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!