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Wendy Nikel

Space explorer, time traveler, wanderer of eerie places

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Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her series of time travel novellas, beginning with THE CONTINUUM, is now available from World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com

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Britannica in Dust

Published Aug 28, 2018 · 694 words (3 minutes) · 523 views

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A girl learns a hard truth about history from a set of old encyclopedias.

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The Six Hundred Universes of Jenny Zars

Published Jul 24, 2018 · 2,059 words (8 minutes) · 4 likes · 1126 views

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In a thousand different universes, the possibilities to remake your life might as well be endless. Wendy Nikel, crack author and tea aficionado, creates beautifully-constructed, gem-like short stories. Read fifteen of them on Curious Fictions.

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I started biking out of necessity. Coming back to school was a task in itself and now I had no car to get there. Luckily when I moved to Marquette, Michigan I knew I could find a place close to campus within biking distance. I should have planned it out better - I went from casual biking to streamlining down Third Street along side cars and trucks to get to class on time. Eventually I got the hang of it and now I’m not the one resting against the wall. My thighs have never looked better.
Featured July 4, 2018

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Lava Cake for the Apocalypse

Published Jun 26, 2018 · 855 words (4 minutes) · 4 likes · 849 views

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What’s the recipe for a world worth saving? This “Lava Cake for the Apocalypse” may taste bittersweet. Author Wendy Nikel is a managing editor at Flash Fiction Online, winner of the Baen Memorial Award, and has over a dozen stories available on Curious Fictions. Go explore some stories!

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The Ashes With Which We Paint You

Published Apr 12, 2018 · 700 words (3 minutes) · 592 views

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A group of unusual survivors struggles with what to do after a cataclysmic event that leaves them alone, without those whom they’d counted on to protect them.

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Photo taken in Addo Elephant National Park. After a whole day in the park, we saw these beautiful animals walking down the sunset.

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The Crow in the Pine

Published Feb 12, 2018 · 1,215 words (5 minutes) · 770 views

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A crow with a penchant for shiny things builds a collection of sentimental objects.

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Gazing into the Horizon

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One Year Later

Published Dec 18, 2017 · 736 words (3 minutes) · 681 views

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Ruth Baker’s ex shows up at her door… months after his death.

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Charybdis

Published Dec 18, 2017 · 557 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 692 views

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The real story of what happened when Odysseus encountered Charybdis.

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Between the Lines

Published Dec 6, 2017 · 266 words (1 minute) · 2 likes · 648 views

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An unexpected romance is found between the lines of a book.

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A Song to Charm the Beasts

Published Sep 19, 2017 · 1,093 words (4 minutes) · 9 likes · 1405 views

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In "A Song to Charm the Beasts," Ofira must play the fiddle to save the one she loves in this wild west retelling of a classic myth, full of hope and loss and howling desert wind. Wendy Nikel, short story sorcerer and tea drinker extraordinaire, recently released a time travel novella called "The Continuum," available from World Weaver Press.

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my fiancées violin. old, sounds good even when combined with metal guitars for my music…

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The Shape-Shifter's Mother

Published Sep 19, 2017 · 1,226 words (5 minutes) · 583 views

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A woman struggles to raise her child who’s never quite the same two days in a row.

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