Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 9! The Week 9 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 9 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon.

Week 9 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) The Week 9 Internet assignment is available now! For this week's assignments, you will have three free choices - one Storybook you have not visited before, and two you have visited before, all your free choice. Just like last week, there needs to be a new story for you to read - most people already have two stories now at their Storybook, so hopefully you will find a story to read even at the Storybooks you have visited already and which you wanted to re-visit.

October 21: Jack Kerouac. Friday, October 21, marks the death in 1969 of Jack Kerouac, the great American novelist of the "Beat" generation of writers. You can read more about Kerouac's life and career in this Wikipedia article. He is most famous for his novel On the Road, which he wrote in a burst of inspiration during the month of April in 1951. In order to keep pace with his writing style, he taped pieces of paper together in a continuous roll of paper that was 120 feet long which he could then feed into the typewriter without having to stop to put new pages into the typewriter. Just imagine what he could have done with a word processor, eh? The actual roll of paper has been preserved; here is the start of the novel at the top of the roll (click here for a larger view - and you can also see a display of the scroll rolled out):

Storybook Week 9 and Week 10. For the Week 9 Storybook assignment this week, most of you are turning in a revision assignment. Then, for Week 10, you will be turning in a new story. Remember that you do not need my comments on your Week 9 revisions before you start writing your new story - so don't let that hold you up! You can add your next story this weekend, too, if you want. My only request is that you turn in only one Storybook assignment at a time (otherwise, we will both get confused). If you get your next story published, you will have it all ready to turn in as soon as I get comments back to you about your revision assignment.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in this week. If you turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment on time, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in a late Week 8 assignment, or an early Week 9 or Week 10 assignment, it might still be in the stack. In order to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. I will do my best to get comments back to any assignment that is turned in before 8AM on Friday. If you turn in something after 8AM on Friday, it will go into the stack for Monday.

Grading. For those of you who did not see the Tuesday announcements, check there for information about the number of points remaining the semester so that you can plan out your strategy for the rest of the semester for this class.

Friday Events on Campus. The OU Libraries' Book Sale will be open from 10AM-4PM on the Bizzell Library sidewalk - get there early for the best selection! The sale is open from 10AM-1PM to members of the OU community only; from 1PM-4PM it is open to the general public (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Friday at the Campus Calendar online.