Recommended stories from “Flash Fiction and its Benefits”

At the Nebula Conference I moderated a panel on flash fiction with wonderful panelists Trevor Quachri, Cat Rambo, John Wiswell, and A.T. Greenblatt. (If you missed the panel, check out the SFWA tweets in this thread for highlights.)

I promised at the end of the panel that I would post a list of all the recommended flash fiction stories that we talked about, so here it is:

“Carnival Nine” at Beneath Ceaseless Skies


I have a new story out in issue #225 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies (May, 2017). “Carnival Nine” is a story that I am particularly proud of, and I’m so happy it found a good home. A short excerpt:

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 …

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My Norwescon Schedule

I’ll be at Norwescon this weekend. Want to find me? Here’s my schedule:

Panel: Story Form, and the Pros and Cons of Each

Friday 10am – 11am – Cascade 7 & 8

Novel, flash, short story, novelette––narrative fiction comes in multiple forms. How do they differ, other than word count? How are they alike? Join our panel of writers as they discuss the benefits and constraints that each form brings to the table.


Friday 5:30pm-6pm – Cascade 2

“Dreams as Fragile as Glass.” A story of mothers and daughters, and sea glass, and dreams. Rated PG.

Panel: Hive Minds …

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Interview with G.G. Silverman

G.G. Silverman (author of the comedic YA novel Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress) is doing a series on Women in Speculative Fiction, and she interviewed me about my collection: Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World and Other Stories. You can read the interview here:

And while you’re there, check out some of the other great interviews in the series–so far this month she’s interviewed Karen Harris Tully and Nisi Shawl.

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We Will Wake Among the Gods, Among the Stars

This novelette (13,500 words) originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Analog.

We Will Wake Among the Gods, Among the Stars
by Caroline M. Yoachim & Tina Connolly

Nanne was not one to take anything on faith. She had doubted her cousin, Catherine, when she’d claimed that the Loresian Isthmus had been underwater in ancient times. But now, looking at the lake in the center of the jungle, she believed. The water was clouded with blue-purple algae, and along the muddy shoreline were thousands of strange amphibians — slimy creatures with ten legs and feeler-fronds on both …

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2016 Publications

I’ve been seeing a lot of year-in-review/award eligibility posts, so here’s mine. I had 13 new stories out this year, of which the most popular was Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station, Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0, which was the cover story for the March issue of Lightspeed. Here’s my full list of publications:

My collection SEVEN WONDERS OF A ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD & Other Stories came out in August of this year with Fairwood press!


We Will Wake Among the Gods, Among the Stars (w/Tina Connolly) (January/February Analog)
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Orycon Schedule!

Here is my schedule for Orycon this weekend. I’m on SEVEN panels! And I have a reading! If you’re at the con, come find me and say hi :D

The Fine Art of Description Fri 4:00pm-5:00pm What makes purple prose purple? Are adjectives and adverbs really evil? How do pro writers describe something in vivid detail in the fewest words, and when can writers expand those descriptions? Speeding Up Your Output Fri 8:00pm-9:00pm Fast writing is not necessarily bad writing, and more words per day equals more stories for your readers. Discuss methods for upping your daily word count without …

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