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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49 thoughts

  1. Tee-hee! Have mer-cy and hallelujah! LOL. Thanks for making me smile Hugh. I remember that song and really liked it –but I had never seen the video. Fabulous!
    Thanks for the update on Glimpses. It’s a great collection and you should be proud.
    As for the diary, wondering whether you can keep the roof over your head is a horrible feeling, and I know it too well. My landlord has always been a lying, self entitled trust fund brat. Now she’s crossed the home owner’s association, so I have good reason to wonder about the roof over my own head.

    This is the wrong decade, but since your post is September 1st… In September I always think of a song I loved when I was a little girl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vm2fkiNAZM

    1. I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’re encountering with your landlord, Teagan. I do hope you’re not faced with having to find a new home soon. It’s a little like looking for a new job, in that it’s always far better looking for somewhere when it’s a simple case of looking for something that will better our lives rather than us being forced to take action.
      I’m glad the video of ‘The Weather Girls’ helped. It never fails to make me smile or want to dance. 🕺
      I’d never heard the song you shared with us today. A delightful tune that can’t fail to make the sun shine on an otherwise grey day.
      Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
      Hugs to you.

  2. Four seasons in one day – Crowded House. Not sure if really is about the weather. I’m trying to write a book and get into freelance writing. You must be so excited about getting your book published, Hugh.

    1. Well, why not? After all, it’s the seasons that often denote what kind of weather we experience.
      Good luck with getting your book written and published, Melissa. I’ve already got one published book under my belt so this will be my second.
      Have a great weekend.

  3. Good luck with your ongoing saga. Perfect song – Raining Men – love it! Best wishes for much success with your upcoming new book. I love Glimpses – I’m sure the next book will be great too! Hugs xx

    1. It won’t be long before we find out, Aimer. Let’s just say that I was never any good at waiting.
      ‘Queer As Folk’ was a brilliant show. One I really enjoyed and written by one of my favouite writers, Russell T. Davies.

  4. It looks like you had some choices to make back then, Hugh. I like your choice of song for this post. It’s a shame it wasn’t raining men for you at that time in ’88. I wish you success with your new book. If it’s as good as Glimpses, it will be great.

    1. Thank you, Norah. I was never a lover of ‘uncertainty,’ I think it was the fear of the unknown. At times like these, music always helped me through those ‘uncertain’ times. ‘It’s Raining Men’ was one of the tunes that could often work magic for me.

  5. Congratulations on getting book number 2 to your editor, Hugh. Not an easy accomplishment! Rainy Days and Mondays came to mind when you asked about weather songs. Your days of apartment dwelling with roommates took me back to my college years when I moved a lot and was at the mercy of others to keep the rent affordable. Some worked out well – others didn’t. I’m happy to be settled down, living in the same house for over 30 years with a reliable and lovable roomie. I’m not much of a nomad.

    1. Thank you, Molly. There comes a point when you have to let you book go to your editor. I kept delaying it to make changes, but then finally let go. The same happened when I sent my first book for editing, too.

      I don’t like change very much. I’m very much a ‘routine’ kind of guy. However, as I’ve grown older, I now accept change far better than I used to. I guess it was the fear of what I didn’t know rather than knowing what I did know.

      1. Good for you! Letting go is hard to do. I have a mixed relationship with change – I embrace it at times, and resist it at other times. The part that helps me embrace it is my creativity. When something changes that I must accept I start figuring out how to make it work for me, which is a challenge. When I don’t have to accept it, I try not to overthink my choice in the matter, which is a whole other beast!

        1. I know exactly what you mean. I can remember fighting change I didn’t like. Not only can it ruin our own lives, but also that of many others who get caught up in it because of our actions. I dread to think of what chaos I caused at the time.

    1. I can only think that Richard didn’t listen to the radio very much, Donna. Whenever we go to a party, you can almost guarantee that ‘Its Raining Men’ will be played, and it always fills a dancefloor. Although it’s sold over 6 million copies, it never did very well in the charts other than in Europe, so maybe that’s why he’s never heard it before?
      Now, I hope, he’ll have you up on the dance floor whenever the song is played. 🕺

    1. Thanks, Terri. I’m expecting the book back from my editor any day now. However, I’ll be taking my time in getting it ready for publication. As promised, I’ll send you over a copy before publication so that I can add your review to the blurb on Amazon. Thanks so much for offering. I appreciate it.

  6. What a dilemma, where to move. Now I’m wondering who you actually did choose to move in with?
    And huge congrats Hugh on your upcoming book. Good for you not putting unnecessary pressure on yourself for a publishing date. When you feel it’s ready to be born it will. And I shall look forward to reading!
    Oh, and loveeeeeeee the song pick. Brings back great memories of my disco days. ❤ xxx

    1. We’ll find out very soon, Debby. I can confidently say that I didn’t end up homeless. However, I wasn’t expecting what I’ll reveal in next week’s post. 😀
      I ended up rushing Glimpses to print. Made some awful mistakes by doing that. I learned my lesson, though. The next book won’t be rushed into publication until I’m 100% happy with it.
      Glad my song choice bought back some happy memories of your disco days. I still say that ‘disco’ was the best.

      1. I’m with you Hugh. Disco still makes us want to get out of our chairs and dance.
        And glad you’re taking your time. We have nobody to account to except ourselves. 🙂 xxx

  7. You seem to have moved a lot in the 80s, Hugh. While I’m living on the road full-time, and technically moving every day, I think it isn’t easy to pick up the household and change environments, roommates and locations often.

    Congrats on the accomplishment of your sequel. That’s big news!

    1. Thank you, Liesbet. I hope you enjoyed your break from blogging.

      I’ve never been a lover of change, so moving home always stressed me out. However, as I’ve grown older (and wiser) I now see it as a chance to clear out the old and bring in the new. Still stressful, though, although after our last house move in 2016 we seemed to settle in very quickly.

  8. It’s great you didn´t have to move suddenly. I am curious to see where you end up when the place is sold. A great song made popular again by Geri Halliwell from the soundtrack of Bridget Jones Diary.

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