Thursday, April 2

Today is Thursday of WEEK 10 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that UNTIL NOON today 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. I've still got a few items left in the Storybook stack. You can check to make sure you assignment is in the stack here. If you turned something in on or before noon on Monday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in after noon on Monday or on Tuesday or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack. I'll do my best to get comments back to everybody by the end of the week; if you want to get comments back before the weekend, please turn your assignment in by Friday at noon. As always, if you want to get comments back sooner than later, turn in your Storybook before Sunday - if you turn something in on Sunday or later, it ends up in an awfully big stack of assignments and it takes me a few days to get through them all.

My Thursday schedule. Today, Thursday, is a day when I have some out-of-office appointments that will keep me away from my computer for at least part of the day. As a result, I may be more slow to answer your emails, but if you have a question about anything, send me an email, and I will get an answer to you by the end of the day on Thursday at the latest.

April 2: Hans Christian Andersen. Today, April 2, marks the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen in the year 1805. Some of you in the Myth-Folklore class may be reading Hans Christian Andersen's stories this week! You can find some background information about his life and career at the Myth-Folklore website or in this Wikipedia article. Andersen is probably most famous today for his story about "The Little Mermaid" - although his version is very different from the Disney film, which is only loosely based on Andersen's tale. Andersen is also the author of "The Princess and the Pea," "The Ugly Duckling" and many other wonderful stories. The image below is a photograph taken of Andersen in 1869; he died a few years later, in 1875, at the age of 70. You can read over one hundred of Andersen's stories in English at the website.