Bad news: they’re making the *wrong* Gladiator sequel.

The new GLADIATOR 2 will be some nonsense about the nephew of Commodus and whatnot, and not the script where Maximus becomes this immortal warrior dude who ends up being sent by the gods to stop Christianity (spoiler warning: he does not). No, really. This script really does exist, and everything. And I suspect it will end up sounding a lot better than whatever they’re going to come up with.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

02/03/2023 Snippet, VERDICT OF HISTORY.

Another viewpoint character I loathe! Yay!


Wake up, asshole.

Razor-Claw’s eyes snapped open. He’d always been a light sleeper, and decades of being a raider, a raider boss, and finally rebel scum had honed that knack until he could cut throats with it. Shrugging off a weak Dominion daze spell that couldn’t bite him properly was nothing. Neither was popping loose the shackles that bound him to a circular frame at wrists, ankles, throat, and middle. Firebrand had told him they’d unlock as soon as he pulled at them, and the motherfucker hadn’t lied about that, at least.

He knew he didn’t have long to work, so he took a quick look around the tent. It was full of frames like his, stacked close together, and every single one of them had a twitching, unconscious captive on it. He recognized about half of them; men and a few women from his own last band of fighters, a couple of rat bastards from the other side, and one guy who just looked different. Too well-fed to be one of his, and he had on the remains of a uniform Razor-Claw didn’t recognize.

Tweet of the Day, Whose Side Are You On? edition.

This video is the impetus for a low-grade Twitter war right now, and I am gratified to note that the types of people who I particularly disapprove of all hate it.

…Actually, yes, I’m going to see a LOT of movies this year.

I’m surprised at the length of this list. In rough order:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. I may even buy Scott Lang’s upcoming memoir, just for the fun of it.
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Easy pick: the first one was a lot of fun.
  • John Wick IV. Likewise an easy pick.
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Birthday weekend! Me and the wife are going to make a date night of it.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Look, I go see MCU movies, okay?
  • The Covenant. I will see this. I will walk out of the movie infuriated to the point of snarling, but I will still see this.
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. I figure this is gonna be a family affair.
  • The Flash. Conditional: Ezra Miller is odious, but may also be properly medicated, now. Besides, rumor is that the movie’s actually good.
  • Indiana Jones IV. Conditional: I won’t decide until I hear the early buzz on this. It does seem like elder abuse, though.
  • Oppenheimer. Conditional, leaning to see: I watch at least one non-genre movie a year. It might as well be this one.
  • The Marvels. Look, I go see MCU movies, okay?
  • Barbie. Yeah, go ahead and laugh. I’m still going to see this unless the advance word is that it bombed.
  • Blue Beetle. It’s a DC Comics film. I was a DC Comics kid.
  • Kraven the Hunter. It won’t be the cool Kraven, but life is like that.
  • Dune: Part 2. Oh Hell yes.
  • Wonka. Conditional, leaning towards maybe not: it needs to impress.
  • Whatever the new Ghostbusters is. I’m down.
  • Rebel Moon. This one’s a Netflix special, though.
  • Aquaman 2. Looking forward to it.

I mean… that’s a list, isn’t it?

UPDATE: Good God, how could I forget Cocaine Bear?


Crud. The Maryland Comic-Con got canceled.

That’s the one in June; apparently there were scheduling conflicts that they couldn’t resolve. This is a shame. The staff’s pretty friendly and I was making the table fee back, no worries*. Now I gotta find an alternate venue for the summer of 2023…

Moe Lane

PS: …Huh. That puts Awesome Con back on the table. $350 is a lot of money, though. Then again, it’s a really big convention.

*Generally, if I make the table fee back, I usually see an overall profit from people going and getting my other books online. Besides, it builds my readership.

02/02/2023 Snippet, VERDICT OF HISTORY.

I need to get back to the orc and the reporter, soon. These two are horrible.


“Beef ribs it is, then,” Firebrand said, as a servant wheeled in a cart. Seeing Razor-Claw’s eyes linger on her tense form, the mage smirked. “Business and lunch before pleasure, I think. We have a schedule.”

“Yeah, yeah, sure.” Razor-Claw dragged his eyes away from the girl, who promptly left the room. “You gonna start with a name?”

“Better than that.” The Warmage summoned an image ball, showing the image of an graying, bitter-looking woman. “This is Senior Warmage Festering Lacewing of the First Usurpation. My second-in-command, but you knew that already.”

“The Town-burner? Oh, yeah, I know her. She’d burn anybody who looked at her funny. Slowly. So why the Hell do you want her dead? She was a big reason why you kicked our asses.”

“That’s the problem.” Firebrand held out his hand, and a drink drifted into it. “Lacewing’s perfect for clearing land for settlement, but we’re starting a different campaign soon. One where I want to keep too many towns from being burned down.”


“Because squeezing them to death instead is more profitable,” Firebrand grinned. “More fun that way, too.”

Tweet of the Day, …Well. THAT Doesn’t Sound Good edition.

Kind of omen-y, really.

Via @RobinDLaws.