49 Days In 1988: Week 34 – Uncertainty

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London – September 1st, 1988

After all the uncertainty of whether we would all be given notice on our houseshare at Grassmere Road, nothing happened today. No notice, no visit by Mr & Mrs Summer, and a massive sigh of relief for us all left here.

Marty, however, continues to make plans for the purchase of his new flat. He assured me, again, that the spare room there has my name on it, but I don’t feel very confident about moving in with him and his Ex. I find it strange that they want to live together again, but I guess they must have a firm friendship. It’s an odd setup.

What hasn’t gone out of my mind is the phone call I had with Simon earlier this week. Given that the places he and Rod are viewing are either too small or too expensive, should I approach them and ask if they would consider having me as an extra housemate?

Without a doubt, Grassmere Road will have a sold sign at some stage, but do I play the waiting game or take my chances now?

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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.

But, alas, I find myself alone on my music time machine this week. That doesn’t matter, though, as it gives me a chance to update you all on my sequel to my first story collection, Glimpses.

For those of you new to my blog, Glimpses is my first collection of published short stories. Published in December 2016, most of the stories were written in response to writing and photography prompts issued by other bloggers.


Click here to buy Glimpses.

Fast forward to today, and I have now put together another 32 short stories which I hope to publish before the end of the year. Those stories, many of which have never been published on my blog, are currently with my editor.

If you’ve read Glimpses and left a review for it, then thank you so much. Reviews are like gold-dust for us Indie authors. If you haven’t left a review yet, then I would really appreciate it if you would leave one on Amazon and/or Goodreads. If you go one step further and leave a review on your blog, then send me the link to the post because I’ll happily share it here on Hugh’s Views And News.

Something I won’t be doing this time is to rush to get the next book published. If publication slips into early 2019, then so be it. I want to ensure that my second collection of short stories will be the best. I’m aiming high, but only because I want to give readers one of the most astounding reads of their lives. Will I be able to do it? It’s up to you.

On to my choice of song from the 1980s. You better get your umbrellas at the ready because it’s about to start raining…men!

Released in 1982, It’s Raining Men was written in 1979 by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer. They offered the song to Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Cher and Barbara Streisand, but they all turned it down. Then along came Martha Wash and Izora Armstead (The Weather Girls) who accepted the offer to record the song. Six million sold copies later, there was no looking back for Martha and Izora.

The song made it to the number two spot on the charts in the UK but only managed to peak at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A.

There were no signs of it raining men for me at the beginning of September 1988. My mind seemed to be on other matters. Do you have a favourite song connected to the weather? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, new troubles are brewing, in my quest to find a new home, when I find myself in an unexpected situation. Click here to find out what that awkward situation was.

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