Wednesday, August 22

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 1 of class. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday. Please make sure you finish all the Tuesday assignments during the grace period. The Orientation Week assignments are REQUIRED if you want to remain in the class.

Class announcements. You should be reading the class announcements every day. If you did not read the Tuesday announcements, please make sure you do that now: Tuesday announcements. There was important information in the Tuesday announcements that will be helpful as you complete your various assignments for this week.

Wednesday assignments. You have assignments due today, Wednesday, that will get you ready for the creative kinds of story re-telling you will be doing in this class. Please make sure you complete Wednesday's assignments today; these first week assignments are mandatory and must be completed if you want to remain in the class.

Your announcements for the class. If you are involved in campus activities that you want me to publicize, please let me know. I'll be glad to include them here in the class announcements! Send me specific information about day-time-location, and also a link to a webpage or any additional online information you have about the group or activity.

Writing Tip Wednesday. Each Wednesday, I will share some writing tips or online writing resource... and I wanted to start the semester with some writing tips from Neil Gaiman, who just happens to be one of my favorite writers: Neil Gaiman: 8 Good Writing Practices. His first tip is a very simple one, and it basically expresses the philosophy of this class in a single word: 1. Write.

Wednesday Events on Campus. As part of "Have You Met Fred?" series of events at the Fred Jones Art Museum, there will be a student mixer from 5PM-7PM, with live music, door prizes and tacos - come have fun and learn about the student organizations that are part of OU's School of Art (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 22: Ray Bradbury. Today marks the birthday of the great American writer, Ray Bradbury, who was born on this day in 1920; sadly, he died earlier this year... but wouldn't it have been great if he could have lived to see Curiosity landing on Mars! Over the summer, I re-read his book The Martian Chronicles and was amazed by the wild creativity of the stories - I don't think I had read the book since junior high school, and I am so glad to have reacquainted myself with it. What an imagination that man had! Here is the cover of the first edition of the book as published in 1950: