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…New Website Coming September 2017! I’m excited to announce the launch of my creative services agency. I’m available for hire for writing projects of all sizes. Whether you’re writing your first novel or memoir, struggling with your corporate newsletter, or need someone to spearhead a strategic social media campaign, I’m your girl. I’m here to…
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Confessions of an Internet Lurker: A Guest Post for Kelsey Munger

I’m happy to be featured on my friend Kelsey Munger’s blog this week for her series on Self Care. I stumbled on Kelsey’s blog a couple years ago and her writing instantly resonated with me. When she asked me to write for her Self Care series, I was in a blogging rut and at first said…
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"I don't know what I can believe in anymore": A story of odd proposals, disillusionment, and letting go

I’ve spent my twenties wandering from and wrestling with the faith of my youth. It’s been a gradual movement in directions all over a muddled map–a slow, foggy journey. My storytelling brain wants to make sense of it all, to organize it in a clean narrative arch, to connect experience with meaning and meaning with…
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Parenting In the Midst of Faith Wandering

Today I’m excited to be writing for Unfundamentalist Parenting, a new collective Patheos blog curated by Cindy Brandt. I share my thoughts on raising kids in the midst of faith wandering, and  it might involve a story of how my toddler was recently evangelized by another toddler at the play-dough table. You could fill a…
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For Margot

My friend Margot lost her fight to breast cancer last weekend. We weren’t currently in touch, and I won’t claim we were best friends, but Margot was one of those souls who made an impact on people. I am no exception. The last time I heard from her was in December. The cancer was in…
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Magical Moments on a Park Swing, or Why My Memoir is a Coming-of-age Story

Do you remember adolescence? You remember the angst, probably. You remember the awkwardness, the unrequited love, the rage you felt toward your parents, the acne. But do you remember those crazy beautiful moments? How all it took to feel like you were at the edge of the world was the right song on the radio,…
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Dear Artists, Today is Not the Day to Quit

A little more than two years ago, I began writing my first book. It started with a single Word doc titled “Book” that I’d type notes in on the weekends. I’ve wanted to write books since I was old enough to staple lined paper together. I’d fill those pages with stories about my stuffed cow…
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Look out, it's a pregnant lady who doesn't hate her body!!! Part 1

About a month ago, I lay in bed, my bulged out eyes darting around my dark bedroom. Last time I checked the clock it was 3:30 a.m., and now birds were starting to chirp their morning songs. My husband’s alarm went off and he pressed snooze. I groaned, flipped over for the gazillionth time and…
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The Books of 2015

  It’s here! The highly anticipated (see: not anticipated at all) Carly Gelsinger reading list. This is everything I can remember reading in 2015, packed into a concise list for your enjoyment or disdain. It’s interesting to me why we read what we read when we do. Looking back, I didn’t read the things I…
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In Honor of Our Unconventional Mothers

I’m thirteen years old and I’m dragging a bulbous manzanita branch to a burn pile. Its sharp edges graze my forearms and draw blood as I throw it in. I watch its silvery leaves shoot crackling sparks from the fire, while its burgundy bark smoulders. It’s time to turn around and get another branch, but…
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