Wednesday, February 3

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 3 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 2 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit (the sooner you can get that turned in, the better). Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

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 before 9PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in after 9PM on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. It usually takes me most of the week to return all the Storybook assignments; the sooner you turn it in, the sooner you will get comments back.

Storybook comments. When I send you back comments about your Storybook assignment, my comments will be inserted into your assignment and marked with ==> to make them easy to find. Please make sure you read the comments, let me know if you have any questions, and SAVE THE EMAILS. For each Storybook assignment I return to you, the comments will be something you need in order to complete the next assignment. So, make sure you read the comments and that you refer back to that email again later when you move on to the next week's Storybook task.

Working ahead. As always, I would urge you to try to work ahead this Wednesday - instead of waiting until Thursday to do the blog posts that will be due tomorrow, go ahead and do them today! There is no benefit to putting it off, and if you can get even just a day or two ahead of schedule, you will find this class so much easier to manage, I promise. :-)

February 3: Setsubun. February 3 is a holiday in the Shinto calendar, the "Bean-Throwing Day," which is part of the spring festival season. You can read more about this holiday at Wikipedia... even if with all the snow, spring seems very far away right now! The image below shows the holiday bean-throwing at Kobe in Japan: