Thursday, October 8

Today is Thursday of WEEK 7 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit; please make sure you get it turned in by noon today at the latest. 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.

Grades and Points. If you did not read Tuesday's announcements, please see the note there about the university's mid-term grade reports.

Week 7 Internet assignment. If you did not read Tuesday's announcements, please read that; the instructions for this week are somewhat different from last week since you will be reading the Introduction AND a story at the Storybooks you comment on this week.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Storybook Week 7 and Week 8. For Week 7, you will be doing revisions to your first story, so that means you you need to wait until you get my comments back on your Week 6 assignment - but if you want to work again, go ahead and add the next story to your Storybook and turn in the Week 8 assignment early, adding your second story to your Storybook. Meanwhile, if you want to turn in an assignment early and get comments back before the weekend, make sure you turn it in by Friday at noon. I always do my best to get comments back to you before the weekend if you turn something in by noon on Friday.

October 8: Frank Herbert. Today marks the birthday of the science fiction writer Frank Herbert in 1920 (Herbert died in 1986). His novel, Dune, published in 1965, is one of the most popular science fiction novels ever written. Herbert himself wrote five sequels to the novel, with further volumes added by Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, using notes left by his father at his death. Below is a cover for one of the paperback editions of Dune, showing one of the mighty sandworms!