Monday, April 20

Today is Monday. Week 12 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 13 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. The Week 14 assignments are also available now, too! (Week 15 will be available tomorrow.)

NOTE: For the availability of the upcoming Internet assignments in Week 13 and Week 14, please read the notes below!

Week 13 Internet assignment. The Week 13 Internet assignment is available NOW. I hope you will find this a fun assignment: you will be nominating your favorite Storybooks from the semester. After everyone has turned in their nominations (the assignment is due by the end of Week 13), I'll prepare a ballot on Monday April 27 with the Storybooks that get the most nominations, and you'll be able to vote on the best ones - the voting is not for a grade, but just for fun, as a way to give the people who worked really hard on their Storybooks some well-deserved recognition.

Week 14 Internet assignment. For the Week 14 Internet assignment, you will be logging on to the course evaluation system online. As soon as the online course evaluation form is made available by the College of Arts & Sciences, I will let you know. The Week 14 Internet assignment will not be available until that online course evaluation becomes available; I'll keep you posted based on what I learn about when that will be.

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 - starting with the assignment turned in on Wednesday-Thursday-Friday of last week, and then moving on to the assignments turned in over the weekend. I'll keep you posted about my progress as usual.

April 20: Bram Stoker. April 20 marks the death in the year 1912 of the Irish novelist Bram Stoker who is, of course, most famous for his invention of the modern literary figure of Count Dracula, published in 1897. Stoker's Count Dracula has in turn given rise to a whole genre of vampire fiction including the recent Twilight series of novels by Stephanie Meyer. You can read more about Stoker's life and career in this Wikipedia article. Stoker's Dracula has inspired many later novels, films and even comic books, but I will confess that my favorite Dracula is Count von Count of the Muppets! :-)