today is Thursday of WEEK 11 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 10 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. For those of you in Myth-Folklore or World Lit, Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday. (Indian Epics has no Wednesday assignments, so there is no Thursday morning grace period.)

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 on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later than Sunday (on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday), 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.

Final Storybook assignments. (repeat announcement) For those of you who have been working ahead on your Storybooks, I wanted to let you know that in addition to the Week 13 assignment, I have also made the Week 14 and Week 15 Storybook assignment instructions available now, too. These are all revision assignments and you may find that they go quite quickly for you, so if you want to finish up your Storybook now in order to get those points recorded in the Gradebook, please feel free to work more than the usual two weeks ahead.

Grading and the end of the semester. Please make sure you read Monday's announcements, if you have not done so already - you will find important information there about grading in this class, along with information about the end of the semester and about Thanksgiving break.

Michael Crichton. The death of the American author Michael Crichton was announced widely in the news services yesterday; he died of cancer on November 4, at the age of 66. Crichton was a prolific novelist and was also involved in television and movie production. You can read more about Crichton's life and career in this Wikipedia article. I'm a big fan of science fiction, and Michael Crichton was the author of two of my favorite science fiction novels: The Andromeda Strain and Sphere. He has left behind a great legacy. Here are the covers of some of his books: