I finally started playing it again last night. As for being stuck, I really wasn't it seems. I tried leaving the town I was in, but it wouldn't let me leave so I just wandered around town a bit until I came across a spot that a cut scene started up. Pretty cool. I thought I was nearing the end at around 35 hours... but a look at an online hint guide made it look like I was only half through it. I should have known as the last Tales game I played (TO Symphonia) took me well over 70 hours to finish.
Symphonia took me 60h+ and Vesperia 45h. Both are awesome games !