49 Days In 1988: Week 16 – Closing Doors

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London – April 13th, 1988

Well, I certainly will not rush into things as far as Dean is concerned. A phone call from him this evening meant another long conversation and a dinner date tomorrow evening. We both get on well, and I hope it lasts. It may all be happening far too quickly, after Stewart, and I may be on the rebound, but the waters around Dean seem calm and steady. I wonder if he sees the same in me? After all, Stewart is still on my mind and we’ve that upcoming meetup we promised each other.

It looks as if I could be moving again soon. We were told tonight that the house is on the market. It came as quite a shock to all of us. I do enjoy living here with the other guys. However, after a long talk with Stephen, we’ve decided to look for a flat together. After all, we get on so well, and I’m sure it’s not a bad idea, so as from tomorrow we start looking at the rental market. 

There’s no panic on finding a new place just yet, though. It could take up to six months to sell the house, so at least we have plenty of time on our hands. On the other hand, we could be out by July or August. Hopefully, by then, Stephen and I will be well-settled somewhere new! Fingers crossed.     

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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, Tina Frisco

This week, my guest is the author, writer and blogger, Tina Frisco. Not only is Tina a published author, but she’s also a singer and songwriter. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and now lives in sunny California.

Tina has published three books, one of which – Vampyrie: Origin Of The Vampire, we’re going to feature today. Released in December 2016, if you like stories about creatures that have a blood addiction, then add this book to your ‘must-read list.’ Here’s the blurb about the book.

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. 

Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell? 

Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor

Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

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Click here to buy Vampyrie: Origin Of The Vampire

Connect with Tina

Website/Blog ~ https://tinafrisco.com
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Twitter ~ http://hyperurl.co/ozc2kv
Facebook ~ http://hyperurl.co/dgbalj
Goodreads ~ http://hyperurl.co/1u5093
LinkedIn ~ http://hyperurl.co/0ftmsd
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Tina’s song choice is ‘I Want To Know What Love Is ‘by Foreigner.

Released in 1984, ‘I Want To Know What Love Is‘ was the band’s first number one hit single. Charting at number one in both the U.S.A and the UK (and many other countries), this power ballad remains as popular today as it was when first released in 1984. Written by Mick Jones, the idea for the song came to him during the middle of the night. Thank goodness, he didn’t just turn over and go back to sleep! Thanks for the excellent song choice, Tina.

I don’t think I had any idea what love is or how to find it back in April 1988. Do you have a favourite song that you like to listen to when you can’t sleep? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, another new face comes onto the scene, but with the same old problems. Will I ever learn? Click here for the next instalment.

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  1. I love that Foreigner song it is so powerful and emotive. Thanks, Tina for sharing it with us.
    It looks like it was all change for you this week, Hugh, I wonder where this will take you….

  2. Most anything by Foreigner is wonderful. One of the Voice contestants (Rashan I think–he’s gone now) did Foreigner for his blind audition. At that point, I thought he’d win the entire contest. those songs are powerful.

  3. It’s amazing how tumultuous our young lives were, Hugh. reading your journal must bring lots of forgotten memories back. Lovely to see Tina and her book featured, and an iconic song. 🙂

  4. Wonderful to meet Tina here, Hugh. I enjoyed learning about her book and her song choice. I think we all want to know what love is. I’m continuing to enjoy your diary excerpts, and look forward to the next instalment.

  5. Wow, Hugh, you had so much going on in the eighties! None of your love and living situations seemed stable for long. Exciting in a way. Trying out the waters has never been a bad thing in my book!

    Nice to see Tina here. She seems to be a dexterous and accomplished person with the mind and the hands. I’ve read a lot about her newest release Vampyrie: Origin Of The Vampire. While not a fan of this kind of genre, my curiosity is peaked. Great song choice as well. Each time I hear it, I get goose bumps!

    1. I often wonder how on earth I packed so much in, Liesbet. Back then, though, time never seemed to go as fast and there was never a dull moment. A little like now, but without so many people coming and going in my life. 😀

  6. Yay, so great to see Tina here today. Great song choice T! And Hugh, you did have so much on the go, lol, I’m not sure if you even knew who you wanted to be with, or more like you were just hoping to find ‘that one’ in the mix. 🙂 ❤ Hugs you both. xxx

  7. Great song choice from Tina…One of my many favourites….Moving not something I did very much in my younger days but I am making up for it now ..with another one on the horizon very soon… I am getting to be a bit of a nomad in my dotage 🙂 I am enjoying your little snippets from your diaries Hugh 🙂

  8. Thanks so much for hosting me, Hugh. Stewart seems like a bit of an obsession. And jeez, obsessions can be our undoing. I hope you got ahead of this freight train 🙂 Hugs to you, my friend ❤️

  9. Hi Hugh

    Wonderful post, as usual.
    For me, it’s the Forrest Gump Feather Theme Song. It’s more about a connection to my son, my mother and my sister rather than helping me to sleep. Sometimes I just need to reach out and touch them.


  10. Great song choice Tina! I didn’t realise you wrote Vampire stories!
    Oh Hugh! I hope you found a place pretty sharpish!!!!
    When I can’t sleep, I don’t often think of songs, I grab a book, but one I love is actually a lohri, or an Indian lullaby. I used to sing it to my daughter a little, just the chorus.

    Here’s a brief translation!

    Lyrics Translation
    Gudiya rani, bitiya rani My princess doll, my princess daughter
    Pariyon ki nagri se ek din One day from the colony of fairies
    Rajkunvar ji aayenge Your prince will come
    Mahalon mein le jaayenge And he’ll take you to his palaces

  11. Hi Hugh! Moving can be nerve-racking, especially under the circumstances. So happy to see Tina here! I love that Foreigner song––one of my favorites. Great post! 😀 xx

  12. Hi Hugh,
    Talk about jumping from the frying pan to the fire. Moving in with Stephen? Did you think it would really work? LOVING the adventure and recalling my own. Thanks again for a great series.

    Tina, what a great song selection. Foreigner was one of my favorite groups from the 80’s. This song in particular use to make me cry because that was what I was searching for. I wanted someone to take my hand and show me how to love and be loved. Like Hugh, I did find that love. HUGS around.

    1. Hi Chuck. Stephen was only ever a good friend. We never had any desires on each other, just a very good friendship. In the end, the flatshare between us never came about. You’ll find out why later in the series.
      Hugs to you.

  13. Thanks so much for this post, Hugh and Tina. Does that mean if blog posts come to us in the middle of the night, we should get up and write them down? If so…I would never sleep! 🙂

    1. I always keep a notepad and pencil on my bedside table, Donna. If any ideas come to me during the middle of the night (and they often do), I scribble the idea down. Thank goodness there’s only one idea (so far) I’ve written down that I had no idea was about (a shoe on the beach). 🤔

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