49 Days In 1988: Week 13 – Playing With Fire

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


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.

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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.

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Author, Writer and Blogger, John W. Howell

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.

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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/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241

Twitter –https://www.twitter.com/HowellWave

Authors db –http://www.authorsdb.com/authors-directory/6604-john-w-howell

LinkedIn –http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-w-howell/48/b59/462/

Google +https://plus.google.com/+JohnHowellAuthor/

Goodreads –https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

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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  1. Ooooh, you were certainly playing with fire here Hugh, and I think there is going to be a bit of pain to counteract the pleasure!
    I am binge reading this again as I have got behind, and don’t want to miss any of it.
    I love John’s song taste. You can’t beat a bit of Queen! 🙂

  2. Yes you certainly were playing with fire! Nice to know a little more about John and his music choice is brilliant, such a lot of memories with all these song choices from these past years 🙂

  3. Omg I love John’s choice of songs! I was still working in nursing in 1982, and this became my theme song ~ pressured by doctors, patients, family, nursing administration, hospital administration ~ all wanting something different, and all expecting it yesterday! I also think the song speaks to John’s uncanny sense of humor 🙂 ❤

  4. Oooh now a love triangle? Sad we miss lots of bits in between posts, lol. And lovely intro to John too. And of course, great song choice John. 🙂 Hugs to both. 🙂 x

    1. It’s a good question, Aimer. I look back and know it was me, yet somehow it doesn’t seem like me. When I get to my ‘best by’ date, I hope I’ll be able to look back at my life and be able to ponder whether I did the right thing or not. I hope it’s not just a flashback of what happened. 😀

      1. I asked because when I look back, even though I know it was me and I vaguely remember those days… my life is very different now.

        I think when we get to our “best by” date, it’s more about saying goodbye 🙂

  5. HI Hugh/John

    I follow John’s blog and learn much with hiis diverse post. He has also graciously followed and commented on my post. Thanks, John.

    Now, Hugh, your story gets even more intriguing. You are becoming a real heart-breaker. My My. Like you said, playing with fire. Been there, done that and it didn’t come out well.


    1. Thanks, Chuck. You’re right because people get hurt when other people play with their lives. However, at the time, I don’t think it mattered to me. I was more like a kid in a sweet shop.
      Hugs to you.

  6. You are playing with fire, my friend. And as for your guest, John’s blog is one of my favorite’s with his Views of the Neighborhood my number one pick. Great song choice, too. I know a lot of people in my age group don’t care for Queen, but I have always enjoyed their music.

  7. Good choices (song and author). This has been a hectic week, as evidenced by how slow I am to catch up on the posts in my inbox. I’m glad I didn’t skip this one. I have been following John for a long time, and I enjoy his blog and his books very much.

    1. It can sometimes take me two weeks to catch up on posts, Dan. You’ve done well to catch up so quickly. John is a great guy. It was my pleasure to have him as my guest onboard my music time machine and on my blog this week.

  8. John sure wears a lot of hats. His blog sounds diverse and interesting. (And so does his most recent thriller). Blogging once a day is quite the commitment.

    Do you remember all the people from your diary vividly, Hugh, or are your memories of them getting vague?

    (I’m having a hard time typing in this comment box on my iPad today, something might be off with the format), or nt.

    1. There are some names that I don’t recognise in the diary, Liesbet. However, I do remember many of the people, including what they looked like. As for Stewart – I actually have a photo of him in a scrapbook that I have also come across. There’s lots of stuff in the scrapbook and it brings back many memories. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to use it in this series, though. Maybe it will come in useful for another feature?

  9. Hi Hugh

    I’m intrigued by your Apr 1 diary entry and John’s book as well, but I think I’ll pop over to his blog and check out his Top Ten Things Not To Do.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. I’ve checked out John’s blog – thanks for the intro, Hugh. Funny stuff and I can’t imagine doing a daily blog post! That’s a lot of writing. Love Queen – brilliant group and great song. As for your diary entry, you’ve gone through feasts and famines and this week you are at banquet table.

    1. Nicely put about the banquet table, Molly. We have a saying in the UK that goes “You wait for ages for a bus to arrive, then two arrive at the same time.” I think that sums up this entry very nicely. 😀

  11. I started reading the blurb and thought it was John’s bio! Ha ha. Professional football player, broadcaster, and accused of inside trading! As a bio, it’s rather alarming, but as a book blurb, it’s great. Wonderful post, Hugh, and great song choice, John.

  12. Hahahaha! Time and a half (laughs hysterically and then bangs head on desk)… All I got for starting work at 4AM Monday morning was a snippy email that basically said my manager was going to take credit for my work. Over time, time and a half — those were the days. Although that only happened to me two times.
    You were an enterprising young man, Hugh. 😀
    Great to see John featured. He’s such a marvelous mentor. Hugs to you both.

    1. I think the end of the 80s marked the end of paid overtime for many, Teagan. In my last job, which I did for 23 years, I was never paid overtime. As time went on, my lunchbreaks became shorter and shorter and the looks I’d get if I dare take a day off sick. 😖 Working weekends was also commonplace, with no thanks. I think we became numbers rather than people.
      Hugs to you.

  13. I am still trying to wrap my mind around how John publishes a new post on his blog every day. I am currently only on Day Four of the daily ‘A to Z Challenge’. Although energizing, I am glad that it is only a 30-day commitment!
    You have a way of leaving us dangling in this series, Hugh. Please post again soon…I want to know more!

    1. Next entry will be published on Wednesday, Donna. 😀 As for posting once a day, I think the longest run I had was for seven consecutive days. However, I think John has the best balance in the number of blog posts he publishes because he doesn’t overwhelm his readers with too many posts in one day.

  14. A perfect song choice! Watching the video, it looks like nothing has changed n the past 35 years. Although personally, the 80s were a successful and carefree time for me and my little family. Your diary entries sound like you are enjoying life as well. It was a time of working hard and playing hard for most of us.

      1. I moved from a small city to a large city to a huge metropolis within the 80s so I understand the insecurities. A farm girl trying to make her way in a big city is scary but I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it.

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