49 Days In 1988: Week 44 – Closing In

Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.


London – November 17th, 1988

After yesterday’s turmoil, I still never expected to see my first true love, Mike, again. After meeting him for lunch, I still can not work out why he wants to follow me down to London. After all, we split up because he found somebody else, which caused me not only heartache but jealously like I’ve never experienced before. Just the thought of his new boyfriend’s hands all over him caused me to suffer something I never want to go through again. 

It was no wonder I could not sleep last night. He’s pulling at my heartstrings again! He still has that effect on me. The feelings I had for him, and which took a long time to get over, have now resurfaced. Maybe they never went away in the first place? 

Worse still, how am I going to cope with having him, and the man he left me for, in my life again? Why on earth is he bringing David with him when he says that their relationship is on the rocks? London may be a vast city, but the gay scene is small in comparison. We’re bound to bump into each other.  

My plans for going home to Wales on Sunday are still on track. However, the trouble that has been stirred up between my father and me is not pleasant. And it looks like things could get worse now that I’ve told mum. 

It doesn’t matter where I seem to turn at the moment, problems not caused by me seem to be closing in. 

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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, Sacha Black

This week my guest is creator and founder of the Bloggers Bash. Somebody I refer to as ‘The Boss’ (because she is) she has become a lovely friend to me ever since she asked me to be a member of the committee to set up and make the Bloggers Bash happen. Ladies and gentlemen, please be standing for Sacha Black.

Sacha claims to have five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules (I can vouch for all of them). She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. In fact, since coming into the blogging world, she has become an expert when it comes to sharing all the writing tips she has absorbed.

Sacha lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules (did I already mention that she does break the rules?)

Sacha is currently in the final stages of getting her next book ready for publication. Titled ‘10 Steps To Hero – How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist‘ it’s a book not to be missed because every story has a hero, doesn’t it?

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From cardboard cutout to superhero in 10 steps.

Are you fed up of one-dimensional heroes? Frustrated with creating clones? Does your protagonist fail to capture your reader’s heart?

In 10 Steps to Hero, you’ll discover: 

+ How to develop a killer character arc

+ A step-by-step guide to creating your hero from initial concept to final page

+ Why the web of story connectivity is essential to crafting a hero that will hook readers

+ The four major pitfalls to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create your perfect protagonist. Whether you’re writing your first story or a professional writer, this book will help supercharge your hero and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master your charming knights, navigate your way to the perfect balance of flaws and traits, as well as strengthening your hero to give your story the conflict and punch it needs.

First, there were villains, now there are heroes. If you like dark humour, learning through examples and want to create the best hero you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting heroes.


Meanwhile, while we wait for the publication of the book, you can get Sacha’s free 17-page cheat sheet intro to creating superbad villains by visiting her website: www.sachablack.co.uk

Connect with Sacha.

Sacha’s song choice is Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics.

Released in 1983, Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) was the fourth single from the album by the same name. It went on to become the band’s breakthrough song in the music industry and helped launch them worldwide. It became a number two hit in the UK but topped the charts at number one on the billboard hot 100 in the U.S.A.

Back in November 1988, there were no signs of any sweet dreams for me. In fact, so it seems, nightmares were more the order of my life. Do you have a favourite song connected to dreams or nightmares? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week – with family rows erupting around me, they are not the only reason why I’m looking forward to getting back to London quickly, but what is it that wants me to get back? Click here to find out.

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  1. These situations with ex-lovers becoming family and friends is still common. I once dated a lesbian who was also an occasional bisexual. She threw a birthday party for me and all of the many guests were her ex-lovers as well as one or two of mine.

  2. Love is tough. It will be tricky to have your “flame” move to London with his lover in tow. But maybe Mike expects an ending of the relationship he is in…

    So nice to see Sacha here. Of all her passions, I can relate to “breaking the rules” (or better, not fitting in) the most. 🙂 Great song choice as well. Another successful one at parties when I grew up. Her newest book sounds like a must for every fiction writer! And, the cover is clever and attractive.

    1. Thanks so much Liesbet, glad I’m not alone in my rule breaking ways! That’s a lovely thing to say, glad you like the cover, I hope everyone finds it useful. I’m getting nervous about the launch now!

  3. Love the track Sacha chose. I heard it on the radio recently and it’s been running round my head every since – rather a nice ear worm for a change! Troublesome times for the young Hugh. I do, know, though your mum was supportive when you came out and already knew.

  4. Oh what a tangled web we weave Hugh, lol. Sheesh, I would be leery too, why bring along the ‘old’ love. You do get yourselves in some pickles lol. 🙂 Love seeing Sacha here and great song! ❤ xx

  5. Love your song choice, Sacha! You and Annie Lennox both have that creative edginess that screams success! Sorry you had to go through that again, Hugh, seeing an old love can be rough on the heartstrings! …”some of them want to use you…”

    1. Yep, and I soon learned my lesson, Terri. But when you’re staring back at somebody who you think you still love, it can make their intentions invisible. I was in for a bit of a rough ride, but it wasn’t long before I was smiling again.

  6. Hi Hugh,
    Well, the princess is at it again. She’s going to get in hot water again. OH MY! I hope she didn’t fall for the old line “..that their relationship is on the rocks? ” I think Mike wants more than drinks. Perhaps a romp in the bedroom?

    Now I know from the previous post of yours that your Mother was supportive. This is the first I’m hearing of your father. Coming out to our parents especially can be traumatic. I tried to keep it away from my parent because I knew they would not be accepting. When they did find out, I was right. We had an estranged relationship from that point on. I do hope you didn’t have that with your father.

    Thank you for introducing us to Sacha

    Here’s my love song for this week.


    1. We’ll find out a bit more about Mike’s intentions before the end of this feature (in 5 weeks time), Chuck. Boy, was he Mr Dream Guy when I first met him, though. Sigh, he still has that effect on me when I think back to the day I first met him.

      I’ve spoken about ‘coming out’ on my blog before, and even today I think it’s still difficult for many people. My parents got a divorce in 1977, so there were new partners on the scene for both of them 11 years later. The problems centred more around the ‘new families’ rather than the fact that I was gay. In my father’s case, though, it was still a problem.

      Thanks for the choice of song. I think we’ll all agree that when we hear The Bee Gees sing, it’s like hearing Angels sing. 😇

      1. Hugh, from the picture of you when you were younger (with hair 😉) you were a hotty. Dream Guy or not, Mike made a mistake kicking you to the curb. HUGS

  7. Thanks so much for having me Hugh. What a wonderful way to share parts of your life, I really REALLY hope you publish it in a book, I’d LOVE to read it – maybe add some fictional sprinkles so as not to get done for slander :p but I bet hubby can help with that 😛 ❤

    1. You’re welcome, Sacha. I’ve changed all the names of the characters in the entries, and will probably change them again if I decide to write the book. I’ve haven’t decided yet, but it’s on the ‘to think about’ list.

  8. Hi Hugh – you have a brilliant way of keeping us in suspense week to week!

    Congratulations, Sacha on your new book. Thank you for sharing your expertise. I’m off to check out your website now.

    Thank you both for sharing this great song choice.

    Hugh – What will happen to your Time Machine in January?

    1. Now I know where I got those cliffhangers from, Donna. My diary from 1988 has revealed a lot of secrets.

      I’ll be resting the time machine after it takes its final trip (just before Christmas). I’ve no plans for a weekly feature next year but do have an idea for something else.

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