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Stories with meaning.


I didn't find writing, writing found me. Life influences fiction and in turn impacts my life, as I hope it will yours. Learn more about my crazy wonderful and sometimes epically tragic life and how it's come to inspire my stories.

The Survival Over Surrender Project has become the home for both my active blog and a conduit for those who have experienced trauma in their lives to tell their stories.

With perspective comes opportunity by design.

-Melissa Geissinger, Nothing Left But Dust


Course Correction: I’m a Writer

February 21, 2018

After making a career for myself in web technology, I have decided to make a change. From now on, I will be identifying as a full-time writer. Yes, I said it. WTF? Why?? I’m crazy. I know, you don’t have to tell me. I’ve been making good money building websites at One Day Labs. I’m…

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1 in 100

February 12, 2018

My son Apollo will be 8 weeks old on Valentine’s Day. He has a congenital heart defect – severe pulmonary stenosis with double outlet right ventricle. This week is CHD awareness week, which is fitting for it being February 14th. He’s 1 out of 100 kids born with a heart issue. I was never sure…

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Let's get coffee.

Actually, I don't drink coffee. I'll have tea. But I'd still love to chat if you are either an agent or have an interesting bit of insight into one of my current projects.