Fan Fiction

Blake's 7 cast

Something you may not know is why I began writing in the first place. As much as I had enjoyed creative writing in high school, it had never been a serious career choice. When my husband and I started watching a British sci-fi series called Blake’s 7, we were hooked. Sure, it was a hokey ’70s show with lame special effects, but I really liked the stories and the adventure. When the series ended after the fourth season, the final episode showed the entire crew being gunned down, apparently killed. I hated it! I am a firm believer in the ‘happy ending’ and that series blew that to kingdom-come. After several sleepless nights following the viewing of that last episode, I finally came up with a satisfying scenario and wrote it down. While it helped me sleep at night, I knew nothing much would come of it, so I took the characters I had created, placed them in a similar situation and wrote a novel-length story based on my creations, not the Blake’s 7 characters. Then I joined the Manitoba Writer’s Guild. One of the first of their newsletters that I read included a call for submissions of stories based on British sci-fi series including Blake’s 7. I dusted off my original story idea and submitted it. I won first prize for the contest and my story was included in a compilation of fan fiction called ‘Badlands’ published by a local woman who belonged to a science fiction club called Tardis 204. The group was a fan of Dr. Who, Red Dwarf and Blake’s 7, among other British series. There were several more issues of ‘Badlands’ and I sent in more stories related to the first one until there was enough material for a short novel. I decided to include a page of my blog dedicated to my fan fiction and I will start with my Blake’s 7 stories for your enjoyment. The picture above shows the final cast so you have an idea about the characters. From left to right: Soolin, Dayna, Avon, Vila and Tarrant. The clear box in front of them is ORAC, a sophisticated computer that can do just about anything. I’ll start with the first chapter of the novel and will post another chapter later this week. Enjoy!

Frustration

It was supposed to be a very hectic week with working every day, dinner out on Tuesday, a scrap-booking adventure on Wednesday evening and I had plans to post some of my short stories for you to read. Unfortunately, except for work, nothing else got done. I had a splitting headache after work on Tuesday so bowed out of the dinner. Wednesday, the cold was too much for my car & I could not get it started after work, so I walked home (it’s not that far if you dress for the weather), then had to wait around for the hubby to get home so we could go give it a boost. By the time all that was done, it was too late to head out for my scrapbook class – and I was afraid once I got there, my car would crap out on me and I wouldn’t get home! As for my short stories, the ones I wanted to post could not be recognized by my MAC because they were either in Word Perfect format or just too old of a version of Windows for it to read. This weekend I will have to use the old computer to convert some of the files so they will work on my MAC or maybe I will have to post them straight from the old computer instead. All in all, it’s been rather frustrating. Hope the weekend goes better!