Thursday, May 30, 2019

Of the Goths, By the Goths, For the Goths!

Andrea's expression is even stonier than usual as she emulates the Lincoln Memorial, which was dedicated on this day in 1922. If nothing else, she looks much more dignified than the Lincoln from Holiday Island High.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Double-Oh Mack Daddy

Upchuck is going to be pissed that Mack got the James Bond alter ego over him, especially because he's known to be a big fan of the character. In fact, he might even know that today is the anniversary of Bond creator Ian Fleming's birth in 1908!

If you're not into spy novels, then you could celebrate National Hamburger Day instead. The traditional way would be to eat one, but you might follow Daria's example by sticking it in your boots because you love the squishy, squishy feeling around your toes.

Finally, today is the anniversary of the episode Life in the Past Lane in 2001. We got to meet Nathan for the first (and, fortunately, last) time and also see Daria acting especially unpleasant, even for her. Good thing for her that Nathan turned out to be a jerk after all, I guess.

Fanfic Update!
  • Am I A Grownup Yet?, by jones2000 (part 8): "Trent was on-air, but Daria hoped desperately that if she called his cell enough times he would get the idea that something was wrong and answer already."

  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Highland Years, by Meester_Lee (part 66): "Helen's cell phone rang while she was discussing a case with Mr. Scales, the leading counsel on an important case that looked like it was headed for trial. Now wasn't a good time to respond."

  • Earl's Life Lottery (Odds and Ends), by LSM (part 1): "Life is stacked against you before you're even born. On the plus side, you are born the United States in 1981. However, the economic boom in Texas passes your parents, a white father and an African American mother, by."

  • Erin Chambers, by OzFerret (part 24): "Erin waited for a taxi and tried to make sense of Michelle's behaviour. Michelle has not placed a lot of importance on Girl's Night Out before. I have missed a few, but no one had said they were compulsory. Is it her birthday? I didn't think so."

  • Kevin's Obsession (Life After Thirty), by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Kevin, Jim, Chuck and Mack are seated on the front porch enjoying the early summer day while drinking beer. Kevin is also smoking a cigarette. He looks at Jim's house next door. Taking a drag on his smoke he marvels at how wonderful Jim's lawn looks." (Part 2) (Part 3)

  • Lab Idiots, by A Lad Called Brodster (COMPLETE!): "We start a a fancy university. The door opens, and two people are thrown out. UNI-GUY: AND STAY OUT!"

  • Lane Splitting, by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Jane felt like she was floating off the ground when Friday arrived. She met Quinn at the Morgendorffer home, getting to say hi to Helen before she left for work." (Part 6) (Part 7)

  • Skin Deep, by Kristen Bealer (part 1): "Daria scratched at her belly button, willing the newly-added navel ring to stop itching. She briefly considered just taking it out, but then shook her head and left it alone."

  • Teaching is a work of heart, by Rémi (part 10): "Morgendorffer house. Daria and Quinn are having breakfast together. Daria is eying Quinn suspiciously. Daria (doubtful) : So, Jane invited you to come to her place today to see her paintings ?"

  • Touched by Mars, by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "The shadows of Nowruz flames danced on the curved metal wall. Or they appeared to, at least. They were the memories of holy fires, copied from the fire-capped temples of Ecbatana and replicated with holograms."

  • Winter Blues (Atiya's Trash Thread), by atiyatortilla (part 1): "Daria peered into the depressing emptiness that was the Lane family fridge as her stomach grumbled in anger. Nothing edible would magically appear within the depths but she continued to stand there, allowing the cool chill to provide her some brief relief."

Sunday, May 26, 2019

See Jane Dance

Jane's trying out a new artistic pursuit in honor of dancer Isadora Duncan, who was born on this day in 1877. As far as I remember, we don't really hear anything about what Jane thinks about art beyond visual arts, so it's up for debate whether Jane would actually be interested in Duncan's work.

Today is also the anniversary of John Wayne's birth in 1907, and I know that Jake at least will be interested. In fact, this might be the year he finally finishes that John Wayne collectable coin collection. Aside from the ones that slipped down the garbage disposal without any provocation.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

A Royal Pain

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

It's Complimentary, My Dear Mack Daddy!

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

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

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Bee Careful Around the Goth!

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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

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

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

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Talk About Your Hidden Talents!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Just Don't Mention Snakes!

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

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

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Childreeeen Are Noooooot Shiiiiiny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 10, 2019

Here Comes the Workaholic Express!

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

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

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hellooooo, Nurse!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 6, 2019

"Oh, the lack of humanity."

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

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

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Fahrenheit For...get it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

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

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

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

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