Thursday, January 15

Today is Thursday of Orientation Week. Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Wednesday, and you also have some assignments due today. It's important to complete all the Orientation Week assignments if you will be remaining in the class. (There are no assignments due on Friday; you can decide if you want to do the final assignments of the week on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday based on what is best suits your schedule).

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog Comments. Thanks so much to everybody for getting your blogs up and running: it is pretty amazing to see how that is all coming together — wow! This afternoon, I'll be setting up the blog groups and the instructions you need for the blog commenting assignment. I can't do that until after noon, giving people a chance to finish publishing their Storytelling and Introduction posts during the grace period if needed. I'll get the blog groups set up by the end of the day, and I'll update these announcements when they're ready. That way, you can do the blog commenting tonight if you want!
Update: The blog commenting assignment is available now! :-)

Proofreading/Storybook Stack. Some of you have already turned in the Proofreading assignment that is due at the end of this week, and some people are already doing Storybook assignments for Week 2 and even Week 3 now, which is great! Those are assignments that you send to me via email, and I then write you back with comments. My goal is to get those returned to you the day after you turn them in, depending on how many assignments there are in the stack (if you wait until the deadline to turn in the assignment, that means you'll end up waiting longer for my comments back). You can check to make sure I received your assignment here: The Stack. Email is not always 100% reliable, but this way you can check to make sure I've got your assignment because you will see your name in the Stack, and then when your name disappears, that means I've sent you the comments. I'll include a link to the Stack in each day's announcements from here on out.

Twitter Stream. I also want to call everybody's attention to the Twitter stream for this class: OnlineMythIndia. You can see the latest items from this stream in the sidebar of the announcements, and you can also visit the Twitter page directly. I'm a big fan of Twitter for sharing news, links, and images. Since I'm online 9 to 5 every day for this job, I'm always finding things to share online, and you might find something there of interest to you!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Storytelling: Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling. You will find a lot of great storytelling ideas here on this list of storytelling strategies from Emma Coates of Pixar: Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.

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

Featured Storybook: Indian Horror Story: Tales of the Lingering Souls. This haunted house was owned by a mysterious man named Yash, and his eerie portrait has presided over a series of grisly deaths that echo the episodes of the ancient epics.

FREE eBook: The Golden Fleece and Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book: it is full of marvelous stories from Greek mythology.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A penny saved is a penny earned (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. True for money, and true for time too!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Hanuman. One of the most famous depictions of Hanuman, the monkey-god devoted to Rama and Sita, shows him opening his heart so that we can see Rama and Sita dwelling there.

Thursday Event on Campus: From 6PM to 10PM at the Huff tonight you can buy a FIT Pass for just $40, a discount off the regular price of $55 (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.