Tuesday, September 2

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 3. Because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, there is a grace period this morning for the final Week 2 assignments, and you also have the usual Monday and Tuesday Week 3 assignments due today (Reading A and Reading B).

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment over the long weekend, please check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I'll be working through those assignments in the order they were turned in. As you will see each week, the Stack is quite large, and it usually takes me until Thursday or Friday to reply to everyone. To get comments back sooner rather than later, don't wait until the due date to turn in your assignment! Before you go on to the next Storybook assignment, please wait until you get comments back from me, and I promise to do that by the end of the week.

Reading Diaries. As you move on to your Reading Diary for Week 3, I want to urge everyone to take a look back at the assignment instructions so that you can think about the best strategy for your style of taking notes: Myth-Folklore Diaries - Indian Epics Diaries. You don't need to do a plot summary, for example, and you really can focus on what you find more valuable, important, interesting, your favorite things in the reading; you don't have to cover everything. You can always go back and check the plot details later, and what you need to capture in your Diary is the experience of reading — all those thoughts, feelings, and ideas that you have while reading which you might not remember unless you write them down!

D2L Emails. I was surprised to find out that D2L is apparently sending out Gradebook emails when I open up and update the Storybook item in the Gradebook. That's the only Gradebook item that I update; all the other Gradebook items come from your Declarations. I'm still trying to figure out what is going on with those D2L emails, and I'll let you know what I find out. Meanwhile, if you have received comments back from me on a Storybook assignment, you should have points in the Gradebook. If I sent you back comments and you do not see points in the Gradebook, let me know! (D2L was just being downright weird this weekend; hopefully it will be better behaved this week.)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Writer's Block. I think you all know this feeling, waiting for those ideas to load! :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TUESDAY, which we get from the Germanic god Tiw. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of Gothic Creatures. This Storybook begins with stories around the campfire, but the campers begin to disappear, one by one . . . until the horrifying revelation in the final story.

FREE Kindle eBook: Forbidden Gospels and Epistles by William Wake. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This book contains a wide variety of apocryphal Biblical literature, including Infancy Gospels, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, and the marvelous Shepherd of Hermas.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman? (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb was famously invoked by the radical English priest John Ball, a leader of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ravana and Jatayu. Ravana slays the brave bird as he abducts Sita; in the upper right, you can see also Sita dropping her jewelry where it will be found by the monkeys below.

TEDxOU. From the Introduction posts, I learned that Jake Morgan (Myth-Folklore) did a TedxOU presentation with his friend, Neal Walla: Understanding Mental Illness Through Empathetic Storytelling, and you can see the talk at YouTube. Plus, there is a Facebook page where you can find out more and share your story: Open Heart, Open Mind — OU. I really appreciate Jake sharing this, and if any of you have announcements, events, projects, etc. that you would like me to share via the Class Announcements here, just let me know!

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.