Survival Over Surrender
Real stories from victims of extraordinary circumstances who chose to survive
I’m making my unpublished manuscript, Nothing Left But Dust, available for free. In the event of Coronavirus, we’re all struggling to some extent with getting through a challenging time. This book helps to remind us of the strength we each have to get through hard times. Donations graciously accepted via Venmo (Melissa Geissinger). As of May 23, 2021 the manuscript is no longer available for download.Read More
I recently attended Quiet Lightning’s event Sparkle & Blink 98, a curated submission-based reading of writers and poets in San Francisco. I haven’t been to a reading event in a while, so this was a really great event to attend. I got to meet other writers and get inspired on a whole other level.Read More
Most of the time there’s nothing we can do about it. When my entire neighborhood was lost in the 2017 Northern California Wildfires, no one saw it coming. I don’t live in the middle of the forest. I’m in a residential neighborhood. That shit just doesn’t happen!Read More
I’ve never been good at accepting help. Call it pride, call it stubbornness, but it’s one of my biggest faults. In college, I literally failed courses because I thought that going to my professor to tell him or her that I was struggling meant that I was admitting I was weak. We all suffer from this to some extent, but I am ashamed to admit that it took me 34 years to learn my lesson.Read More
When you’ve lost everything in a fire, you kind of want to punch Marie Kondo in the face. Going through your personal belongings and only keeping what sparks joy? How about when you have to go to Safeway to buy a pair of leggings just so you can have something to wear other than pajama pants?
Screw sparking joy. I just want some underwear.Read More
Strength and perseverance has always come easy to me. I’ve always been a ‘glass half full’ kind of person. To be fair, I haven’t had the hardest life, but I can usually find a very clear path forward whenever the universe decides to make things interesting.
The universe lately has had one sick sense of humor.Read More