49 Days In 1988: Week 47 -When the Phone Rings

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London – December 1st, 1988

Another day, another day waiting for Bob to call me. I can’t stress enough how upset I have been in not hearing from him. Every evening, I sit anticipating the phone to ring and, when it does, my heart leaps fifteen-feet into the air.

When the phone rang this evening, at the exact time Bob said he was going to call, the butterflies in my stomach set off into a frenzied flight. I even noticed my hand shaking before I lifted the receiver and announced ‘hello’. But when I heard the voice at the other end of the phone, all those butterflies descended into a thick concrete mixture, making me have a heavy feeling inside my stomach.

I wasn’t expecting Mike to call so quickly to announce that he had finally split up with the man he’d left me for and that he was moving down to London on the weekend. Now I find myself at a crossroads. One road leading to Bob, one to Mike, and two others into who knows where?

Is it time to get over Bob, and to go back to somebody who broke my heart two years ago, or take one of the roads into the unknown? Why am I even asking myself that question?

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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, I’m welcoming back Esther Chilton to my blog. Earlier this year, Esther wrote a guest post, Creating Atmosphere In Fiction, which has become one of the most viewed posts on my blog this year. Esther is also my editor, somebody who I know I can go to when I need some writing advice and is also a great friend.

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Author, writer, and blogger, Esther Chilton

Esther has always loved words and writing but started out working with figures in a bank. She went on an accelerated training programme and studying banking exams, which meant she didn’t have time for writing, so it wasn’t long before it was a thing of the past – or so she thought!

Her love affair with writing ignited again when she had an accident and seriously injured her back. It meant she could no longer carry out her job working in the bank and it led her back to writing, which has now become a daily part of her life.

She’s been working as a freelance writer for nearly twenty years, regularly writing articles and short stories for magazines and newspapers such as Freelance Market News, Writers’ Forum, Writing Magazine, The Guardian, Best of British, The Cat, and The People’s Friend to name a few.

Winner of Writing Magazine, Writers’ News and several other writing competitions and awards, she has also had the privilege of judging writing competitions.

As well as working as a freelance writer, she has branched out into the exciting world of copywriting, providing copy for sales letters, brochures, leaflets, web pages, slogans and e-mails.

She loves writing, but equally, enjoys helping others, which she achieves in her role as a tutor for The Writers Bureau. Esther says that she feels like a proud parent when one of her students has a piece of writing published. Some of them have gone on to become published authors and have achieved great success.

In addition to tutoring, Esther work as a freelance copyeditor offering an editing, guidance and advice service for authors and writers. She’s edited novels, non-fiction books, articles and short stories. You can find out more about it by clicking here.

After launching her short story collection, ‘The Siege and Other Award Winning Short Stories’ as an e-book, Esther received numerous requests to bring out a paperback version.

The collection includes prize-winning short stories from Writing Magazine, Writers’ News, The Global Short Story and Ouze Valley Writers competitions, amongst others.

Buying Links:

Amazon UK

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Esther is currently working on her next collection of short stories, A Walk in the Woods and other Short Stories. It’ll feature some prize-winning stories, as well as some new ones.

Connect With Esther

Blog: https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com

Twitter: @esthernewton201

Linkedin: Esther Chilton

Esther’s song choice is Boys Of Summer by Don Henley.

Released in 1984, Boys Of Summer featured on Henley’s album Building the Perfect Beast. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A and at number 12 in the UK charts. In 1986, Henely went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song.

No sign of any summer in London in December 1988, but it seems I had a couple of boyfriends on my mind. Do you have a favourite song connected with a boyfriend or girlfriend? Share a link to it in the comments.

Next week – in the penultimate diary entry for this series, somebody opens up their heart and soul, which could result in the final days of 1988 coming to a climatic end. Click here to find out.

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  1. Hi, Hugh – I strongly echo the sentiments of the other commenters. This has been a wonderful series. I’ve greatly enjoyed learning more about you.
    Thank you for all of the great features, like Esther. So inspiring!!

    1. Thank you so much, Donna. I’m beginning to feel as if I shouldn’t end this feature because of all the wonderful comments and feedback I’m getting. However, a New Year heralds in new plans for my blog. I think it also time to give my diary a rest. 😀

  2. As many have already said, this has been a fun series and for you to share a part of yourself, Hugh, as well as introduce us to other bloggers! Esther has the career I almost imagined for myself (part-time freelance copy-editor)! I remember feeling the way you did when the phone rang (back in the day) hoping it would be a boy I was interested in!

    1. Those were the days when all we had was the phone, Terri. And goodness, if we were not alone in the house, then trying to get some privacy to take that call could be awkward.

      I really enjoyed bringing this series to you all and had no idea just how successful it would be. It only seems like a few weeks ago that I was publishing the first post in the series. It’s great to hear of the memories the music and my diary entries are bringing back to so many of you.

  3. Oh, goodness, this is edge of the seat stuff, Hugh. I think you can do better than either of those two – the the unknown can be scary. I enjoyed Esther’s song choice. This has been a great series both for the story of your ups and downs in London and for the great music we’ve enjoyed.

    1. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the series, Mary. I agree that all my guests have given us some fantastic music to listen to. Many of those songs have bought back even more memories for me. Thank you for being a part of the series, too.

  4. Omg Hugh, I sure hope you took the unknown road and didn’t make yourself a doormat! It seems to me neither of these two guys deserved you!
    Great song choice from Ester. I’ll listen to anything Eagles and day! 🙂 ❤

  5. It is absolutely crazy how life can develop. One moment all doors seem to be closed and all of a sudden all doors open at once!
    Great song choice, Esther! I love that song!

  6. Oh my Princess, what have you got yourself into now. If you can’t get Bob to even call, why do you think he will give you the attention you crave? And Mike on the rebound. You are looking for trouble. Don’t just walk away, RUN! 😲

    Thank you for introducing us to Ester.

    Here is my song this week, I hope it isn’t a repeat.

  7. Life is full of crossroads. Daily forks on the road, daily choices. I guess we are fortunate with so many possible directions. But when the heart is too involved, the brain has no way of helping… Bob doesn’t sound like he deserves you. And Mike? Well, I guess he better makes up his mind soon. Taking a new direction sounds like the most exciting event for the Hugh of 1988. We will see…

    How are you doing on the “hindsight” way of things, Hugh?

    Nice to meet your editor, Esther. She sounds like a smart, successful and productive lady!

    1. You’re so right, Liesbet. I guess we find ourselves at a crossroads almost every day of our lives. In fact, probably many crossroads every day, but we don’t see it that way. Having a choice is good, but when there are more than two choices, then it can become very overwhelming. If we’ve a best-friend we can talk to about the choices, then that’s good. However, I found myself in a few awkward situations when giving advice, and it all going wrong. I hate to say it, but we may not even find out which direction I took before the end of this series, so I may just do a ‘tidy up’ post early in the New Year.

  8. Another twist in 1988- that sure was a busy year for you! 🙂

    I love the song choice- I had forgotten about it. And it’s nice to meet Esther, too! I’ve enjoyed this feature very much!!

  9. Ha! I was thinking of the blues idea of the devil at the crossroads, but “Boys of Summer” is perfect for this post. So we’re drawing toward the close? This has been a lovely series Hugh. And Congrats to Esther on all the views. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I can’t quite believe this feature is drawing to an end either. Thank you for being a part of the series, too. It seems like a long time ago since you were onboard the music time machine in January of this year.
      Hugs to you.

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