Friday, May 24, 2019

A Royal Pain


Jake's wishing a very un-amused happy birthday to Queen Victoria, born two hundred years ago today. Either that or he's trying out a new cosplay hobby, which in fairness is far safer than his interest in cooking.

Today is also National Escargot Day, so feel free to stop by Chez Pierre for their specialty. Or you could just join Daria and Jane for a pizza.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria the Vampire Slayer: Hell Comes To Texas, by Charles RB (part 9): "Tomorrow, Daria had Earl call again before school and again, Todd was not in. After school, they tried again and this time Earl found the gang sounded really worried that he hadn't come back."

  • Lane Splitting, by welltemperedclavier (parts 1 - 4): "When the sight of her mother's car pulled up in the driveway inspired something other than annoyance, Jane knew it was a sign that she'd spent too much time kicking around in Lawndale." (Part 2) (Part 3 (Part 4)

  • Quinn Got In The Car, by Lady Evil (part 4): "Dear Jane, I am the part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good. I trust you'll understand the reference to another German tragedy without me having to name the play."

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

It's Complimentary, My Dear Mack Daddy!


Happy birthday to Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, born on this day in 1859! I don't think MTV could have thought up a less likely alter ego if they'd tried, and that's including the one where Tiffany is a Pokemon.

Today is also the anniversary of Laurence Olivier's birth in 1907, and to celebrate Jamie will perform a dramatic Shakespeare reading. Woe.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Bee Careful Around the Goth!


Andrea's taking World Bee Day just a bit too far, but I'm afraid to say anything because she might sting me. Daria will celebrate by staying far away from Jane and her rolled up newspapers, thank you very much.

Today is also Pick Strawberries Day, but I recommend you not try to take Lawndale's strawberry roadside attraction. Not only is it probably too big to pick, but the residents of Lawndale would probably get mad if you take their only claim to fame.

Fanfic Update!
  • Am I A Grownup Yet?, by jones2000 (part 7): "She was in hell. It was like some demonic version of This Is Your Life."

  • Getting By, by EntrancedCat (part 3): "Kevin pulled off his leather helmet and put it on the bench by his locker. He enjoyed the cooling breeze through the high open window on his sweat-soaked short black hair."

  • Silent Shuffle, by TheBrodsterBoy (COMPLETE!): "I remember when it all started. When I thought It was just me."

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Don't Forget to Check Out the Sliced Man While You're There


If you need something entertaining to do today, I recommend visiting the Museum of Medical Oddities in honor of International Museum Day. I mean, who could pass up an opportunity to see a real skull crusher?

But perhaps that sounds too fun. Perhaps you'd prefer to observe Visit Your Relatives Day instead! Uncle Max can call you a lousy, rotten bum and Grandma can ask what the hell is wrong with you. Good times!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Talk About Your Hidden Talents!


I don't know what to say about Mr. DeMartino's new look. I mean, he's actually smiling. Weird. But maybe that's to be expected when he's pretending to be Liberace on the 100th anniversary of the musician's birth. As for the clothes, well, no one said that he was going to use that raise wisely.

Meanwhile, on this day twenty years ago, an article praising Daria appeared in the The New York Times. For an outcast, Daria sure turned out to be popular.

Fanfic Update!
  • Am I A Grownup Yet?, by jones2000 (part 6): "The next morning Jake dropped her off in front of the massive, industrial-looking brick building. Daria stared at the nameplates beside the door, before pressing the button for Lane."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Highland Years, by Meester_Lee (part 65): "Daria squirmed in her chair in the school auditorium as Principal Trimble droned on. A recent pair of suicides at Highland's middle school had caused the school board to mandate mandatory classes for dealing with bullies and bullying: both teachers and students were required to attend."

  • Getting By, by EntrancedCat (part 2): "'Sandi! Stacy!' Quinn Morgendorffer skipped in joy as she saw her two best friends at the bottom of Lawndale Lane High's steps."

  • I've Been Eating (For You), by ComfortCringeFics (COMPLETE!): "'I'm just saying, if we want to be ready for prom we should seriously start dropping some carbs. I say, we collectively pick some foods and completely cut them out.'"

  • Monster Blood 4.5 (Iron Chef: Reader Beware, You're In For A Scare), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "A normal teenager might find it bizarre, disturbing even, when they found a can of blue goo and it turned into a strange blobby creature. Kevin, however, found it 'cool' and named the blob Lombardo, after Vince Lombardi."

  • Paint Misbehavin' (Outlander Vignettes), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Moonmoth Legion Fort didn't belong. It proclaimed this fact in the artificiality of its construction."

  • Quinn Got In The Car, by Lady Evil (part 3): "Another school year was over and the students were helping Mr. DeMartino pack up the classroom for the summer."

  • Quinn, the talking Dog, by OzFerret (COMPLETE!): "Daria marched along the deserted hallways; any hesitation rewarded with a gun barrel in the ribs. 'You know Ms Li, if this had been mentioned in the orientation, I would have pushed harder for home schooling.'"

  • Teaching is a work of heart, by Rémi (parts 8 and 9): "Morgendorffer house, evening. Quinn's room. A pajama-clad Quinn is hugging her knees on her bed, looking sad." (Part 9)

  • Unnamed story (LLH Short Entries #2), by Brother Grimace (part 184): "'Rossalyn! A friend of yours from school is here to see you!'"

  • Woe, by atiyatortilla (part 3): "Rain pooled in large puddles along the road, like tiny swamps separating the gravel from the brush. Kevin stood against the red wood exterior of an abandoned farm house as rain water seeped into the fleece lining of his jacket."

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Just Don't Mention Snakes!


Looks like Trent finally found a hobby worth staying awake for, just in time for Indiana Jones creator George Lucas's 75th birthday! I don't think anyone expected it to be fighting Nazis for mystical relics. Then again, the name "Mystik Spiral" should have been a clue.

I know that fandom has produced quite a few fanfic crossovers with Star Wars, Lucas's even more well-known work, but has anyone crossed Daria with Indiana Jones? If not, please do!

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Childreeeen Are Noooooot Shiiiiiny


I think Tiffany has had better Mother's Days, but the good news is that all of those babies do not make her look fat! If you are a mother, have a mother, or know a mother, have a good one today!

Today is also a (sort of) special day for Daria, because the calendar at the Morgendorffer house always seems to be turned to May 12th. I do not know why that day was so significant, but I'm guessing it was some animator's birthday or something.

Fanfic Update!
  • Blind Date (Anyone ever done a DariaxStewart pairing?), by Meester_Lee (part 1): "Tonight's dance was a fund-raiser, open to anyone, at least if they were able to show a valid University of Maryland student ID. The dance was held to benefit charity—in this case to aid Afghan refugees."

  • The Date, by elainefr (part 10): "'When did Trent start working at a supermarket?' Daria asked Jane as they walked to class. 'Oh, yeah I remember him mentioning something about that.' Jane spoke thoughtfully."

  • The Naked Truth (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Kevin, Jim, Mack and Chuck are on the porch having some beer and enjoying a warm spring day. Kevin is also smoking a cigarette. Mack: So, what are you guys up to this weekend?" (Part 2) (Part 3)

  • The Not So Merry Month of May... (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Saga Goes On), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'We're about to find out what Red Bull and Vodka will do for a common cold.' Daria said as she made one of the four arms raise up a glass of said concoction that she had prepared for herself."

  • Quinn Got In The Car, by Lady Evil (part 2): "Daria knew she couldn't avoid Jane all day. She'd have to know the terrible truth. She plodded through the halls of Lawndale High, worrying about what she would say."

  • Revelations (Iron Chef: Psycho Thaw), by atiyatortilla (part 1): "'What are you doing here?' Daria found herself staring through the front window like some sort of stalker while Jane looked out at her, blue eyes narrowed in contempt."

  • Sleeping Brittany (IC: Blank Brittany), by Serrallonga (part 5): "Melody Powers glanced at the third floor of the block of flats in front of which her car was parked and turned off the engine. She adjusted her green coat before looking over her gun. It was nearly midnight."

  • Teaching is a work of heart, by Rémi (parts 5 - 7): "Casa Lane. Jane's room. Jane is looking critically at her last painting, an eyebrow raised. She doesn't seem completely pleased with herself. She sighs and gets out of the room. Then she comes back a little while later, dragging a sleepy Trent behind her." (Part 6) (Part 7)

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Very Effective Economy), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Jake finished cooking breakfast at the Morgendorffer family table. He could be like 99.9 percent of the people in Lawndale, letting the robots do everything for them, but Gah-dammit, he liked cooking."

  • Woe, by Princess_Pasta (part 2): "Kevin was always thinking. If one were to ask his parents, his teachers, even his friends - all of them would've said the problem was that Kevin didn't think. Ever."

Friday, May 10, 2019

Here Comes the Workaholic Express!


Helen's chugging along to celebrate the anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike on this day in 1869. I know we've got a couple of train enthusiasts in fandom, so this one is for you!

Today is also Clean up Your Room Day, so you'd better straighten up the cheese wedge and dust the sawed-off handrails and--what? You don't have any of that in your room? Huh. Weird.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hellooooo, Nurse!


If anyone has a mysterious rash they need checked out, please head straight to Nurse Chase's office so she can go "Ewwww!" at it. While you're there, please remember to wish her a happy School Nurses Day! Also, ask her if she might consider leaving her office occasionally since she's never actually seen in any episode.

Fanfic Update!
  • Am I A Grownup Yet?, by jones2000 (part 3): "Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me. Daria was tapping away at her laptop when Jane came through to the kitchen."

  • Circle of Stryfe (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "A fully showered and dressed Jim emerges from the bathroom. He hears the instrumental track 'Eruption' by Van Halen coming from his I-phone. Jim immediately picks up the phone and looks at the number."

  • Daria's Great Adventure, by dmsfanman (part 24): "Daria sat in the rover at her workstation. She was counting the number of people who knew about the inscriptions."

  • Daria the Vampire Slayer: Hell Comes To Texas, by Charles RB (part 8): "Earl had been having a good evening of bumming around town looking tough and trying not to think there had to be more to life than this when Daria came up to him, oddly fast, looking panicked. Did she know Todd was after her?"

  • Getting By, by EntrancedCat (part 1): "Daria tilted her head from side to side as she listened to the music carrying from the basement up to Jane's second floor bedroom. The music faded with a saxophone solo of a few bouncy notes."

  • The Only Sensible Way To Read It (Iron Chef: Fictional Reaction), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "When the world warped around him, he'd curled up into a ball and screamed and screamed until his new senses properly got to grips with this extra dimension. When he learned how everything he'd ever known was a lie, he'd screamed more."

  • Shameless Self Insert Into Daria, by James the Lesser (part 4): "Adrian, Daria, and Jane sit in class as Mr. O'Neil discusses a recent break in. 'I thought we'd take a break from the tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet and instead focus on a real life tragedy. The break in at Cafe Lawndale.'"

  • Teaching is a work of heart, by Rémi (part 4): "Front of the Morgendorffer household. The members of the Fashion Club, minus Quinn, are approaching the door. Sandi rings. A little while later, Daria opens the door. She takes a look at them, as if to gauge them, and doesn't seem very impressed by what she's seing."

  • Unnamed story (LLH Short Entries #2), by Brother Grimace (part 183): "'Hey, Daria?' Brittany squealed as she lifted one of the overstuffed pillows on the couch away from Daria's face. 'Are you okay?'"

  • You Want It Darker, by LSM (part 11): "I hate that fucking clock. That was Jane's main thought every time her weekly roleplay of Prometheus took place."

Monday, May 6, 2019

"Oh, the lack of humanity."


Looks like Daria is observing a moment of solemnity for the anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster on this day in 1937. Quinn had her own "Oh, the humanity" moment at the end of "Pierce Me," when Helen and Jake refused to believe her story about Daria's pierced belly button. Well-earned parental distrust vs. a massive hydrogen fire. Yeah, that seems pretty much even.

This is also National Beverage Day, so get out there and enjoy a nonspecific drink of your choice! Ms. Li's already got dibs on all the Ultra Cola, though.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Fahrenheit For...get it


I've gotta admit, firefighter is nowhere near the top of my list of potential jobs for Trent, even on International Firefighters' Day. As in, somewhere below Olympic athlete. I mean, if he didn't sleep through the fire alarm then he'd at least get distracted on the way to the fire because he came up with some new song lyrics.

Today is also Free Comic Book Day, so head over to your local comic book store and pick up the latest issue of Ratboy! I'm not sure why, but I could easily see Jake as a secret comic book fan. Stacy, too, come to think of it.

Fanfic Update!
  • American Idiot, by Lady Evil (part 1): "'Alright, Albert.' said Ms Manson. 'Just tell me...' 'Let me stop you right there lady.' said the new student in Ms Manson's office."

  • Am I A Grownup Yet?, by jones2000 (part 2): "There were more people on the Lane lawn than Daria had ever seen before. Most seemed to be bearded, flannel-wearing hipsters, even the women."

  • The Artist Formerly Known As Jane (Iron Chef: Fictional Reaction), by atiyatortilla (COMPLETE!): "Jane Lane woke with a start in a bed that wasn't her own, in a room she'd never seen before."

  • Circle of Stryfe (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (part 2): "Quinn, Jim and the boys are in the kitchen having a very tense dinner. Tommy is talking about his day. '...but then Kevin Jr. decided to have a belching contest so I decided it was better to let Timmy solve his own problems.'"

  • Cortex Schmortex (Daria and the Gang Thread II), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Daria made sure to arrive early at school. She set up her table and folding chair and put up her poster board. Jane put her bookbag down and worked on some late algebra homework while Daria stood sentry."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Highland Years, by Meester_Lee (part 64): "That evening Jake lay in bed with his eyes still wide open. 'Can't sleep, Jakey?' said Helen."

  • Daria the Vampire Slayer: Hell Comes To Texas, by Charles RB (part 7): "After the fight, such as it was, Daria was hyped with adrenaline and looking to learn how to more effectively hit people. Then Rick asked her to wax his car."

  • Ingratitude (Iron Chef: Fictional Reaction), by Youth of Oz (COMPLETE!): "The soup kitchen matched his mood. It was grim, grey, full of people but empty of life. He knew he wasn't being fair; the poor souls who ended up here had endured far worse than he ever had."

  • On Another Planet (Iron Chef: Fictional Reaction), by atiyatortilla (part 1): "A bitter wind tore at Tom's face and his ratty sweater as he stood a top the Golden Gate Bridge, staring down at the darkened water below."

  • On the Origins of the Fashion Guild (Outlander Vignettes), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Quinn started planning for battle from the very moment she awoke. That's what Imperials did, right? It's not like you could just snap your fingers and get a continent-spanning empire."

  • A.R.C Chapter 10 Imprisoned, by ST91 (part 9): "Well, apparently there is a first time for everything. Daria thought when she saw her sister walk in the kitchen."

  • Quinn Got in the Car, by Lady Evil (part 1): "'Why don't you get in the car?' Tom invited. 'Why don't you drive that scrapheap to the junkyard where it belongs?' Daria retorted."

  • Quinn, the talking Dog, by OzFerret (part 4): "The day had passed surprising normally. Daria grudgingly paid ten dollars to Jane as the school emptied its living contents into awaiting cars and busses."

  • Scenes, by JPAGC (part 3): "Daria left the room quietly. The smell of disinfectant was stronger on the corridor of the hospital than in the room. She made a face, wondering why an antiseptic without odor could not be invented."

  • Teaching is a work of heart, by Rémi (parts 1 - 3): "Daria is driving an old, battered SUV in the streets of Lawndale. She's wearing a long checked skirt, a sober green jacket, town footwear and reasonnably big glasses. Although she just appears to be in her late tweenties, some wrinkles of worry are already showing on her face." (Part 2) (Part 3)

  • Today is a Good Day to Die, My Darling, by Lady Evil (part 1): "It was difficult for Dara, Daughter of JeQ of the House of Mor'Dorf to walk through the Academy with her usual confident step and her head high."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: The Daria Gene), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Not much happened in Lawndale anymore."

  • Wait For It, by Lady Evil (part 1): "Jane answered the door, expecting it to be Daria, ready to go hair dye shopping like they planned. She was surprised to see Jesse Moreno with a few spiral bound books. 'Hey.' he said. 'Trent home?'"

Thursday, May 2, 2019

"They're so cute when they smile at you. Hello, precious!"


Everybody say "Awww!" to Future Quinn's youngest for Baby Day! Of course he or she would be cute, because Quinn's children would never turn out any other way. Not if they know what's good for them.

Today is also the day "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men in 1863. There's no record if their actions were the direct result of being served Johnnycakes, but would Daria mislead us?

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Be Honest: How Does It Look?


I don't think Sandi is properly appreciative of Quinn's contribution to Hairstyle Appreciation Day, but I've always thought that the short haircut suited her. But I'm not part of her nightmare sequence, so I guess my opinion doesn't count. It was an honest opinion, though, which makes it perfect for National Honesty Day. I'm betting this is one of Daria's favorite holidays, because she celebrates it year-round.

Fanfic Update!
  • Am I A Grownup Yet?, by jones2000 (part 1): "It was a week before her thirty-fourth birthday when she came to the stunningly bitter realisation that she had become a world-class sell-out."

  • Carousel, by atiyatortilla (parts 1 and 2): "Neither the deafening music, the heavy scent of weed, or the harsh light of the sun could distract Jodie Landon from a fact that was glaringly obvious. She didn’t belong at this party." (Part 2)

  • Circle Of Stryfe (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (part 1): "Five year old Quinn Morgendorffer is laying awake in her bed. It's nighttime and she's visibly frightened. The source of the little girl's fear was loud, angry yelling coming from the living room. Her parents were fighting."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Highland Years, by Meester_Lee (parts 62 and 63): "Daria’s birthday came around a week later. She’d been through a lot this past year and hoped that her tenth year would be far calmer than her ninth." (Part 63)

  • Daria the Vampire Slayer: Hell Comes To Texas, by Charles RB (part 6): "When school let out, Rick slimed over and told her he was going to train her in the fine arts of hand-to-hand combat. So Daria said, as she had to: 'Or hand combat, in your case.'"

  • David M., by ST91 (COMPLETE!): "Life is strange. David thought as he took the sun. Last year he was rotting in Highland, now he was on the private beach of the Ruttheimer summer residence."

  • The Flashin' Club, by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "Daria pushed the stack of money across the kitchen table with disgust. 'I can't believe you're trying to bribe me...with singles.'"

  • Nothing Else Matters, by YouthofOz (COMPLETE!): "Daria wasn't sure when Casa Lane had become more of a home than the Morgendorffer residences in Highland or Lawndale, but it definitely didn't feel like a home now. It felt as genuine and welcoming as a film set, a facade set up to impersonate something real." (Part 36) (Part 37)

  • Sleeping Brittany (IC: Blank Brittany), by Serrallonga (part 4): "Daria made an effort to put her best poker face in front of the Principal, Angela Li. She would never admit, but that fifty-something asian woman attired in a grey suit, with those cold-blooded eyes behind her glasses, made Daria feel like she was facing a poisonous snake."

  • Three Devils, by atiyatortilla (part 9): "McGrundy’s was the typical brew pub, nothing fancy or remarkable about it. The cheesy Irish themed decor left much to be desired and the water-stained menu advertised some awful sounding shovel full o’ onion rings but Daria had seen worse."

Sunday, April 28, 2019

"I just found out that poems don't even have to rhyme. How easy is that?"


Everyone quiet down, because Andrea wants to share another masterpiece about rotting bags of flesh for Great Poetry Reading Day. Don't complain; it could always be Quinn's stupid greasy fry poem instead.

Also, nine years ago today, fans began to receive their long-awaited Daria DVD sets. Although the sets were hardly perfect (the edited version of IICY? Really?), it was an important day for fandom.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Or You Could Hug an Australian Tree!


I don't think Arbor Day feels very appreciated right now, but that just might be because people keep picking on his sandals. Why not cheer him up by planting a tree and/or memorial crutch?

If you're not into tree-hugging, how about hugging an Australian for Hug an Australian Day? I would, but Australia is about a 24-hour trip from me, so I'd get there tomorrow. Or would it be yesterday? Time zones are weird.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Highland Years, by Meester_Lee (parts 60 and 61): "The following day was Sunday. Daria begged off Farrah's invitation to return to the ranch and help with spring shearing." (Part 61)

  • Daria the Vampire Slayer: Hell Comes To Texas, by Charles RB (parts 4 and 5): "A side effect of fighting a vampire and seeing a man be shot dead in front of you turned out to be actual parenting, as her mother actually came over despite it being before 8PM in a wailing and crying about her poor daughter." (Part 5)

  • Dirty Little Secret (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Sandi and Quinn are trying to revive an unconscious Jim. Quinn: Jim! Jim, wake up! Sandi shakes him. Sandi: Jim, come on!"

  • Fates Entwined, by Deep Metal (part 29): "After much self-doubt, Daria finally worked up the courage to walk up to Butt-head in the playground."

  • Nothing Else Matters, by YouthofOz (parts 28 - 34): "Penny ignored any changes made to Lawndale since she was last there, always assuming she noticed them. The night painted most of the houses and buildings black to match her mood." (Part 29) (Part 30) (Part 31) (Part 32) (Part 33) (Part 34)

  • Thrill of the Fall, by atiyatortilla (COMPLETE!): "It had taken three more drinks and a lot of cajoling but Tom finally agreed to go on stage." (Part 5)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Squeak!


Three cheers for that brave little mouse from "The Lab Brat" on World Day for Laboratory Animals. Fandom named the mouse "Roger," but I just call him cute. Who's a cute widdle traumatized rodent? You are!

Today is also Administrative Professionals Day, but Marianne is much too busy to celebrate. Helen might let her have a five minute break a week from next Monday, but don't count on it.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Why Kant Tom Keep His Eyes Open?


Tom's just riveted by Immanuel Kant's writing, and who wouldn't be? I'm sure the late philosopher would be happy to know his work is being appreciated on the anniversary of his birth in 1724.

Today is also Girl Scout Leader Day, and I hope Jane celebrates it by getting together with her old troop to singing a round of "John Jacob Jingleheimer Somebody."

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Highland Years, by Meester_Lee (part 59): "Early the next week Jake invited Daria to take an introductory Hebrew class at Temple."

  • Daria's Great Adventure, by dmsfanman (part 23): "Tom had Mia on-screen over a highly encrypted channel. Everyone stood around the screen."

  • Daria the Vampire Slayer: Hell Comes To Texas, by Charles RB (parts 1 - 3): "She'd had one of the dreams again. She was another girl in another time and place, and then a vampire had eaten her. Honestly, they were starting to drag." (Part 2) (Part 3)

  • Dirty Little Secret (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (part 2): "Jim, Vito and Linda are sitting down and talking. Jim and Linda are coming to grips with the revelation that they're related. Jim: When you came over to my house nine years ago did you know I was your nephew?"

  • Erin Chambers, by OzFerret (part 23): "Erin arrived at work to find the other PA's gathered around Zoe's desk. 'What's going on?' Erin asked. 'We don't know.' Zoe replied. 'An all of management emergency meeting, which none of us got any warning. All the bosses gone, who knows where?'"

  • Nothing Else Matters, by YouthofOz (parts 23 - 27): "It was Trent. It was him. Not a lookalike or a dream, but horribly, undeniably Trent moving towards them out of the flames like a remarkably dishevelled Terminator." (Part 24) (Part 25) (Part 26) (Part 27)

  • Sleeping Brittany (IC: Blank Brittany), by Serrallonga (part 1): "Brittany woke up that morning feeling great, as usual."

  • Thrill of the Fall, by atiyatortilla (parts 2 and 3): "The quest for a table was proving fruitless until a pair of friendly strangers lent Daria a helping hand." (Part 3)

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Saga Goes On), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "There were many things that Daria had expected to happen when she actually used the free trip to Las Vegas she had won by entering that damn raffle at Jane's prompting."

  • With Apologies To Mayall (IC: Apartment Life), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "Tom had thought he'd enjoy his time at Bromwell until he rented an apartment in a student-friendly area and found he was sharing it with Upchuck, who should not be."

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Don't Tell ME That Cough is Just a Cold!


Trent's already gotten started celebrating 4/20, although he's like that pretty much all the time. Odds are he doesn't actually know what the date is.

Today is also Look Alike Day, which might remind fandom of Canadibrit's controversial fanfic series, although it just makes me think of that girl who looks like Stacy. Or maybe that girl who looks like that girl.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Juggling Jodies and Crazy Columnists


Jodie's taking a break from her usual juggling act to try a slightly easier workload for International Juggler's Day. She looks much more relaxed this way, doesn't she?

Today is also Newspaper Columnists Day, and I recommend writing to the "Dear Brittany" column of the Lawndale Lowdown with any problems you need solving. I mean, you won't get any actual solutions, but it'll be entertaining! I'd suggest reading Future Daria's newspaper column instead, but that's a bad idea. Not only would you get outraged but, being part of a fantasy sequence, it doesn't exist.

Fanfic Update!
  • David M., by ST91 (part 9): "'Come in.' David said when he heard a knock on the door. 'Hi David, do,' John began to say before David interrupted him with a dry, 'Go away!'"

  • Dirty Little Secret (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (part 1): "The garage is open. Jim is working on a car with a blonde man in his late twenties. Naturally, he's filming this for his YouTube channel. They finish and Jim takes the camera off of the tripod. He holds it up in front of himself and the blonde man who's helping him."

  • Nothing Else Matters, by YouthofOz (parts 18 - 22): "Afternoon, all! Yes, it's me and my compatriots again - we were so disappointed by the Game of Thrones finale we took a wrong turn through causality and ended up in a reality where Jane Ianuzzo had butchered half of Baltimore but she did with such a happy smile." (Part 19) (Part 20) (Part 21) (Part 22)

  • The South Wall Cornerclub (Outlander Vignettes), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "'Just watch your pockets," Jane warned. "There are a lot of greedy hands here.' Daria's right hand closed around the five copper drakes in her pockets as Jane ushered through the doorway of the South Wall Cornerclub."

  • Thrill of the Fall, by atiyatortilla (part 1): "Penn Station was bustling with people, residents and excited tourists alike, and Tom Sloane was one of many. He fit into the former category, though he was Jersey born and bred."

  • Unnamed story (IC: Apartment Life), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Quinn was just settling down with the new issue of Waif magazine when she heard the footsteps in the unit above. One-two-three-four pause, one-two-three-four pause. Quick short steps, the kind made with a rigid gait, done when you just have to do something other than stand still."

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Shhhhhh!


Mr. O'Neill is portraying silent film star Charlie Chaplin in honor of the man's birth on this day in 1889. I have to say, this is one of my favorite alter egos of O'Neill. Not because the two have anything in common, but because can you imagine a silent Mr. O'Neill? It would be heaven.

I'd also just like to point out that today is National Librarian Day, so if you'd like to buy any gifts for a librarian you know (cough, cough), then this would be a good opportunity.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

They Call Her Chipper, Chipper....


Just when you thought Brittany couldn't get any perkier, she goes and turns into a dolphin for National Dolphin Day. She's probably a lot smarter now, too.

Today is also the anniversary of both "The Lab Brat" in 1997 and "Of Human Bonding" in 2000. No dolphins in either that I can remember, but Brittany did have to change the water in Upchuck's fish tanks in the former. Does that count?

Fanfic Update!
  • Business Boom, The Aftermath, by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Jim is cowering in a fetal position on the floor while a visibly concerned Quinn, Daria, Tommy, Timmy and Teddy look on. Quinn immediately rushes to her husband and gently shakes him. Quinn: Jim! JIM, LISTEN TO ME!! You're going to be alright!" (Part 3)

  • David M., by ST91 (part 8): "John felt strangely nervous that night. It wasn't due to the fact that he was going to a very important party but to his brother's strange behavior."

  • An Invitation, by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Loredas evening arrived, the rosy sunset haze carrying with it a whiff of brimstone. The sulfurous quality struck Daria as weirdly fitting as her family trekked to the elegant manors of High Town." (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6)

  • Nothing Else Matters, by YouthofOz (parts 16 and 17): "I hate Jane Lane. I hate her. It is that freaking simple." (Part 17)

  • That 70's Fanfic (IC: Apartment Life), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "Once, Mirage had been dotted with a hundred hippy communes and now it had five die-hards gasping for air, and everyone who couldn't or wouldn't go to their parents had to crawl into town for wage-slave jobs to pay private rent. 'It's like a metaphor,' Jake had said a few times, which was actually a similie."

  • Unnamed story (IC: Blank Brittany), by YouthofOz (part 1): "Voices. Movement. Strange noises she somehow knew were words. Actually, was she a she? Cautiously she tried to move her limbs, and the weight on her chest and the gap between her thighs confirmed that much. It also made damn certain she knew how much her head hurt right now."

  • Unnamed story (World's Shortest Crossover XV: A New Era In Crossovers), by TheBrodsterBoy (COMPLETE!): "Daria sat next to Tom, the two eating pizza. 'So, Tom.' Daria said, in an almost provocative manner. 'Yes, Daria?' Tom replied, leaning in for a kiss."

  • Woe, by atiyatortilla (part 1): "Everything in Lawndale was grey. The dirt, the sky, the people. It was like someone had drained all the color away, leaving the world muted and dark. Kevin didn't feel any which way about it; that's just the way life was."

Friday, April 12, 2019

One Pizza With Entrails, Coming Up!


I see Jane is totally on board with Walk on Your Wild Side Day, and can I just say that I'm quite glad that she went with getting an actual jungle cat over having Daria paint tiger stripes in her hair for her again? It's probably safer for everyone that way.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

FORE!


Jake's sure getting all he can out of Golfer's Day, and he seems so darn happy I can't bear to interrupt him. Jodie's probably golfing, too, but far less enthusiastically.

Meanwhile, Helen's still stuck trying to get along with her sisters at Erin's wedding in honor of National Siblings Day. Unless they've killed each other by now, which is...not an unrealistic scenario, honestly.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Ballad of the Birthday Burden, by YouthofOz (COMPLETE!): "It was pure coincidence that Tom happened to be passing the telephone when it rang. Liesurely, he picked up the reciever and any potential observer would have been impressed at his seemingly-rehearsed casual attitude." (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8) (Part 9)

  • Business Boom (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Trent and his bandmates are sitting at the table catching up with Daria. Trent: You look good, Daria. Twenty years ago that would've made her blush, but she's long over her old crush on Trent now."

  • Business Boom, The Aftermath (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (part 1): "Tom is seated at his desk doing some work despite the fact that it's Saturday. He hears a distant sound of thunder. Tom: (thought VO) Strange! The forcast was for clear, pleasant weather today."

  • Daria (and other characters) on the Defiant Round Robin, by Brother Grimace (part 65): "The lights in the entirety of the Defiant went low for several seconds, and then began to pulse wildly before they returned to normal."

  • An Invitation, by welltemperedclavier (parts 1 and 2): "Daria took off her heavy glasses and closed her eyes, then raised her right thumb and forefinger to massage them through the lids." (Part 2)

  • Nothing Else Matters, by YouthofOz (parts 13 - 15): "No one appeared to be on the sixth floor when Daria and Trent arrived. Karen had remained at Raft in case Jane rang that number once more." (Part 14) (Part 15)

  • Ooh, Baby!, by Lady Evil (COMPLETE!): "'You wanted to see me, Vixx?' He had come right over to her house when she texted and asked if he'd come over so she could ask a favor. Vixx was standing before him with her wife, Ollie."

  • Three Devils, by atiyatortilla (part 8): "A comfortable calm had fallen over the tiny apartment, blanketing Jane as she sank down into her worn mattress."

  • Unnamed story (LLH Short Entries #2), by Roentgen (part 182): "Sandi looked at her jacket to make sure that it looked smart and spiffy. She wore a circle-and-ribbon broach on her expensively-tailored business suit. 'Well, how do I look?'"

  • You Want It Darker, by LSM (part 10): "It was strange having someone in bed next to her. Jane was used to having that wide space of cool sheets next to her, the sense of air and emptiness."

Monday, April 8, 2019

Extra Points if You Draw Travis Stuck in the Mall Air Filtration System!


Jane's way ahead of us for Draw a Bird Day, especially since she's already got two and I've drawn...let me count them up...zero. If you've got artistic talent, today's the day to show it off as long as you like drawing birds!

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

But What's He Wearing Under His Kilt?


Joey's dressed in style for National Tartan Day, but if he thinks Quinn is going to stick around for bagpipe music then he's in for a rude awakening. To any Scottish fans (or fans of Scottish descent), have a good one!

Fanfic Update!
  • Babysitting Pretty (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Tommy, Timmy, Teddy, Lauren and Ultra are seated on the couch. The kids are behaving themselves (so far). Lauren is grateful that Ultra is behaving himself as well. Cut to the TV and we see that they are watching 'Shreck 2'." (Part 3)

  • The Ballad of the Birthday Burden, by YouthofOz (parts 1 and 2): "It was Daria's birthday. She found it hard to get excited about the anniversary of her birth at the best of times." (Part 2) (Part 3)

  • Business Boom (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (parts 1 and 2): "Jim Carbone is walking through the aisles of Allmart (this universe's Walmart). He's trying to find the electronics section." (Part 2)

  • Daria (and other characters) on the Defiant Round Robin, by Meester_Lee, Brother Grimace, EntrancedCat, and Roentgen (parts 60 - 64): "It drifted through the corridor like a cloud, unseen and unnoticed by the Defiant's crew. If anyone were to see it as it slowly through the Defiant, they'd see a dark, formless mass drifting about three feet off the decking of the ship's corridors." (Part 61) )Part 62) (Part 63) (Part 64)

  • Erin Chambers, by OzFerret (part 22): "The Sunday morning crowd in the park differed from the previous day. Less people, less tourists, less hurry. Fifteen pale blue tablets in twenty hours, a good night sleep and 2 decent meals had cleared Erin's blisters. The shame of her behaviour and her medical condition still haunted her."

  • Nothing Else Matters, by YouthofOz (parts 9 - 12): "Quinn and Stacy headed away from the BFAC campus and across the street to the college's single residence block, Summerlin Hall." (Part 10) (Part 11) (Part 12)

  • Quinn, the talking Dog, by OzFerret (part 3): "Quinn's walk invariably ended at the house of Jane Lane. Jane smirked as she let Daria and Quinn inside, 'Taking some exercise M'Lady?' Daria glared at her friend, 'Too ... tired ... to ... kill ... you.'"

  • Three Devils, by atiyatortilla (part 7): "Every person in the Lawndale Diner craned their heads to ogle at the two sisters as they made their way to an empty booth. The piercing looks left Daria unfazed but Quinn could feel the burning heat of embarrassment creeping up her face."

  • Unnamed story (LLH Short Entries #2), by Roentgen (part 181): "Greg Adams walked down the corridors of the Legion Academy. He was lost in thought. Esra had moved out of the Legion Academy's quarters and was now over at the Tower."

  • You got a fast car (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Saga Goes On), by Serrallonga (COMPLETE!): "(Dariarotica porn studios briefing room) (Almost all “Daria” characters are sitting around a big squared table, mumbling. A door opens all of a sudden. The NEW DIRECTOR enters)"

Thursday, April 4, 2019

"Gimme cheese! I want cheese!"


It's World Rat Day, or as Jake calls them, squirrels without fluffy tails. Wait, that doesn't seem quite right....

Today is also Walk Around Things Day, so if you see something in your way, don't run straight into it. That goes double for you, glasses-free Daria from "Through a Lens Darkly"!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Sandwich and a Book...What Could Be Better?


Caution: this is not the recommended way to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. If you want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, please make a fresh one and do not eat any antique sandwiches that have been in contact with either the Tank or Daria's backside. Thank you.

If PBJ isn't your thing, how about a nice kid's book for Children's Book Day? Daria can recommend Black Beauty, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Journal of the Plague Year. Wait, maybe not that last one.

And no children's book would be complete without artwork, so it's especially appropriate that today is the anniversary of the episode "Art Burn" in 2001. A lot of great lines in that one, especially Tiffany's "We need someone to break his fingers, like on that show about those guys." Anyone else have a favorite line? Quote it in the comments!

Fanfic Update!
  • Babysitting Pretty (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (part 1): "Daria and Quinn are nervously awaiting the results of her follow up. The doctor looks at the results and smiles. Dr. Conway: Good news, Daria, you're now cancer free. Also, the full metabolic panel has shown your hormones to be back at normal levels."

  • Daria (and other characters) on the Defiant Round Robin, by Meester_Lee, Brother Grimace, and Roentgen (parts 57 - 59): "Amanda Waller was scheming. It was her usual occupation, although if she were questioned she'd deny it and say that she was currently making contingency plans—plans that would go in motion if Admiral Morgendorffer and her away team failed to return from the Ferengi casino ship." (Part 58) (Part 59)

  • Daria's Great Adventure, by dmsfanman (part 22): "Daria looked out the rover window. It occurred to her that this was not all that useful an action. They were in a cave (or more precisely a lava tube) after all!"

  • Fates Entwined, by Deep Metal (part 28): "The young six year old Daria looked around her classroom. Class had not yet begun and she had no particular inclination to be at school either."

  • Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, go to Hell (Iron Chef: Very ILL), by Serrallonga (COMPLETE!): "(At Cedars of Lawndale Hospital) (Jane enters Daria's room) Daria - Hi. Jane – Yo. How are you doing?"

  • Jane's Real Father (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Saga Goes On), by TheBrodsterBoy (COMPLETE!): "'Well, turns out Vincent isn't my real father.'"

  • Nothing Else Matters, by YouthofOz (parts 1 - 8): "Daria reached the dorm room she was looking for and politely knocked. The journey from Raft had been more tiring than usual, but then everything seemed tiring these days." (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8)

  • Temple Visit (Outlander Vignettes), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Stale air and the spiced smoke of incense burners settled into Jane's clothes and hair as she entered the temple, her head bowed in a show of reverence. Hoarse murmurs echoed down worn adobe corridors lit by braziers and scented candles, shadows of guttering flames dancing on the walls."

  • Three Devils, by atiyatortilla (parts 5 and 6): "Daria watched a squirrel dart about the grass while Jane studiously committed her likeness to paper, the charcoal drawing shaping up to be quite the portrait." (Part 6)

  • Unpredictable, by Val-Creative (COMPLETE!): "Jane's brushes dry and fleck with saturated greens and blues under an opalescent white coating. Out of the corner of her eye, Daria scrutinizes the tray of palettes knives and tubes smeared in black and shiny, smeared grey."

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Happy BIRTHday!


Mr. DeMartino is wishing a happy--or perhaps a creepy--birthday to Christopher Walken, who was born on this day in 1943. Since DeMartino is supposed to be based on Walken, does that mean it's his birthday, too?

Today is also a double anniversary for the episodes "Malled" in 1997 and "The F Word" in 2000. In both, Daria succeeded at failing to avoid a trip to a mall, but the second time around she was able to convince Mr. O'Neill to take her place.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Calling Ruttheimer the Prestidigitator!


The girls' bathroom currently has both smoke and mirrors for Smoke and Mirrors Day, but I think the holiday is supposed to refer to magic tricks. Then again, they did trick Mr. DeMartino into interrupting a Tommy Sherman seance, which was pretty magical. Does that count?

Today is also National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, so drop by Earl and Barbara's place for some cheese-and-cellophane sandwiches. Or not. I recommend not.

Finally, this is the anniversary of the episode "The New Kid," which aired on this day in 1998. No smoke and mirrors here; Daria actually went on not one, but two dates! Both of which crashed and burned hard, but let's not dwell on that part.

Fanfic Update!
  • Crusader Queens, by Roentgen (part 2): "Helena Morgendorffer remained in her bedroom in the keep. She waited on her husband. God knows where he was or what he was doing."

  • Daria Who? in "The Macra-Economic Terror", by YouthofOz (COMPLETE!): "JANE: Well that was a complete and utter waste of time. Trying to paint Earth-rise on the moon would be way easier in atmosphere! Why didn't any of you remind me that you can't use acrylics in a zero-vacuum?" (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6)

  • Erin Chambers, by OzFerret (part 21): "Blinded by renewed tears of pain and grief Erin stumbled down the stairs of G-bar. Oblivious of the silence her arrival caused, she threw herself into her usual bar stool, leant her head on the bar and sobbed."

  • Great Professor Dario, by ST91 (COMPLETE!): "Slowly and with all the care he possessed, Dario put his son A.J in the crib. His wife Claire Defoe did the same with their daughter, Heather Helen."

  • IRL, by atiyatortilla (COMPLETE!): "It was 8:55 PM, five minutes until closing, and Kevin Thompson was left feeling dejected. He should've known that nobody would show up."

  • Jim And Kevin's Excellent Misadventure (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Quinn, Daria, Stacy, Lindy, Sandi and Tiffany are watching TV. Stacy: Thank's for having us over, Quinn. Quinn: No problem, Stacy. I figured since our husbands are having a guys night out we might as well have a girls night in." (Part 2) (Part 3)

  • Journey into Misery, by Captain Marbles (part 2): "Meanwhile, back at 'La Grande Hotel' (It's a chain), Daria's parents were beginning to worry."

  • No Rain, by Lady Evil (COMPLETE!): "'Oh night....' sang Jesse. 'Diviiiiiiiine!' He wasn't a boy soprano anymore, but he could still handle the note with a little coloratura. 'Oh night, when Christ was born!'"

  • Pragma (Iron Chef: Random Pairing Challenge 2019), by Szcz (COMPLETE!): "Dust came with the evening wind. It was not as disturbing in Appalachia as at the lowlands, but disturbing enough. Stacy Rowe closed the window, and began to make the bed."

  • Unnamed story (LLH Short Entries #2), by Roentgen (part 180): "'So what did you think of Sergeant Nemec?' Sandi said. 'Wouldn't that be Sergeant Major Nemec?' Andrea said, drolly. 'She likes to remind me of her exact rank.'"

  • You Want It Darker, by LSM (part 9): "Life drifted on, as life did. Days blended into each other and Jane passed them creating and discovering. She painted, things she couldn't explain and had no idea where they came from, but everything was blue and yellow gold."

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Say It Ain't So, Joe!


Joey seems less than impressed that it's National "Joe" Day, but he should really appreciate it. If it was National "Jamie" Day then no one would even remember it.

Today is also Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day, so any song ideas about dogs and pick-up trucks are welcome. Not you, Trent. I'd probably rather hear from Travis the Singing Cowboy than Mystik Spiral.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

H-H-H-Helen and the Jakes!


Helen is rocking out in honor of musician Elton John's 72nd birthday. I don't remember any canon references to the singer, but I could see Helen being a fan. Word to the wise, though: I have a feeling she wouldn't appreciate anyone singing her "The Bitch Is Back."

Today is also Waffle Day, so help yourself to some tasty frozen waffles. Just watch out for that sell-by date; the last thing you want to do is develop a very mild stomachache.

Voting is open for The 2018 Daria Fanworks Awards! Choose your favorite written and visual works on the ballots!

Fanfic Update!
  • Crusader Queens: A Matter of Marriage, by Roentgen (part 1): "'If you have any thing to say to her,' Iacobus said, 'you must do it and quickly.' Daria and Regina rushed into their grandmother's quarters at the castle in Kaiserslautern."

  • Kinderschema, by YouthofOz (COMPLETE!): "What's wrong with me? Trent had wondered to himself for the last six months. No one had answered him, or his equally-important questions of Why aren't I good enough? Why do you want another baby?"

  • Together, by Princess_Pasta (part 6): "'Going out?' Jodie Landon stopped her mad dash to the door as her father's voice stopped her in her tracks."

  • Trent the Therapist, by fightmehoe420 (part 1): "Trent pulls up to the schools' driveway, to see a sobbing Jane sitting on the sidewalk in front of Lawndale High. Trent stared at his lap for a moment, trying to gather his thoughts before he potentially talked to his sister."

  • Unnamed story (LLH Short Entries #2), by Roentgen (part 179): "'Hola amiga!' 'Hola yourself!' Daria met Jane in the garage of Legion Tower and they embraced, Jane letting go of her little wheeled suitcase."

  • Veronica in Lawndale, by ST91 (COMPLETE!): "'Vichy! John! We are here!' shouted a beautiful afro-american girl waving an arm. The two teens turned and saw Rachel Landon. All their friends were near her."

  • Winter Is Coming, by Meester_Lee (part 13): "Rikka awoke early and realized that it a Saturday. She thought about things to do while she quietly padded around Daria's bedroom and began making plans when she hit the shower."