This, Dr. Pepper, is SPARTA!!!

So what do authors do to pass the time while waiting for their publication date?

One answer, if you know the right people, is: fill plastic soda bottles with water and then hack them apart with swords…

BTW, this is two separate cuts with two different blades (and two bottles; Dr. Pepper didn’t survive his encounter with the longsword in photo #1).

Here, fellow Pepper matador Cooper Moo scores a clean decapitation:

Pics courtesy of Neal S.; deadly weapons courtesy of Angus Trim and Tinker Pearce.