Wednesday, March 26

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 10. 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 did not finish the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

My Wednesday schedule. There's going to be some utility work being done on my street today, so I may not have Internet access during the day. If I am slow to respond to emails, that's why — but I'll be able to get back to you when I get back online.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something before Friday of Spring Break, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Friday, over the weekend, or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Friday drop deadline. This Friday, March 28, is the last day to drop a class with an automatic grade of W on your transcript. So, for any of you who are really having trouble keeping up, please take note of this deadline. If you have any questions about this, make sure you contact me either on Wednesday or Thursday so I'll have time to answer your questions before the Friday deadline.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Elephants of Typography. Grant Snider's poster puts the elephants into the elements of typography! :-)

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is suttee, which is the name of the goddess Sati, wife of Shiva. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Rakshasas. Chelsea's Storybook for Myth-Folklore this semester takes on a topic that will be familiar to everybody in Indian Epics: the Rakshasa demons of Hindu legend!

FREE Kindle eBook: The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. All the Andrew Lang Fairy Books are full of delights; one of my favorite stories in this book is the Russian tale of Koschchei the Deathless.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Weeds spring up where we do not sow them (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a saying among the Kashmiri people, although weeds do grow up everywhere - not just in Kashmir!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image shows The Death of Bhishma, as depicted in the Mughal Razmnama, "The Book of War," commissioned by the Emperor Akbar in the 16th century.

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be Waffles for Writers in the OU Writing Center, 9AM-11AM - drop by and enjoy! (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.