49 Days In 1988: Week 36 – Choices

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London – September 7th, 1988

Yesterday, it seems that there was quite a bit of upset between Anthony and Mr & Mrs Summer. Marcus revealed to Marty and me that a large rift has developed between both parties over the death of our landlord, Shaun. 

It’s a great shame, but it seems that Anthony has led us all, here at Grassmere Road, up the garden path as to when Shaun’s parents intend selling the house. It’s now almost certain that we will all have to be out by November 1st!

I hate being up against a deadline, so I immediately contacted Simon and Rod and told them to get searching for a place that will accommodate three people. Simon seemed really chuffed that I’ve decided to move in with Rod and him. In fact, I think I almost detected an evil laugh from him when I told him.

Now all that remains is for me to tell Nigel that I won’t be moving in with him. Goodness knows how he’s going to take the news, but we’re both grown men, so it shouldn’t really matter. Sometimes, we seem to act like schoolboys in a playground.

I’m glad that I didn’t rush my decision. I have my reasons for not moving in with Nigel and will discuss these with him when I see him at work tomorrow.  

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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.

This week my guest is the writer and blogger, Sherri Matthews. A writer of memoir and occasional poetry, Sherri also discovered, much to her amazement, a love for writing flash fiction.

While she chases the finish line to the publication of her memoir, Stranger In A White Dress, Sherri is published in four anthologies. Most recently, The Congress of Rough Writers: Flash Fiction Anthology Vol. 1, proud recipient of a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite and the Literary Titan Silver Book Award, which features several of her 99-word flash fictions and her essay: ‘From Memoir to Flash Fiction and Back Again.’

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Writer and blogger, Sherri Matthews

Sherri has several articles published in national magazines, including her short story runner-up entry, ‘A Walk in the Woods’, in Prima. Two of her short memoir entries are longlisted with FISH Publications.

Sherri raised her children in California for twenty years before returning to her home in England, where she lives today with her husband.

According to her children, Sherri has an annoying habit of taking photos wherever she goes. The better ones she loves to share on her on her blog, along with stories of her (mis)adventures then and now, and the highs and lows and the unexpected remedies in the life of an adult child with Asperger’s Syndrome.

I’ve met Sherrie several times through the Bloggers Bash, and we have since become very good friends. Last year, she kindly invited me to be a judge in one of the Flash Fiction competitions held at the Carrot Ranch. It seems I did an excellent job because she’s invited me to be a judge in one of the contests in this year’s competition, too.

Sherrie’s theme for this year’s competition is Travel With A Twist. Click here for full details, including when the competition opens.

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Sherrie’s song choice is Power Of Love by Huey Lewis And The News.

Released in 1985, Power Of Love featured in the 1985 blockbuster movie Back To The Future. Huey Lewis also featured in the movie where he plays one of the judges in a music competition Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) enters. The song can also be heard briefly in the sequel Back To The Future 2.

It gave the band their first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the U.S.A and was a worldwide hit elsewhere.

In September 1988, it seems the power of my mind finally kicked in when I finally made a decision of who my new housemates were to be. Do you have a favourite song connected to power? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week, are things finally on the up on our quest to find a new home, or is somebody else about to throw everything into chaos? Click here to find out.

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