A torturous time in chapter 7 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

No, thank you, Daphne does not want to be led by the nose (although the spikes are cool!)
Credit: Wikipedia/Guido Gerding)

Daphne Vane is not the sort of person who goes out of her way to intentionally offend people, neon blue hair dye job notwithstanding. But it seems her very existence is becoming offensive to a lot of people who have it in their power to make her life very difficult. Egos are not the only things being bruised in “Torture is not confined to first dates,” chapter 7 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt, my weekly serial about a young woman with too many people interested in her marital status.

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Sex and work collide in chapter six of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

It could be the start of a great romance. Or he could be a louse. Or she could be a hell cat.

Poor Daphne Vane. She can’t seem to escape unwanted attention at home or at work. Admittedly, some of that attention is well-intentioned, and Daphne is willing to toy with some ploys. And yet nothing seems to be working out quite right for her. It’s a day of frustration and fiasco for Daphne in chapter 6, “Good Vibrations,” the latest installment of my serialized story To Ride the Lightning Bolt. A new chapter is posted every week! If you want to start form the beginning, go here.

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A torrent of suitors in Chapter 5 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Who is Daphne Vane’s father? Good question. But to Daphne, there is yet one question more important: who are these guys who want to be her husband? The horror of her situation becomes obvious and ominous to her in chapter 5, “Suitors!”, the latest installment of my weekly serial story To Ride the Lightning Bolt.

Penelope stalled her suitors for years. Can Daphne do as well?

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The Day After Halloween, a new story

What father doesn’t have trouble with his daughters?

So after a night of trick-or-treating, which can mean different things if you’re a child, a parent, or a young adult, you wake up the next morning and everything is normal, right? Well, not for one father, who finds his twin teenage daughters underwent some changes on Halloween. But he’s a pro, and shows it in the way he handles them in “The Day After Halloween,” my Halloween short story for 2017, resuming a tradition I’d had to break off a few years ago.

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Minds out of control in chapter 4 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane was actually looking forward to her walk home from a one-night stand. She just didn’t think she’d be going to meet a fiancé she’s never seen while wearing the dressing gown of the guy she just got down and dirty with. It seems a tad gauche. But it’s not as if Daphne has any choice in the matter; literally, she does not. Life is just full of surprises like that for demigoddesses. And Daphne has a few more coming, including one from her sister Agatha that will change her life even more than the fiancé. Read all about it in chapter four, “Fiancés and fathers,” this week’s installment of To Ride the Lightning Bolt, my weekly serial of a young woman in an unfortunate situation with her supernatural family.

Is this to be Daphne’s sad fate?
(Credit: William Morris Tile, LLC, based on an 1860s design by Edward Burne-Jones)

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It’s all a question of status in chapter 3 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

This is what Daphne lacks

Daphne Vane is a third-class member of her world. She not only has to ride back in coach, other people decide what flight she’ll be on. We’re talking in metaphors, of course. It’s all about love, sex, and marriage — you know, things that can make your life even more uncomfortable than a middle seat on an airplane. So who’s to blame Daphne if she decides to step off the plane . . . oops, this metaphor is breaking down. Unless Daphne drops 30,000 feet in the process. Oh, yeah. It is going to feel that way. Sucks to be you, Daphne!

Find out what I’m babbling about in chapter 3, “Of demigods and the demimonde,” this week’s installment of To Ride the Lightning Bolt, my current serialized story. New chapters come out every Friday!

(Yes, this is coming out late Thursday night. It’s sort of like how an airplane . . . oh, never mind.)

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Life is just a madcap adventure in To Ride the Lightning Bolt Chapter 2

And you thought an attack poodle was scary!
(Credit: Wikipedia, Tomitheos, David Shankbone)

When we last saw Daphne Vane, she was being afflicted with what might be called an attack poodle. But never fear, her Mum is near, and she knows how to deal with bitches. Except when she’s being a bit of one herself, as Daphne finds out in “The romance of creatures,” chapter 2 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt, a weekly serial apparently featuring out-of-control animals at this point. Maybe it’ll change. A new installment goes up every Friday. If you missed the first chapter, you can start here.

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