Virginia McClain: Writer

Author of Blade's Edge and Rain on a Summer's Afternoon

Virginia's Pre-2011 Blog

Where the hell has Virginia been?

Posted on November 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM
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's the quick summary; since you last heard from me I have:

1. Traveled to Kyoto and the surrounding area (Kobe, Osaka, Nara) if you are curious about this trip I highly recommend checking out the photo gallery there should be loads of pics up there and even some new videos!

2. Climbed a few mountains. Mayasan and Chokaisan in particular. Again, check out the pictures section.

3. Gone to Korea to get my visa all sorted out. Sorry, no pictures as it wasn't all that exciting and it was an extremely short trip.

4. Started work! I love my new job and in some later post I may tell you all about it. For now suffice it to say I'm a huge fan.

5. Dressed as a pagoda for Halloween. Yep, you read that right, a pagoda. Want to see pictures? Check the photo album.

6. Gone on a ride down the Mogami river with a bunch of other gaijin in order to look a the beautiful fall colors and the general loveliness of the river valley. (Again, you'll want to look at the photo albums and check the new videos.)

7. Started my 3rd novel. Well, it's November once again, and to me that really only means one thing, it's time to buckle down and write at least 50,000 words of novel between the 1st and the 30th. But, to make things extra exciting this year, I'm shooting for 100k. Right now my word count is at 27,075 which is exactly on track to finish at 100,000 on the 30th.

That's the super short and disappointing version of what's going on. Hopefully the pictures will make up for a lot (if each one is worth 1000 words then you'll be getting at least a short novel out of them).

In the meantime, if you are wondering where I am this month, there's a simple answer: writing a novel.

Hope that all of you are well. Enjoy the pictures!

~V

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