Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Quick Update on NR's Polishing and A Blast From the Past...

Hey everyone!
Things with NR have been going somewhat okay, and I am getting closer and closer to putting it in "Draft 3 mode", which I am hoping will be sometime VERY soon! 
Most of the verb tense has been cleaned up to be in "past tense" and I've caught a LOT of typos over the last week or so. I think there are still some around but I haven't caught them yet due to being distracted or the eyes burning from staring at the computer screen so much lately! LOL
The other day, I did a word count on NR's second draft... I thought I may have about 150,000 words in it, which is almost twice the length of a regular romance novel and about what I had for a goal when I started really getting into this story. 
Well, I not only hit 150,000 words, I kinda surpassed it... I did the word count for NR's Part One and did a double take on it because I wasn't sure if I had my addition right or not. I double checked it and sure enough, the addition was RIGHT ON. When I did the word count for Part Two, the same thing happened and sure enough, everything is right on with that too.
As of November 18, 2012:
Word Count, Part ONE: 97,604.
Word Count, Part TWO: 107,268.
Grand total: 204,872!!!
*BLINK!*
*THUD*
I didn't write a novel, I wrote a freaking EPIC!!! 
Keep in mind I've been doing revisions on NR in the days since then so those numbers probably changed somewhat... But y'all get the general idea, right? 
When the typos are finally gone and all of the verb tense, etc is cleaned up, NR will go into "Draft Three Mode" and that's where I'll be finishing up the polish, etc on it with the proofing and the formatting, etc. I'll also be starting off each new chapter on a brand new page, which will make the darn manuscript a LOT longer... It's currently standing at around 324 pages on Word NOW (1 inch margins, Times New Roman font size 12, indentations for each paragraph with no spaces in between paragraphs and single spaced) but that will DOUBLE when I double space the darn thing to send out. 
Enough about the writing, here's something different for y'all...
Yesterday was the two year anniversary of Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed, performing in Halifax at Casino Nova Scotia. Yes, I did attend it and had the time of my life! I'd like to share the original blog that was up in my old WordPress blog with all of you... Enjoy!
SCOTT STAPP ROCKS HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Original Post date: November 21, 2010.


Last night was one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life.

Saturday, November 20th was the very day I saw Scott Stapp live in concert for the very first time.
I’ve been a fan of Scott Stapp and Creed since I first heard Scott singing “Higher” on Q104.3 out of Halifax, NS back in 1999. The more I heard the song, the more I liked it and after hearing more of Creed’s music, I quickly became hooked and have never looked back.
I had not been lucky enough to see Scott or the rest of Creed live… Until last night that is.
The Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax was almost completely sold out… There was between 200 and 400 people there is my estimate… And that is a tiny venue, if it had been at the Metro Centre, I’m thinking that more people would have been there.
The show started late, at 8:30 instead of 8 p.m. like it was schedule to start. The reason??? Scott and his band did not get into the Casino until 7:30 and had to do their meet and greet before the show. Apparently, Scott had been on an IV for 5 hours earlier that day and he wasn’t feeling the best even after treatment, he apologized to all of us for the delay and if he seemed “slow”. Someone screamed out that they didn’t care, he could have been on stage with an IV in his arm, the main thing was that he was FINALLY performing in our province.
To say Scott is an amazing performer and has a magnetic stage presence is an understatement… He is one amazing singer, his talent is beyond description and he really knows how to entertain his audiences.
In between songs, Scott talked to us… He told us that he got into trouble in Saint John New Brunswick during his show there on November 19th.. Apparently, he called it “St. John’s” and someone in the Halifax audience yelled out something about St. John’s being in Newfoundland but we didn’t care, Scott was there in Halifax performing… *giggles*
Scott was also having problems with the stool on the stage… He make a few quips about it not liking him and he almost fell off of it a few times, it seemed to have a crooked leg… Since Scott is the kind of performer that does NOT sit still whatsoever, the wobbly stool make things pretty hairy for him by times. He didn’t lose his balance or anything but one could tell he was trying not to laugh each time he sat on it and it moved on him.
He said that he was happy to finally be here and he loved Nova Scotia… He is hoping to come back sometime in the future… Y’all know I’ll be there if he does!!!
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a VIP ticket so I didn’t meet him. But I did get a smile from him!!! Not sure if it’s because he saw my Passion Breeds Followers shirt or he was just being a nice guy. *shrugs* I don’t care… The smile was enough to make me MELT…
The songs he sang were mostly older Creed songs, with a few of his solo songs, the first release off of Creed’s Full Circle, a couple of cover songs and a NEW song that will be on his next album… That’s due out sometime next year. Most of us in the audience were singing along and really enjoying ourselves.
Scott did get a few standing ovations, the first being after he sung one of Creed’s biggest hits, “Higher”… The very song that got me hooked on his music.
I have always thought Scott was good looking… But in my opinion, he is even better looking in person!!! Pictures do NOT do the man justice at all and one has to see him in person to see exactly how handsome he really is.
Unfortunately, flash photography was not permitted… But we were allowed to snap all the pictures we wanted to without using our flashes. I did sneak in a couple with a flash and happily snapped away otherwise. Not all of the pictures turned out really well but some did and I am so tickled that I got them!!! I have 60+ up in my Facebook album titled “Scott Stapp ROCKS Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 20th 2010″ if any of my FB friends want to check them out.
I did get some video but it was mostly Scott talking about different things. I still have dial up internet and since that takes FOREVER to upload a video, I’ll post them sometime in the future, when I remember to take the card to my SIL’s house maybe.
The set list:
01. Are You Ready
02. Overcome
03. Weathered
04. I’m Eighteen (cover song)
05. Bullets
06. My Own Prison
07. Unforgiven
08. Surround Me
09. Higher
10. With Arms Wide Open
11. My Sacrifice
12. Crazy In Love (new song)
13. Justify
14. Riders On The Storm (cover song)
15. The Great Divide
I know I said I don’t like his song “Justify” but last night, the way he performed it, I actually LIKED it!!! Yeah, I know… SHOCKER!!!
All in all, it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had… Well, after having my son and getting married to my husband of course!!!
I am so glad I got there and finally saw Scott perform live… It was a dream come true for me and I will never forget the amazing experience he provided for all of us there last night!!!
Thank you for Halifax, Scott!!!
Mishaps…
To say that getting to the concert was NOT easy… Sometimes it seems that I have a cloud of “wacky luck” hanging over my head sometimes…
But it also seems that the universe makes sure things work out. Despite all of the following mishaps, I DID make it to the concert and had the time of my life!!!
Mishap 1: I stopped at a gas station in Hubbards (about 2/3 of the way from home to Halifax) and realized I had a flat tire. Thank the stars the place was open and I had left an hour earlier than I had originally planned… I had to wait an hour for someone to come change it for me, which delayed me a little bit.
Mishap 2: I got mixed up at five road intersection and wound up taking the LONG way around the city to my hotel.
Mishap 3: I have NO sense of direction… I got mixed up on the enclosed Pedestrian walk way that went from my hotel to the casino… I wound up turning around and walking to the casino along the sidewalk, which meant I was freezing my butt off the entire walk!!!
Mishap 4: Almost had another flat tire in Chester, which would have been bad… I was already using the spare from the car and did NOT have another one. I averted that disaster in the making by adding air to it in Chester.
Despite all of the mishaps, I got to the concert in plenty of time, thoroughly enjoyed it and had a relaxing and quiet time at my hotel.
I got home around noon our time and decided to post my concert review for my fellow Stapp fans and friends in Passion Breeds Followers and post all of the pictures that turned out okay in Facebook.
I am SO glad I went to the concert… It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had and I’ll definietly be there should Scott ever have another concert in Halifax.
And if he has a meet and greet for that one, y’all can bet that I’ll be going to it and finally meeting him!! 

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

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