Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Care for a Feisty Beer?

Upchuck is taking the opportunity of World Bartender Day to offer everyone a few cold ones. Of course, there is no amount of beer goggles that would make Upchuck attractive, so I fear he's wasting his time.

Speaking of eyewear, today is also the anniversary of the episode "Through a Lens Darkly" on this day in 1999. Turns out the world is just as lame viewed through contact lenses as it is through glasses. Sorry, Daria!

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Could Someone Please Reboot Brittany?

Brittany's trying to celebrate World Thinking Day, but I think it was a little too much for her. She should have started out smaller. Maybe National Thinking Day? Statewide Thinking Day? Area the Size of a Shoebox Thinking Day?

Today is also Walking the Dog Day, but please be careful not to walk any dogs while Daria's having a driving lesson.

Fanfic Update!
  • American Idiot, by Lady Evil (part 7): "After school the next day, Daria, Jane and Alfred were watching TV in Jane’s room. 'And now, back to Sick, Sad World.' said the announcer."

  • Birds of a Feather (Random Pairing Challenge 2021), by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "Jodie lay back on her bed and listened to her favorite song. Of course, whatever Travis chose to sing was always her favorite song, and today was no exception."

  • Convergence on Lawndale, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "The Doctor thought about what Quinn had asked. He ran the sonic over the Zero Point Energy device and the table device it was powering. 'Hmm.'"

  • Daria and the Bimbo Ray, by Meester_Lee (COMPLETE!): "'You’ll never get away with this, you bastard!' Daria shouted, struggling against the bonds on the metal chair."

  • Daria's Great Adventure, by dmsfanman (part 37): "Daria checked Tom's connections on his spacesuit. These were the new lighter weight models, since no extra vehicular activity (EVA) was scheduled on the flight back to Earth."

  • The Day the Spiral Died (Linn's short stories (or ficlets, drabbles...)), by linnofthewoods (COMPLETE!): "It was another Saturday night, and that meant Trent Lane was going to perform with his band, The Mystikal Explosion, at Ruttheimer's."

  • New Faces (Linn's short stories (or ficlets, drabbles...)), by linnofthewoods (part 1): "Rose's first week performing at Ruttheimer's passed by very quickly, but she was expecting it to."

  • Papa Trent (Life Goes On), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "At a place called Kara's Wild Family Fun Center there was a party going on. Inside the main building there was a banquet hall directly adjacent to the arcade." (Part 2) (Part 3)

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Who's a Good Boy? Who's a Good Boy?

Leary is looking especially lovable for Love Your Pet Day, although I'm sure the Yeagers are too busy taking on Rainbow Hammocks to give him their full attention. If you have a pet, give them some extra love today!

Also, send a little love to Daria voice actor Amy Bennett, who turns 46 today! Bennett was the voice of characters Mrs. Johansen and (of course!) Mrs. Bennett.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Don't Look Now, but Kafka's Feeling Jealous!

Daria's all dolled up in her finest in honor of the anniversary of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which was published in the United States on this day in 1885. I absolutely get why Daria would be a Twain fan--they have the same dry sense of humor--but her strong opinions on Huckleberry Hound came as a bit of a surprise.

Also on this day in 2000, we got to see "Behind the Scenes with Daria" and, if you didn't, then I guess you're out of luck because there appear to be no clips, transcripts, or anything like that. Can anyone point me to anything more substantial than the occasional online reference?

Fanfic Update!
  • American Idiot, by Lady Evil (parts 5 and 6): "At Daria's house, the family was eating dinner while raptly listing to Quinn prattle on about how wonderful her day was, Well, the parents were, anyway." (Part 6)

  • Blocked (Linn's short stories (or ficlets, drabbles...)), by linnofthewoods (COMPLETE!): "Trent and Rose Lane had spent a wonderful month as newlyweds. They were continuing to happily settle into their new life and new routines."

  • Cat in the Cradle (Linn's short stories (or ficlets, drabbles...)), by linnofthewoods (COMPLETE!): "It was 11:30 AM. Many of New York City's denizens had been hustling since before dawn, but not Trent Lane."

  • Daria: Winter Is Coming, by Meester_Lee (part 24): "The nurses at the hospital’s Emergency Room finally got around to checking Ben back in as a patient over an hour and a half after he’d been taken there by ambulance."

  • I STAY, by O-L-D-D (part 4): "‘Okay this is not good; this is not good at all. Why did you even come here -you don’t know any of these people, not really! You think you’re smarter than them but you’re not, dammit! What does that even mean? Being smart doesn’t mean shit and you’re an idiot for thinking so!’"

  • Job Dissatisfaction (Life Goes On), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "On 50th street directly across from Radio City Music Hall is a building with a familiar rainbow colored peacock logo on the front. The network is called CBN, the Corporate Broadcasting Network (for copyright reasons, and to avoid a defamation suit)." (Part 2)

  • Mack and Joey: How They Met, Dated, Married, and Wound Up Working In a Certain Industry... (Random Pairing Challenge 2021), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "When our fans first found out that we both went to the same high school, the question that was asked was if we had dated back then."

  • Mi Amiga (Creative Writing - My class submissions), by neonhomer (part 2): "I can’t believe I spent an hour on the phone talking to someone, much less a girl! The conversation started off really awkward. I think she was as nervous as I was."

  • Opportunity Rings (Linn's short stories (or ficlets, drabbles...)), by linnofthewoods (parts 1 - 3): "Phew! Rose thought as she was finally able to relax for the evening after cooking dinner for her parents, followed by cleaning the whole kitchen." (Part 2) (Part 3)

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Closing Walls of Schloss Morgendorffer and Casa Lane), by Lord Goring (COMPLETE!): "'Hey Jane' 'Bonsour. To what do I owe the please of your phone call, m'amie?'"

  • Wizards Off the Coast (General "Daria in Morrowind" Thread), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "They called Sadrith Mora a city, but it looked more like a fungal nightmare that had erupted and grown until it covered half of the rocky island it called home."

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Daria, Do NOT Try For Any Beads!

Daria, Tad, and Tom don't seem particularly interested in the parade, but that's just because it's nothing compared to the usual celebrations you'd see today for Mardi Gras. Of course, these aren't usual times, so maybe a scaled-down version is better anyway.

Today is also the anniversary of the episode "Arts 'N Crass," which aired on this day in 1998. It was the first episode of the second season, and followed the Daria Day marathon, which gave us all kinds of fun behind-the-scenes insights. For example, the Morgendorffers don't eat lasagna; they eat concentrated protein and starch nutrition squares. And now you know!

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Hearts and Wheels

Cupid hopes everyone is having a super-romantic Valentine's Day, but reminds you that if you aren't, there's always the Love Taser! (My advice: don't accept his offer.) Daria has already shared her thoughts on this particular holiday.

Today is also Ferris Wheel Day, so why not surprise your sweetie with a ride that goes around in circles? Try not to share a car with Stacy, though. That's a real romance-killer.

Fanfic Update!
  • American Idiot, by Lady Evil (parts 3 and 4): "Alfred’s favorite fast food hamburger was actually Whataburger, but those were hard to come by this far north." (Part 4)

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (part 42): "Daria put the coins in the slot and then dialed the operator. She looked around to see if there were any Muggles close enough to overhear her reading the numbers off her credit card."

  • Doctor Who - Changes in Time and Space, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 10): "Kiara saw Felicia enter the elevator, after the culprit had used another. Unfortunately there were only two elevator doors on that floor."

Friday, February 12, 2021

Four Score and Many More Years Ago....

President's Day is celebrating half of itself because today is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday! That's gotta be a little weird, honestly. Does one of the presidents get jealous on the other's birthday? Do they even distinguish between the two anymore? So many questions.

Today is also the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth in 1809. Darwin, who revolutionized the scientific world with his research and theories on evolution, would be stunned by the lack of development of some of Daria's classmates.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Under Her Umbrella...ella!

Not sure if Andrea is looking up to see if it's raining or just rolling her eyes because Umbrella Day is a kind of ridiculous holiday. I guess it's cool because it props up the vital umbrella industry? Anyway, stay dry if it rains by utilizing a shielding device of some kind!

Fanfic Update!
  • American Idiot, by Lady Evil (part 2): "Alfred took a seat in the history class. He took off 'Texas' for one good polish with his shirt tail and psyched himself up."

  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (COMPLETE!): "The last day of camp, everyone was in the parking lot, saying their good-byes, or just whining like Skip."

  • Mysteries of Lawndale 03: Night of the Coffee House, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 7): "Jane got to her homeroom in time. 'A Little tardy Lane!' Miss Morris grouched."

  • The Summer of My Ashlander Nomad (General "Daria in Morrowind" Thread), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Daria first started practicing the arcane a week after her return from Caldera."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Bojack Horseman is a Sequel to Daria and Diane is in Fact Daria), by waldnorm (part 1): "Well it looks like my past may finally have caught up with me."

Monday, February 8, 2021

John Jacob Jingleheimer RUN!

Better pay your cookie debts now, because it doesn't look like those cute little girls are going to take no for an answer on National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Jane, I'm looking at you. Pay the girls before they tear you apart!

Then again, those Girl Scouts should be defending their turf because today is also National Boy Scout Day. I do not want to see that fight go down. Sugar and spice my ass.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Quack! We're Going on a HIKE!

Mr. DeMartino is leading the way for Lame Duck Day, except that those ducks are clearly able to walk and therefore are not lame. Honestly, this was just an excuse to post that alter ego, which I find adorable.

Today is also Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, and I'm sure Mack the Ice Cream Man will be around shortly to make sure everyone has their full serving for the most important meal of the day!

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (part 41): "Daria woke up not long after sunrise the next morning. Not that waking up that early made her an early-riser: the sun rose late and set early in this latitude."

  • The Salt in Our Stars (General "Daria in Morrowind" Thread), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Synda Grilvayn no longer liked to be seen."

  • Shameless Self Insert Into Daria, by James the Lesser (part 7): "Daria ignores the others as they walk over to Jane's. 'What are you going to do Jane? Without a partner you have to do all the work.'"

  • Star Trek: Voyager: Q Junior's Lessons, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 4): "Janeway knew she didn’t have much choice, but she knew turning the Princess over to that fleet wasn’t a good idea."

  • Sunspots, by atiyatortilla (part 3): "Brittany’s house put the simple one-story Jane shared with her brother to shame. The mansion was located in a subdivision that Jane didn’t even know existed - an area that seemed out of place in a town as unassuming as Lawndale."

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Guess It's Time for the Annual Morgendorffer Housecleaning!

Helen has clearly misunderstood the point of Create a Vacuum Day, but in her defense this seems like a difficult holiday to celebrate under normal circumstances. So, kudos for the effort, Helen! Now get back to the law firm before they notice you're missing.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Charlie's Groundhogs

Looks like Quinn's rethinking her hairstyle choice, even if it was super popular when the late Farrah Fawcett, born on this day in 1947, wore it. Still, an Angel's gotta do what an Angel's gotta do. Even if it isn't fashionable anymore.

If you're wondering what the future holds for weather, you could always ask a large rodent his opinion because it's Groundhog Day and, why not? I've heard of weirder things, anyway.

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 29): "'Bless me, Mother, I have sinned.' 'Yes, my child.' 'Mother, I was tempted today to leave the order.'"

  • Into Dust, by gracelikesdaria (part 1): "The red numbers blinked viciously at Daria as she strained her neck to check her alarm clock from her position on the floor, the movement becoming the only sign of life to be witnessed from her in the past half hour."

  • Sunspots, by atiyatortilla (part 2): "Two weeks into the school year and Jane hadn’t spontaneously combusted. Yet."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Comrade Mad Dog), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "It always started with the hydrangeas. Him and his buddies, sitting there in stifling, comforting boredom while the old ladies droned on and on about flowers, the thick rain outside making a rat-tat-tat not quite like machine gun fire on the hotel's windows."

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Art? Only On Days That End in "Y"!

Jane's very content at how she's observing Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, but then again she does this pretty much every day. Unless artist's block strikes or her arm hurts from painting copies. Aside from that, though, I'm sure it's a new inspiration every minute.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Morgendorffer, P.I.

Daria's looking more colorful than usual in celebration of Tom Selleck's 76th birthday. The actor played the title character in Magnum, P.I., which was in turn parodied in the Daria episode "Murder, She Snored."

Today is also Freethinkers Day, which definitely fits Daria. Kevin and Brittany will just have to wait for Nonthinkers Day.

Fanfic Update!
  • Star Trek: Voyager – Horrors of the Delta Quadrant, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "Voyager was stopped. On the bridge, Captain Kathryn Janeway looked at the viewscreen showing the nebula on their path to the Alpha Quadrant."

  • Sunspots, by atiyatortilla (part 1): "It was Jane Lane’s first day at a new high school. She had a brand-new pair of combat boots, a backpack with a broken zipper, and a headache."

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

"Curiouser and curiouser!"

Stacy's going to play a nonsensical game of croquet as Alice to celebrate the anniversary of Lewis Carroll's birth on this day in 1832. There have been so many Alice in Wonderland/Daria crossovers in fanfic that the Dariawiki has a special "Alice Story" page devoted to them!

Of course, it's not a birthday unless there's cake, and today just so happens to be Chocolate Cake Day! Of course, if it were up to me then every day would be Chocolate Cake Day....

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Monday, January 25, 2021

!yaD etisoppO yppaH

Daria and Quinn are having a very thorough (and slightly disconcerting) Opposite Day! Of course, to truly be opposite Quinn should be reading and Daria should be on a date, but that's going too far even for Opposite Day.

When Quinn is done pretending to be her sister (I mean cousin), she should make a long distance phone call in honor of the anniversary of the first transcontinental telephone call, which took place on this day in 1915. Just don't let Jake see the bill afterward.

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 28): "'And I win!' said Allen, crossing out the O’s on the tic-tac-toe Link drew on the fogged up window."

  • Convergence on Lawndale, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "Glen Oaks Lane was usually quiet at night. It certainly was unusual that a strange grating sound could be heard somewhere in the street. In the back yard of a large red brick house, a blue box slowly appeared."

  • Evil Deed Blues, by atiyatortilla (part 5): "High Hills Park was busy for a Saturday afternoon, teeming with people who wanted to make the most out of such a sunny day."

  • Quinn's Of The Past, by WildDogJJ (part 3): "Marina is returning to work after the days karate class. She enters the office sweet and immediately gasps. Cut to her POV and we see the reception area is trashed as Brent tries in vain to wrangle very unruly triplets."

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Feet and Pies...Do NOT Go Together!

Daria's just checking to make sure she still fits into a size six and a half B for Measure Your Feet Day. I mean, you never know after the holidays. I'm sure Jake's still a solid 10 D, though.

Today is also National Pie Day, as opposed to Pi Day, so you can have your pastry without any math. But why would you want to do that?

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Don't Try to Hug a Squirrel, Though. Trust Me on This.

Daria, Helen, and Jake are all sharing a rare tender family moment on National Hugging Day, but Quinn's going to sit this one out. She doesn't want to wrinkle her outfit and she's got a big date tonight! Be careful whom you hug today, too. Not only is there a pandemic going on (in case you haven't heard), but Mr. O'Neill can tell you that some hugs end in lawsuits.

Today is also Squirrel Appreciation Day, so go find a fluffy-tailed rat and tell it how much you care. Better bring some nuts, though. Squirrels aren't big on words.

Finally, it was on this day in 2002 that Is It College Yet? aired, ending the show and sending Daria and Jane off to Boston. We may not have gotten to find out what happened to them next (unless you count the alter egos at the end), but the fanfic will keep us going for years to come!

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 27): "'Why do I have to be at this thing?' Hanley asked as he, Trent and Jesse walked through the woods."

  • Bobbie Caller, by Meester_Lee (part 6): "The media descended on Lawndale High School on Tuesday. Bobbie had gotten a ride with Aunt Callie and saw them from over a block away before she heard them: some sort of media circus was clustered around the school’s main entrance."

  • Daria: Well, It Is Friday (Iron Chef: Daria has a huge crush on Brittany.), by Meester_Lee (COMPLETE!): "For most people, Friday was the end of the work-week and when most of them could kick back, relax, and have fun for a couple of days. That wasn’t the case for one Daria Morgendorffer, aka Cynic, one of the Wards attached to Baltimore’s Parahuman Response Team."

  • Did I Really Just Do That? (Creative Writing - My class submissions), by neonhomer (part 1): "My name is Matthew Mathiesen, and I hate school."

  • Quinns Of The Past (Life Goes On), by WildDogJJ (parts 1 and 2): "Quinn was on her computer. She has a very annoyed expression on her face when Jim comes in." (Part 2)

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tapping at My Bomb Shelter Door

I don't think Daria's enjoying National Tin Can Day, and not just because someone forgot to leave her a can opener. I mean, you try being happy while wearing a poodle skirt!

Maybe she should just forget about the can and relax with some Edgar Allan Poe on the anniversary of the man's birthday on this day in 1809. I've heard that "The Tell-Tale Heart" is super romantic!

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Early to BED and Early to RISE....

Either Mr. DeMartino is taking a more visually-oriented approach to teaching history or he's found an interesting way to celebrate the anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth on this day in 1706. I hope the lightning doesn't have a negative impact on either his eye or his heart condition.

If you haven't done so already, better give up on those New Years resolutions because today is Ditch New Years Resolutions Day. Unless your resolution was to not make any resolutions, in which case you're all set!

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 26): "Jane sat on the porch steps of the clinic. Any other day, she’d be mildly curious about the small mob of clamoring girls, one giggling like a hyena on nitrous oxide. Right now, she was too worried to care."

  • Burned Out, by Wrabbit7 (part 24): "The girls all lined up in the gym, dressed in identical blue shirts and yellow shorts, though with the way some of them filled them out, one could be excused for thinking there was some 'customizing' going on with them."

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 59): "'Oh! Hell Mr. Landon, Mrs. Landon. I'm sorry I didn't notice you.' Daniel said, taken by surprise."

  • Daria in the Background (IC : Daria doesn't need glasses), by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "Art Class was interesting. Daria knew she didn’t have any real talent in the subject. She knew that her strengths lay elsewhere. However, even she could do basic things like perspective."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Daria has a huge crush on Brittany.), by Sureia (part 1): "'Miss Defoe, I need a new pencil, I used up the eraser...'"

Friday, January 15, 2021

God Save the Queen...and Her Hats!

I don't think Daria is enjoying her cosplay for the anniversary of the Coronation of Elizabeth I on this day in 1559. Of course, that might be because she's not wearing her boots and, without those, she just feels naked.

A coronation is also appropriate today because it's National Hat Day! Daria's covered, as long as you consider a crown a type of hat, but Helen will be sitting this one out. She hates the way she looks in hats.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

"It's only a matter of time...."

Quinn's concentrating extra hard because she wants Make your Dreams Come True Day to become a reality. Of course, it's not like Quinn's been deprived of much during her life, so perhaps she should consider that it already worked?

On second thought, I doubt that's the case, but that's just because today is also International Skeptics Day--probably one of Daria's favorite holidays! Is it me, or does this holiday really need to be on April 1st?

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (parts 24 and 25): "'Wait, every month?' Jesse asked. 'Are you serious?'" (Part 25)

  • Daria: In Another World?, by starwater09 (part 10): "Game day was not something new to Kevin Thompson. In all his seventeen years of existence he’s had his fair share of game days dating back to his junior football league days. But the Homecoming game today was going to be very important."

  • Daria: Winter Is Coming, by Meester_Lee (part 23): "'So what’s up with you?' asked Jane when Daria was able to sit down with her at lunch. The morning had been rainy, but Jane had gotten a ride to school with one of her team-mates."

  • Doctor Who - Changes in Time and Space, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 9): "Deep in the seedy underbelly of Ilkona City two people met. 'You have the information?' one of them asked."

Monday, January 11, 2021

Jane? Run.

I think that Jane needs to understand that National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day is generally understood to involve water, not paint. Then again, when has Jane ever gone along with what other people always do? Daria's gonna kill her, though. Justifiable homicide in my opinion.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

I Bet He Could Make a Football out of a Coconut!

Kevin hopes everyone knows that actor Bob Denver, known for his role as Gilligan on Gilligan's Island, was born on this day in 1935! I have to say, this is one of the more dead-on alter egos. And if you don't believe me, check out Jim North's (unfinished, ahem) fanfic "A Three Hour Tour."

If Gilligan's Island isn't your thing, just write your own fanfic and make the characters do anything you want because today is also Play God Day. Make them crawl, I tell you. Crawl!

Fanfic Update!
  • Back Seat For No One, by EntrancedCat (part 15): "Daria usually only inspected and dressed up her hair before she went out of her room. On this warm Friday afternoon after school, however, found her standing before her full length mirror with the door securely locked to prevent anyone from catching her turning this way and that in self-assessment."

Thursday, January 7, 2021

"I am NOT old!"

The Fashion Club may look more stony than usual, but that's just because they're celebrating Old Rock Day. For some reason. I guess they decided a plaque just wasn't enough and went for a full-on monument.

In more modern news, today is also International Programmers' Day. Stop by Buzzdome to wish them a good holiday...if they're still in business, that is.

Fandom News!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Sandi, That's Not How You Tweet

I see Sandi is overachieving for National Bird Day, but someone needs to explain to her that a birdbrain is a birdbrain, no matter how fancy the feathers look. And by "someone" I mean Stacy, because that would be freaking hilarious.

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 23): "'OK, this isn’t good.' Trent said when he came across Jesse’s shredded and bloodstained shorts and underwear."

  • Brittany - Party Time, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 3): "The next morning, Daria met Brittany at the door. 'Good Morning.' 'Good Morning, Daria.'"

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 58): "Daniel checked his room one last time. The desk, the bed, the bookcase, his boxing gear... everything was perfectly in order. He heard a chuckle behind him and turned around. It was Quinn, leaning on the door."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (part 40): "The girls went back to cooking after the Crows Flooed away."

  • Doctor Who - Changes in Time and Space, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 8): "Felicia emerged into a TARDIS corridor that looked almost the same as the corridor that she was in before she entered the anomaly. The corridor had a more organic look to it than the ones she was used to. She could also hear the Cloister Bell ringing."

  • Lucky Shirt (Random Pairing Challenge 2020), by JoeMerl (COMPLETE!): "Earlier that day, Ed and his friends were hanging out in his dorm room when Buggy laughed at him and said 'Man, you need to get laid.'"

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Secret Genius Quinn), by JPAGC (part 1): "As he drove along the streets of Lawndale, Jake talked to his daughters: '...and don't worry if the other kids take some time to take a liking to you, all right? ...'"

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Closing Walls of Schloss Morgendorffer and Casa Lane), by Lady Evil (COMPLETE!): "In the corner of Lawndale there was a young lady named Stacy. She wasn’t merely a follower of fashion. She had a talent for sewing and mending garments."

  • You Want It Darker, by LSM (part 15): "She'd already faced a dice with death, detangling the Christmas lights from the balcony."

Sunday, January 3, 2021

How Long Do Hobbits Sleep?

Either Trent's celebrating Festival of Sleep Day or someone needs to check his pulse. Either way, he sure seems relaxed and peaceful!

Today is also the anniversary of the birth of J. R. R. Tolkien in 1892. Those of you who are actually awake can observe the day by making a hobbit-shaped candle! Or you could just read The Lord of the Rings, I guess.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Horizontal Stripes? Ewwwwww!

Tiffany's brushing off her sewing skills as Betsy Ross, who was born on this day in 1752. I'm not sure I'd trust Tiffany to sew on a button, let alone piece together an American flag.

I'll try to post this blog post quietly, though, in case anyone is observing National Hangover Day after last night's New Year's Eve activities. I figure with 2020 finally over, we all deserve a little celebration!

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 22): "Jane hoped Saylor wouldn’t think her rude for checking her watch while she sobbed, but it had been awhile."

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Yeah! I Mean, Fore!

I think Jesse's impersonation of Tiger Woods on the golfer's birthday needs some work, but it's the only golf alter ego I could come up with. Jake would have been more appropriate, or maybe Jodie with her golf lessons. Still, golf being a relatively quiet sport, I suppose Jesse would fit right in.

Today is also Bacon Day for those fans of cured pork (or those people who just don't have enough cholesterol in their system). I dare you to wave some greasy bacon at Quinn and see what happens!

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Monday, December 28, 2020

"Deal me in."

Mack's showing an impressive card-holding skill for Card Playing Day, but let's see if he's as good at playing cards as he is at fanning them out. He'd better be; I hear the Future Morgendorffers play a mean game of hearts.

Today is also National Chocolate Candy Day, but as far as I'm concerned every day should be National Chocolate Candy Day. Just a thought.

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 21): "'Alone in the woods again.' Jane said, walking hand in hand with Jesse. 'Yeah.' he said."

  • I STAY, by O-L-D-D (part 3): "Hands thumped against the steering wheel in frustration as Jane sighed and gave up."

  • Star Trek: Voyager: Q Junior's Lessons, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 3): "'These are very heavy,' Junior complained as he approached the turbolift. ‘Why wasn’t the Intrepid class designed with turbolift access to the Shuttle Bay?’ he wondered."

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Float Like a Fashionista

Stacy's got her game face on for Boxing Day, which has more to do with shopping than the sport of boxing. Then again, maybe this is Stacy's preferred method of shopping? If so, I pity the shoppers (or Sandi) who get in her way today.

Today is also Kwanzaa, and I assume the Guptys will be reading "Kinesha's First Kwanzaa" to celebrate. With any luck, Tad and Tricia's training will kick in and they'll contribute all kinds of fun commentary along the way.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Save a Little For Everyone Else, Jake!

Okay, so Jake's clearly drinking milk and not eggnog for National Eggnog Day, but it was the best I could come up with. I hope Daria steers clear of the drink, because the last thing we need is another out-of-season-nog-nightmare about holidays.

Today is also Christmas Eve, so be sure to leave some (not expired) nog and cookies out for Santa tonight! I wonder what the Holiday Island version of Christmas Eve is like. Maybe an "X" hanger-on who keeps cutting in line ahead of him?

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (parts 19 and 20): "Jesse hoped it wouldn’t be unromantic to bring a flashlight to this rendezvous. Then again, nothing was sexy about skinning your knee in the dark." (Part 20

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 57): "Daniel was happy his improvised plan had worked. However next friday was more than a week away and things weren't improving."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (part 39): "Daria did not sleep that well that night. The Warings’ Floo connection bothered her."

  • Double faced (Iron Chef: Secret Genius Quinn), by JPAGC (part 1): "Dear diary: We finally arrived in Lanwdale, Maryland. Unfortunately, we ended up taking almost four hours longer than we should have, as Dad ignored my suggestion of taking the I75 and I85."

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

It's Not Over Until the Fashionista Sings

Quinn's just getting warmed up for her big opera performance in honor of Giacomo Puccini's birth on this day in 1858. She'll be part of the command performance of the composer's opera Madame Butterfly in the automotive department at Payday.

In more modern birthdays, today is also actor Ralph Fiennes's birthday! I'm sure Amy will be giving him a call to pass along her best wishes. Or a request for a date. Or at least to lift the restraining order.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Fa La LA La La!

Daria is celebrating Go Caroling Day, and if that wasn't a screen capture from an alternate reality episode of Beavis and Butt-head then I'd be truly concerned. Everyone say hi to Daria's nonexistent boyfriend!

Fanfic Update!
  • All Get Out (Iron Chef: It's A Wonderful Daria), by atiyatortilla (COMPLETE!): "'Well, this is something'. The Zon was a dingy grunge club in what passed for downtown in Lawndale."

  • Balmora Confidential (General "Daria in Morrowind" Thread), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Daria had finally decided it was time to tell someone about what Synda had done to her. Or more specifically, to tell Jane."

  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 18): "'And let’s see what exciting activities we have for camp today!' Skip said, opening the cabin door."

  • Doctor Who - Changes in Time and Space, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 7): "After the Doctor, and her companions (with the help of UNIT and Torchwood), had defeated the Drahvins, the Doctor, as usual, didn’t stay around to mop up in the aftermath of the invasion. She and her companions had hurried back to the TARDIS and left the Azores."

  • Dysfunction Junction (Life Goes On), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Psychiatrist Lisa Barone was sitting in a chair while Quinn, Jim and the triplets sat directly across from her on a sofa."

  • RA Holidays 2020: Is this year over yet?, by DIsaac (part 3): "DARIA: So no family? KEVIN: My dad is scared of your dad after that Thanksgiving a few years ago. DARIA: Yeah, that happened."

  • Run As Fast As You Can To Stay Still (Iron Chef: It's A Wonderful Daria), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "Daria and Jane had been waging a minor battle against Coach Morris and her quite unsubtle cheerleading practice in Gym class, and Morris had been, as she did, retaliating with overgrown school bullying."

Friday, December 18, 2020

Joey and Jeffy Have Taken the Rivalry Too Far!

I'm really not sure which is stranger: that National Roast Suckling Pig Day exists as a holiday, or that someone working on the Daria alter egos decided that Jamie needed to be a roast suckling pig. I mean, the combination was too good for me to resist, but it really does raise some questions.

Today is also the anniversary of two essays by Michelle Klein-Häss: Control Room Update: The Battle Has Been Joined! and Daria Fandom: A Question of Gratitude, both posted on this day in 1998. Enjoy a taste of old-school fandom!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

A Cynic in Possession of a Good Fortune

Quinn and Daria are wishing Jane Austen a happy birthday, complete with a bracing spot of tea and a vapor-curing powder. Daria is likely a fan, if only because she did a very good job of parodying the author's work in "Write Where it Hurts."

I happen to be an Austen fan, but I'll be spending most of my day celebrating National Chocolate Covered Anything Day because, well, chocolate! I really am the Mrs. Johanssen of the fandom, aren't I?

Fanfic Update!
  • Dysfunction Junction, by WildDogJJ (part 2): "Quinn is alone in the office talking on the phone. Quinn: 'Sandi, I wanna apologize for my family's behavior last night.'"

  • The Horn Identity (General "Daria in Morrowind" Thread), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Dad hadn’t shaved his horns in a while."

  • I STAY, by O-L-D-D (part 2): "The universe has a sadistic sense of humour as right across the street from that very party, a certain dark-haired artist was sitting bored in a living room."

  • Mysteries of Lawndale 03: Night of the Coffee House, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 6): "'You’re here just in time,' Helen said to her daughters as they entered the kitchen. 'Dinner is ready.'"

  • Nuclear Family, by Smijey (COMPLETE!): "'Honey, I'm home!' Quinn called out as she walked into the front door. She hung her fedora on the hat rack, loosened her tie, and plopped down in her armchair. 'Boy, you would not believe the day I had at work.'"

Monday, December 14, 2020

Munch a Bunch of Your Nutty Friend's Soup!

Daria and Kevin are ready to take your orders for Roast Chestnuts Day, but they can only sell you the nuts. You'll have to roast them yourself, unless you piss off Daria--then she'll roast you for free.

If chestnuts aren't your thing, then you could celebrate National Bouillabaisse Day instead. I mean, it's just fish soup, but it sure sounds fancy, doesn't it?

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

See You in the Funny Papers!

Looks like Mr. DeMartino is having as hard a time with the Katzenjammer Kids, from a comic that debuted on this day in 1897, as he does with the students at Lawndale High. I'm just trying to figure out if the two children are alter egos of any Daria characters. Joey and Jamie, maybe?

Today is also National Ding-a-Ling Day, so this would be a good day for Mack to wear his little hat and ring that bell that goes ding-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling. A-ling. Or maybe the holiday is just an overall description of Kevin. You decide!

Fanfic Update!
  • Arena (General "Daria in Morrowind" Thread), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Daria hated to admit it, but she kind of liked Drenlyn Academy’s library. Considering that Drenlyn existed only to help rich outlanders and rich natives exploit one another, it was remarkable that someone had taken great care in choosing the 64 books that rested on the library’s shelves."

  • Daria: Winter Is Coming, by Meester_Lee (part 22): "It was late afternoon, the day after Uncle Ben had come back from the Cedars of Lawndale. Jane and Daria had walked home together. Track practice had been cancelled, and Daria snapped up the opportunity to walk home with her best friend."

  • Dysfunction Junction (Life Goes On), by WildDogJJ (part 1): "Quinn was seated at the vanity putting on a gold ear ring. Her hair was styled in an upward pony tail with curled bangs and she was wearing a black evening dress that was both sexy and elegant."

  • I STAY, by O-L-D-D (part 1): "It should not have been such an alien feeling. It had not been the first time that Daria Morgendorffer had flown solo; so why did it depress her now more than it had ever done in her lifetime?"

Thursday, December 10, 2020

What Rhymes With "Menorah"?

Rabbi Trent is getting ready to celebrate eight crazy nights of Hanukkah, starting at sundown tonight! Although I'm not sure a narcoleptic would mix well with open flames, rabbi or not. Still, happy Hanukkah to all of the Jewish Daria fans!

Today is also both Human Rights Day and International Animal Rights Day, so I guess everyone's covered except the plants. Won't someone think of those poor plants?
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

You Could Even Put an Ugly Sweater on Your Tree!

If Helen and Jake are looking for their Christmas tree for National Christmas Tree Day, then they're sadly off the mark (turn AROUND, you guys!). I am amused that they store their tree fully decorated, including the star. That must save some time.

Also on the topic of Christmas, today is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Don't tell the Fashion Club...oh, who am I kidding? We've got to tell them. Imagine their horrified faces! It'll be hilarious.
Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 17): "'Look, sweetheart,' said Doug, 'We would’ve had it all done today, but you made me fire two new workers.'"

  • Daria: Winter Is Coming, by Meester_Lee (part 21): "Light. There was light shining in his eyes. He didn’t think he was dead. If he was, he didn’t think he’d be lying down."

  • Unnamed story (IC : Daria doesn't need glasses), by EntrancedCat (COMPLETE!): "Superman took a round-a-bout route returning from his Arctic Fortress of Solitude to alter ego secret identity Clark Kent’s apartment in Metropolis."

Sunday, December 6, 2020

A Poem as Lovely as a Tree

Happy birthday to poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer, born on this day in 1886. The library in Lawndale was named after Kilmer, and I feel like there's probably a fanfic in there somewhere. Why Kilmer? Did he have some kind of connection to Lawndale? Or was it all just a ploy to make a cheap "tree" visual gag?

Today is also the anniversary of the Altamont Free Concert in 1969, which Jake not only attended but received a refund for. Gouka Ryuu wrote a short scene about it, and I would love to see more.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Dibs on the Chocolate Chip!

Helen and Rita are clearly having second thoughts about celebrating National Cookie Day today, but I would point out that no one says the cookies have to be baked. Crack open the tubes and chow down, ladies! Also, Creepy Cookie Bearing Daria from the pilot had better keep her distance. I mean it. I don't care if the cookies are shaped like hearts; the person holding the tray wants to eat my soul!

Fanfic Update!
  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 56): "Mrs. Bennett was a nice woman. Daniel was almost sure she was quite competent in her subject... Yet she was terrible at explaining things."

  • Daria: Winter Is Coming, by Meester_Lee (parts 19 and 20): "Rikka dialed Aunt Helen’s and Uncle Jake’s number and prayed that somebody would finally pick it up before the answering machine kicked in." (Part 20)

  • Life Goes On: A Christmas Special, by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "We see Quinn's Cadillac Escalade driving along the road. Zoom in to show it's actually Jim driving the SUV. He's hunting for a real Christmas Tree. He looks pissed." (Part 6)

  • RA Holidays 2020: Is this year over yet?, by DIsaac (part 2): "DANI: Quiet, I really wonder what Stacy does after a show. She has been in crazy mode since this went down. I should be on guard around her knowing our history... heck knowing our history."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Closing Walls of Schloss Morgendorffer and Casa Lane), by Lady Evil (COMPLETE!): "Life with nothing but the clothes on his back was hard for Tom. That they were his sister’s clothes made it even harder."

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Send In the Economics Teachers

Not sure if Mrs. Bennett is trying to be the tallest teacher at Lawndale High or she's celebrating the anniversary of Charles Ringling's birth on this day in 1863. Ringling, of course, was one of the owners of the Ringling Brothers Circus, and if Ms. Li finds out one of her teachers is trying to turn her school into a literal circus she's going to be furious. Hold on while I make some popcorn.

Today is also Britney Spears's birthday, and I only bring it up so you know that I could have used the Ms. Barch-as-Britney alter ego instead. You're welcome.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

A Good Day for Satire!

Daria's taking a solemn moment to think about Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain) on the anniversary of his birth on this day in 1835. Of course, solemn wouldn't describe a humorist like Twain, so maybe she should consider reverting to her usual sarcasm.

Also on the subject of satirists, today is also the anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift on this day in 1667. Tip for those who don't know (and they're out there): his Modest Proposal had nothing to do with asking anyone to marry him.

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 16): "Quinn stepped out of the taxi and waited for the driver to unload her luggage. This was going to take awhile, so Quinn took a good look at her old house."

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 55): "The next day, Daniel and the members of the school newspaper were having lunch at their usual table. As expected, what happened in the men's locker room had become public knowledge."

  • Daria in the Background (IC : Daria doesn't need glasses), by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "Daria Morgendorffer just wanted to be left alone. As she had grown up she had found she was different to the other children, and to her sister Quinn."

  • The Engineer and the Time Lady, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 9): "Alpha and the Synth were in Transporter Room 1, along with a replicated coracle, which the Synth would use to board the distressed ship. 'Ready for transport?' Alpha asked."

  • Life Goes On: A Christmas Special, by WildDogJJ (parts 2 - 4): "Quinn and Jim are pacing nervously. They've just found out that some troll deleted Quinn's YouTube channel, de-monetized Jim's channel and suspended their Patreon." (Part 3) (Part 4)

  • RA Holidays 2020: Is this year over yet?, by DIsaac (part 1): "JODIE: Guys... DARIA: Nope. JODIE: I haven’t even said what was needed from you guys."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: Artie's Abduction), by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "'Get out of here, Artie!' 'Wait!' Artie said, holding up a hand. 'I won't--'"

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Closing Walls of Schloss Morgendorffer and Casa Lane), by Lady Evil (COMPLETE!): "'Whoa, Kevin, you made it with Lisa?' asked Joey. 'Yeah, she does this awesome thing with her tongue!' Kevin answered."