Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Uh...Fore! Yeah.

Jesse's playing a round of golf in honor of Tiger Woods, who was born on this day in 1975. I'm sure he'll be joined shortly by Jake, who loves to play golf but rarely gets the opportunity, and Jodie, who's been forced to take golf lessons by her parents for reasons too stupid to get into right now.

We're nearing the end of the year, and that means it's time to start thinking about nominations for the 2014 Daria Fanworks Awards! Read the rules and discuss written and visual works in the threads.

Fanfic Update!
  • Ah, Hell, by metameric1 (part 25): "Daria brushed a lock of hair out of his face as he lay in bed, staring up at the ceiling. He'd picked that up from her, something that she did as long as she could remember when she needed to figure something out and hadn't yet gathered up the energy to actually get up and face the world."

  • "Aw Mama...Can This Really Be The End?", by Scissors MacGillicutty (part 32): "Little Natasha Larimer could hardly fit both her hands around the grip of the Glock G20 in her Hello Kitty backpack but once her hands were on it, she could draw, aim, and shoot it with speed and accuracy."

  • A Considerable Amount Of Paperwork, by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "Quinn looked up from the inches-deep pile of papers next to her. 'Does anyone have an extra-fine point market that I could borrow?'"

  • Just trying to read Waif, by Bill Bruford (COMPLETE!): "Legs crossed, elegantly reclined on the living room couch. No sounds were being made except for the page turning every now and then."

  • Outclassed, by Kristen Bealer (part 2): "She was expecting geeks and misfits. She was expecting complete and total lameness. She was expecting tedious boredom. She did not expect to see Stacy Rowe staring back at her."

  • Sisters and Friends, by metameric1 (part 23): "'Have you found any possible digs for you and Annie?' Daria pulled the pizza out of the oven, setting it down on the top of the stove to cool a little. 'You're kinda cutting things close.'"

  • Sitting on the Sidelines, by JoeMerl (COMPLETE!): "When Evan was a baby, his father Andrew's fondest wish was for him to be a football player."

  • Star Trek: Daria - Resurrection, by echopapa (COMPLETE!): "'Yep, typical Jane,' Daria said aloud. 'Here I am in the 24th Century, and I can have everything I ever dreamed. The only thing I can't have is you.' The door chime brought her back to reality, and she could hear her roommate in the next room talking to someone." (Part 17)

  • Star Trek: Emerging Enterprise, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "Kazza put her hand on the scanner plate, and her house door opened. 'Welcome home Karen, you have zero messages from your contacts and 1 million messages in your bulk folder,' the computer said. Kazza knew what those million messages would be – spam."

  • Unnamed story ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by Vukodlak (COMPLETE!): "'Gah' Daria woke to a sudden ache in her abdomen and lower back."

  • Waking Up with That Weird Feeling ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by DIsaac (COMPLETE!): "Daria woke up, Mouth dry, hungover. She decided that celebrating her freedom from Raft in Vegas was in order."

  • What Are Eyes The Window to, When The Soul Seems to Have Departed? ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by 45Ranger (COMPLETE!): "Daria's eyelids snapped open. Her eyes, however, saw nothing."

Sunday, December 28, 2014

You Wouldn't Like Him When He's Angry...Or Any Other Time, Really

O'Neill is hulking out in order to wish comic book writer Stan Lee a happy 92nd birthday. Well, he's sort of like the Hulk. Only not green. And not angry. And not smashing anything. But hey! Close enough, right?

This is also Card Playing Day, so if you've been wanting to set up a family card game, today's the day. Bridge? Gin? Hearts? Done!

Fandom News!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Sandi Had Better Watch Out

Someone needs to pull Stacy aside and let her know that although today is Boxing Day, it really doesn't have anything to do with the combat sport. Looking at her expression, though, you might want to wait until she changes out of her fighting gear.

In less violent news, today is also the first day of Kwanzaa. Apparently the Gupty family celebrates this holiday, considering they have the book "Kaneesha's First Kwanzaa" in their library. There's a fanfic waiting to happen, I think.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Aftermath, by metameric1 (part 2): "'Jeez, now she's a total egghead!' The burst of laughter followed Daria down the hall. Some of the people nearby glanced at her, some smirking, but most shared a dark look as they ever so slightly tightened ranks around the smaller teen."

  • "Aw Mama...Can This Really Be The End?", by Scissors MacGillicutty (part 31): "'Detective, please hold for Special Agent Sydnor.' —it's still morning and you're still listening to Mental in the Morning with Bing and the Spatula Man!"

  • The Blackout Menace ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by baelparagon (COMPLETE!): "For the majority of people in life waking up in a strange environment with no idea how they got there would have caused a momentary panic response. For Daria however this was beginning to become a rather unfortunate circumstance"

  • A Crystal Tokyo Nursery Rhyme (Tales of the Shadow Senshi: Rise of the Shadows), by Erin M. (COMPLETE!): "Rest my child, it's time for bed Time to lay your weary head If awake you try to stay The Shadow Senshi come to play"

  • Daria: College Pains The Sophomore Year, by James the Lesser (part 1): "Lindy sits at the Morgendorrfer home with Little Jake on her lap. 'Your momma is going to be home soon. I hope with good news.'"

  • Dear Daria, by Anonymous (COMPLETE!): "Dear Daria, That's a silly slip. But I told Wren I was writing to my sister, so I suppose that makes it truer than if I was just writing in a journal. And it's not like you'll ever see this or anything."

  • The First Time ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by Indigo (COMPLETE!): "Daria woke earlier than usual that morning. She had wondered what this moment might be like for her ever since she had been old enough to wonder about such things."

  • Last Day (Re: 'Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "Daria rubbed her eyes, and groaned as she took in the far-too-bright beam of reddish-orange sunlight and the sound of her mother's piercing, incoherent shrieks."

  • The Morning Aftermath ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by 45Ranger (COMPLETE!): "Daria opened her eyes and quickly sat up in the bed, too quickly judging by the pain in her head. Speaking of pain it was made even worse by what she would swear were explosions going off in her room."

  • Neg Active (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "Chuck had been doing it wrong for a while but he knew the real deal now. To get the girls, he needed to be a challenge. He needed to show his superior genes. Just like Alpha V said, he had to bring those 9's down a peg and show he had social capital and then they'd be his. He might even get to... (his mouth went dry) ...kiss a girl."

  • Nuclear Fallout of My Winter Heart, by Anonymous (COMPLETE!): "Jane opens the door to the student services building, and it's still bone-chill cold inside, but at least there's no wind. They check a laminated map to find the office for Raft Roundtable. 'This is all your fault, you know,' Daria tells her, tugging down her scarf to speak."

  • SickSadWorld.com, by Anonymous (COMPLETE!): "What the hell was Jane up so early on a Sunday for? The situation being rare enough, Daria sighed and answered. 'Hello?' 'Daria! Did you see my email? Did you hear the news?'"

  • Star Trek: Daria - Resurrection, by echopapa (part 15): "'Got any basic training stories you'd like to share with the readers?' Jake asked. 'Do you want me to tell you tales about how all of us underclassmen had to muster on the parade ground at 0500 while we were berated and chewed out by a Drill Sergeant from Hell? And then we were made to do PT and run laps until we threw up? Sorry to disappoint you, but none of that happened.'"

  • Unnamed story ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by Princess_Pasta (COMPLETE!): "Daria was, understandably, livid about having woken up in the middle of her best friend's dorm room devoid of both her glasses and her shoes. Any memory she had of the previous afternoon was fuzzy and there was no doubt in her mind that Jane was wholly responsible."

  • Unnamed story ('Iron Chef' for Robyn & all comers - 'The First Ten Minutes'), by Shiva (COMPLETE!): "'Ugh, my head...' Daria moaned as she crawled out of bed, on reflex she grabbed the bottle of bourbon on her nightstand and took a swig."

  • Unnamed story (Iron Chef: The Neuropathology of the Fashion Club), by Roentgen (COMPLETE!): "'Oh Quinn!" Stacy said, "I'm glad that we're getting to be real friends. Best friends! Closer-than-best-friends!'"

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Anyone Got Any House-Shaped Food?

Merry Christmas, everyone! Er, I mean, X, short for X-mas. Whatever you call it, I hope you all have a great day either surrounded by loved ones or alone with a TV dinner. Whichever way you choose, here's a humongous list of holiday fanfic to enjoy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Or Maybe She's a Life-Sized Fuzzy Wuzzy Wee Bit

It's Christmas Eve, and Mrs. Bennett is all set to help pull Santa Claus's sleigh tonight...or she and Herbert are up to something that we don't want to hear about. Either way, I hope you've all been good this year. If not, I hope you hid the evidence well.

Fandom News!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hope They Can Finally Learn to Share

Amy's just calling up her favorite actor, Ralph Fiennes, to wish him a happy 52nd birthday. Of course, she might have to wait until he gets off the phone with her sister Rita. Don't forget about "Ralph...the actor I've been dating." Do I sense yet another sibling drama on the horizon? Or will the rivalry end when poor Ralph falls on a cow during a freak skydiving accident, too?

Fanfic Update!
  • "Aw Mama...Can This Really Be The End?", by Scissors MacGillicutty (part 30): "'You had this all this time and you did nothing with it?' 'Bunk, I didn't even know who had jurisdiction—'"

  • Dinner for Two, by RLobinske (COMPLETE!): "When Daria reached Michael, she put her arm around his waist and examined the table. Neatly arranged was a pair of roast game hens, mashed potatoes, oyster dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and a pair of miniature pies. In the middle of the table, a single candle burned."

  • First Day, by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "The perky, anointed one's taking entirely too long in the bathroom. Again. Wonderful. Over-groomed little brat."

  • Intermezzo, by UU (COMPLETE!): "Jane ran down the hallway of Lawndale High, angry tears welling up in her eyes. Turning a corner, she plowed into a petite redheaded girl, knocking her down, then stumbled, and slammed chest first into the drinking fountain."

  • The Many Doctors, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 31): "It had been days, possibly over a week, since the Doctor and his companions had meet the previous Doctor and Tamsin had started travelling with them."

  • Misery (Ideas!), by Princess_Pasta (COMPLETE!): "He was getting ready to truly begin, inspiration giving him the energy he needed to try out his new composition, when he heard a voice that instantly put him in a bad mood. So much for that."

  • On The Cutting Edge, by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "Tommy Sherman learned to follow and trust The Voice. It was a woman's voice – smooth, sultry, not too sexy - and smart; you could hear that she had some brains in how she talked, but she wasn't a bitch. "

  • Outclassed, by Kristen Bealer (part 1): "Sandi stood on the sidewalk outside of Lawndale High and stared at the front doors, willing herself to move forward and go inside and begin the first day of her senior year. Somehow, though, she found she couldn't move."

  • Possibilities, by Sureia (part 26): "It was rare these days that Helen got to see the kids off in the morning, although was it really seeing them off if they hadn't left yet? She mulled this over for a bit as she sipped her coffee, fighting the urge to gulp it down like she usually did."

  • Sonoma Coma, by jtranser (part 19): "Jane walked into the room to find Daria stretched out on the sofa reading The Critique of Pure Reason while giggling."

  • Soviet November, by UU (COMPLETE!): "The elevator doors slid open. She took a deep breath and stepped out into the vast, marble-lined lobby of the Oktyabrskaya Hotel. They were waiting for her."

  • Time and the Titanic, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "As soon as the sisters were in the door, a flash of light emanated from the living room. They were knocked off their feet..."

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria Fan-Fic Should Have: The Madness Sets In), by Silver (COMPLETE!): "Quinn sat down quietly on the couch next to her big sister. Daria didn't look up from her book. For a few minutes, the living room of Schloss Morgendorffer was silent. Finally, Quinn spoke. 'Sandi tried to bathe in diamonds today.'"

  • Unsolicited Advice, by Brother Grimace (COMPLETE!): "'Still feeling sorry for yourself, Thomas? Still attempting to justify your bad behavior by placing the blame on others?'"

Saturday, December 20, 2014

You're Caroling on My Neck (Fa La LA La La!)

Alternate Universe Daria and her Alternate Universe boyfriend are getting fully into the spirit of Go Caroling Day. This scene comes from the Beavis and Butt-head episode "It's a Miserable Life," in which Daria is happy and in a stable relationship. Although it isn't explained whether or not she kissed him while he was still dating her best friend.

Fandom News!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What a Fashionista Wants

Stacy's turned herself into a major walking fashion faux pas to celebrate Christina Aguilera's birthday. The pop singer was born in 1980, and when Sandi regains consciousness I'm sure she'll remind Stacy that the latest issue of Waif considers Aguilera--being over thirty--no longer "in."

Fanfic Update!
  • Ah, Hell, by metameric1 (part 24): "'I can't believe we're doing this,' Daria muttered. She reached for the tuners of the cheesy Teisco electric guitar and detuned the B and high E strings even more. Jane stopped the playback. 'We sound too good to pull off the Shaggs. It's really hard to sound that crappy.'"

  • DW: Legacy of the Doctor, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 3): "Clara enters the restaurant. She looks around and finds Susan near the back. She sits with her. She sniffs. Susan: What's wrong? Clara: I don't know, maybe the smell? Susan: It's everywhere."

  • Lessons Learned (Ideas!), by Princess_Pasta (COMPLETE!): "Doctor Brown watched the small child in front of her with sad, sympathetic gray eyes. It was a textbook case in her opinion but she didn't have enough information to go on to make an adequate plea."

  • Redux, by Princess_Pasta (part 17): "Dega Street was practically deserted but Daria didn't expect anything more on a Thursday evening."

  • Star Trek: Daria - Resurrection, by echopapa (part 14): "'I saw all of this technology wrapped up in a starship, and I realized I wanted to know how it all worked - and to use that knowledge to keep my homeworld safe.'"

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's Back (Again)!

Okay, this time the PPMB is really, really back up and running. Please read this post for details. Thanks again to Kara and Scissors!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How About a Bracing Spot of Birthday Tea?

The fantasy versions of Daria and Quinn are wishing a glorious morning to Jane Austen, who was born on this day in 1775. The scene is, of course, from "Write Where it Hurts," in which we find out that virtually everything Daria writes is stolen from other authors. But Austen was among them, so I can't fault her taste.

Hanukkah begins at sunset tonight, so I'd also like to wish anyone in Daria fandom who celebrates it an excellent Festival of Lights.

Maintenance continues on the PPMB, but you can stay up-to-date on the Paperpusher MB Twitter account.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's (Going to Be) Back!

The PPMB is back up and running! Once again, thank you to Kara Wild and Scissors MacGillicutty for your hard work in fixing the message board!

ETA: the PPMB is nearly fixed, but for now everyone is asked to not post anything or click into posts from before the first of the year. The board should be fully functional soon.

Just Monkeying Around

The three Js are seeing, hearing, and speaking no evil today in honor of Monkey Day! I'm not sure what Quinn's going to make of their new look, since I don't think she's into furries. Also, I bet this is probably one of Kevin's favorite holidays, considering how much he likes monkeys.

Work on the PPMB continues slowly, as you can read on the Paperpusher MB twitter feed. Fans are still chatting on The Sh33p's Fluff Message Board, too.

Fanfic Update!
  • An Intellectual Conversation, by Trashcan Chan (COMPLETE!): "'Wait David,' Quinn said loudly quickly standing up out of her chair, 'Just one more thing?'"

  • Night Witches, by Panzerfaust 150 (part 8): "Major General Alexandr Leontev, Soviet Army, was a very angry man. He was on a hill overlooking his engineers throwing a bridge over the Fulda River."

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Price is...Cool

Jesse's looking more enthusiastic than usual in this alter ego of game show host Bob Barker, who celebrates his 91st birthday today. I'm not sure I can picture Jesse as a game show host, but I suppose it makes about as much sense as his Is It College Yet? alter ego of singing in a choir. Either way, he'd have to put on a shirt.

Progress is still slowly being made on repairing the PPMB database, but be sure to keep checking the news on the Paperpusher MB twitter feed while you talk to other Daria fans on The Sh33p's Fluff Message Board.

Once again, thank you to Kara Wild and Scissors MacGillicutty for all of your hard work in getting everything working again!

In the meantime, what has everyone else in fandom been up to while the board is down? I've been getting a surprising amount of writing in. How about you? Let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

You Have the Right to Hear Well-Crafted Poetry

O'Neill's trying desperately to get that lion head off so he can let us know that today is both Human Rights Day and International Animal Rights Day. I'm not sure that he really counts as either of those things, but with any luck he'll succeed in freeing himself before he suffocates.

Today is also the anniversary of Emily Dickinson's birth in 1830, and we know that Ms. Barch, at least, is a fan: "Daria, in the name of Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Anne Bronte, Emily Bronte, and Charlotte Bronte, I want to say, 'You go, girl!'"

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's exactly how Dickinson would have phrased it.

Work continues on the PPMB, which is still down. Find out the details at the Paperpusher MB Twitter feed, while discussion continues at The Sh33p's Fluff Message Board.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Boston Tea Party, by Shad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "А примерно через месяц, когда всё окончательно пришло в норму, позвонила Хелен. И попросила о встрече. Здесь, в Бостоне."

  • CTPAX, by Shad_Tkhom (COMPLETE!): "Что часто нами движет ? Страх. Одних он может парализовать, прижать к земле, расплющить, а других наоборот — заставляет двигаться, действовать."

  • Life As We Know It, by Princess-Pasta (parts 1 and 2): "'I am not arguing with you today, Daria. You're doing this. No discussion. Your father has already left for work and I'm going in the next five minutes. Get your sister to school on time.'" (Part 2)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Best Friends in Any Era

Daria and Jane (or perhaps their ancestors) are hard at work because on this day in 1941, the United States officially entered World War 2. The entry was announced on the same day by Franklin Roosevelt in his "Infamy Speech," known by the most famous line, "a date which will live in infamy."

As of this post, the PPMB is still down. Until it returns, remember to check the Paperpusher MB twitter feed for updates on the situation and chat with people at The Sh33p's Fluff Message Board.

Last news on the topic was that the message board may be back up and running as early as today! Keep your fingers crossed, and thank you to Kara Wild, Scissors MacGillicutty, and everyone else who's working to fix the problem.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"I think that I shall never see...."

Here we see Lawndale's Alfred Joyce Kilmer Public Library, named after the late poet Joyce Kilmer, who was born on this day in 1886. He is best known for his poem "Trees," although I don't suppose it references the Tommy Sherman Memorial Tree. Or crutch.

In other Daria-related news, today is the forty-fifth anniversary of Altamont, the free concert that went terribly wrong. According to the episode "The Road Worrier," Jake was there...and somehow got his money back. The full story behind that little tidbit has yet to be told, but I'd love to see it written someday!

No new updates on the PPMB status, but keep up with the news on the Paperpusher MB twitter feed and chat with other Daria fans on The Sh33p's Fluff Message Board.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Aftermath, by metameric1 (part 1): "For someone who deliberately avoided trying to look good, the loss of her hair still disturbed her. A different person looked back at her from the mirror."

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"It's not what you put into the cookies, it's what you put INTO the cookies!"

Helen and Rita are just about to put together a special treat for National Cookie Day, but I'd be wary of eating them if I were you. Although the chocolate chips are already in them, I have virtually no faith in either of them as cooks.

Still, I'm sure it beats the heck out of Creepy Daria's heart-shaped cookies for Kevin.

The PPMB is still down, but you can find out more about efforts to fix the problem on the Paperpusher MB Twitter account and keep up with other fans at The Sh33p's Fluff Message Board. The latest news appears to be that work is underway to fix the problem, but the message board will probably be out of commission until Monday.

You may now commence panicking.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

An Economical Ringmaster

Mrs. Bennett is getting into the circus spirit because Charles Ringling, of the Ringling Brothers, was born on this day in 1863. Do you think she's going to turn those balloons into Fuzzy Wuzzy Wee Bit balloon animals? Or will she just take her students on another useless field trip to the big top?

Meanwhile, the PPMB is still down as of the time of this post, but you can check the status on the Paperpusher MB Twitter account and post on the new thread on the SFMB.

Fanfic Update!

Most of the links below won't work until the PPMB is back up, but enjoy some quote fragments in the meantime!
  • "Aw Mama...Can This Really Be The End?", by Scissors MacGillicutty (part 29): "'I must hand it to you, Marlo. That meal wasn't only excellent, it was an education.' Carothers smoothed his double knit tie against his plaid shirt as he stood up."

  • Daria: College Pains Redux, by James the Lesser (part 25): "Daria steps out of the administration building after spending hours going through paper work. 'I did it. It's official.' She was no longer going to become a teacher."

  • Lawndale and Sandi Griffin's Genie: Future Excerpt 2, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 1): "Back in Lawndale, Sandi’s mother, Linda arrived back at her house. She almost fainted in shock at the sight of the mess."

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Not You; the PPMB is Down

Keep updated on the situation with the Paperpusher MB Twitter account.