Monday, April 13

Today is Monday. Week 11 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Week 12 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. The Week 13 assignments are also available now, too! (Week 14 will be available tomorrow.)

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in - if the points you will be getting for the Storybook assignment(s) you have turned in will give you the points you need for your final grade in the class, let me know and I'll move you to the top of the stack. :-)

Overview of Week 12 and Week 13 Internet assignments. In Week 12, you will have your last assignment commenting on other people's Storybooks - it will be all free choice this time! That will be available for you tomorrow, Tuesday, when Week 12 starts. Then, for the Week 13 assignment (available on Tuesday, April 21), you will be voting on your favorite Storybooks for the semester. After you turn in your nominations, I'll set up a ballot so everybody can vote for the best Storybooks - it's not for a grade or anything, it's just for fun, and it gives the folks who have done really excellent work on their Storybooks a chance to get some well deserved recognition.

My schedule this week. This week, I will be out of town on Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17, with limited email access at best. So, if you want to get comments back on a Storybook assignment this week, please make sure you get your Storybook turned in on Monday or by Tuesday at noon. That way, I can return comments to you on Wednesday. You will still be able to turn in a late Week 11 assignment for partial credit on Wednesday or Thursday until noon as usual - but I will probably not be able to get comments back to you until next week. So, if you don't want to wait on comments back from me, make sure you get your Storybook assignment turned in today, Monday, or on Tuesday noon at the latest.

April 13: Seamus Heaney. Today is the birthday of the Irish writer Seamus Heaney, one of the world's great poets and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Happy birthday, Seamus Heaney! Some of you might be especially interested in the fact that he has done a version of the Beowulf poem! He's also written a play, A Cure at Troy, based on the ancient Greek tragedy Philoctetes by Sophocles. I am especially fond of his adaptation of the Laments of Jan Kochanowksi, a Renaissance Polish poet. You can read about his life and career in this Wikipedia article.