The last day of the half-term and, for whatever reason (probably Mr Geraghty’s insistence), I went back and finished the Ward’s 7 saga from the previous week. The spoilerific episode title tells you exactly what’s going to happen in the story, and there isn’t much more depth to it than that. Once again, it’s obvious I hadn’t planned this beyond whatever sentence I was currently writing. Four of them beam off the Mother Ship just before it explodes, then after rescuing Aaron, Waen successfully manages to contact the ship’s computer and have it beam them back aboard again. I obviously realised my cardinal mistake at that point and shoehorned some stuff in at the end about Matthew being able to fix it. Hey - he is the Top Engineer on Earth after all, so at least his character’s consistent. (Apart from that bit in Episode Three where I got him mixed up with The Incredible Hulk, but never mind.) I wonder if I also worked out that, without Argos, there wouldn’t be seven of them? Which is maybe why I brought him back to life again at the end. And if so, I wish I’d also realised that there still wouldn’t be seven of them without Simon Jackson, who fell out of a spaceship in the first instalment and was never seen again. In fact, come to think of it, there were never seven of them at any point during the story. ‘Ward’s 5 or 6 at the Most’ would have been a better name. It didn’t bother me though. It was the last day of half-term and I was due a well-deserved week off. In the first term, I wrote nine pieces in my English book. In just the first half of the second, I’d already written eighteen. You’d think I’d be exhausted. But I was just getting started… Incidental Footnotes Two things I just noticed while writing this in 2021 (nearly 42 years later): 1. The lettering I used for Argos’ voice is the same lettering the Daleks speak with in the old TV Century 21 strips from the 1960s (which I was more familiar with from their reprints in the Dalek Annual 1977) 2. This wasn’t the first time I had ended a chapter with the words “The fight had only just begun.” The first was in the only surviving story I wrote at infants school. And yes, I definitely intend to upload that sooner rather than later.
Ward’s 7: Rescue
Ward's 7: Rescue
TOPIC 2 The one where it all kicks off
TERM 2 The birth of the 1980s - Blake’s 7, Blondie and battles in space
Great Space Battles Three mighty empires take their first steps into outer space
Ward’s 7 John Ward and his band of rebels fight the evil Federation
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Ward’s 7: Rescue
TOPIC 1 He knows the names of all the dinosaurs
TERM 1 A day-by-day account of Waen’s first term at Fairburn School
TERM 2 The birth of the 1980s - Blake’s 7, Blondie and battles in space
TOPIC 2 The one where it all kicks off
FAIRBURN The place where I wrote all this rubbish
The Forgotten World John and Mick fall foul of some extreme potholing
Bonfire Night Waen’s first time at the annual village fireworks display
Great Space Battles Three mighty empires take their first steps into outer space
Ward’s 7 John Ward and his band of rebels fight the evil Federation
Sleeping Beauty
The last day of the half-term and, for whatever reason (probably Mr Geraghty’s insistence), I went back and finished the Ward’s 7 saga from the previous week. The spoilerific episode title tells you exactly what’s going to happen in the story, and there isn’t much more depth to it than that. Once again, it’s obvious I hadn’t planned this beyond whatever sentence I was currently writing. Four of them beam off the Mother Ship just before it explodes, then after rescuing Aaron, Waen successfully manages to contact the ship’s computer and have it beam them back aboard again. I obviously realised my cardinal mistake at that point and shoehorned some stuff in at the end about Matthew being able to fix it. Hey - he is the Top Engineer on Earth after all, so at least his character’s consistent. (Apart from that bit in Episode Three where I got him mixed up with The Incredible Hulk, but never mind.) I wonder if I also worked out that, without Argos, there wouldn’t be seven of them? Which is maybe why I brought him back to life again at the end. And if so, I wish I’d also realised that there still wouldn’t be seven of them without Simon Jackson, who fell out of a spaceship in the first instalment and was never seen again. In fact, come to think of it, there were never seven of them at any point during the story. ‘Ward’s 5 or 6 at the Most’ would have been a better name. It didn’t bother me though. It was the last day of half- term and I was due a well-deserved week off. In the first term, I wrote nine pieces in my English book. In just the first half of the second, I’d already written eighteen. You’d think I’d be exhausted. But I was just getting started… Incidental Footnotes Two things I just noticed while writing this in 2021 (nearly 42 years later): 1. The lettering I used for Argos’ voice is the same lettering the Daleks speak with in the old TV Century 21 strips from the 1960s (which I was more familiar with from their reprints in the Dalek Annual 1977) 2. This wasn’t the first time I had ended a chapter with the words “The fight had only just begun.” The first was in the only surviving story I wrote at infants school. And yes, I definitely intend to upload that sooner rather than later.
The Fugitive A man runs - but who is he? And what is he running from?
The Flame in the Desert An evil fire threatens the safety of the world
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