Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 8! The Week 8 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 8 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon. Have a great weekend!

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in this week. Since I was out of the office for much of the day on Thursday, I have a lot to get through on Friday! My goal as always is to return comments to you before the weekend for any assignment submitted by 8AM on Friday. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Writing - Revising. For those of you on the regular Storybook schedule, you will be adding your second story to your Storybook for Week 8. The pattern of the last four weeks - writing, then revising - will repeat for the next six weeks of the semester. In Week 8, Week 10, and Week 12, you will be adding new stories to your Storybook. In Week 9, Week 11, and Week 13, you will be revising, along with some final revision assignments to complete your project in Week 14 and Week 15. Those of you on the alternate schedule will also be writing and revising, but in different weeks. I know that for many of you having to do all this revising is something unfamiliar, since in many university courses there is not a lot of emphasis on revising. By including revision - lots of revision - as part of the writing process, I hope everybody will wind up with something they can be really proud of by the end of the semester!

Friday Events on Campus. The Irish playwright Marina Carr will be giving the 2012 Puterbaugh Keynote speech in Meacham Auditorium at 10:30 AM - but show up at 10AM if you can, because they will be presenting some scenes from her play, By the Bog of Cats, beforehand (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Sunday, March 11: Douglas Adams. This Sunday, March 11, marks the birthday of Douglas Adams, one of my most beloved writers, who was born in 1952 and who, sadly, left this world in 2001. Adams is most famous as the creator of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and his two books about the detective Dirk Gently are also delightful. Happy birthday to you, Douglas Adams, wherever in the galaxy you now may be!