Wednesday, September 17

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 5. If you have not turned in your Week 4 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 Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Designing Your Class Schedule. Thanks to a question from someone in Myth-Folklore, I've drawn up some sample class schedules that show exactly how you can arrange this class like a M-W-F- class OR like a T-Th class OR a weekend class. There are other possibilities, too, of course — the options are really unlimited. As I've mentioned before, I would encourage everyone to come up with their own schedule since it's unlikely that the daily deadlines are going to align with your existing commitments. Hopefully these examples will give you some specific ideas about how to do that!

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment by Sunday at 5PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Vonnegut's Eight Tips on How to Write a Great Story. Here's a blog post with the YouTube video plus a list of the tips.

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are ALTAR and ALTER. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: To Sumitra, With Love. You might know Sumitra as one of the wives of King Dasaratha, but in this Storybook you will see a different side of her, reading the letters sent to young Sumitra by her father, a great warrior and adventurer who traveled all over ancient India.

FREE Kindle eBook: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of this book and its hero — the most famous mongoose in world literature!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Not even Apollo keeps his bow always at full stretch (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The idea is that instead of being tense all the time, you need to relax at least once in a while. The Latin original is: Non semper arcum tendit Apollo.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ravana and Maricha, as Ravana compels Maricha to help him arrange Sita's abduction.

Wednesday Event on Campus: Yummmmm! It is "Waffles for Writers" at the OU Writing Center, 280 Wagner, from 9AM - 11AM (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, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.