49 Days In 1988: Week 32 – Rumours!

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London – August 25th, 1988

A week ago, I wrote that Simon and Rod were facing a problem I came across the week before. Today, that problem came hurtling into my life again when Marcus told me that on November 1st we will all be given one months notice here at Grassmere Road. 

Apparently, he heard the rumour from Anthony,  who had got it from Mr & Mrs Summer. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, something tells me that this bad news is real. The end is in sight for us that remain here at Grassmere Road.

This put me in such a down mood for most of the day. However, thinking about it on the way home from work this evening, it’s still too early to start arranging new accommodation just yet, isn’t it? I will talk to Marty first and see what he makes of it. Otherwise, I will have to start the hunt for a new home.

It’s quite sad really, and I certainly don’t look forward to looking for a new home, but it’s something I am going to have to face. Better now than putting it off until it’s too late. I only wish that what bought all of this on was happening next year, and not now.   

The events of 9th August are now starting to ripple out and have finally caught me up. 

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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, Diana Wallace Peach

This week my guest is the author, writer and blogger, Diana Wallace Peach. Not only is Diana the author of over 16 books, but she’s also the person behind the blog Myths Of The Mirror.

On the ‘about me’ page of her blog, Diana says that she didn’t care for reading as a child – she preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, she opened a book titled The Hobbit. She says that Tolkien … literally changed her life.

Diana started writing later in life after her children were grown-up, and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. She now sees writing as a luxury that she once never expected she’d have the time for.

Diana lives in the U.S.A. in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

When I asked Diana which of her books she would like me to feature, she chose Soul Swallowers, which is book one of two in ‘The Shattered Sea’ series.

Book Blurb:

#books #authorsSome souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. Swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness.

Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a new life beckons, and he retreats to the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts. He and his mentor build a freehold and raise horses—until the old man dies, and Raze swallows his first soul.

When his brother reaches out, old wounds begin to scar. But the tenuous peace won’t last. While those who rule yield to the lure of their ambitions, slavers roam the countryside. One man manipulates the law. Another heeds the souls of violence howling in his head.

Raze too listens to his soul’s whispers, and as danger intrudes on his quiet life, he has no choice but to return to his father’s world and take up the fight.

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Diana’s song choice is Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Released in 1982, Southern Cross was written by Stephen Stills, and brothers Rick and Michael Curtis. The song is about a man who sails the Pacific after a failed love affair. ‘Southern Cross’ is a star constellation only visible in the southern hemisphere and is something that gives the man great comfort while sailing his ship. The song peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. Thank you for the lovely choice of song, Diana.

It looks as if August 1988 was the beginning of a trip into new horizons for the housemates at Grassmere Road. Do you have a favourite song that’s connected to a mode of transport? Share a link to it in the comments.

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  1. Nice to see Diana Here. She is quite a talented writer. I have read Caitlyn’s Bane and enjoyed it. I could see it adapted to the screen one day. Hugs to you Diana xx
    Hugh, you have had a talent since writing back in 1988 and didn’t even know it. I’m happy that you are in a good place now in your life and not like back in 1988. Hugs to you too xx

    1. Thank you, Janice. That talent you speak of is something I hid away for far too long. Thank goodness I found the wonderful world of blogging in 2014; a place where I can share my writing.
      Have a great week.
      Hugs to you.

    2. Thanks so much for stopping by, Janice, and for the lovely comment. Oh, my dream is to someday see a book of mine on the screen. But I’m not holding my breath – I’d keel over. Ha ha! Hugs back at you.

  2. Hi Hugh. Oh, what an uncertain time that situation creates. Why can’t moving ever be truly on our own terms? I look forward to seeing how this plays out.
    It’s a joy any time I see Diana featured. I’m full of admiration for her and her work. I call her kind of stories “quest type” fantasy. It’s what I started out writing when I seriously took up the pen. That kind of story telling takes not just imagination and writing skill, it takes intellect to weave it the way Diana does.

    Southern Cross is an old favorite too. It always took my imagination away on those waves. Lovely post. Hugs to you both.

    1. Having moved home over 20 times in my lifetime, I do often wonder why I moved home so much, Teagan. Sometimes, though, it’s a situation in our lives that we have no control over that forces us to move. Always a stressful time, but also a good time to get rid of the old, to make way for the new.
      Have a super weekend.
      hugs to you.

      1. You’ve moved even more than me. My total is 14 times (a lot considering I wasn’t a “military brat”)… and I’ve been trying/failing for 6 years to get a job in a better “climate” so that I can make move #15…. I don’t look forward to the ordeal, but I desperately want it. Happy weekend hugs, my friend.

  3. Ohhhhhhh, I’m listening to this song with chills going up and down my spine as I write here. Memories galore. And my guess is that if Raze heard this song in his time and place, he’d relate to it also. I’m halfway into Book One of the Soul Swallowers and mesmerized by Raze, his world, and the ability to swallow souls. So much action! And you with your story and memories of the ’80s Hugh, with thanks to your diary. Impressive!

    1. Thank you, Pam. So very pleased that Diana’s choice of song has brought back memories for you. Music is a powerful tool. It can trigger lots of memories, many of which we think had been buried deep with no chance of ever coming back.

    2. Oh, thanks, Pam. You just made my day. Soul Swallowers is pretty tame compared to Book 2, so I’m glad to hear that you’re reporting it has some “action.” 😀 I’m grinning over here. And yes, this song brings back memories for me too. 🙂 Thanks for the visit, my friend. ❤

      1. SOME action? Wowee, I can’t keep up with it all. I’m breathless when I turn off the light at night, and then the dreams I have. . . Let’s just say, I think I’m visited by many souls…. :-0

  4. You’re right, Hugh. You were a great storyteller way back in 1988, very engaging read. I enjoy your feature of Diana and her favorite song. I haven’t heard of the song, so I googled the lyrics to follow along. Hugh, you picked the perfect version (if there are more than one), with my favorite dolphins. Very enjoyable. 🙂

    1. I always try and find a version that everybody can watch, Miriam. There are too many video clips on YouTube that are only available in certain countries. It can be a bit of a pain, but I usually attach two to a post if I think one may not work.
      Glad you enjoyed it.

    2. Thanks for listening, Miriam. Crosby, Stills, Nash… and Young were a favorite group of mine back then. How lovely that you followed along with the lyrics! I should do that – since I don’t remember them all. Great idea! 😀

  5. Always intriguing what you are going to post next, Hugh! Diana, I thought of constellations from that song too, a great one for sure! I’m laughing at your intro of how you preferred to watch Beverly Hillbillies and Bonanza than read (me, too) and I also discovered the Hobbit in my high school senior year, which set up my reading habit for the next 40 years!

    1. Isn’t it funny how The Hobbit started so many of us off on this adventure. ! I always laugh when someone shares that, Terri. What a tribute to Tolkien too. I would never have become a writer without picking up that book. Thanks for the visit and have an awesome day. 🙂

  6. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    I’m over at Hugh’s today sharing a song from the 80’s and pitching a book, of course. If you get a chance, stop by to say hello, and while you’re there, check out Hugh’s site – amazing blogging tips, wonderful stories, and a kind person on top of that. ❤

  7. Hope you found somewhere to stay easily, Hugh. Love Diana’s song choice. My transport song would be Born to be Wild – me and my Harley Davidson roaring across country. Well, I can imagine it.

    1. Thanks for taking a listen, Debby. I still love Crosby, Stills, Nash… and Young. To me, the music is timeless. And thanks for the thumbs up on the writing! Always warms the heart. Have a good one, my friend. 🙂

  8. Ooh lots of juicy cliff hangers here Hugh. Possibly you may have to make a book out of this series too LOL. Kinda like an LGBQT version of Brigid Jones
    Diaries. Just sayin’ 🙂 xxx I want royalties. 🙂 You’re a great story teller my friend. ❤

    1. I’ll have to have a look through my underwear drawer and see if I have any ‘Brigid’ underwear first, Debby. 😂

      Thank you for the lovely compliment about being a great storyteller. It seems I was doing this all the way back in 1988, yet I had no idea what I was doing.

  9. Hi Hugh,
    I’ll bet there are more adventures at Grassmere Road. In those days, I’ll bet you were a heartbreaker. Perhaps you didn’t know it, but your picture from that era says otherwise. The saga continues.

    Hi Diana,
    I love that area of the country, so rugged. My brother lives in Port Orchard Wa. (west of Tacoma). Since I have lived in Florida for so many years, I’m not sure I could do the winters. Thank you for sharing a piece of you and I look forward to knowing more. Such a classic song you picked. How about this one?

    1. My picture? Now I’m wondering where you’ve seen that picture or if you’re referring to the picture I am painting with this series, Chuck. I do have some photos from that time in my life and I do seem to remember publishing at least one of them on my blog a few years ago. Maybe it’s that one you are referring to?

      1. Ahhh, you do remember. You wrote a post on coming out to your mother and I reposted it on my website. I teased you about your blonde curls. But then a princess must have blonde curls; right? 😎

    2. Thanks for the song, Chuck. I love that one. Is it from the 80’s?? I feel ancient! Lol. Port Orchard is lovely… my brother lives up that way and I can’t visit enough. I used to live in Vermont and the winters there were pretty cold. Compared to that, Oregon is mild. You just have to like RAIN! I hope Florida is treating you well – very soon it will be the place all of us snowbirds are flocking to. Have a lovely day, my friend.

  10. Hi, Diana – A log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of coastal mountains sounds like an amazing place to write and create. Great song choice!

    Hi, Hugh – I am sorry that you needed to leave Grassmere Road earlier than you had hoped. It sounds like a place filled with very happy memories.

  11. Thanks so much for the feature today, Hugh, and the lovely intro. I’m listening to Southern Cross as I write this. How fun to be visiting on your blog – I’ll reblog tomorrow. (And sorry about the notice on Grassmere Road – it’s nice to know that all the turmoil was decades ago, isn’t it?. 🙂 ) Thanks again, my friend. ❤

    1. You’re very welcome, Diana. Thank you for accepting my invitation to appear in this feature.

      Yes, it’s good to know that all this turmoil was happening 30 years ago. It’s strange how at the time I was wishing that this particular piece of turmoil in my life was happening a year later. I was only at Grassmere Road for one year, but have so many happy memories of it. I guess I didn’t want it to come to an end.

  12. One door closes and another opens I have found. I hope the young Hugh finds suitable accommodations. Love, love Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. So much talent there. A great choice, Diana!

  13. It’s lovely to see Diana this week. I had not heard of Southern Cross before but Southern Man by Neil Young was a favourite of mine as a teenager. Looking forward to your next instalment Hugh. 🌼

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Brigid. Hugh puts together a lovely post, doesn’t he? Yes, I like Neil Young too! There were so many songs to pick from, it was hard to decide. Have a wonderful day.

  14. It’s great to catch up on the goings-on in your life, Hugh. I wonder what will happen if this bad news is real.
    It’s lovely to learn a little more about Diana and her books also. I hadn’t heard Southern Cross before, though of course I love to observe it in our night-time sky. 🙂

    1. It was true, Norah. We’ll start to see the rippling effects of it from next week.
      The southern cross must look spectacular in your nighttime sky. I’m looking forward to being able to see the stars again as our nights draw in.

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