Sunday, April 20, 2014

Have a Very Feisty Easter!

Upchuck wishes everyone who celebrates it a happy Easter! The Fashion Club, on the other hand, wishes they could escape from Upchuck's fantasy sequence.

As a special holiday treat, check out these Easter tidbits courtesy of Mistress Thea and the Sh33p's Fluff website:
Fanfic Update!
  • A 846430, by Brian Taylor (part 1): "The end of any graduating term at the Academy is like Draft Day, except it lasts for weeks and nobody gets a sports car at the end."

  • ASPS, by PrecambrianStudios (part 62): "'I still can't believe I agreed to this,' Michelle said as she felt the stylist's hands running throug her hair, dying it midnight-black."

  • Blue Blood (IC: Tom Sloane, Lax Bro TAKEDOWN!), by LongSnakeMoan (COMPLETE!): "The club was okay, she supposed, especially as they were only in there because Rufus, the bloody idiot, hadn't bothered to become a member of the really smart club they had wanted to be seen in."

  • Daria Down Under: Shiny New Australia, by Madmaper13 (part 1): "Inside a white sedan Jake sits driving on the right side of the car and looks left to see Daria on the front seat, 'It's tough starting a new life on the other side of the world girls, but try to make friends Daria.'"

  • 1,001 Deaths of Sandi Griffin, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "Quinn Morgendorffer stared down at the wide, empty brown eyes of her now dead friend, Sandi Griffin."

  • Quinn's Code 10: Blue Screen of Sherman, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 3): "'So, what now?' Cindy asked. 'We just be sad about it?' 'Just be there for each other,' Kristen said. 'Yeah...' Quinn said. The three walked on in silence."

  • Rotten Little Misery Kids, by Shiva (parts 1 and 2): "In the light of the setting sun the otherwise drab and ordinary High Hills Park managed to acquire a brief echo of beauty. However it was an unappreciated beauty to a trio that was seated on a bench near the main square framed by the bust of General Lee." (Part 2)

  • Tom Sloane, Lax Bro, by Shiva (part 21): "'Wow,' I grumble all as me and Jane stumble out of Miami International 'That flight was a bloody nightmare!'"

  • Unnamed story ([Iron Chef – Round Robin – Free For All] Time Loops), by Kuriamo22 (part 7): "Jane rolled her eyes and replied, 'Oh come on it's an outdoor art walk. Not an concert in Munik. You can't tell me you'll be claustrophobic outside? Besides theres gonna be fair food and probably pizza.'"

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "O'Neill leaned over to Jane on her way out and whispered 'hail Hydra'."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Indigo (COMPLETE!): "The best-selling author Daria Morgendorffer was much in demand at the moment."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by SacredDust (COMPLETE!): "Will started up the old Chevy and turned on his GPS. He didn't need it; he was just going to the grocery store. But ever since he installed the Daria voice, he was using it on every trip."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes that should be: Pacific Rimmers), by Silver (COMPLETE!): "Mack and Upchuck sat on the bench, looking out on the empty football field. They'd graduated a little more than twenty-four hours before, and the two were still winding down from the heady atmosphere of celebration and relief."

  • Without Warning, by SentrytheDefiant (part 8): "'What's with this football jerk everyone keeps talking about?' Jace placed down his sketchpad, 'He was quarterback three years ago, Trent had some classes with him. He helped the Lawndale Lions win the state championship.'"

Friday, April 18, 2014

Driven Wild for Fifteen Years

Quinn is eagerly reading Kara Wild's fan-fiction series the Driven Wild Universe, which premiered on this day in 1999. Quinn--for those unfamiliar with the series--is a major focus in the stories, so it's no wonder she's suddenly so interested in reading.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Great Educator

Happy birthday to The Tramp! Settle down, Quinn, no one's talking about anyone in the Fashion Club. It was on this day in 1889 that Charlie Chaplin was born! Mr. O'Neill only wishes he were as talented as Chaplin.

We also celebrate National Stress Awareness Day today, and Jake has a public service announcement for us: "Stressed? Why do people keep telling me I'm stressed? If I weren't stressed, I'd get stressed by everyone telling me I'm stressed!"

Fanfic Update!
  • Angela Li's Date in 98 (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'I must admit Ms. Li,' Karl Rove said to his lovely middle-aged Asian companion during a light brunch at The Settlement, 'by the time I finished your opinion piece I was stunned. Finally there was another human being who thought just like me.'"

  • ASPS 2, by PrecambrianStudios (part 12): "'So, how’s your first day of sophomore year going so far?' Michelle asked the assembled group."

  • Mine, by Vukodlak (part 6): "It had been Tom who'd suggested taking them to the Zoo this weekend and like many things Daria lost interest in years ago they suddenly sounded fun if her daughter was involved."

  • Unnamed story ([Iron Chef – Round Robin – Free For All] Time Loops), by Wraith (parts 5 and 6): "'Hey, Daria. Can I ask you something?' Trent asked. 'Sure, Trent.' 'Why is Janey going to BFAC again?'" (Part 6 by Brother Grimace)

  • Unnamed story (Mr. O'Neill, Asshole), by Smijey (COMPLETE!): "In the audience, the gears in Mr. O'Neill's head were turning. What if he gave his students an assignment that expressly asked them to try to fail?"

  • Unnamed story (1,001 Deaths of Tom Sloane - Part III), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'She hits me because she loves me.' Tom thought to himself, his personal chant, as blow after blow hit him." (Continued by Roentgen)

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "Sandi growled and swiped away a face-full of some plant's thick, low-hanging branches and fan-like leaves as she made her way. 'How come the so-called "brain" doesn't use hers when she sees a giant jewel in the middle of the room, sitting on a silk pillow with a light over it, and realizes that she shouldn't touch it?'"

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "'It's Baby Girl!' he says from across the book store and runs up to me, hugging me. Well, not so much 'hugging' as 'eclipsing' me."

  • Without Warning, by SentrytheDefiant (part 7): "Jace continued to stuff his suitcase with t-shirts and boxer shorts, 'I do envy you. Do you know where I'll be this weekend? The Lane family reunion. Dozens of Lanes from all over the country converging in one Midwestern split-level to remind themselves why they scattered in the first place.'"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Or Maybe She's on Candid Camera

Daria's gazing up because it's Look up at the Sky Day. Or she's looking up because those pervert squirrels are back. Not sure which.

Today is also the anniversary of two episodes, "The Lab Brat" in 1997 and "Of Human Bonding" in 2000. Have a favorite moment from either episode? Share it in the comments!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Space for Yuri

Today we celebrate Yuri's Night, which honors space exploration in general and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in particular. It was on this day in 1961 that Gagarin made the first human spaceflight in history.

I know we have several space travel enthusiasts in fandom, so feel free to geek out in the comments.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria/Power Rangers: Watching the Watchmen, by Charles RB (parts 12 and 13): "Daria Morgendorffer: they said she'd killed the first Green Ranger, that she'd survived the Cross World massacre when Karl Ziktor had been exposed, that she had Director Flemming's ear. She looked smaller that you'd expect." (Part 13)

  • Different Tracks, by ognawk (part 2): "Tom and Daria sat in the car, going for a drive around various areas of Lawndale. Daria was surprised to see Tom just turn up at the house, but he was interesting company to her. Intelligent, well read and, as much as she actually hated to admit it, she thought he was kind of cute as well."

  • 18-0, by SacredDust (COMPLETE!): "Sandi and Linda sat quietly on their living room couch, watching the closing moments of WrestleMania XXVI. Sandi sniffed and dabbed at her eyes with a tissue, unable to believe what had just happened." (Part 2)

  • A Great Alternative (Shorty Shorts), by ognawk (COMPLETE!): "'Hey, Daria, this is, uh...' 'Tom. Tom Sloane,' he said, introducing himself. When he said that, he could have sworn he noticed a change in the artist's mood."

  • The Only Pair, by SentrytheDefiant (part 10): "Jake might've been oblivious to certain things but he knew when something was bothering his son. Rich was staring out the windshield as he drove the car with ease but his normal cheerful smile was replaced by a deep frown."

  • The Real Reasons Why Daria and Tom Didn't, You Know (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by LongSnakeMoan (COMPLETE!): "After she'd agreed to go to the 'next stage' with Tom, Daria thought about it for the fiftieth time and decided that she couldn't go through with it."

  • Without Warning, by SentrytheDefiant (parts 5 and 6): "As if Lawndale High couldn't get any more ridiculous, a modeling agency was going to be scouting out the 'talent'. Jace suspected their definition of that word had to be VERY loose if they were resorting to such drastic measures." (Part 6)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Now Jesse Knows Three Words: "Yeah," "Cool," and "Fore!"

Jesse is practicing his swing today because it's Golfer's Day, which is probably one of Jake's favorite holidays. If you want, why not take on a few holes yourself today? If you're not a golfer, you can always take a page from Mack's book and bludgeon Kevin with a club instead. I'm sure it's very therapeutic.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Get Drawing, Birdbrains!

Jane is showing off a sketch she made just for Draw a Bird Day. Vultures based on human scam artists might not be precisely what the creators of the holiday had in mind, but it works for me.

Fanfic Update!
  • Dylan, by J-D (part 34c): "Kris was ready to leave for his first date of the evening, but it wasn't quite time to leave the house. Arriving early was bad strategy. He came out of the bathroom and saw Tierney Rhode."

  • Hemming's Way, by ognawk (part 7): "Cassidy then walked over to her dresser and opened the bottom drawer. Contained within was a similar black case which contained her own flute. She opened it and took the flute out. She then sat on her bed and started playing. She wasn't as good as her father, but she still enjoyed playing."

  • Is It Tenure Yet? (You're Standing On My Track), by JohnnyLurg (COMPLETE!): "The next day, Quinn arrived on the Pepperhill College grounds, clad in fabrics which were unknown to Daria but obviously all the rage. The fact that her auburn hair was in a bun was the closest she had come to achieving professionalism in her appearance, and she lacked any visible teaching aids as she strolled into the quad."

  • Unnamed story ([Iron Chef – Round Robin – Free For All] Time Loops), by Wraith (parts 1 - 4): "Daria blinked at looked around the inside of the car in confusion. It was the wrong car, and while she was very familiar with the street they were going down, she couldn't think why they'd be headed to Lawndale High. 'What's going on? Weren't we on the way to Raft? And when did we get the old car back?'" (Part 2) (Part 3 by Charles RB) (Part 4)

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Daria sat at the table with Quinn. Quinn had been promoted to a regional Vice President of Store Operations at Hot Topic, and the dinner was to celebrate Quinn's fast track to Management."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Quinn and Jane waited at the Lawndale airport for Daria to arrive for Christmas break. They hadn't seen Daria in four months and were both looking forward to it."

  • Without Warning, by SentrytheDefiant (parts 2 - 4): "Helen Morgendorffer was a force to be reckoned with. She was professionally dressed in a navy skirt suit and black heels, her brown hair curled neatly into a bob. The stern look in her hazel eyes made Jace feel like he was being dissected under a microscope." (Part 3) (Part 4)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Go, Team, Go!

Kevin and his teammates are partying hard for National Student-Athlete Day, because in the words of Jane Lane, "it's not how hard you study, it's how hard you play football!"

You know, looking closer at that picture, it's not really clear how, exactly, the other players are holding Kevin up. Perhaps Kevin has learned the art of levitation? Hmmm.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

"Mixing primaries during daylight hours? Not done."

Tiffany is trying to finish her flag in time to celebrate the anniversary of the current American flag design--thirteen stripes and one star for each state. I pretty much guarantee that Tiffany's flag will have the wrong number of both, and we'll be lucky if she gets the colors right.

Fanfic Update!
  • ASPS, by PrecambrianStudios (part 61): "'Hi!' Karis jumped again. Two girls and one boy, all smiling, had sat down across from her. The girl who had spoken to her (it looked to Karis like she was a senior) happily chirped, 'I'm Katheryn! What's your name?'"

  • Daria/Power Rangers: Watching the Watchmen, by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "Angel Grove had once been a shining city on the hill and now the few skyscrapers still intact looked like jutting bones."

  • The Invincible Rose, by breitasparrow (part 2 revised): "'Actually...' Rosalie's heart was pounding hard in her ears. '...I was thinking that, since the wedding begins this afternoon, if I win...' She could feel beads of sweat forming on her forehead as she tried desperately to avoid stuttering. '...You get to be my escort to the reception this evening.'"

  • Lost, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "It wasn't as if she was really gone."

  • Mysteries of Lawndale 02: The First Party, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 3): "'We're going to walk to the edge of Crewe Neck and back,' Daria said. 'Good idea,' Quinn said. 'Yeah,' Stacy agreed. 'Let's go,' Jane said."

  • The Only Pair, by SentrytheDefiant (part 9): "The black clad figure waited until both vehicles were gone before he crept his way towards the front window. Three thick bushes provided adequate cover when he crouched, which was how he maintained his obscurity."

  • Reclamation, by SacredDust (parts 3 and 4): "Tom rubbed his eyes and took a closer look. It was a yellow Vexxer, just sitting there with the lights and engine off." (Part 4)

  • Renewment, by RLobinske (part 3): "Quinn took a quick look to the living room to make sure Jake and Helen were busy with Jacob. 'When they fly to Florida tomorrow, I'm going to call Daria. We're going to figure this out.' 'When you and your sister put your mind to something, I've learned to stay out of the way.'"

  • Unnamed story (IC: Codename Kids Next Daria), by Fhujeth_x (COMPLETE!): "Daria stared down the hallway of Lawndale High School, paving a visual path of wreckage of Kevin standing before his poor and destitute football team while they lay in heaps across the floor."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: April Fool's day), by PrecambrianStudios (COMPLETE!): "Mr. O'Neill picked up the phone. 'Hello?' 'Greetings. This is a prank call,' said a high, nasally voice. 'Would you like to be pranked today?'"

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: April Fool's day), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "It was 7:30 am on a Tuesday. The phone rang at the Morgendorffer residence. Helen picked it up. 'Hel-o-ooooo?' She put her hand to the phone. 'DARIA! It's for you! Someone named Brittany Taylor!'"

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "'I want to break up with Kathleen, but it's so hard,' Tom said. 'My life is more difficult than anyone else's on the planet. And yes, I'm including starving children, so don't ask!'"

  • Without Warning, by SentrytheDefiant (part 1): "Jace Lane's steel-toed combat boots thumped loudly on the pavement as he made his way towards Lawndale High."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Refrigerator Box Optional

Daria's diving into an old favorite in honor of International Children's Book Day, so why not take the opportunity to reread one of your beloved childhood classics, as well? If you'd like, share what your favorite books were as a child--or other books you think Daria might have enjoyed--in the comments.

Switching from words to pictures, today is also the anniversary of the episode "Art Burn," which aired on this day in 2001. Jane learned how to paint copies and perform undercover missions in a single episode!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy BIRTHDAY, Mr. Walken!

Mr. DeMartino is wishing Christopher Walken a happy birthday, as the actor turns 71 today. Considering DeMartino is supposedly based on Walken, this seems appropriate. Also, anyone who enjoyed Walken's appearance on the music video "Weapon of Choice" may like Peetz5050's fanart by the same name.

Today is also a double episode anniversary, as both "Malled" and "The F Word" aired on this day in 1997 and 2000. Daria succeeded in failing to keep her lunch down at the Mall of the Millennium, although I'm pretty sure that wasn't intentional.

Fanfic Update!
  • Loose Ends (1,001 Deaths of Tom Sloane - Part III), by SacredDust (COMPLETE!): "'So,' Tom said to break the ice in the rather chilly dining room. 'So.' Elsie agreed, staring back at him over a glass of brandy. '...So Mom and Dad are dead.'"

  • The Only Pair, by SentrytheDefiant (part 7): "'Erin's finally getting a life of her own.' One can only hope she doesn't take after her mother, Helen thought bitterly. 'I can't believe it. Little Erin getting married. She's not rushing into this I hope.'"

  • Out of Place, by PrecambrianStudios (part 5): "'I'm serious! It's not like we're going to go back and it's the apocalypse or anything like that. Worse case scenario, we go back and we've been missing for a while.' 'No. Worse case scenario is we never leave.'"

  • Reclamation, by SacredDust (part 1): "Things had not worked out with Jane. There were a number of reasons, but Tom chalked it up to natural differences."

  • When Gay Marriage Bans Go Horribly Wrong (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'Huh, Daria?' Jane asked as she stared at what was going on around her in total shock."

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Um...Abra Camaro!

Kevin is about to show us a magic trick in honor of Smoke and Mirrors Day. Let's hope that the trick doesn't involve any actual smoke, because I wouldn't put it past him to set something on fire. Any chance those bunnies are flame-retardant?

Today we also have the anniversary of the episode "The New Kid," which aired on this day in 1998. We should really go all out to celebrate this one. Anyone got any gum?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Make a Dainty Garland for Your Head and Sing!

Jake demands that everyone sit down, shut up, and enjoy the show because today is World Theatre Day! So if you don't want to get beaten senseless with a drumstick, you'd better start appreciating the Canterbury Tales right now.

Fanfic Update!
  • ASPS 2, by PrecambrianStudios (part 13): "'Ah, Ms. Cutler!' smiled Ethan's father. 'Good of you to swing by!' Dylan politely smiled at him and limped inside the new Dressler home: a two-acre white McMansion. Inside, the walls were equally sterile."

  • Bored at Death (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Jeremy Garrett (COMPLETE!): "Daria and Jane, as they'd done plenty of times before, were busy browsing that Paperpusher's Message Board one day for the latest bits of fanfiction. Some of what they found, however, managed to stick out."

  • Daria Learns About the Jem Remake (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'So there's going to be a remake of Jem, huh?' Jane said while looking over Daria's shoulder."

  • Dylan, by J-D (part 34b): "Abbie's parrot flew into the room and landed on Tierney's head. That wasn't comfortable. It felt almost as if Chiquito were trying to give her some kind of message. Maybe—Get Out Of Here?"

  • 58 & 27, by macross (part 1): "The man didn't lower the paper to learn the visitor's identity but a smile did appear on his lips when he heard the sounds of stiletto heels clacking on the dark solid oak floors."

  • New President (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Mariobro20 (COMPLETE!): "The fashion club are beginning the meeting with Stacy announcing the newest fashion trend to the rest of the fashion club members. 'OK Stacy, please announce the newest trends for this week swimwear.'"

  • Rape Isn't Really All That Funny (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "Jane and Daria stared at the latest abomination to emerge from the PPMB."

  • Switcheroo, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "Jace Lane ignored the chipper voice of his overly enthusiastic self-esteem teacher, Mr. O'Neill, and continued to draw in his worn sketchbook."

  • TGATG: How To Change A Life, by ognawk (COMPLETE!): "'Speaking of dates, I'm thinking of asking Cassidy out,' Tom said. 'Cassidy?' Ashley asked, 'Refresh my memory, which one is she?'"

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Jake was suffering through another Couples Therapy night. What he hated was that the 'processor' asked such stupid questions."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Silver (COMPLETE!): "'All right, Daria. Explain it to me, from the top. What exactly caused this calamity at your school that's made national news?'"

  • The Window, by metameric1 (part 6): "She rolled over onto her side, watching him as he dressed. It's good to have him back home. I miss him when he tours, even though I get a lot of writing done."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's Helen and the Jets!

Helen is wishing performer Elton John a happy birthday today, as he turns 67. She might want to rethink wearing that outfit to the office, though.

Today is also Waffle Day, so have a few for breakfast if you'd like. Just make sure you check the sell-by date if you want to avoid developing a very mild stomachache. Gah!!!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Little Pile of Adorable!

Today is National Puppy Day, so go cuddle up with an adorable little dog! But not Bark. He's Quinn's favorite.

Speaking of Quinn, today also happens to be the anniversary of the episode "Monster," which aired on this day in 1998. We still don't know which is her best side, but I'm reliably informed they're both good.

Fanfic Update!
  • Chips off the older Block, by Indigo (part 2): "'Hi, this is kind of a surprise I thought that I was the only one around here that ran on this track' was the only thing that came to Jane's mind to say 'If it is a problem we can find somewhere else to run' said the older of the two girls flatly"

  • Daria PM (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "DARIA (V/O): Listen carefully. We don't have a lot of time."

  • Hemming's Way, by ognawk (part 6): "Cassidy made her way over to the buffet table, picking up various bits and pieces. She reached for the last sandwich on a plate at the same time someone else reached for it. She looked over to notice a boy who looked about her own age, with short blonde hair, blue eyes and a suit."

  • Her Friend, by macross (part 3): "'Honey I know leaving Boston was hard, it is for me too, but I really want to thank you for handling it all so well,' said the brunette woman as she drove a red 78' Triumphant Spitfire through the suburban streets on the cool March day."

  • The Past Lane, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "'MR. LANE!' Trent Lane shot up in his desk as the booming voice of his History teacher roused him from his afternoon nap."

  • Reunión Escolar, by Ethiriel Sindanarie (part 1): "Daria manejaba su auto hacia Lawndale desde Nueva York, ciudad en la que estaba viviendo desde hacia dos años para ir a una fiesta organizada por su antigua escuela, la secundaria Lawndale;"

  • Ronnie Incorporated, by SacredDust (COMPLETE!): "'It's for economics class. We're supposed to look at some papers from a fake company and write about what they're doing wrong. And I got the biggest assignment of anyone in the class. It's not fair!'"

  • TGATG: How To Change A Life, by ognawk (part 7): "Ashley looked at himself in the mirror on the back of the closet door in his new bedroom. He was dressed in the traditional Fielding uniform of dark blue blazer, white shirt, red tie and beige pants."

  • Умри, моя дорогая, by strakat (COMPLETE!): "Джейн нравится Том. По крайней мере, ни о чем другом, пока тот, прильнув к ней, целует ее, она думать не может. Разве что о том, что ее спальня (она же мастерская) чертовски хороша в своем этом чуть ли не первобытном хаосе, окутанная перманентным полумраком и рок-музыкой, льющейся из колонок музыкального центра. Им хорошо наедине."

Friday, March 21, 2014

"I'm telling you, puppets make anything funny."

Tiffany is dreaming of becoming a real girl, but alas, today is World Puppetry Day and she must remain as wooden and two-dimensional as she always is. Still, Jane maintains that, as a puppet, she can make anything funny. Except wacky morning DJs.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Musing about an Episode Anniversary

Daria is sending today's blog post out by mail as a reenactment of the episode "The Story of D," which aired on this day in 2001. Once it arrives, we'll have to consider her submission and decide if it's right for us at this time. Outlook's not good, though.

Fanfic Update!
  • ASPS, by PrecambrianStudios (part 60): "'Whatcha got there, Gage?' Wehrung asked as his friend hefted a box into Karis's room, where the rest of the gang had decided to meet for the day."

  • Dylan, by J-D (part 34): "'You do realise', Dylan said, 'that staying at our place means my mother insisting on your eating her food.' He could see Rod on the verge of responding, and cut him off. 'I don't mean just the good stuff, I mean the experiments. You're volunteering yourself as a brand new guinea pig.'"

  • Free Eats (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "Jane stared aghast at her best friend, Daria Morgendorffer. It wasn't that they were at school, nor that her friend was standing nonchalantly near her locker."

  • God Save the King also known as The Bitch Is Back (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by LongSnakeMoan (COMPLETE!): "Princess Tom and Elsie walked upstairs, Elsie determined to get with a child by hook or crook without actually having to copulate with Butt-head, though her fellow wives actually seemed to be getting on with it quite well."

  • Groped by an Antisocial Climber (IC: Mix them up. DariaXDaria Crossover!), by SacredDust (COMPLETE!): "'Who would have thought that one's fashion sense could have a dark side? The normally life-affirming act of choosing an outfit is such a big responsibility that I forgot about everything else! Like, um, the food and stuff. It really was kind of a miracle, huh? Like that lady who got a flat tire in a blizzard and a mysterious guy fixed it for her! She says here it was a guardian angel.'"

  • Mysteries of Lawndale 02: The First Party, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "Twenty minutes later, Daria, Jane and Jason met Stacy, Quinn and Corey at a park across from Jason's house on the corner of Glen Oaks Lane and Page Drive. After their mutual surprise had subsided Daria asked, 'Now we'll compare notes.'"

  • The Only Pair, by SentrytheDefiant (parts 5 and 6): "The cold sweat ran down the back of her neck, causing her thin cotton nightshirt to stick to her back. Her heart was threatening to burst out of her chest as it thumped rapidly. She brushed her bangs away from her burning forehead and rested her palm there. Her breath escaped in short, ragged gasps as she tried to calm herself." (Part 6)

  • Out of Fashion, by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "'...afraid we're going to have to institute snack spot checks! I'm sorry, young people, but you have abused your privileges!' The PA system clicked off, and Stacy stopped in her tracks. 'But that's not fair!'" (Part 6)

  • Una Rebanada de Pizza, by Sifu Sihaya (part 3): "Daria sopeso la pregunta y se dio el lujo de retardar su respuesta mordiendo la pizza y masticando lentamente, Tom la miraba fijamente a los ojos, expectante de su respuesta pero sin delatarse ni mostrarse ansioso."

  • Unnamed story (The 1001 Humiliations of Quinn Morgendorffer), by NightGoblyn (COMPLETE!): "Quinn's head was pounding, and somebody was shining a million billion candle-watt powered flashlight directly into her eyes. No, there were two of them, one for each eye. And a little drum section playing on top of her head. And she felt like there was a dirty wool sock in her mouth."

  • The Window, by metameric1 (parts 4 and 5): "Daria hated to admit it, but she was greatly enjoying herself playing dress up with the talkative woman. The session was far more casual than in the studio; Dauphine had hung yards of white silk in the sunroom of her shared flat to soften the light. She had quite a good eye, and her photos were excellent." (Part 5)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tiffany Go Bragh!

Tiffany would like to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick's Day, although I have no doubt the day will be over before she finishes saying it. While we wait, why not enjoy some St. Patrick's Day-themed fanfiction?

In addition to that, today we celebrate the anniversary of "College Bored," "Daria Dance Party," and "Murder, She Snored," which first aired on this day in 1997, 1999, and 2000. An anniversary three-fer!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Beware the Ides of March!

Background character "The Head" appears here in a rare alter ego because someone needs to wash away all that blood from Julius Caesar's stabbing. That's right, today is the Ides of March, the day the Ides decided to do something mean because it was that time of the month.

Okay, thank you for that report, Kevin. Mr. O'Neill would like to speak with you after class.

Fanfic Update!
  • Alienation, by malakite (part 12): "At the door she could see the not-woman being glared at by the gigantic bouncer. It was saying something, trying to get in. The thing appeared at the door and shook its head. The bouncer made a 'get lost' motion at the not-woman. Were they in league? The thing offering up victims? Daria stared as she tried to think past her anger."

  • ASPS 2, by PrecambrianStudios (part 12): "Gage found Michelle sitting in a lawnchair on Wehrung's balcony, impatiently tapping her cane against the railing. 'Hey Gage,' she said without turning. His jaw went slack, but only slightly. 'How the heck do you do that?'"

  • Birthday Blues, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "He lightly scratched his bare chest as he watched the time change from 11:59 PM to 12:00 AM. He was officially twenty-eight years old."

  • Chips Off the Older Block, by Indigo (part 1): "Matt Morgendorffer smiled to himself as he drove away. He knew the girls would look out for each other and hopefully the more social Quinn would help her sister navigate the murky waters of High School a little better this time around."

  • Credence, by Astrocar82 (part 8): "'Jake, where's Daria? How is she?' Helen cried in a panic as she rushed into the sickeningly white waiting room where her husband and younger daughter were already seated by the window, both looking scared."

  • Dominick Morgendorffer, by macross (part 10): "4:34 PM, Jane adjusted the strap of her battered old messenger bag around her shoulder as she walked through the front door of the old Library, the bag had seen better days that was obvious to anyone with eyes."

  • Halloween High, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "The large, fluffy white angel wings only added insult to injury. Daria Morgendorffer stared at the white layered chiffon dress with annoyance."

  • Happy (Iron Chef:The Grim Plot Reaper), by SacredDust (COMPLETE!): "Daria Morgendorffer had rejected many clichés in her life, and the latest was the 'five stages of grief.' She went through no distinct stages, nor did she feel grief. For that, you needed something to grieve about, and there simply wasn't anything."

  • Is It Kevin's On Time Graduation Yet? (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: No longer in the 1%), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'It still seems freaking impossible.' Daria complained as Kevin got his diploma, which would be added to the pile of athletic awards he had gotten earlier."

  • Leeville Blues (Iron Chef:The Grim Plot Reaper), by Shiva (part 1): "The Morgendorffer's were crammed into Jake's Lexus as it sped it's merry way in the state of Virginia towards hell. Oh sorry, I mean they were going to a family wedding."

  • Missed Opportunities, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "The picture windows on the far right were connected to a sliding glass door that led out to the balcony. Most of the guests were mingling inside but there were a few people standing out there. She was out there."

  • Mysteries of Lawndale 02: The First Party, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "'Speaking of which... Brittany invited me to her party.' 'No kidding? Are you going?' 'Of course, how could I pass up an opportunity to learn more about our peers and so come closer to solving the mysteries that seem to define this suburb?'"

  • A New Kid's Dance Party While a Tree Grows (IC: Mix them up. DariaXDaria Crossover!), by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "While Jake was panicking about property values, Quinn was having a crisis of her own. Sandi was attempting to sabotage the Dance Committee meeting by making silly suggestions... 'I think we should decorate the gym like the inside of the Concorde.'"

  • Out of Fashion, by Kristen Bealer (parts 3 and 4): "'Wow!' she exclaimed as she reached the next booth. It was full of clothes. Not the kind of stuff Stacy was used to seeing at Junior Five or Cashman's, though. These clothes were brightly colored, with unusual designs and crazy patterns." (Part 4)

  • Quinn's Code 10: Blue Screen of Sherman, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "'You're kidding, right? You think I'm going to talk to you?' Sherman said in reply. He looked at Jane. 'You, maybe. Like, four hours into a kegger.' He looked at Jennifer. 'Similarly.' 'Perhaps after I vomit on your shoes,' Jane said. 'No way!' Jennifer said, forcing herself to be audible."

  • TGATG: How To Change A Life, by ognawk (parts 5 and 6): "Adam was about to respond, when a sign near the checkout caught his eye. Superball Lottery Tonight! Jackpot $100 Million! If You're Not In, You Can't Win!" (Part 6)

  • Unnamed story (1,001 Deaths of Tom Sloane - Part II), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'Since Mommy and Daddy won't pay for beautiful, perky breasts for their sweet little girl. I'll just have to do it my lonesome-self.'"

  • Vote Sloane, by Charles RB (part 1): "'Now I understand your frustration, I really do, I know I've made your job harder,' said Tom, 'but what you have to understand is that it was causing me physical pain to not tell that guy he sucked.'"

  • The Window, by metameric1 (parts 1 - 3): "Her time in college had come to an end. After a long deliberation, she had decided to postpone her Doctorate, and spend a few years in the real world." (Part 2) (Part 3)

  • The Writer, the Girl With Red Lipstick, and the Musician, by lulamae-golightly (parts 1 - 3): "A young woman hugged her arms closer to her body as a wind passed by, blowing her hair into her face. She stared up at the tall building that she knew now as her apartment building." (Part 2) (Part 3)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Narcoleptic Caption Contest

What's going on here? Caption this picture in the comments!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

As Long as He's Not Planting Jelly Beans

Kevin is planting some apple trees in honor of Johnny Appleseed Day, although I wouldn't count on much of an apple harvest this year. He'll probably be by on his motorcycle any time to mow them down.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

She's a Barbie Girl

Quinn is looking as artificial as ever in this alter ego, which celebrates the doll Barbie's launch on this day in 1959. Just don't take her out of her original packaging. Not because it would damage her value as a collectible but because this way you can't hear her chattering about fashion and dating.

Also, today marks the anniversary of the first airing of the episode "I Don't" in 1998. Aside from the general WTF of Lawndale High holding a bridal expo, it was a pretty fun episode. Also, it ended in a rare moment of Jake Triumphant. Atta boy, Jakey.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria and Trent Forever, by malakite (part 4): "Daria awoke to the scent of breakfast. Her father was scrambling up some eggs-Jane was obviously still asleep.She noticed a lack of any sign that Mom had been home, but was diverted when he asked her if Jane would be having breakfast too."

  • Genderflipped Confessionals, by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "DARIUS: 'I swear that Li thinks that 1984 was an instruction guide.' JOHN: 'Oh relax. This isn't so bad..."

  • Once You See, by lulamae-golightly (COMPLETE!): "Despite Helen's reluctance, Stacy stayed with the Morgendorffers. For a week, there was an odd silence in the house. Quinn's absence hung in the air all day, reminding everyone that she was gone. It hurt." (Part 10)

  • One Death Too Many (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: Do What Now?), by Jeremy Garrett (COMPLETE!): "To his surprise though, he found that somebody was sitting in his favorite seat. After deciding to take the next one over, Tom realized that this somebody looked awfully familiar."

  • The Only Pair, by SentrytheDefiant (parts 3 and 4): "'No! No, you can't do this!' She screamed. Her father had a firm hold on her upper body so all she could do was kick at the open air with her converse sneakers. She was defenseless." (Part 4)

  • Out of Fashion, by Kristen Bealer (parts 1 and 2): "She glanced at her sister. The only thing that club had done was make Quinn even more shallow and popularity-obsessed than ever, and she had seen firsthand how much it had sabotaged all of Quinn's attempts to actually use her brain. I could push Quinn into fixing this, she realized. But should I?" (Part 2)

  • A Real (Dead) Boy (1,001 Deaths of Tom Sloane - Part II), by ognawk (COMPLETE!): "Tom slowly made his way back upstairs after another date. The evening seemed to have gone well, but he was tired and looking to get some rest. He opened his bedroom door and went for the light switch, but it wouldn't turn on, no matter how much he tried."

  • Regular Daria, by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "It was a beautiful day in High Hills Park, complete with twittering birds and a gentle breeze, and Daria and Jane were hating every second of it. Again."

  • Sisters and Friends, by metameric1 (part 20): "'Very cool, Red,' Jane nodded approvingly as Quinn proudly showed off her new pair of sunglasses. They were cool."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Lawndale Confessional), by macross (COMPLETE!): "The Confessional room door slams open and in walks Mr. DeMartino with a tired expression. He sits down on the stool in front of the camera, pulls out a pack of Marlboros and lights one up. He closes his eyes while taking the first drag then slowly exhales before looking up straight at the camera."

  • Unnamed story (The 1,001 things to push DeMartino off the edge), by Indigo (COMPLETE!): "Anthony DeMartino was a little happier than usual today after Brittany Taylor had informed him that she would be dropping History class for extra cheer leading practice now that the expanded squad was competing in contests instead of just cheering for the Lawndale Lions."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: Do What Now?), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Kay made some small talk with Daria as she entered the mud room of the Sloane Mansion. 'Tom wasn't expecting you today. He's not upstairs.'"

  • What If, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "I never imagined my first kiss. I didn't spend my free time thinking about fictional romantic partners in 'magical' situations. But I did always believe it would be something worth remembering. Unfortunately, it would be for all the wrong reasons."

Friday, March 7, 2014

I Wonder if She Ever Gets Together with Marianne and Shares Horror Stories?

Theresa, the poor, put-upon clerk at Cashman's, would like to announce that today is not only Employee Appreciation Day, but also National Salesperson Day, both of which apply to her. I doubt it will stop the Fashion Club from driving the poor girl nuts with their shopping-related demands, though.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Which Is My Best Personality? I Know They're Both Good.

Quinn and her alter ego are reminding each other to celebrate Multiple Personality Day today. Oh, if only Quinn did have multiple personalities. Then she wouldn't have to decide which of the three Js to date.

Today is also the anniversary of the first airing of "Fat Like Me" in 2001. In this episode, the Fashion Club finds out why it's a bad idea to tell Sandi to "break a leg." We also get to watch Daria and Jane develop a bit of a gambling problem.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Aches of a Young Artist in Love, by Snow-Kitty (COMPLETE!): "Jane sat staring into the glowing and crackling fireplace, contemplating the somewhat magical evening she had shared with whom she had thought to be the most interesting man she had ever met."

  • Alienation, by malakite (part 11): "Daria felt the echo of crude and direct mental manipulation. Then she saw it. Even in the dim light, the boy seemed too young. Younger than Daria. Maybe younger than Quinn. His aura was a mess of confusion and excitement."

  • Evening, by JPAGC (part 2c): "'So how do you like my stew?' asked Jake a little too brightly, a full glass of wine again in his hand. Another awkward silent moment passed, with all avoiding making eye contact. The stew portions on each respective plate were basically untouched."

  • Friday Night Exchange, by GlitterShrooms (part 2): "She had spotted Jodie at her locker. It had already been two weeks since she and Mack had broken up. While it was certainly not unusually for the two to break up, Quinn couldn't remember the last time that they waited this long before getting back together. Now might be her best chance...Her only chance."

  • Hot Daria, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "She stared him down, freezing him in his spot, before fixing her eyes on the other girl. She was small and thin with very discernible 'assets'. Brittany was sure she had her beat in that department, however, the girl was naturally beautiful."

  • Jane's Absence, by Indigo (COMPLETE!): "As they entered the ward and asked for Jane they were stopped by the nurse stationed outside the room who informed them that visiting was restricted to family members only" (Part 4) (Part 5)

  • Left Unsaid, by LuxKen27 (COMPLETE!): "He remembered the first time he'd kissed her: the sweetness of her lips a pleasing contrast to the taste of beer on her tongue; running his hand through her hair and curling his fingers over her neck, feeling her skin flush with heat beneath his touch."

  • Mad Dog's Blessing (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: Do What Now?), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'Quinn got knocked up again?' Elsie drawled in her smokers voice as she sculpted her latest sculpture. 'Yup.' Daria drawled in her monotone as she contemplated a couple plotbunnies for a story."

  • Once You See, by lulamae-golightly (part 8): "She continued to stare, a heat slowly forming in her stomach, her chest, her head. It was burning, screaming, worse than ever. An anger. A rage. Burning."

  • The Only Pair, by SentrytheDefiant (part 2): "'I'm sure you've seen him. He's hard to miss. He's incredibly tall, great arms. I normally don't care for long hair and his clothes need work-I mean who wears camouflage pants? But he's definitely an 8. He's in our lunch.' 'Richard?!' Quinn nearly toppled out of bed."

  • Renewment, by RLobinske (part 2): "Helen sat back in her seat with a slight frown, causing Amy to ask, 'What's up?' 'Oh, this talk of children reminds me of how much I miss my girls. Now that I have plenty of time, they have their own lives on opposite sides of the country.'"

  • The Thousand and One Club (1,001 Deaths of Tom Sloane - Part II), by SacredDust (COMPLETE!): "Tom walked into Fielding Academy one morning and felt like something was different. Maybe it was the smell of flowers in the air, maybe it was all the trees on campus starting to grow back their leaves, or maybe it was the murdered corpses of all his fellow students littering the halls."

  • Yes Ma'am (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: Do What Now?), by ognawk (COMPLETE!): "Daria had been suspicious about this so called 'date' for a while. Robert getting her name wrong and talking to her using cue cards were big warning signs. Yet, as she looked at his chiseled jawline and athletic frame, a very unfamiliar feeling was stirring inside her."

Monday, March 3, 2014

Without His Invention, Eric Would Have to Learn Morse Code

It's practically a national holiday to Helen and Quinn. Today is the anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell's birth in 1847. Bell was of course the inventor of the telephone, without which both of them would probably wither away and die.

Not only that, but today is also a triple anniversary for Daria episodes: "Esteemsters," "The Old and the Beautiful," and "Antisocial Climbers" all aired on this day in 1997, 1999, and 2000. Imagine that episode mashup for a moment. Daria shows up for her first day at the nursing home and everyone climbs a mountain. Hey, come to think of it, that has some interesting fanfic potential.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Just Try Not to Sit on Any Sandwiches

Jake is contemplating one of his airline peanuts because he just remembered that today is National Peanut Butter Lover's Day! This holiday is really made for Trent, assuming that those peanuts have still hijacked his brain...Moth to a flame...If you don't release me....

Sorry, what were we talking about again?

Fanfic Update!
  • Alienation, by malakite (part 10): "She opened it, walked out and turned towards the restroom door as the sound of the toilet belatedly faded. There she saw something strange-a strange twist in the space right in the doorway. 'That's weird.'"

  • Catchy Tune (Scenes that should be: Pacific Rimmers), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'La la LA la la...' 'What is that song?' Daria asked herself, since her boyfriend Tom was asleep on the couch."

  • Dylan, by J-D (part 33c): "'If this really does turn into a hurricane', Dylan said, 'do you think Tierney could actually sleep on through it?'"

  • The Enigma of Cornholio Fault, by Smijey (COMPLETE!): "'Like, why did we come here, again?' 'Heh-heh, because, like, I saw it on TV, Butt-head! The hole!'"

  • Hemming's Way, by ognawk (part 5): "'Hello, Melissa, it's me. Listen, I'm going to be running a little late tonight. I've got to make a trip to the bank on my way home from work. And Cassidy, happy birthday, honey. 8 years old. You're a big girl now. Anyway, see you both when I get back. Love you.'"

  • Jane's Absence, by Indigo (parts 1 and 2): "'Thank you Daria that was very informative' said Mrs Bennett wondering if it had been a good idea after all to allow Daria to do the project without a partner. She thought back to the day that she had given the assignment to the class..." (Part 2)

  • Just Friends, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "I pressed my pillow over my head and screamed. No. This wasn't happening. We were friends. That was all. Just friends."

  • Lawndale's Next Top Baller, by rvgonzal (parts 7 - 9): "Tom: 'Open it.' As Daria silently gaped at the huge pink diamond, Tom caressed her cheek: 'It's just a ring to show how committed we are to each other'" (Part 8) (Part 9)

  • Once You See, by lulamae-golightly (part 7): "If everyone can do this, why can't I? she asked herself. Because you're different. I am not different. not different different NOT DIFFERENT."

  • The Only Pair, by SentrytheDefiant (part 1): "Suddenly, the wail of guitars and the crashing of cymbals filled the small space. The tall, lean boy in the passenger seat drummed his fingers against his knee and shot a small smile towards his twin sister."

  • The Punk and the Snark, by Shiva (part 15): "'You know,' Bob grumbled to Daria in DeMartino's class the Monday after the field trip disaster, 'I kind of wish we all died in the woods.'"

  • Sleeping Firsts, by Snow-Kitty (part 4): "Students assembled rather disorderly into Mr. DeMartino's history class. He eyed Brittany as she made her way towards her designated seat, suppressing the urge to fling her light frame against the chalkboard, before carelessly and passionately kissing her in front of his class."

  • Unnamed story (1,001 Deaths of Tom Sloane - Part II), by SacredDust (COMPLETE!): "Kevin Thompson lifted his poisoned sandwich and prepared to eat. 'NOOOO!' Tom Sloan heroically jumped over the table and grabbed the sandwich in the nick of time, inexplicably taking a bite as he hit the floor."

  • Unnamed story (Plot Bunnies IV: Plot Bunnies in Paradise), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Quinn Morgendorffer drove her Ford Focus Electric past the University of New Mexico on her way to Party Headquarters on Yale Boulevard. She remembered a rally she attended there three years earlier. She loved New Mexico, it was sunny and bright with a romantic touch of the Old World."

  • Unnamed story (The 1,001 Deaths of Kevin Thompson), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Brittany walked away from Kevin's house. It was 10:23 pm. As she walked towards the street, a car with its headlights off pulled up to the curb. Right on schedule, Brittany thought."

Friday, February 28, 2014

Girls Just Wanna Lose Teeth

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day, and Mr. DeMartino is ready to exchange his old teeth for cash. I guess he needs something to supplement his income, considering how little he makes as a teacher. Just remember not to make any rasp-related jokes.

Also, happy birthday to Geoffrey Arend, who was born on this day in 1978. Arend was one of the actors who provided the voice for Upchuck, and let's hope he's much more appealing in real life than his character was.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If Tom's Pinto Turns into a Pumpkin, Will it be an Improvement?

Daria's all dressed up for the ball because today is Tell a Fairy Tale Day! If you decide to tell your own variation on Cinderella, feel free to borrow Daria and Jane's approach with the Gupty kids ("So Cinderella skipped the ball and asked her fairy Godmother to make her the first woman president.") or try Quinn's style ("Wait! I haven't gotten to the shoes yet!").

Just make sure Daria's home by midnight, because today is also her anniversary. Or rather, it's the anniversary of the episode "Sappy Anniversary," which aired on this day in 2001. Tom and Daria hit some bumps in their relationdateshipthing, Quinn actually tries to help, and Jake dabbles in bleeding edge e-vision. Or something.

Fanfic Update!
  • Ah, Hell, by metameric1 (part 15): "He leaned over, lifted the book from her face and kissed her lightly. She reached up and pulled him down, making him lose his balance. They rolled over, narrowly missing her computer. 'Hey,' she deadpanned, sitting on his chest. 'Distract me.'"

  • Alienation, by malakite (part 8): "Tuesday was boring. It was, in a way, an accomplishment. Several of her classes were shared with some inhuman thing which had obviously noticed her, yet the dull drone of pointless test preparation managed to drown out the fear she should probably feel."

  • ASPS 2, by PrecambrianStudios (part 11): "'Federal Express delivery,' came a monotonous, sardonic voice. Tamam was so shocked to hear that voice that he couldn't help throw the door open. He immediately regretted it."

  • As Though She Had Done It All Before..., by Shiva (part 10): "Tiffany looked at her reflection from the full-length mirror in her closet before glancing at her reflection from the vanity and back to the full length again. From her usual standing position she could see her image from different angles, not just up close but from far away as well. She had to be absolutely sure that the outfit she was wearing was perfect."

  • Be Careful What You Wish For (Snowstorm Challenge), by malakite (COMPLETE!): "Jane stared at the iced over window. They were trapped. The phones were dead, the fireplace was low on wood and the last weather report she'd been able to pull up said the blizzard would not stop for at least 4 days. The power had flickered out hours ago."

  • The Best Work of the KPA (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: Do What Now?), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "Tom woke up as soon as the cold water hit him full force. 'Wuh-what?' He groaned as he came too and quickly realized that he wasn't in his apartment in New York."

  • Culture Shocked, by metameric1 (COMPLETE!): "'Where are we going again?' Jane asked from the back seat. They were in an unfamiliar part of Boston, about a half hour away from the Raft and BFAC campuses."

  • Forward Motion, by SentrytheDefiant (COMPLETE!): "The lanky musician drummed his fingers against the counter, his dark eyes roaming from the rack of celebrity magazines to the 50 cent potato chip display. It was all the same."

  • From The Depths It Rises (LongSnakeMoan's Fluff Thread), by LongSnakeMoan (COMPLETE!): "'Hi. My name is Tori Jericho from the Lawndale Sun-Herald. I'm here to speak to you and your husband about your extraordinary family. I know that you don't normally do interviews but you're a Lawndale native and a bit of a star there now.'"

  • The Hallowed Halls of Fielding, by Roentgen (part 148): "An idea was sparked in Daria's head. It had been long abandoned. But now, the idea began to combust. It combusted to the point that Daria decided she'd share it with the rest of the Robins."

  • May I have a Cheeseburger?, by metameric1 (part 7): "My Dearest Weevil, Something is changing. What exactly it is, I cannot say; I feel a shift in my household that I find disconcerting."

  • Relationship Advice (Daria and the Gang Thread), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "Jodie and Brittany were talking to each other at Lunch. 'So, how's life with the star quarterback?' 'It sucks,' Brittany said."

  • Renewment, by RLobinske (part 1): "Seated under the banner, Helen Morgendorffer smiled and accepted the sincere wishes of her fellow State Board Association coworkers. Retirement. Part of me doesn't believe that I made it."

  • Shiva's Take on the BG/Dennis Angst Lightsaber Off In Crayon Style! (Iron Chef: Crayons Galore), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "leik ohe noes!' Zandi Griffindor exanimated all sadly n junk as hur pet kittiecat Mr. Fluffybutt sO TOTallly died on da dence flur."

  • Sleeping Firsts, by Snow-Kitty (parts 2 and 3): "A sneaky, impulsive, thought entered Anthony's mind. Just a small one. That's all it took for him to roll over on top of the giggly blond lying next to him, and pin her delicate wrists to the bed." (Part 3)

  • Ten Year Reunion, by Vanillabeancobain (part 1): "It was her ten year reunion this year. A fact that made her feel older without really being much wiser."

  • The Umpteenth Death of Tom Sloane (1,001 Deaths of Tom Sloane - Part II), by Jeremy Garrett (COMPLETE!): "We begin with one Tom Sloane, finding himself in quite the situation."

  • Unnamed story (IC: Write Where It's Hurts For Everyone!), by JPAGC (COMPLETE!): "The waving red hair contrasted beautiful with the Ivory white, perfect skin of Quinn Morgendorffer as she left the big, imposing Ivy League college building in a self-assured step. Behind was a small group of girls, still awed by her mere presence, having left behind"

  • Unnamed story (IC: Write Where It's Hurts For Everyone!), by Snow-Kitty (COMPLETE!): "The tall, handsome, history teacher pushed the young artistic extraordinaire onto the plush bed in the middle of the room. 'Oh, Mr. DeMartino. I had no idea you could be so forceful,' the young woman quipped with desire."

  • Unnamed story (The 1,001 Deaths of Kevin Thompson), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "On a dare from his bros on the football team, Kevin decided to make fun of Andrea for being a goth fat chick. Non stop."