East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


A story idea in a typo

Today I tweeted about the fact that I have so far submitted 53 stories in 2020. But because I’m the worst typist on the planet (and possibly in the whole system), I tweeted, in fact, about having submitted 53 stories in the year 202.

Trying not to look too stupid, I tweeted again and joked about the year 202 AD, also known as the Year of the Consulship of Severus and Antoninus.
But there’s more, because 202 AD was the year in which female gladiators were banned in Rome.

And I thought… isn’t that a great idea for a story?

So here I am, thinking about an out-of-work former gladiatrix… what a promising character!
And yes, I know there’s a movie about that featuring Pam Grier, but let’s not dwell on that right now.