I just want to send out a brief note of encouragement to keep me in the loop about the writing projects you are thinking about doing for this course. As you know you had different options (the standard long seminar paper, conference papers, or a series of shorter papers, or for that matter a combination). A few of you have updated me on your plans, but for me it'd be desirable to hear from more of you (in fact, from all of you). Think of me as someone to bounce ideas off of, no matter what you're working on; I may or may not have something to say that might help you deciding on or developing an already ongoing project. In any case I don't think you've got anything to lose by keeping me in the loop.
If I don't see you before the break--have a great one!