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London – April 1st, 1988
Easter 1988 is upon us, and what it brings to me will all happen in London. I’m determined to enjoy it and have a good time.
Although today is a bank holiday, I volunteered to work. Time and a half, plus a day off in lieu, is not to be turned away from. I’m working again tomorrow, but at least I have Easter Sunday and Easter Monday off. I’m just off to see Graeme. With him living in Russell Square, it will mean I won’t have far to go to get to work tomorrow morning. Mind you, how much sleep I get is another matter. His boyfriend is away for Easter. Will we get much time for talking? We’ll see!
Stewart has been on my mind all day. I’m looking forward to seeing him tomorrow evening. I can’t quite believe I’m faced with a choice, but I must remember that both these guys already have boyfriends. Yes, I’m playing with fire, but the excitement has a firm grip on me.
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 John W. Howell. Like all my guests, John was asked to choose a random date and picked the 1st April. So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of John.
As with some of my other guests, I have followed John’s blog since my early days of blogging. His writing speciality may be thriller fiction novels, but he also writes poetry and short stories. His latest book, Circumstances Of Childhood, was published in October 2017.
Here’s the book blurb:
When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?
Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.
His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.
If you enjoy stories of riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.
Click here to buy Circumstances Of Childhood
Something else I admire John for is that he publishes one new blog post per day on his blog, Fiction Favorites. For me, it’s the perfect balance to blog without overwhelming your readers with too many posts. Every Monday he publishes his hilarious ‘Top Ten Things Not To do‘ post which is connected to something that has happened to John during the previous week. These posts are hysterical and will always brighten up any dull Monday. Click here to read John’s latest ‘Top Ten Things Not To Do‘ post.
Every Sunday, John takes us on a tour of Port Aransas, where he lives. Entitled ‘Views Of The Neighbourhood‘ John shows us around town with his photography and some commentary. Port Aransas is situated on the Gulf Coast of Texas and is a stunningly beautiful piece of planet Earth. Click here for his latest tour.
I could go on about what John publishes on his blog on a daily basis, but you’ll have to check out and follow his blog to find out his schedule of posts. I guarantee you’ll not be disappointed.
Connect with John
Blog: Fiction Favorites, http://johnwhowell.com/
Amazon Author’s page –https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell
John’s song choice from the 1980s is ‘Under Pressure’ by Queen.
Released in 1982, ‘Under Pressure‘ was written and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie. It became the group’s second number one hit in the UK, although only managed to make it to number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. The official video for the song neither featured Queen or David Bowie due to touring commitments. Thanks for the excellent song choice, John.
Judging from this week’s diary entry, it seems I may have been under a lot of pressure as to what exactly I was doing or was I simply just enjoying myself? Do you have a favourite song that you listen to when under pressure? Share a link to it in the comments.
Next week, are there clear signs that the relationship between Stewart and his boyfriend has come to an end? Click here to find out.
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