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Newport – December 24th, 1988
It’s been a fantastic day. Sarah’s birthday party, this afternoon, helped to kick the Christmas holiday season off with lots of merriment, happiness and glitter. I left London with lots of smiles on my face.
While I sit here tonight, waiting for Father Christmas to pop down the chimney to fill my stocking with Bob, I can’t help but wonder what Bob is doing tonight and if he’s hoping to find me in his Christmas stocking when he wakes up in the morning. I’m glad he poured his heart out to me a few weeks ago because it’s certainly helped clear the air between us the last few weeks.
Although I’m looking forward to spending time with the family tomorrow, and usually am wanting the day to last forever, deep down inside, I can’t wait to get back to London on Tuesday. Maybe I’ll get a time machine for Christmas? I don’t know how many times I’ve asked for one, but wouldn’t that be the best gift ever? Thanks for the idea, Mr Wells.
At least I’ve reach Christmas knowing that there is still a chance for Bob and me. It looks likely that 1988 will end with me not being single. I hope it lasts until the bell of Big Ben chimes in 1989.
Welcome to the final post of this new feature which I started at the beginning of 2018. As those of you that have read any of the entries know, I’ve been sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ve also taken many trips in my Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.
This week, I’m delighted to welcome back Janice Spina to my blog. Janice is somebody who I’d admire very much. Not just because she’s a fantastic lady, but because of the talent she has for writing and the way she makes you feel so welcome whenever you visit her blog. She has a heart of gold.
Janice, aka J.E. Spina, is an award-winning author with twenty-two published books. She has been writing since the age of nine. She always dreamt of being an author but did not realize this dream until after she retired from an administrative, secretarial position in a public school system in Massachusetts.
Her goal is to write for all ages and encourage children to read which will cultivate a love of reading and carry them throughout their lives. Janice’s books range from PS-Grade 3 to 18+. Janice’s motto is Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks.com! Her logo is Jemsbooks – Books for all ages.
Her stories have been featured in other authors’ anthologies and in The Writers Newsletter.
Janice plans to write more children’s books, middle-grade, young adult fantasy and novels over the next two years. As she says, “There is always another story running around in my head just waiting to be written down.”
Janice’s hobbies are crocheting, exercising (walking, hula hooping to keep in shape), and reading, reviewing books, blogging, supporting her fellow authors, travelling, going out to the movies and dinner with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren who are her inspiration to write.
Janice’s most recent book, published in October 2018, comes from the Abby and Holly series, which is aimed at readers in Middle-grade/PT/YA.
Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass. Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time. The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.
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Janice’s song choice is Flash Dance (What A Feeling) by Irene Cara.
Released in 1983, Flashdance (What A Feeling) became Irene Cara’s only number one hit in many countries and turned the record platinum. However, that didn’t stop the song from also sweeping up an array of awards including a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
It looks as if I still had lots of feelings for Bob during Christmas 1988. I wonder if those feelings lasted? Do you have a favourite song connected with feelings? Share a link to it in the comments.
I’d like to finally take this opportunity to thank all my guests who have appeared with me onboard my music time machine during this series and to wish you all a Merry Christmas.
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