“Stop spinning my maid without my permission”: Thoughts on GJ-bu


I gotta put this on my “watch some time” list.

Originally posted on Medieval Otaku:

Ever since reading Marow’s opinion on GJ-bu, my interest in watching this show has been aroused.  Having finished it, I find myself in the curious situation of having loved this show but not knowing how to praise it.  Taking a lighthearted look at the foibles of human nature stands as the show’s best point.  After all, the club does not have a goal besides hanging out.  Shion plays online chess, Megumi makes tea and cake, Kirara eats meat, Tama waits for food which never makes her gain weight, and Kyoro–the only male in the club–reads manga as he awaits the president to bully him–or bite him for that matter.


My predilections lean toward shows rich in character, and GJ-bu excels at making interesting and memorable characters even if they don’t do much.  (As you note, I only forgot one character’s name, and that’s because everyone is always called her

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Patterico’s Pontifications » Let Common Sense Prevail

“We began to see pictures that actually show that perhaps there was probable cause for the stop. There was provable cause for the detention,” he said. “You must have your facts. You can’t rush to judgment. If you do that, you have no credibility.”

He hopes it’s a lesson learned for others.

“It’s like crying wolf,” he said. “After awhile, it has no meaning.”

Several comments left on Watts’s Facebook page pointed out the obvious:

“I’m black, but the latest audio that was released proved to MANY people that this Danielle Watts actress is a calculating, attention seeking DIVA who refused to cooperate,” wrote Jordan Dermont. “The cop was doing his job, was professional AND WAS VERY POLITE!”

via Patterico’s Pontifications » Let Common Sense Prevail.

Looks more and more like a “look at me” stunt.

I’m proud to be an American – American Soldier Tribute – YouTube

I was in Navy boot camp.

One of the girls came back talking about what she’d seen on the TV in the dentist office; we thought they were screwing with us, but that got pretty quickly dispelled.

The head of our division didn’t want us to be told about it at all. AT2 ignored him. We failed our uniform inspection, but that kind of disappeared.

The girl in the bunk below me, her dad was an Army Chaplain, and was going to be in the Pentagon, in the section that was hit, for a big meeting. She joined the Navy to piss him off– most of her life was built around defying him. He broke an ankle getting the secretary in the office he was visiting out but was othewise fine, we found out the next day.

A guy across the hall… His mom’s family had a restaurant in one of the towers. Family affair. His mom was out picking up something or other when it hit, but other than that….. Navy offered to let him take time off for the funerals, and he refused because he wanted to do something.

When I hit my first school after boot camp, one of my room mates was a New York liberal. A 31 year old artist married to a doctor, she had a studio with a great view of New York.
Of the towers.
She was working that day.
Not only did she join the Navy to load bombs, but she wanted to know why the (blank) we weren’t over in Iraq taking out Saddam, and had the copy of the New Yorker with details on what he’d done to the Kurds and marsh Arabs to back it up. (She graduated before Iraq.)

Second school, one of the Marine instructors brought in this video:

Also commented over at Sarah’s.

Musings on Fanfiction Part 2: Fanfiction/Fanworks and Creators

In the end, the most important point I, as an author, would take from fanfic – or other fanworks – is this: they know you. Most authors do not reach even a tiny fraction of their potential audience. Of those who have read your work, how many of them think about it?


The fanfic writers think about it. Oh, you may not like the exact thoughts they’re thinking, but you have had an effect on them. Your writing has affected them so strongly that they find themselves driven to take up pen (or keyboard) and write stories you have not, and likely never will, write, to satisfy the need for a precise event, specific closure. They will spend hour after hour at this work, discuss it with others, return to it again and again util it was complete.


How many of us will ever influence people so profoundly, so strongly that they must express the thoughts we have caused to appear within them?


Fanfic – even the bad stuff – is a compliment of the highest level to an author. It says “I couldn’t get your stuff out of my head, so I had to write it down”. It says “I love (or, sometimes, hate) what you said SO MUCH that I couldn’t stop myself from writing out an entire novel!”

via Musings on Fanfiction Part 2

No, I haven’t written fan fic.


It’s A Labor Day Sale


No, really, it is– low priced books, get ‘em while they’re cheap!

Originally posted on According To Hoyt:

Yes, there will be a real post and also stuff for the subscribers in a couple of hours.  yesterday turned out… interesting… but for today, if  you’re contemplating a Staycation for Labor Day you should know that there is a Labor Day sale, so you can go somewhere in your mind at a price you can afford.

I’ve also got all my Musketeer Mysteries on sale.  The first is 99c, the others are 2.99 and I have all five out again — I need to finish the sixth.

A Touch of Night is also on sale, as are the books of several frequent fliers at ATH: Kate Paulk, Amanda Green, Cedar SandersonAlma Boykin, Cyn Bagley, S. J. Chase  and others, including my son Robert A. Hoyt.  For the full sweets counter sale listing, go to: THE GREAT LABOR DAY SALE!

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