49 Days In 1988: Week 43 – No Time For Love

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London – November 5th, 1988

All hopes of me trying to kickstart my love life seemed to have failed. There has been so much else going on in my life over the last few months that I’ve disregarded it, and now Cupid seems to be paying me back.

The date I had with David last night was a disaster. I might as well have been on a date with a broomstick because David had as much energy as a piece of plasterboard. The broomstick would have come in handy for me to have made my escape. However, maybe I’m a little unfair in what I say because I really just do not feel in the mood for any romance at the moment. It’s the wrong time, and I should have stuck with using my energy on something else. 

Meanwhile, Simon is all loved-up to the eyeballs with somebody by the name of Robert. I met him for the first time this evening, and they do seem the perfect match. After the experience I had with Simon in Amsterdam, they seem well-suited. Judging by the sounds coming from Simon’s bedroom, it wasn’t only the fireworks making all the banging noises tonight. Good luck to them.  

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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 somebody I’ve become very good friends with. Our blogging paths crossed in 2014 when we were both new in the blogging world. We often talk about how far we’ve both come with our writing since then. Just the fact that we both celebrate five years of blogging next year is proof that the world of blogging is important to both of us. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the author, poet, writer, and blogger, Colleen M. Chesebro.

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Author, writer, and blogger, Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen is a writer and author of YA fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called, “The Bus Stop.” Her debut novel, “The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy,” won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

Colleen’s most recent book is Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration.


Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humour, and a young girl who fulfils her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

Click here to buy Fairies, Myths, & Magic.

Connect with Colleen.



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Colleen’s song choice is Don’t You Want Me by The Human League.

Released in 1981, Don’t you Want Me was the 1981 Christmas Number One in the UK. It has gone on to sell nearly two million copies and was voted by the British public as the nations 7th most favourite 1980s number one single. The song went on to become a number one hit single in Belguim, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and the U.S.A.

It looks as if nobody wanted me, when it came to love, in early November 1988. Do you have a favourite song connected to being alone? Share a link to it in the comments.

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    1. Those phrases are ones I used to use a lot, Teagan. In fact, I had a lot of them back then. Not so many these days, but the odd one pops out every now and again.
      Hope you’re having a great weekend. A holiday weekend in your part of the world, I hear.

  1. Awww. Such a great post. Love is sort of up in the air for Hugh, but at least you have a sense of humor and can appreciate the love of others. And wonderful to see Colleen here, a magical poet, writer, reader, and bloggy friend. Love the song, Colleen. Wow, does that bring back memories. Ha! Happy Writing to you both. <2

    1. I think my humour helps me in days that bring some despair, Diana. Laugher is, indeed, the best medicine. Sometimes, Cupid simply does not want to be found. I guess he also needs his ‘chillout’ time. I’ve always found that love happens when you least expect it. Now you got me going all romantic. 💕

  2. This is an amazing diary entry, Hugh. It is so well-written that I instantly understand now where your talent as a writer comes from. Using symbolism and drawing parallels like that in a diary means that you are spontaneously well-versed!

    Colleen is a prominent blog figure. I’ve seen her around a lot and wish her success with her newest book. Her song choice immediately brings me back to being a teenager in the eighties and going to my first party. What a fun and melodic song. It’ll be in my head for the rest of the day. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Liesbet. High praise indeed for my early days of writing. It makes me ask the question as to why I chose to bury my writing for such a long time. Still, at least it’s out in the open now.

      Colleen’s song choice seems to be a hit with everyone. Definitely, one of the best music classics from the 1980s.

  3. I laughed out loud at the plasterboard comment, Hugh! I remember that song well from the 80s, and also when one of my son’s friends belted it out while I drove them to soccer, lol. Completely unexpected and hilarious. Nice to seen Colleen here!

    1. Dare I say that I’ve encountered quite a few ‘plasterboard’ people in my lifetime, Teri.

      Colleen’s song choice is a classic. It’s one that everyone seems to enjoy: including me. I say ‘keep on belting it out.’

  4. Oh dear, Hugh — the course of true love. It’s never easy and loneliness is not much fun either. I do look forward to finding out who reappears next week.
    It’s lovely to meet Colleen here – how wonderful that you were both Rodeo winners last year. I wonder if it will be the same this year. I already have my copy of Colleen’s book and have enjoyed what I’ve read so far. Great song choice, Colleen!

    1. Thanks, Norah. My first guest on this feature (way back the beginning of January) was also a winner from last years Rodeo, Marjorie Mallon. And who knows if any of us will win any of the Rodeo contests that have recently taken place. My fingers are crossed, off course. 😀

    1. Very true, Sally. I seem to remember chasing something that wasn’t there. It taught me a lesson to concentrate on the things that were happening rather than trying to make things happen. The 1980s taught me a lot about life.
      Hugs to you.

  5. Who doesn’t need a broomstick as a means of escape from awkward social situations from time to time, right Hugh? That line made me laugh. Great to see Colleen on your blog. I love her photo with the flowers in her hair and her expression reeks of attitude – the good kind. Looking forward to next week’s surprise.

    1. Yes, I’m glad I made that great escape, Molly. I’m sure my life would have gone in a completely different direction had I not made my getaway. Next week’s entry came as a real shock and left me in a real dilemma back when it happened.

  6. That made me laugh, Hugh… plasterboard and broomsticks a good start to your post and it got better a lovely choice in Colleen and her choice of song I couldn’t pick a better one myself 🙂 Have a lovely week 🙂

      1. I have a brromstick as well it is a standing joke in our house my hubby thinks it is funny when he jests about me, my broomstick and being a witch…I let him have his moment…lol

    1. Hello, Marje! I loved the Human League and still do. I should have told Hugh that I have a Toyah album (Anthem) that I purchased in the UK. I have it framed in my creative room. Toyah is dressed as a fairy! No kidding… ❤

  7. Always good to see Colleen feature in other blogs. I’m a big fan of her writing and her blog. Sad to see that things didn’t work out for you, Hugh, but it sounds as if it wasn’t the right time… Great music, though!

  8. Very good choice of song, Colleen. I love the lyrics, the rhyme the word picture and the sentiment. I’m happy for your 34 years of happy marriage in April. I only visited London once, but would like to go back. Hugh, I enjoy the great feature of your post. I agree that a love relationship comes in unexpected moment. It stands right next to you when you’re not searching. 🙂

      1. Yes, I agree with you, Hugh! It has to knock on your heart to get your attention. I just found out that I followed you when your book Glimpses was promoted by your friend. He is not blogging too much these days.

        1. It’s Richard Anker. He’s not too active in blogging now. I got a lot of writing tips, tools from his blog, the best one is prowritingaid.com, that help me publish my new book.

        2. He did some short posts for a while. The last I heard was that one of his books was translated into Spanish. I don’t know how it works for the author if Amazon has your book translated.

        3. Thank you, Hugh. It’s good to know.Let me get my book settled and running first. I have a could projects to do with my book – audio and video. I’m going to create a YouTube account soon. Then contact translators. When I go on some poetry sites, many poems are in audio.

  9. Yay, happy to see my Fey Sister Colleen here today, and love that song! (no surprise!) Well, happy to hear Simon did find some love Hugh. You’re right, when you’re not in the frame of mind for a relationship, even the right one will pass you by. ❤ Hugs kids! xxxx

    1. I’m glad you agree with me, Debby. I’ve always believed that when you go looking for love and romance, it hides from you. That’s certainly been the case for me, anyway.

      Simon was very happy during this time in 1988. I, however, had other things to deal with (which you’ll find out about in next week’s entry).


  10. Oh, Hugh! Thank you so much! I lived in the UK in 1981 and remember this song so well. It’s still one of my favorites today! I loved the punk rock scene and this song is just so 80’s. I did have to laugh at how perfect it went with your memories of the time. Can you believe all that we’ve learned about writing since we began? Don’t forget I want to interview you on Conversations with Colleen. It should be a fun time. Here’s a link: https://colleenchesebro.com/submit-to-conversations-with-colleen/. Thanks again. Huge hugs winging their way to you. ❤

    1. You’re very welcome, Colleen. Yes, many of the songs chosen by my guests have fitted in very well with what was going on in my life in 1988. You chose a song that I love very much. It brings back a lot of memories.

      Thank you for the invite to be interviewed. You must have been inundated with requests, so I thought I would wait a few months before sending in my answers. Plus, it gives me a chance to think of those answers (and I’ll have the new book out). 😀

      Hugs to you.

  11. A perfect song choice by Colleen. Don’t you worry, love will be waiting around the corner. We tended to be quite impatient when we were younger. It’s a good thing you discovered how boring David was before you pursued it any further.

  12. Hi Hugh,
    Oh, the princess is lonely. Well, I’m sure it won’t take her long to find a new one. She hasn’t failed in past. But will she learn from mistakes of the past? Love can be cruel or it can be thrilling. Don’t play with fire if you aren’t prepared for the heat. 😳

    Here is a song to fit the mood.

    I’ve followed Colleen’s blog, but never read her books. I mistake I will rectify soon. Thank you for sharing Colleen’s work.

    HUGS to all.

    1. I don’t think the heat ever scared me back then, Chuck. I could sometimes be like a whirlwind that came between people. Not in November 1988, though.

      A lovely song choice from you. One that I know everyone will sing along to.

      Hugs to you.

  13. Lean times in love always highlight the assumed plethora that others have… can’t wait to hear whats going on next week!
    Great to see Colleen here and , Colleen that’s a great choice of song.
    When I think of being alone this song comes to mind

      1. I saw Bohemian Rhapsody last week and I absolutely loved it. I have always been a huge Queen fan. There are chronological errors but I just suspended my knowledge and revalled in my hero 💜💜💜, have you seen it Hugh 💜💜

    1. Excellent, Willow! I was living in the UK in 1981 (had my second daughter in-country that year). I was still growing up and away from my ex. So much learning in those days! Great choice of song. ❤

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