Thursday, October 10

Today is Thursday of Week 8. Here is a link to the Week 8 assignments, along with a link to Week 9 if you want to get a head start on those assignments now.

Class Procedures and Reminders

My schedule today. I'll be out of the office again for part of the late morning and early afternoon, so I may not answer emails as quickly during that time, but I'll be able to get caught up answering any questions by the end of the day. (And thank you for your patience with all this; I've had a lot of unexpected eye doctor appointments that have really interfered with my usual schedule this semester... hopefully just a few more to go!)

Project Stack. If you turned in your project by noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now, and I'll keep working on the Sunday assignments today. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. (Plus everybody who is turning in a Week 8 project has comments now, so you can get that assignment done before OU-Texas weekend if you want/need to do that.)

Mix and match. I hope you are enjoying the chance this week to strategize about the second half of the semester, and I wanted to make sure you know that "all points are created equal" in terms of finishing up the class. You can do as much or as little extra credit as you want, focus more on your project or more on your blog posts, etc. And the same goes for deadlines; someone asked me to make all the deadlines be on Monday at noon. I cannot do that (too many people use the deadlines to pace their week), but YOU can do that. If you want to do all the work on the weekends (that's what I do myself), then each weekend you just need to finish the current week (Week 8 project, feedback, comments) and start the coming week (Week 9 reading and story). This class gives you every opportunity to create your own workflow and set your own deadlines. If you have any questions about how to make that work based on your own preferences, just let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. This is actually from the project stream, and it is Cate's Twine-based Storybook. She has the framework for the whole project in place here, and it's incredibly cool: The Cathartic Path. The Twine software she is using is something you can also use inside a blog post, so maybe you might want to try a Twine experiment for one of your blog post stories: Twine Tech Tips.

Twitter Stream. From the HarperCollins Twitter stream, I found two of my favorite Indian authors in conversation together at LitHub: Amitav Ghosh and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Amitav Ghosh has just published a new novel just out which I am hoping to read (devour!) this weekend: Gun Island.

Story of the Day. And here's a climate aetiology from African American folklore: Where the Hurricane Comes From. And for a Native American "why" story about the hurricane, check out Maci's Storybook: The Storm God Who Saved the Birds.

Storybooks. This is a climate Storybook from Indian Epics last year: Flood Stories.

Myth-Folklore Video. And more flood stories from Crash Course: Yu the Engineer and Flood Stories from China.

Indian Epics Today. The epic character for today is the extraordinary Amba, later reborn as Shikhandi, the woman whose actions are one of the most dramatic threads of the Mahabharata's plot. More about Amba, and here is a video about Shikhandi:

Myth-Folklore. And just for fun, another bit of myth and science from cartoonist Tom Gauld: Mythical Scientific Creatures.

H.E.A.R.T.. And here's a fun one from cartoonist Reza Farazmand: what if ghosts procrastinated?

Mindset Cats. Meanwhile, the mindset cat does not hesitate: I'm learning as I go.

HEART Video. I noticed some people had used the "radical candor" graphic in their blog posts this week, so I thought I would share this video: Radical Candor.

Event on Campus. Via Alby in Myth-Folklore, here's an announcement: There will be an OU Jazz Concert by the OU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30PM-9:30PM in Catlett's Sharp Concert Hall (details).

October 10: R. K. Narayan. Today, October 10, is the birthday of the Indian novelist R. K. Narayan, who was born in 1906 (he died in 2001). This name is familiar to those of you in the Indian Epics class, since you are reading Narayan's versions of both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Narayan was one of the most famous Indian novelists who wrote in English, and he was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature more than once although he did not win the award. You can find out more about Narayan's life and work in this Wikipedia article. The image montage below is from an article celebrating the centenary of Narayan's birth: 100 years of RK Narayan, The Master Storyteller.

Jon Winokur, a.k.a. Advice to Writers, recently featured a Narayan quote:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.