Thursday, March 4

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.

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, most of 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 before you can do the Week 7 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! Although you cannot do the revision assignments until you get comments back from me, that does not need to stop you from adding another story to your Storybook if you want to get ahead.

New Responding groups. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around again this week, so you should find some new people to read and respond to when you do the blog responding assignment that opens up tomorrow, Friday. If somehow I've accidentally left anybody off the list, please let me know. This is done completely at random, so you may be in someone you have been in a group with before, or you may have all new people - that is the magic of randomness!

March 4: Khaled Hosseini. Today, March 4, marks the birthday in 1965 of the writer Khaled Hosseini who was born in Afghanistan and then emigrated to the United States in 1980, seeking political asylum. Although he is a medical doctor, Hosseini is best known for this first novel, The Kite Runner, and also for a second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. You can read more about his life and career in this Wikipedia article and at his official website. For those of you who are aspiring writers, you can watch a video at the website where Hosseini discusses about what it takes to become a writer. Happy birthday, Mr. Hosseini!