Monday, April 6

Today is Monday. Week 10 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 11 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. The Week 12 assignments are also available now, too! (Week 13 will be available starting tomorrow, on Tuesday.)

Grading and points. Quite a few people have been asking me about the points and grading, so let me refer you again to this Grading Information page. In short, you need 410 to get an A, 360 points to get a B, and 320 points to get a C. When you get the number of points you need, you are done! It is fine with me if you decide to stop doing work for the class whenever you have the grade you want to receive (many of you are taking this class for Gen. Ed. requirements, which means you just need a C to get graduation credit). My only request is that you please let me know when you are done so I can adjust the comment assignments accordingly!

Mix and match points. Now that there are just five weeks of the semester left, you might want to plan to do some "mix and match" in terms of just which assignments you want to complete this semester to get the points you need for the grade you want to get. So, based on the assignments you enjoy most/least in the class, you can certainly skip some assignments, provided that you end up with the points you need at the end. My only recommendation is that you do this cautiously. You don't want to skip so many assignments that you end up not getting the points you need for your desired grade.

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. As usual, I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in. Although you need to wait on my comments on your new stories before you do the Week 11 (revision) assignment, you can go ahead now to the Week 12 assignment (final new story) if you want to be working ahead.

April 6: Gustave Moreau. Today, April 16, marks the birthday of the great French painter, Gustave Moreau, in the year 1826. He is famous for his paintings on subjects taken from classical mythology, and you can read about his life and works in this Wikipedia article. One of his most famous paintings shows Oedipus and the Sphinx: