49 Days In 1988: Week 12 – Their Lives In My Hands

Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.


London – March 30th, 1988

A phone call from Stewart, today, means a meeting for us this Saturday lunchtime. He appeared last Saturday night while I was out at Bromptons and, since then, I’ve had three phone calls from him. However, like Graeme, he has a boyfriend, but not quite in the same sense.

He’s lived with his boyfriend for many years and told me that they don’t sleep together anymore. (How many times have I heard that before?) I believe him, but it’s still a delicate situation. The talk we will have on Saturday should hopefully sort a few things out.

I’m now seeing Graeme on Friday night when I will stay with him for the night. I’m looking forward to it, even if only for what goes on in the bedroom. Fingers crossed that I should get some answers about where we stand once I’ve seen him on Friday.

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Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.

This week my guest is the author, writer and blogger Sue Vincent. Like all my guests, Sue was asked to choose a random date and picked the 30th March. So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of Sue.

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Author, Writer and Blogger, Sue Vincent

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Sue a couple of times. The first meet was at the first Annual Bloggers Bash in 2015, and again in 2017.

I’ve been following Sue’s blog since my early days of blogging. She writes and publishes an exciting array of posts including writing and blogging tips, and also runs a weekly writing challenge entitled #Writephoto. Some of the stories I’ve written for the challenge ended up in my short story collection, Glimpses. Click here for the current #WritePhoto challenge. Thank you, Sue, for helping me with content for my first book.

Sue is the author of a number of books and has also written some books with other authors. Her latest book, An Imperious Impulse, was jointly written with author Stuart France, and published in October 2017.

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Here’s a little about the book.

“Couldn’t you make me into a Bull?” asked Coyote.

In a time before Man walked the Earth, the Great Spirit breathed life into the land. Coyote was the First. Playful, subversive, curious and sometimes comical, he and his fellow creatures shaped the world for those who were to follow.

Coyote is a Native American Trickster and hero of many adventures. Tales of his exploits were passed down and shared with the young to illustrate the dangers of being human. Wilful, headstrong and always in trouble, Coyote journeyed through the spirit worlds, stealing fire and outwitting Death.

When the Earth was loved as a living being, the rocks sang and the trees danced. Animals uttered Nature’s wisdom and the sun rose and set upon a wondrous world. The echoes of this magical landscape can still be found in the myths and legends of many cultures. They represent the weaving of the human spirit and the silent lore of creation.

‘Be careful, Coyote, never perform this trick more than four times in any one day.’

Buy links:

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As well as hosting a weekly writing challenge on her blog, Sue also supports other bloggers and writers by inviting them to submit guest posts. This is an excellent way for bloggers to get themselves and their work put in front a brand new audience.  She’s currently on the lookout for guest posts. Click here for full details, and contact Sue if you’d like to submit a guest post.

Connect with Sue

Daily Echo Blog: http://scvincent.com/

Silent Eye Website: http://thesilenteye.co.uk/

Website (books) : http://www.franceandvincent.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scvincent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/S-C-Vincent/17967259931?ref=hl

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/sue-vincent/42/604/41b

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SueVincent/posts

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thesilenteye/silent-eye/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551588.Sue_Vincent

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/search/Sue+Vincent

Amazon author pages:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W

Amazon France: http://www.amazon.fr/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1420375822&sr=8-2

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/s?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Sue%20Vincent&search-alias=digital-text

Amazon Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/s?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Sue%20Vincent&search-alias=digital-text

Sue’s song choice from the 1980s is ‘Baby Grand’ by Billy Joel, which features Ray Charles.

Released in 1986, Baby Grand was the fourth, and final single released from Joel’s album ‘The Bridge.’ Featuring Ray Charles, the two men got together after Ray contacted Billy about the naming of his daughter, Alexa Ray, who he named after Ray. The two men then decided to write a song together. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Sue.

Back in March 1988, maybe I should have been learning to play the piano rather than playing with other people’s lives? Do you have a favourite song that features a piano? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, Easter 1988 arrives, and the build-up to a wild weekend takes hold. Click here to find out what happens.

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  1. Ooooh, you have to be careful meddling in people’s lives, Hugh. I hope you don’t come a cropper!
    I love Sue’s blog, it is so rich and varied with something for everyone! Not only that but she is a wonderful support to other bloggers too.
    My song choice this week is another one from the 80s but is so beautiful.

  2. Sue is such an accomplished and prolific writer. When I read posts in this series, Hugh, I feel as though I’m sitting down to a coffee chat with you. You’re very warm and inviting ❤

  3. Yay, your “like” button came back. 🙂 Seems like you had a little choice going there with potential dates, Hugh. Maybe one day, you should publish your whole diary of 1988. I think people would be interested in that!

    Sue is quite the achieved and successful author and blogger. And, an amazing supporter of fellow writers. So much time must go into maintaining all the websites and social media accounts…

    1. You’re the third person to mention publishing my whole diary from 1988, Liesbet. It’s a great thought. I’ll see how the rest of the feature spans out and make a decision when the feature comes to end in December. Thank you for suggesting it.

  4. Love the tidbit of romance hints here Hugh. And loved seeing Sue here too and her song choice!!!! Now, I sure hope you are going to keep writing about your diary snippets until the time you met J. ❤ xx

  5. The intriguing diary entries keep coming in this series, Hugh. Love meeting Sue and learning more about her. How wonderful that writing for her prompts was a catalyst for your book. You’ve made me think about writing short stories. I must visit Sue’s blog for inspiration!

    1. Like the flash fiction challenge over at the Carrot Ranch, Sue’s weekly #writephoto challenge really gets the creative cogs turning, Molly. If it wasn’t for these challenges, I don’t think ‘Glimpses’ would have ever been published.

  6. I’m going to be the spoiler. What happened with your mother was revealed last year on a blog. I must say, you are one of the lucky ones. Not all parents are accepting. OKAY… the adventure continues for finding Mr. Right. To be young again and know what we know now. Wow, we would be having fun. HUGS

    1. I did, Chuck, although it wasn’t in March 1988 that I came out to her. No, unfortunately, I decided not to tell her when she visited me in London that day. We had such a lovely day that I didn’t want to spoil it for her. I now look back on that and think just how silly I probably was. But, as you know, ‘coming out’ is one of the toughest things someone can do.
      And yes, if I only knew back then what I know now. 😀

  7. This song was new to me and I thought I had heard everything from Billy Joel!

    It sounds like you were in for quite an eventful weekend!! Will we get to find out how it went? 🙂

  8. I too need to know about what happened with your visit with your mum?! Hope your Friday goes well 🙂
    I absolutely love Billy Joel and Ray Charles and I’d totally forgotten this song WOW! I love this song, and the piano, well, pure genius. Great choice Sue

    1. My mum visited the day before, Sam. March 29th, 1988, makes an interesting diary entry. The fact I didn’t mention anything about her visit in the next entry (the one I’ve shared today) should hopefully tell you all what happened. 😀 If not, then I’ll reveal the details.

      1. I like mysteries 😊 honestly? Could’ve gone one of three ways… you told her & it went well or didn’t go well or you didn’t mention it… any one of those would make for an interesting although very personal diary entry. Oh I hope it went well 🤗

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