Anne Laughlin

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    Spring 2014 (almost)

    Mar 16, 2014 by Anne Laughlin


    Everyone in Chicago has been talking about our brutal winter for months now. It's been bad from the start. Thankfully, for the good of conversations everywhere, spring starts next week.



    As usual, I've not posted here for a long time. It's just my way, I guess. The most exciting thing that's been going on is the completion of my new novel, The Acquittal. Or nearly completed, I should say. The manuscript is currently with my editor and it's yet to be seen how much additional work I'll nee...
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    December in Vermont

    Dec 5, 2013 by Anne Laughlin

    I have finally, finally, decided on the title for my next book. It will be called The Acquittal and if things go as planned, it will be published in October 2014. Right now I'm at my usual late year writing residency (Vermont Studio Center), fretting and fussing over the manuscript. Since I'm currently writing my THIRD ending for the book, fretting is very much the thing.

    The Acquittal is my first post-dancer book and I'll admit I didn't have the confidence, focus, or stamina that I did befor...

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    Spring 2013 Check-in

    May 6, 2013 by Anne Laughlin

    It's May of 2013, which mean it's exactly a year ago that I finished four months of 'double dose' chemotherapy. I almost never mention the other treatment I received - the lumpectomy, the six and a half weeks of daily radiation - because they seem to be a dream. Gone.

     

    But chemo lives on and often takes a year to two to run it's evil course through my system. My biggest symptom at this point is chemo brain, a phenomenon in which you act like a woman going through menopaus...
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    Author Blog Hop 2012

    Dec 12, 2012 by Anne Laughlin

               Vermont Studio Center for the ArtsWhile I'm here at the Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, I'm taking part in the Author Blog Hop 2012. Baxter Clare, a writer I've long admired, tagged me, and now I'll answer the same questions about writing that she did last week. Thanks, Baxter!

    What is the working title of your book?

    I'm currently at work on my fifth novel. Case Files is very much a working title, just something to name the computer file holding all the bits and pieces of my work in progress. I am admittedly ...
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    The Lammys and other goings-on

    Jun 28, 2012 by Anne Laughlin

    Linda and I attended the Lambda Literary Awards on June 4 in New York City. I was a finalist in the lesbian erotica category for the book I wrote under a pen name. Getting on the short list for a Lammy is truly an honor, so I wasn't too disappointed when my name wasn't called. We had so much fun that weekend, exploring the city, visiting with our friends Nell Stark and Trinity Tam and then spending quality time with our beloved Joan Larkin. The award ceremony itself was worth the trip. Very u...
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    Update and a new short story

    May 9, 2012 by Anne Laughlin

    I'm just popping in to write a quick update and say hello. Over the last four months my life has revolved around the cancer diagnosis I received at the very beginning of the year and that makes for a pretty small life. I'm bored with it, so it's not my intention to bore readers with lots of detail about the cancer journey. So I'll sum up:

    A week ago I had the last of the eight chemotherapy treatments I've undergone in the past four months. They occurred every other week, usually leaving me a f...
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    I wish this post was only about writing . . .

    Jan 27, 2012 by Anne Laughlin

    I have a new book coming out in about six weeks. In my normal world I would be excitedly planning all of my publicity stuff, getting ready for readings, feeling that hard to describe joy I have when my baby is about to be launched into the world. I'm experiencing all of that, but in a way much muted by the fact that I was diagnosed with breast cancer a month ago. Talk about your trump card. At this point, so early in the journey, every thought I have that doesn't relate to breast cancer, ends...
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