Hang Tight!

…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 help you through all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming project ideas to proofreading.

I’ll also be offering writing workshops for adults and children. I’m so excited to tell you more about that.

Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you want to talk about your project, write me at carly@carlygelsinger.com

An Open Letter to the Doctor Who Saw Cancer When We Thought It Was A Cold

Dear Dr. Dina Sukharev of Palo Alto Medical Foundation,

You probably don’t know who I am, because you never met me in person. You saw my husband in April as a first-time patient on Wednesday, April 20. My otherwise strong, athletic husband had this cold he couldn’t over since Thanksgiving. Every night for months he would cough himself to sleep, and in the morning, he would drag himself to work, and then in the evening, [...] Continue Reading…

First Chemo Session Down

Josiah and I are lounging in our backyard, dogs on our laps. It’s a such a nice day it would sound flowery and cliche if I tried to describe it: dappled sun peeking through trees, birds chirping, a slight breeze on our faces. I’ll spare you.

On a normal Thursday morning, Josiah would be busy at work with a hundred tasks and I’d be at library story time with Georgie, tapping out my own list [...] Continue Reading…

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 no. I’m so glad she encouraged me to start blogging again and gave me another chance to write for [...] Continue Reading…

“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 experience. This is sometimes difficult to do.

But there also are a few landmarks that glisten in the fog, landmarks [...] Continue Reading…