Monday, August 3, 2015

Life Post: Seeing One Direction

I haven't written one of these in more than a week. Wow. There were several times where I actually considered writing one, but I decided against it since all of my time was really being spent writing. I finished up the first draft of my new Twilight fanfiction, and I've been editing it. Now I'm looking for beta readers as well in order to get it completed and up. I'm hoping to start posting it sometime in August.

In addition to that, I've been beta reading for other people. I do that one and off all the time, but the load increased a lot more than usual the past couple of weeks. There's one story in particular that I've been beta reading and am really excited about it. The concept of it is so cool, and it's also a crossover story of two fandoms that I love but have never beta read for anyone in. So that's pretty awesome.

Other than that, there has been one hugely notable thing recently: the One Direction concert. I actually meant to blog about it much sooner, but I've been exhausted ever since it happened. After the craziness of that day, I got behind on my to do lists, and I'm still trying to catch up. So this post is only just happening now.

The day was amazing though. We drove up to Indianapolis that morning, so we were there for essentially an entire day. Even though we got there hours upon hours before the concert, it took ages to find a place to park. We wound up on the top floor of a parking garage that was the only one with places still available. In a really crazy twist though, it was also cheaper than all the parking garages around it.

We got to the stadium hours early, and we wound up sitting around outside of it for a really long time. When it got a bit closer to when the gates were opening, we started walking around the building. We found a place where they'd blocked off the sidewalk because it's where cars went through. Fans were standing around waiting for One Direction to drive through. A bus drove through soon after we got there, and people freaked out. (I think it was crew, but I could be wrong. At the time, a lot of people standing around assumed it was One Direction.) The gates were opened soon after that, and a lot of people actually left.

Because of that, we managed to get up to the front of the barricade. I think a lot of people had assumed that was One Direction and that was it, but it was obvious from how the police were acting (and the fact that they hadn't removed the barricade) that the boys were still coming. The police were purposefully trying to get as many people to leave as possible. So we stayed.

It was maybe ten or fifteen minutes after that that the boys showed up. They had a police escort and a lot of black SUVs. I still can't believe I was even that close to them. I really can't. They waved at us, and I really can't believe I survived the moment. That was probably the closest I'm ever going to get to One Direction, and I actually just had to take a break from writing this as I relived the moment.

The removed the barricade right after that, and we went to go get in the stadium. The concert itself was amazing as always. I can't believe I've been to three One Direction concerts by now. The best part (although labeling any one part of it the best is difficult) was that we got to hear Drag Me Down live for the first time ever.

When they released the single as a surprise the night before, I'd been shocked. It had seriously happened right as I was going to bed, and our concert was the next day. It was unbelievable. Leading up to the concert, I really hoped they'd perform it, but I also didn't want to get my hopes up if they didn't. But they did, and everyone freaked out. After the song, everyone was screaming so much that the boys actually had to stand there for a bit and couldn't talk. It was a level of screaming that none of the rest of the show matched, and that's saying something because the screaming was always crazy.

Between seeing One Direction in their cars to being one of the first people to hear Drag Me Down performed live, that day was definitely one of the greatest of my life. I still can't believe it happened. I'm getting so excited all over again just thinking about it. It was amazing. So amazing. I can't even stress how amazing it was.

In other news though, I've been getting a bit of writing done like I said, and some of that has been on my writing blog. I tried to write a limmerick. I also wrote about Miles' name in The Society. And I wrote more flash fiction. Over on Youtube, I posted a vlog. I also reviewed the book Christendom Destroyed and did my wrap-up and TBR for the month.

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