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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.

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beth_bernobich
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sez me!

*takes up fighting karate stance*

jimhines
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
*Adopts Indiana Jones style pose and reaches for revolver*
beth_bernobich
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
We actually covered this scenario in class. If the person with the gun is standing close enough, you dodge (very important) while grabbing the gun. Then you jerk the gun toward the assailant, which breaks their trigger finger and gives you possession of the gun.

In theory, at least. :)
jimhines
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Interesting. My impulse (if I was acting all thoughtful and rational) would be to run, going for as much of a random pattern as possible, especially if there's cover. Most people are very erratic with handguns, and it's surprising how often they'll miss in real life, even at close range.

I don't have the hard numbers on this, nor can I say this would necessarily be safer than going for the gun. A lot would depend on the situation.

I'd see accidental firing as a significant risk in fighting for the gun, though.
beth_bernobich
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, there are lots of variables when faced with a gun. This particular scenario only works if you are standing close enough to grab the gun right away. And if you do it right, you aren't fighting for the gun. The technique breaks the person's trigger finger, which does most of the work for you. (My teacher also says it shows the police that you weren't the one who started things.)

If we ever meet up at a convention, I can show you how it's supposed to work. (Um, we'll use a toy gun, if you don't mind.)
mtlawson
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Watch out, Jim's been taking karate!
beth_bernobich
Feb. 4th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
So have I! Seven years worth of lessons!
mtlawson
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
What karate style? Two of my kids take Okinawan karate, and now my wife has started, so I'm curious.
beth_bernobich
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan. My son and I reached second degree black belt. We both really liked it. (And breaking all those boards gave us lots of kindling for the fireplace.)
mtlawson
Feb. 4th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
::bows::

I'm impressed. I've seen what the black belts can do, and the dedication it takes.
beth_bernobich
Feb. 4th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
My son was really good at it. I was...passable. But I did better than I thought I could, and that pleased me greatly.

Also, I could use what I learned in my books. Always an extra!
jimhines
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Exactly!

Talia's fight scenes and style have been very much influenced by my classes in Sanchin-Ryu :-)

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