Virginia McClain: Writer & Designer

Author of Blade's Edge and Traitor's Hope

Virginia's Pre-2011 Blog

Virginia's Blog from before she returned to North America (in other words Japan and the before times)

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Words from Japan

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 12:24 AM Comments comments (6)

Well, I won't lie, I'm slightly embarassed that I haven't posted since October. SOOOOO much has happened since then. I finished my most recent novel, I did the first round of edits, I sent it off to my first readers, I got it back from some of them, I'll soon be doing the second round of edits and sending it off to the editor who's interested in reading it. I also have driven to Kyushu and back, learned how to snowboard, signed up for a triathlon in June, started training for said triathlon, ...

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Guilt, Busy-ness (not to be confused with business) and other matters...

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Am I feeling a bit ashamed that I haven't yet posted the blogs about the Hokkaido trip? Yes. So guilty, that I'm going to force myself to sit still for 6 hours and write them? Not quite. But, they will come eventually. I'm sorry for the delay.

I honestly haven't had time to sit down and write them since my last post. I have had new classes starting at work (and all through September I had to teach Saturdays) and I have spent any free time I have working on my TEFL course, wr...

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Web-redesign, Hokkaido, and the General Awesomeness that is Living in Japan

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 3:23 AM Comments comments (1)

So, first things first, you've probably noticed by now that the site looks a little (or a lot) different. I recently upgraded the template I've been using and I rearranged somethings in an attempt to make things more user friendly. If you're wondering where everything went, make sure that you scroll over the headers on the home page and wait for the drop down menus (namely...
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Of Cameras and Kindles and Running Shoes...

Posted on June 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, of course, lots has happened since my last entry. Life in Japan being the never ending adventure that it is, there's always something happening, and many of those things have been interesting. Let us see, then, if I can actually recall any of them at the moment.

  • I bought about 10 books and...
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Steps and Stones May Break my Bones but Plastic Katana Will Never Hurt Me.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 8:43 AM Comments comments (0)

I have a cold, a nasty one. AND, I have tooth pain from hell that I've had since Saturday but can't get fixed until tomorrow, because Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were all national holidays. I mention this because I think that those are two factors that are likely to detract from the coherence of this post. Sadly, both things are seriously messing with my head and I'm finding basic mot...
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Update: In which I explain where the hell I've been lately.

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (2)
Wow, it's been a ridiculously long time since I have written anything here. Sadly, that seems to be my latest MO. Ah well, I'm not going to waste your time apologizing for my absence but suffice it to say I've been busy.

Busy doing what you ask? Well, therein lies the purpose of this post. Here's the basic run down:

Skiing: I may have mentioned a while back (but I may not) that the boyfriend and I purchased Skis and boots and poles for the season here in Japan. It turns out that w...
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Snow, Orphans and Car Theft...

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 1:43 AM Comments comments (0)

No, I haven't had my car stolen by orphans. Good guess though. In fact, the three themes of the title are almost entirely unrelated outside of making it into this blog post.

To start with, SNOW!! After an overly warm beginning to winter (enough to delay ski resort openings and generally mystify the locals) it is finally snowing here in Tsuruoka. It started yesterday afternoon an...
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Warm Toilet Seats

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (0)
Japan is often described as being a country where tradition and technology meet. This is certainly true, and is probably a subject worthy of a full dissertation's worth of study and writing. Yet I find that the whole thing can really be summed up by Japan's toilets.

Japan is a country wherein one can find toilets that are little more than holes in the ground that flush, and toilets that have so many bells and whistles that it would take a ma...
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Of Writing and Word Counts and Jellyfish...

Posted on December 1, 2009 at 12:07 AM Comments comments (0)
Yep, jellyfish. Have a look at the photo to your right here and you'll see the interesting"wildlife" (can you call them wildlife when they're dead?) that I ran into yesterday.

Perhaps you're wondering what I was doing on the beach on a Monday afternoon (that is, if you took time zones into account and were able to ascertain by the angle of the sunlight casting shadows on th...
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Where the hell has Virginia been?

Posted on November 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM Comments comments (0)
That is an excellent question, one which has a very long and interesting answer. But, I'm afraid that here you'll only get the extremely short disappointing answer. Why? Because I'm in the middle of writing a novel and can't spare the time to write the epic blog that would cover all that I've been up to for the last... 6 weeks? Has it been that long? Yikes. Here... Read Full Post »