Wednesday, February 11

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 5. If you have not turned in your Week 4 Project assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit, and Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Tuesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the enormous stack of Project assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday before 2PM, 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, waiting for me to get to it. To check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Please wait to get my comments before you go on to the next Project assignment — although you can certainly keep working ahead on other assignments in the class! The Project assignment is the only item each week where you need to wait for my comments back to you.

Your announcements(repeat announcement) If you are involved in any campus or local event that you would like me to include in the announcements, please let me know — I will be glad to do that! Send an email with details, along with a link to additional information online and/or a publicity poster. There is so much going on that does not show up in the OU Calendar, so I'm glad to know about any good events coming up that might be of interest to people in these classes!

You really can call me Laura! (repeat announcement) As I mentioned before, you really can call me Laura. No need to be formal and call me Dr. Gibbs, and since I'm not a professor, that title is actually not correct (more about that here). In any case, since I'm on a first-name basis with all of you, please do the same and just call me Laura! :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Story Resource: The Periodic Table of Storytelling. With the help of this periodic table, you will never ... NEVER ... run out of storytelling ideas! See a dynamic, full-sized view of the table here: The Periodic Table of Storytelling. Each element in the table at this dynamic version is linked to the corresponding page at the TVTropes website.

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

Featured Storybook: Gossip Girl: The Dirt on Hawaii's Elite. Gossip Girl dishes the dirt on Hawaii's kings and princes, queens and princesses, celebrities whose love lives are full of every scandal you can imagine.

FREE eBook: Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan by Toru Dutt. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book; it includes the story of Savitri, for example, and also the story of Sita.

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. In other words, you need to relax 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 convinces Maricha to aid him in abducting Sita.

Wednesday Event on Campus: As part of the International Student Speakers Bureau: Beyond OUr Borders, Keren Liu will be speaking about China in Bizzell, HCLC Room LL118, at 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.