Saturday, January 24

Today is Saturday of Week 2. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you can do that this weekend — and if you missed them, here's a link to the announcements from Friday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Assignment Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your Storybook assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. I replied to all the project assignments turned in before Friday, and on Monday, I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Friday. To get comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment today — if you wait until Sunday to do that, you'll have a longer wait for comments back from me.

Proofreading. On Friday, I finished returning comments on all the proofreading assignments, so you should have received an email from me about that. I also replied to all the Introduction posts (I think). If you don't have proofreading comments back from me or if you don't see a comment from me on your Introduction post, let me know!

Working Ahead. For those of you who found yourselves doing the work for this class at the last minute and really scrambling last week as a result, I would urge you to work ahead this weekend, even if it means just getting a day or two ahead of the deadlines. The class will be so much easier to manage if you create a schedule that is really convenient for you, rather than having me set the deadlines. You might want to review this information to get some ideas about how to manage the class based on your own deadlines: Creating Your Own Class Schedule.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Literary Map of London. This amazing literary map of London was created by graphic artist Dex in collaboration with interior designer Anna Burles. Wow!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SWASTIKA, which is a Sanskrit word meaning "good-luck" (su-astika). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Blogging for Bad Guys. Even bad guys and gals — Kaikeyi, Ravana, Duryodhana and Karna — need to be part of a community, and so they use VPress to share their life's ups and downs in their blogs.

FREE eBook: Shri Krishna of Dwarka and Other Stories by C. A. Kincaid. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book; it's available online at Hathi Trust.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging (a proverb from the U.S.A.). Details at the Proverb Lab. Good advice for real holes and also metaphorical depths!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Dasaratha's Funeral. As you can see, he is being cremated on a funeral pyre.

January 24: Vasant Panchami. The 2015 celebration of the holiday of Vasant Panchami takes place today, January 24. This is a festival in honor of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, art, and music. You can find out more about the holiday at Wikipedia, and the image below shows the goddess being honored in Kolkata:

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.