NaNoWriMo 2013: Halfway Mark

So, we’re at the halfway mark of NaNoWriMo, and I… haven’t been doing as well as I hoped this year. (Still by far better than last year, of course, but not as well as I hoped.) The goal was to be at 25K words by midnight today (well, my goal was to be at 50K, but… meh), and I’m at… just over 14.6 as of 23:00 hrs.

This is, however, more than 1/4 of the ultimate word count goal, so I’m still counting it as a bit of a win that I can work with.

The problem is, I apparently hit the Week Two Doldrums a bit early. I think I’m getting out of them, but issues I’ve been having with the weather, lack of exercise (which ended Wednesday), and other stuff – including my re-discovery of Heather Dale, a wonderful Toronto musician who does Celtic ballad-style and SCA music – and a few other distractions, kind of dragged me down for a while there. (But, hey, on the plus side? I’ve now got some wonderful new music to add to my “Songs to Write By” playlists… and more stuff for my Christmas wish list! I may have downloaded HDale’s songs off YouTube, but I want to buy them legitimately. And check out Heather’s website – there’s even a free album download available! – and you can buy physical CDs or MP3s from there.)

So, back to my writing. Will be doing some word sprints this weekend and into next week, I suspect. But all is good.

‘Later, all!

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The Irish Tenors at Massey Hall

Well, went to see the Irish Tenors (currently consisting of Anthony Kearns, Finbar Wright, and John McDermott) at Massey Hall Thursday night. Unfortunately my aunt was sick, so I ended up going with both my adopted aunts (it was a real pity, since she’s a big fan, and she was the one who arranged everything and bought the tickets in the first place). It was a wonderful concert, and I got to stay to the end before having to leave for work, which was very nice.

General comments: Well, John McDermott can’t keep still. *g* When he’s not singing, he’s tapping his feet, or he’s wandering around the stage… and even when he is singing, his hands are moving in time with the music. But then, I knew that from the couple of solo concerts of his I’ve gone to. Anthony was poking some fun at John at the start, but John got back at him a bit later… And after the intermission, in the second half, they’d relaxed enough to play around a bit, to the point where John was pointed at during the mention of girls, in the line “The boys and the girls all together”, in “The Stone Outside Dan Murphy’s Door”, as well as the usual dancing around from the two who weren’t singing whichever verse it happened to be, and they substituted Arnie Roth’s name (he’s their conductor) for Albert Moony in the last verse of “I’ll Tell My Ma”…

Songlist was a mix of some of their usuals and some of the songs from their new CD, “Sacred”. Included (not in any particular order, and this isn’t all of them) were:

  • Only Our Rivers Run Free
  • Red is the Rose
  • Minstrel Boy
  • Spanish Lady
  • Grace
  • Forever Friend (from “Sacred”)
  • Deus Meus (from “Sacred”)
  • How Great Thou Art (from “Sacred”; which was lovely, and reminded me of my Grandmother Goold – it was one of her favourite songs)
  • If I Can Help Somebody (from “Sacred”)
  • Lord of the Dance (from “Sacred”; a favourite of mine)
  • The Courtin’ Medley: “Courtin’ in the Kitchen”; “The Stone Outside Dan Murphy’s Door”; “I’ll Tell My Ma”
  • Forty Shades of Green
  • The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls
  • I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen
  • Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go (which I must admit I don’t care for that much)
  • Danny Boy – the last two verses

Hmm… I think I managed to get most of them! I know I missed at least one or two, but still, that’s pretty good! *G*

Anyway, I had a great time, and I’m definitely glad I went.

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