Saint Rose undergraduate English major Danni Epting recently had two of her personal works published in Thought Catalog and Nailed. Danni’s two stories are her very first publications, displaying her genuine, honest, and lightly humorous writing
“7 Amazing Things That Happened After I Logged Off Social Media For Good”, September 27th, 2017, Thought Catalog Online Magazine
Danni uses her sense of humor for some light comic relief before digging deeper into her reasoning behind disconnecting from social media in the first place—her experience being stalked her freshman year. She talks about how letting go of platforms such as Instagram allowed her to become more in touch with herself. She describes how invigorating it was to disconnect from an ever-growing stage that everyone relies on so heavily for validation and attention from others. She goes on to discuss that now she has a bigger appreciation for the people and things around her, but most importantly—herself. Her personal growth from this experience is an example of the positive outcomes that all of us Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat lovers could benefit from if we were to take a step back from the constant connection to our iPhones and Laptops.
Favorite Quote from Publication: “Each day I get to write and rewrite my own story. I am the sole author, and I don’t have anyone to compete with except myself.”- Danni Epting, “7 Amazing Things That Happened After I Logged Off Social Media For Good”
“DEATHWISH 057: DANNI”, Editor’s Choice, September 20th, 2017, Nailed Online Magazine
In her second publication, a Deathwish submission in Nailed, “DEATHWISH 057: DANNI” recounts a near death experience wherein she woke up in the hospital with acute alcohol intoxication. She goes on to tell a very raw, yet sincere story of her struggle with an eating disorder that summer. She describes feeling alive in that moment in the hospital bed, but aware that the price that she had to pay for feeling so alive was much too high. Once again, Danni uses her sense of humor to lighten the mood of her challenging recollection on nearing death.
Favorite Quote from Publication: “I wished I could go back to the time in my life when I didn’t know what it was like to feel like anyone other than myself. I wanted to go back to the time before I knew things could go so wrong.”- Danni Epting, “DEATHWISH 057: DANNI”
More about the writer: Danielle Epting
Danni is a senior undergraduate English major expected to graduate this May of 2018. She originally studied Education, but after taking a Creative Writing class with English Professor Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, she realized how much she loved writing and decided to keep pursuing it by changing her major to English her sophomore year. Her favorite part about being an English major is not having too many tests! She likes that rather than exams and quizzes, students in the English program really get to write more instead.
Danni plans to continue pursuing her passion for writing and hopes to get into an MFA program after graduating from Saint Rose. She appreciates the work of Tobias Wolff and Raymond Carver as inspirational figures in her field. Danni encourages anyone who’s nervous about or afraid to submit their work for publication to “Just do it– you don’t know until you try. And even if you get denied, you just have to keep trying, eventually someone will like it.”
As far as future publications, Danni is working on a few different fictional stories right now, including “Smoke”, “The Diner”, and “Anchovies”. She is super excited about her works being published, as is the English Department. If you haven’t already, definitely check out her stories on Thought Catalog and Nailed via the links below. Congratulations Danni! We look forward to seeing more of your publications in the future!
Check out Danni’s publications here: