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Aug. 13th, 2015

New Website

I haven't been updating much, but for anyone who happens to stumble upon this LJ, my blog is now on my website:


Jul. 21st, 2015

Armadillocon Schedule!

This weekend is Armadillocon, and I'm going to be there!  I haven't been back to Austin for a few years, and I am really looking forward to seeing some old friends (and meeting new people too, of course!).  Want to find me at the con?  Here's my schedule:

Sa1000F What Sciences Haven't Been Used?
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Ballroom F
Allen, Ledbetter*, J. Moore, Simmons, Yoachim
It's not all astronomy and physics. Where are the great psychology SF novels? What else should we be seeing?

Sa1100D Learning to Write: Recommended Workshops, Books and Classes
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Ballroom D
Cardin, Catmull*, K. M. Hoover, Maresca, Wells, Yoachim
A look at formal and informal education for beginning writers or those who want to improve their craft

Sa1700B Reading
Sat 5:00 PM-5:30 PM Southpark B
Caroline M Yoachim
I will read you 2 stories!  Also: free chocolate!
Come hear "Four Seasons in the Forest of Your Mind" from the May/June issue of F&SF and "Please Approve the Dissertation Research of Angtor" forthcoming in Unidentified Funny Objects 4.

Su1100D New Feminist SF
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Ballroom D
Downum*, N. J. Moore, Sanger, Yoachim
Who's leading the way in current feminist SF? What trends are happening now?

Su1400DR Autographing
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Dealers' Room
Rose, Oliver, Southard, Swendson, Yoachim
Come by and hang out with me!  I'll bring a few copies of some of my magazine publications, so if you want FREE FICTION, all you have to do is ask!  I'll even sign things if you want me to :)

Jan. 1st, 2015

2014 by the numbers

107 submissions (includes reprints and foreign markets)
31 acceptances (20 original stories, 11 reprints/foreign market)
33 personal rejections
39 form rejections

Submissions-wise, 2014 was an amazing year for me.  I sent out more submissions than any other year, and I had more acceptances this year than in the last 4 years combined.

46500 words written

I don't track daily wordcounts, so to get words written I added up the wordcounts for all my completed drafts.  This includes a couple of co-written stories (and yes, I claimed all the words even though my co-author wrote some), but doesn't include stories that I started but did not finish.  It also doesn't count words written on older versions of drafts (and I often write multiple drafts of a story starting over from scratch at the beginning).  If I did daily tracking, I'd guess that the word count would be closer to 75k, but I'm more interested in finished words so that's what I track and what I posted.

10 new stories published

I talked about this in a previous post, so I won't go over the details here, but in addition to having more stories out than I've ever had in a single year, I also had stories in two new-to-me pro markets -- Clarkesworld and Apex.

So what's next?  2015 is already looking promising.  Because of all the acceptances this year, I already have 12 stories forthcoming.  I think my main goal will be to write more words.  100k of finished drafts instead of 50k.  I am hopeful that this is realistic -- by the middle of 2015, my youngest daughter will be in preschool, which will free up more writing time for me.

Nov. 18th, 2014

Stories in 2014

As I start my year-end frantic reading of short fiction to put together my Nebula nominations, I really like other people's posts reminding me what stories they've had out this year. (I promise myself every year that I will keep up better and not binge read at the end of the year, but do I keep up? NO. I blame other people for writing too much good stuff.) So here is my 2014 roundup post.

My very favorite of my short stories out this year (and, in fact, my favorite of all the things I've ever had published so far) is "Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion" from the August 2014 issue of Clarkesworld.  (If you prefer your fiction in podcast form, Kate Baker did a lovely reading of the story here.)

Short Stories:
Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion - (Clarkesworld, Issue 95; August 2014)
Beneath the Willow Branches, Beyond the Reach of Time (Interzone, Jan 2014)

Flash Fiction:
One Last Night at the Carnival, Before the Stars Go Out (April 2014, FFO)
Current and Still (DSF,  April 16, 2014)
Paperclips and Memories and Things that Won't be Missed (Apex, May 6, 2014)
Green Fairies on a Starry Night - (Kazka 713, June 14, 2014)
Pieces of My Body (DSF, June 19, 2014)
Do Not Count the Withered Ones - (DSF, August 12, 2014)
Honeybee (Flash Fiction Online, September 2014)
Carla at the Off-Planet Tax Return Helpline (October, UFO3)

Dec. 30th, 2013

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I had five stories come out in 2013--a slight decrease from the six I had out in 2012, but definitely not bad given that having a small baby in the house slowed me down somewhat :)

Harmonies of Time (Daily Science Fiction, Jan 1st 2013)

Ten Million Sheets of Paper, All in Black and White (Giganotosaurus, April 2013)

A Crown of Woven Nails (Daily Science Fiction, Aug 26th, 2013)

Elizabeth's Pirate Army (Fireside Issue #8, December 2013)

The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown (Electric Velocipede Issue 27)

Apr. 17th, 2012

Stories out!

Lightspeed Magazine April 2012 with Mother Ship by Caroline Yoachim

My story, "Mother Ship" is now up at Lightspeed Magazine!

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I also have a new reprint out -- "Time to Say Goodnight" (originally in Fantasy Magazine) is now available in Jason Sanford's anthology Million Writers Award: The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy. The book comes out June 14th, but pre-orders get a discount, so if you want one, order early!

Jan. 11th, 2012

Books for Toddlers

AKA which books does my 2-year-old want me to read to her REPEATEDLY, and what qualities do these books share?

My daughter's current favorite books include:

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Good Night, Gorilla
Sheep In a Jeep
City Dog, Country Frog

The first two are popular (I think) because I sing them for her. She particularly likes me to sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" in Spanish. But the real key right now is words per page. Ideally, I should read about one sentence per page. Less is okay, but more than that and she starts to lose interest. Both "Hug" and "Good Night, Gorilla" have almost no text, although I fill in the story quite a bit. Sheep in a Jeep (and by the same author, Sheep in a Shop) is one of very few rhyming books that doesn't drive me insane, and I really like the illustrations. "City Dog, Country Frog" is a sweet but sad story that is a little bit beyond V right now, but she likes to look at the pictures and I think it's a great story so I wanted to include it.

Thankfully, we are finally past the stage where I was required to read "Goodnight Moon" absolutely every night at bedtime. (Not that there is anything wrong with Goodnight Moon. But every. single. night. gets to be a bit much. I'll probably be able to recite it from memory for quite some time, it is so firmly ingrained.)

For the parent-y types on my friends list, what do your kids like to read? (I'm particularly interested in preschool-age recommendations, since that's where we'll be headed soon, but I'd love to hear favorites for any age.)

Jan. 2nd, 2012

"Pageant Girls" Podcast

Q: What is toasted cake?

A: Delicious! But more importantly, Toasted Cake is the new podcasting venture by tinaconnolly. Every week in 2012, she will be reading a dark, frosting-covered flash fiction story...and she's starting with one of mine!

Head over there and check it out: http://toastedcake.com

May. 24th, 2011

Nebula weekend!

I had a fantastic time at the Nebula Awards in DC. I got to meet and hang out several of my fellow nominees, including Aliette De Bodard, Chris Kastensmidt,J. Kathleen Cheney, Eric James Stone, Rachel Swirsky, Vylar Kaftan, Mary Robinette Kowal and Paolo Bacigalupi. Plus I met many members of Codex (my online writing group), several fantastic editors, and two of my former Clarion West instructors. Phew! Lots of wonderful people and I'm sure I've forgotten some!

On Friday, Peter and I went on a guided tour of the Air and Space Museum. It was so much better than just wandering around the museum (which would still have been good), since our guide had plenty of information/anecdotes about all the exhibits. Friday night there was a reception for all the nominees, where I got a certificate and a pin (and free drinks!).

Saturday's activities included a SFWA meeting and a really helpful workshop by Mary Robinette Kowal on how to read your stories aloud for an audience. The web is no substitute for one-on-one feedback, but Mary has posted all kinds of helpful tips on her website.

And, of course, Saturday night was the banquet and awards ceremony. I didn't win, but I am genuinely thrilled for my friends Eric James Stone and Rachel Swirsky, who took home the awards for novelette and novella, respectively. And a big congratulations to all the winners!

A couple pictures from the awards ceremony on Saturday night:

Caroline Yoachim and Peter Yoachim
Caroline and Peter Yoachim (Photo by Ellen Datlow)

Caroline Yoachim, Eric James Stone, and Mary Robinette Kowal
Nebula Award-winning author Eric James Stone, with Nebula-nominated authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Caroline Yoachim.

Overall I was terrible about remembering to take photos, but there were plenty of cameras around -- for tons of pictures check out these posts by Ernest Lilley and Ellen Datlow.

May. 19th, 2011

Three things make a post

(1) I have a flash fiction story coming out at Daily Science Fiction on Monday -- if you want to be among the first to read it, head over to their website (http://dailysciencefiction.com/) and get a free email subscription. Otherwise, you'll have to wait a week for the story to be posted on their website.

(2) We're set to start remodeling our kitchen on Monday, which I am very excited about. The current kitchen is small, walled-off, and TURQUOISE. The new kitchen will be open, bigger, and NOT turquoise. More detailed pictures and postings about the kitchen remodel, but I don't have time now because...

(3) I'm headed out to Washington DC in a couple hours to go to the Nebula Awards weekend!

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