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I Don’t Know

I don’t know how much e-books should cost.  I’ve read arguments for sliding-scale prices.  I know lots of people don’t want to pay over a certain price.  I don’t have an answer.

I don’t know whether Macmillan’s agency agreement would be better for authors and readers than some other approach.

I don’t know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop.

I don’t know whether people are going to love Snow Queen.

I don’t know where I get my ideas.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to post the cover art to Red Hood’s Revenge [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon].

I don’t know how long I have before my son stops running up to hug me when I come home from work.

I don’t know if my home has adequate weaponry to protect my family against the zombie uprising.

I don’t know whether I should set Snow Queen revisions aside for a week so I can write up and pitch a new series to DAW.

I don’t know why “Single Ladies” won a Grammy.  (But I think it had something to do with the Chipmunks movie.)

I don’t know why I’m so incredibly bad with names and faces.

I don’t know how Randall Munroe does it.

I don’t know how single parents balance work, kids, and sanity.

I don’t know why the catfish in our aquarium keep dying.

I don’t know why religion is ever worth killing for.

I don’t know if I should create a fan page on Facebook.

I don’t know whether an anime-style Snoopy fighting cat-ninjas would be awesome or terrifying.  ETA: socchan brings the awesome here.

I don’t know where this post came from.  I guess I just thought the Internet would be a slightly better place if people were willing to admit they didn’t know things from time to time.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


Feb. 4th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
"I don’t know if I should create a fan page on Facebook." Probably, if you've the time and desire to do so... we could all be your fans!

I don’t know whether people are going to love Snow Queen. They will. :)

I don’t know if my home has adequate weaponry to protect my family against the zombie uprising. Probably not, but jfargo might know! (And also... weapons only count if you know how to use them!)

I don’t know why the catfish in our aquarium keep dying. I'd have to know more about your tank to hazard a real guess. Off the top of my head, they may need brackish water (some catfish do), or they may be too large for the tank.

This one I'm honestly curious about... which type of catfish do you have?

Feb. 4th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
We had two little panda catfish along with a half-dozen guppies.
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
We had a friend who was seriously into aquarium fish and we inherited some of them when he moved across country. I learned then that most fish you get at a regular pet store are sick already, and if they don't die right away will make your other fish sick before they do die. The friend recommended a specialty aquarium shop in New Baltimore Michigan--I don't recall the name, but we had great success with the fish he gave us and the ones we bought at the shop in NB.
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
We got these from Preuss in Lansing, which is supposed to be one of the best pet stores around.
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Preuss is a good place. It's not the pet stores so much as the suppliers. A lot of the specialty places breed their own or buy from fish freaks who breed or capture them. A lot of times the pet stores a crap shoot because they get the fish and dump them all in the same tanks and sell them before any illnesses appear. (They're probably not doing that at Preuss.) You do sometimes get healthy fish that way, though. My Dad had some goldfish from Meijer, I think, that must have lived at least ten years. And goldfish are kind of tricky to keep. My theory is that they thrive with neglect. The tank was always full of algae, unheated, unaerated, never fussed with, and the fish grew and grew.

We never kept catfish. The little catfish are awfully cute.
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Did you get them all at the same time? Could be it was just too much for the bio-filter to take on at once... and sometimes catfish are just more sensative to ammonia. And guppies tend toward being hardy. If things have been set up and stable for a while, you could try again now.

Did you feed only flake food? Corys will forage some, but really need their own food also. They're bottom dwellers, but not scavengers like a true catfish.

That's the stuff off the top of my head. I've three tanks, and I love cories--they're just adorable little odd looking fish.
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Ask if he has a cat. Then ask the cat why it's paws are wet. After hours of grilling the cat "I know you did it, you did it didn't you, just admit you did it," make eye contact with the dog and meet him out in the yard for a quick smoke. Toss him some bacon, and he'll turn on the cat.

Works every time.

Edited at 2010-02-04 03:24 pm (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Three cats. None of whom have the brains or coordination to pull off a job like this.

One is 3-legged. The second is dumb as rocks -- I've seen her chase a fly across the room, only to stop halfway there as if she forgot what she was doing. Cat #3 is pretty bright, but he's too old for this stuff these days.
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
You have flies in your home that are capable of performing Jedai mind-tricks on your cat?

That. Is. Too. Cool.


Jim C. Hines


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