Wednesday, March 31

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 10 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Week 10 Internet assignment: Extra credit option. The Week 10 Internet assignment is available now and in addition to the usual task of reading three Storybooks and commenting on them, there is an additional "extra credit" option where you can read three more Storybooks and comment on them for an additional 6 points. Somebody suggested that I add this option for the next few weeks so that you have more of a chance to read all the Storybooks in your class, and that seemed like a good idea to me! So, in Week 10, and also in Week 11 and Week 12, you have the option of doubling up and reading more Storybooks for extra credit if you want.

Storybook Stack
. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, 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.

My Wednesday schedule. I do most of my work during regular business hours on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, while scheduling my out-of-office commitments on Wednesdays. This Wednesday, I'll be away for part of the day, but I should be back in the afternoon and available to answer any email questions sometime in the afternoon.

March 31: Charlotte Bronte. Today marks the anniversary of the death of Charlotte Bronte in the year 1855. Charlotte Bronte was one of the famous "Bronte sisters" - Charlotte is famous for having written the novel Jane Eyre, while her sister Emily is the author of Wuthering Heights. You can read more about Charlotte Bronte in this Wikipedia article, and you can read Jane Eyre online at Project Gutenberg. Meanwhile, for a modern take on Jane Eyre, I highly recommend Jasper Fforde's ingenious novel, The Eyre Affair, which is set in an alternate universe that allows characters to travel back and forth between the real world and the fictional worlds of books, including Jane Eyre. It's a wonderful blend of 19th-century novels and contemporary science fiction - very weird and very entertaining!