Not existing is not easy in chapter 11 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Is this your future, Daphne?
(“The Devil” from the Visconti deck)

Daphne Vane has been replaced by a more perfect version of herself. Far from fulfilling her dreams, this has become a nightmare for Daphne, who just suffered a beating at the hands (and shoes) of her alter ego. Daphne’s not even sure if she really exists anymore, let alone whether she has a future. So, of course, things get weirder in “My life as an unperson,” chapter 11 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt, my weekly serial about a young American woman whose problem of being forced into a marriage she doesn’t want suddenly doesn’t seem like such an important issue right now. If your interest has been piqued, but you haven’t been reading so far, you can start here.

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Daphne beats herself up in chapter 10 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Does it matter if they’re striking each other or themselves? It matters to Daphne!

Ever felt so stupid and useless that you (mentally) beat yourself up? That’s Daphne’s life right now. Only being a demigoddess (by blood, not officially recognized status, damn the Council!), the experience is a bit . . . ah . . . surrealistic for her. Read about what I’m trying to dance around and hint at in “Practical nihilism,” chapter 10 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt, my weekly serial about a woman whose dating problems are getting way out of hand.

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Strangers are not strangers in chapter 9 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

This is never a good idea. Just ask Daphne.

Daphne Vane has just been informed by a troll that she’s not entirely human. This is not something that happens to most us. All of which raises the question of just who and what Daphne really is. But before she can get very far in that investigation, her life takes another unusual turn. Read all about it in “Questionable identities,” chapter 9 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt, my weekly serial about a young women with too many issues of a most fantastic kind.

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Who’s got Daphne’s back is the question in chapter 8 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

The equivalent encounter in chapter 8 is nowhere near as romantic

It’s Daphne’s family ties that have got her entangled in  the Council’s plan for her marriage. But neither the Council nor Daphne knows just how complicated her family really is. Daphne finds herself confronted by two improbable allies in “The unexpected sides of courtship and marriage,” chapter 8 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt, my weekly serial story about a demigoddess who wishes people wouldn’t interfere in her life so much.

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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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