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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?
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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