Wednesday, October 5

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 7. If you have not written a story for this week yet, that means today is Storytelling Day. I hope you will have fun with that! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

OU-Texas Weekend. For those of you who will be out of town for OU-Texas, you can finish up the Week 7 assignments before you leave. Since I probably won't be able to get the Week 6 Project assignments back to everybody in time to finish the Week 7 Project before Friday, I've extended the deadline for that assignment in Canvas: if you don't turn the Week 7 project in by the end of the weekend, you can turn that in any time during the day on Monday (i.e. the usual grace period or later during the day).

Wednesday Style. As an example of a style to experiment with, I thought OU Sports would be a good one to mention this week! Grant in Indian Epics did a Red River Rivalry story about Boomer and Bevo based on Arjuna and Karna in the Mahabharata: Radio Talk with Boomer. Maybe there will be some more Red River Ruvalry stories this week!

Project Stack. I've replied to all the assignments turned in on Saturday and Sunday morning, and I'm working through the Sunday afternoon assignments now. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. I'm guessing a lot of you can relate to this PhD Comics cartoon about the neurobiology of writing: how it's supposed to work and how it usually works.

Motivation. Oscar the Grouch has a positive message for all of us: Garbage Can!

Words from Mythology. The English word "colossus" is from the Greek "kolossos," as in the famous Colossus of Rhodes. Find out more at COLOSSAL.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Legends of Fire. Deep in the woods is a tavern, and sitting around a table in that tavern are four wild-looking men: dragon-hunters! Listen to the stories of what happened when they confronted mighty dragons all over the world, from Scotland to Turkey to India.

Free Book Online: Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time by Krishna Dharma. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a book made available online thanks to the generosity of the author and the creators of the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Add drop to drop, and there will be an ocean (a Polish proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. And it really is true: every ocean is made up of many, MANY, drops, one by one by one.

Today's Video: Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster. This is one of my all-time favorite stories told without words:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cats are ready to go: Life is a journey of learning. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be an LBGTQ Vigil starting at 7PM in the Unity Garden on the South Oval (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 5: World Teachers' Day. Today is World Teachers' Day. You can read more about this holiday honoring teachers at Wikipedia. There is also a website — World Teachers' Day — where you can find out about celebratory events in countries around the world.

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.