Caroline M. Yoachim

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Caroline M. Yoachim

About Me

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One night, when I was winding down to sleep, I asked Papa, “How come I don’t get the same number of turns every day?”
“Sometimes the maker turns your key more, and sometimes less, but you can never have more than your mainspring will hold. You’re lucky, Zee, you have a good mainspring.” He sounded a little wistful when he said it. He never got as many turns as I did, and he used most of them to do boring grown-up things.
“Take me to the zoo tomorrow?” The zoo on the far side of the closet had lions that did backflips and elephants that balanced on brightly colored balls.
“I have to take Granny and Gramps to the mechanic to clean the rust off their gears.”
Papa never had any turns to spare for outings and adventures, which was sad. I opened my mouth to say so, but the whir of my gears slowed to where I could hear each click, and I closed my mouth so it wouldn’t hang open while I slept.
– from “Carnival Nine” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (May 2017)

What I Write

Caroline is the author of dozens of stories appearing in such markets as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Asimov’s, and F&SF. Her debut short story collection SEVEN WONDERS OF A ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD & OTHER STORIES came out with Fairwood Press in August 2016.


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Carnival Nine (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0 (Lightspeed)
The Words on my Skin (Uncanny)
Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion (Clarkesworld)


(for a full list of publications, see my website)

Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

My goal for this year’s write-a-thon is to write the rough draft of three new short stories.

Fundraising Goals

I’m trying to raise at least $289 for CW this year–that’s $17 for each of the 17 members of the Clarion West class of 2006.
All my sponsors will get weekly updates with short excerpts from my work in progress.
If you sponsor me for $100 or more, I will tuckerize you in a flash fiction (750-1500 word) story!
If you sponsor me for $50 or more, you can send me 5-10 words as a prompt, and I will write a flash fiction story based on at least 3 of the words.
(NOTE: I will be writing the reward flash fiction stories AFTER the end of the write-a-thon. Exactly how quickly they are done depends on how many I need to do, but I’ll definitely get them out by the end of the year. I will attempt to get these stories published in a pro venue, however, whether or not the story sells is beyond my control. All I can promise is that I will write it, and that you will get to read it.)