i might not get into grad school

My writing sample might not be good enough. My statements of purpose might be a mess. My resume might not be impressive. I might click the wrong button on the application. Maybe my undergrad GPA just isn’t up to snuff. On and on and on. Getting into grad school feels so very high stakes, soContinue reading “i might not get into grad school”

i thank the lord for the people i have found, or: a little more to do about fanfiction

A year ago today, I published my first piece of fanfiction since (probably) middle school. And oh, I AGONIZED over the task of actually writing the damn thing: I would sit on my couch in the dark at night, sipping on sweet fucking Shiraz, and listening to the same love songs over and over andContinue reading “i thank the lord for the people i have found, or: a little more to do about fanfiction”

that shines from you (i’ve probably already used that as a title, haven’t it? dammit, dani)

The plays (for now!) are done! Nothing to write but blogs and fics and grad school essays! How am I coping, you might be wondering? Well, I’ve watched Rocketman three nights in a row, for a starter. Here’s the thing: I just… fucking love this movie. I never expected it to hit me the wayContinue reading “that shines from you (i’ve probably already used that as a title, haven’t it? dammit, dani)”

(i should really be memorizing my lines:)

Writing memoir and personal nonfiction always at first strikes me as… indulgent. Like, how dare I presume that anyone else would care about my sad, silly anecdotes about getting lost in London and eating mozzarella sticks out of trash cans? What is the value of this genre for the reader, you know? I know whyContinue reading “(i should really be memorizing my lines:)”

i’m gay: (just a little thing)

Sort of like a poem, really. Originally posted to Patreon on Halloween 2020: I have spoken it before with uncertainty and fear. Um, I think I might be gay? I have spoken it as an in-advance apology, still figuring things out. I’m really worried I might just be gay. I have whispered it joyfully intoContinue reading “i’m gay: (just a little thing)”

practicing my grad school essay

Dear Grad School: I haven’t known where I wanted to be or what I wanted to do for quite some time. When I went to college for the first time back in 2007, I honestly picked Creative Writing as my major because the faculty was supportive and kind and the senior seminar snacks were amazingContinue reading “practicing my grad school essay”

playwriting playlists and feeling good

I feel like I’m going back up the hill of the roller coaster today after having spent the last couple of days down in the pit, and I AM SO RELIEVED. My stomach is still nervous-upset and I feel far too soft and crumbly to deal with the notes I’ve received on “Monster Girls atContinue reading “playwriting playlists and feeling good”

ANNOUNCEMENT O’CLOCK!

Hey there, intrepid followers! We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled geeking out and crying ASAP, but first! Some news! I launched a Patreon today! https://www.patreon.com/daniherd Come check me out for early access to blog posts, thank you’s, something we’re calling #WalrusWednesday… all sorts of nerd fun! Thank you in advance for your support! 2.Continue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT O’CLOCK!”