Feather & Flint

Chapter One: Why I’m Starting a Blog

September 13, 2016 6 Comments 1 Photos

From break-ups to weddings, recipes to photographs, introversion to perfectionism, building a home to hosting a dinner party, I'm ready to share my story as it unfolds—what's yours?

Hi! I’m Robin. Welcome to Chapter One of a project that I’m extremely excited to reveal to the world. You’ll uncover more about my story over the coming weeks; but first, I want to explain why I’m starting a blog and which kinds of things you can look forward to seeing from me.

Starting a Blog

Writing has always been the common thread connecting each era of my life. At 7, I dog-eared the pages of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s “How I Came to Be a Writer” until they disintegrated. At 11, I already felt like an old pro when one of my stories was published as part of an anthology. After high school, I first pursued a career in songwriting, and then in psychology research (“but really just the writing part,” I insisted). I was 22 when my first book was published—a heavily researched psychology text that I couldn’t afford to buy at Barnes & Noble—and I crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be my last.

Now, at 26, I’m three years into a career as a writer. Making a living as a full-time writer has been like returning to a long-lost country where everyone finally speaks my language.

However, in spite of the staggering number of hours that I’ve clocked in pursuit of degrees, good grades, promotions, raises, and other accolades, my most salient moments as a writer haven’t happened in school or at work. These meaningful moments have happened when I’ve worked up the courage to share my personal, just-for-fun writing with the kindred spirits that I’ve crossed paths with over the years. From acoustic songs about (surprisingly terrible) ex-boyfriends, to autobiographical pieces about my struggle with toxic perfectionism and my search for a fulfilling career, this kind of raw honesty has been nerve-wracking but undoubtedly worth it, time after time.

Storytelling continues to surprise me in its capacity to connect me with new friends who have their own wisdom to share. It continually reminds me that while my words have the power to make complex science relatable or compel customers to open an email, for me, the most fulfilling writing is intimate, authentic, and vulnerable.

So, that’s why I’m starting a blog: To tell my stories, and to hear yours. To share the lessons that I’ve learned so far; to explore the beauty of everyday life; and to connect with present & future friends about life’s yet-to-be-answered questions. From break-ups to weddings, recipes to photographs, introversion to perfectionism, building a home to hosting a dinner party, I’m ready to share my story as it unfolds—what’s yours?

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How Feather & Flint Got Its Name (Plus, My Tips for Naming Your Blog!)

How I Came to Be a Writer

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    September 13, 2016

    You go girl!

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      November 20, 2016

      Thank you!!! 🙂

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    Aunt Nicki

    September 13, 2016

    Good for you, Rob xo

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      November 20, 2016

      Thank you for the support, Aunt Nicki <3

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    September 14, 2016

    You are an amazing woman and I can’t wait to see what you do next! <3 XOX

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      November 20, 2016

      Thank you so much, Marsha – that means a lot 🙂