Wednesday, November 6

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 12. If you have not turned in your Week 11 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.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook stack. There are still quite a few assignments in the Storybook stack. If you turned in your assignment by 5PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. Assignments turned in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday are probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment.

D2L Email. One of the results of the D2L upgrade this weekend is that I have had to change completely the way I send out reminders about the grace period and other automated emails. I hope you are still receiving the emails! If they look somewhat different, it's because of the changes in the D2L email tool.

Saving Your Ning Blog. (repeat announcement) The class Ning will not be available after the end of the semester. That is because I have to pay for the Ning out of pocket and it has a maximum of appx. 100 students, which means I have to clear it out at the end of every semester.  If, however, you create your own writing portfolio, you can copy your best Ning blog posts in your portfolio. You can use Google's Blogger to create your own writing portfolio online, or you can create a new GoogleSite and/or you can use GoogleDocs to publish research papers and other long writing samples online. Having your own writing portfolio is a great way to document your best work in college! A portfolio can provide something both more personal and more tangible to go along with your resume, GPA, and transcript, showcasing your work in a more memorable way.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: George Orwell's Rules of Writing. Here is some famous writing advice from George Orwell, one of my favorite writers. A very good rule: "Never use a long word where a short one will do."

Featured Storybook: A Journal of Three Voyages to Utopia. You've probably heard the word utopia before, and in Susanna's wonderful Storybook you can see what very different kinds of places that word can describe!

FREE Kindle eBook: More English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the follow-up volume to the collection of English fairy tales in Monday's announcements.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Another's pain is without meaning; only the one who suffers it knows what it is like (a Kashmiri proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I was really glad when I found this image at Flickr; I thought it suited the words of the proverb perfectly.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Damayanti and Nala. This is the fateful moment when Nala is about to abandon Damayanti in the forest.

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be a free advance screening of Mark Wahlberg's new movie, Lone Survivor, at 7:30 in Meacham - it won't be in theaters until January, but you can see the film on campus tonight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.