Wednesday, November 30

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 14. If you have not written a story for this week yet, that means today is Storytelling Day... the last Storytelling Day of the semester (because Week 15 is a review week). I hope you will have fun with that! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

My schedule today. I may be away from my office for part of today, so if you send me an email and don't hear back as quickly as usual, don't worry: I'll get back to you as soon as I get back online, and I'll be sure to catch up on any pending questions by the end of the day.

Project Stack. If you turned in something before Saturday at 6PM, you should have comments back from me. Today I should be able to finish the Saturday assignments and get to work on the projects turned in on Sunday. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Library job opening. I wanted to share this information from the OU Libraries about a student job opening for the Spring semester to help develop "Open Educational Resources" (OERs) for OU courses. You can find out more here: OU OpenEd. I am personally a very big fan of this OU-OER project since they bought the comic books and graphic novels that some of you have been reading on Reserve in Bizzell for the Indian Epics class.

Wednesday Style: Story-as-Song. If you are looking for something new to try in your final storytelling blog post of the semester, maybe you will want to add some YouTube music to your story... or, if you are feeling inspired, you might even tell your story in the form of a song! To see what that is like, take a look at what Ashley did here, telling a version of Cinderella (the English version known as "Tattercoats") with lyrics set to RaeLynn's song "Love Triangle" — and you can listen to the music right there in the blog post: All Alone.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. Some words of wisdom from the novelist Isabel Allende about how the key to finding inspiration as a writer is to show up and write!

Wisdom. Since I shared some C.S. Lewis yesterday, I thought I would share these words from J.R.R. Tolkien today, as spoken by Gandalf.

Words from Mythology. Today's word comes from Greek mythology: CHAOS.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Lost in the Woods: A Search Party in Peril. A young woman has gone missing in the woods, and her friends are determined to find out what has happened to her. They spread out into four separate search parties, facing the darkness with only flashlights — and stories — to help them find their way.

Free Book Online: The Mahabharata translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is the WHOLE Mahabharata, translated from Sanskrit into English. I own a printed copy of Ganguli's translation, and it takes up about half a bookshelf: two million words, more or less. And thanks to the power of the Internet, you can now find the whole thing online for free:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The seagull sees furthest who flies highest (a French proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I thought this lovely seagull would be a good follow-up to yesterday's rooster:

Today's Video: Brené Brown on Empathy. This is a wonderful RSA presentation of Brené Brown's work; she is a professor at the University of Houston's College of Social Work, and you can find out more about her work at Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat needs room to grow: I need space to question and to explore. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Come enjoy Persian Poetry Night from 6PM-8PM in the Farzaneh Hall Lounge (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 30: Mark Twain. Today, November 30, marks the birthday of Mark Twain in the year 1835. My favorite of Twain's books is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which you can read for free online. The image below shows Twain accepting an honorary degree at Oxford University in 1907:

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