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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Verging on Paradise, My Book's Conclusion

Dear Friends,

An author isn't supposed to publicize anything from the final chapters of their book. That's another stupid rule I'm happy to break. I routinely find myself needing to re-read the end of Woman on the Verge of Paradise. Here's part of that closing letter to my readers. I kinda like it (and need to remind myself of this) a lot. I hope it has meaning for you too.

Have a good week, and take care of yourselves.

Stay loving and silly.
Robyn
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   ...It’s not about landing at a destination. It’s about looking towards one, while savoring each gesture along the path. Like exhilarating foreplay that might or might not lead to orgasm; or the tantalizing first bite of bubbling hot fudge smothered over a creamy, mushy banana split sundae, whether or not you proceed to eat the whole thing (and if you don’t, I will.). Or sinking into a potentially life-altering moment of profound enlightenment, wherever it may lead. It’s about belief in greater things, whether or not they come to pass in your lifetime.
   Ultimately, it’s a space built upon one ingredient: self-love. This is where hope is at its most real and life, its most generous. Wherein faith conquers an infinite expanse of unknowns. In this glorious intersect of space, time, and energy, resides the verge.   
    And on the other side: Paradise.
   Thank you for traveling along with me.
   Love,
   Robyn 

60 comments:

  1. Robyn, that was a wonderful way to wrap up your book. It is the joy of the journey and what we do with it.

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    1. Yes, and how we treat ourselves along the way.
      Thank you, Alex. Your support helped me get here.

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  2. The journey is always more satisfying!

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    1. Definitely more meaningful. Thank you, Sage.

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  3. always happy to travel along with you. Awesome book and great conclusion, that can lead you on....cheers to you for the week and beyond

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  4. A philosophy we all need to be reminded of -- thanks!

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    1. Yeah, I needed the reminder, so I posted it. You're welcome and thank you, Deb.

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  5. The traveling to where we want to be can sure be what is needed more than the end result. Unless one eats too much hot fudge and is unable to move as a result lol

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    1. In that case, it's the spoon's journey that verges on Paradise.

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  6. A wonderful conclusion and good words to live by too. Have a great week, Robyn! :)

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    1. Thanks, Connie. Have a great week yourself.

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  7. Wonderful ending, Robyn. You never know when you will reach the end your journey; seek out and enjoy the foreplay, chocolate, and profound insights every day.

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    1. I like the way you said that, Wilma. Thank you.

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  8. It's a wonderful summation, written so elegantly, and definitely worth posting about. It's amazing how many people could solve all of their most difficult personal problems just by loving themselves.

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    1. I appreciate your every word and ounce of support - there have been so many multitudes of ounces - tons, in fact. =)

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  9. "What a long, strange trip it's been."

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    1. What's the origin of this quote, Jono? I'm afraid I don't know.

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    2. It is from "Truckin'" by the Grateful Dead.

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  10. LOVED the letter--when is the book coming out?

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    1. Silly, Fishducky. You read it and reviewed it, I believe. No? It came out in June of 2015. I'm working on a sequel, and a silly little book, and...Cheers and gratitude.

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  11. You can have ALL of my banana split Sundae. Loved your book, from beginning to end. As you know.

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    1. Yes, I know. Smiles. But I didn't know you'd offer your entire banana split sundae! I'll head to the land down under stat for that, EC.

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  12. That really has everything, Robyn. Paradise, self-love, a mushy banana split sundae, foreplay, an orgasm that may or may not arrive. And above all, The Verge. The Verge will always be there, whether or not the orgasm arrives. Bravo! ;)

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    1. You're most kind, GB. And thanks for not gobbling up the banana, sweet ape.

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  13. Gosh that is a beautiful way to end your book. I really liked reading it and thinking about what you wrote

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    1. I appreciate it, Birgit. I'm very glad you did.

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  14. That is a wonderful passage, just as your story is a wonderful story of self reliance. Your book is worthy of many re-reads.

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  15. Never about the destination, but the joy of the journey.
    But, you can throw in an orgasm or two along the way.

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    1. I can, Al? Where can I, how, who can I? Never mind, I've got my stash of batteries.

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    2. Today's Helpful Tip: Rechargeable batteries are best.

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    3. Damnit - the thousands of dollars I - I mean, a friend - could've saved!

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  16. There's so much truth and inspiration in your words there. If we can't love ourselves how can we be truly able to love everything we do on our journeys?! Loved your book. Xx

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  17. Ooh, I would be so mad if I hand't already read the book! Thank you!!!

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    1. Woohoo! You did, didn't you? You're a mensch, Mitchell. ox Thank YOU.

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  18. Love, love, love. Wonderful words.

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    1. I appreciate it and you, MF. Much gratitude.

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  19. Well said, girl. It's all about the journey, even if it doesn't follow the path or lead to the destination we originally had in mind. Have faith that it'll lead you to where you need to be, and enjoy the scenery along the way.

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    1. As long as we work on self-love and self-respect every step of the way, we're golden. Thank you, sweet Susan.

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  20. Hey human, Robyn,

    I can only begin to imagine how much you've been missing my human's much loved, award winning comments on your much loved, award winning blog site!

    Thus, because he's still checking his eyelids for cracks, I'm continue to take over in his absence.

    Great pawst! Thanks for sharing! Did I fool you?

    Such wise words, my amazing human friend. I know that we should all endeavour to make the journey a wondrous adventure.

    I shall take the liberty of sharing your pawst! I'm such a good doggy!

    Pawsitive wishes, your way,

    Penny!

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    1. You're pawsitively generous, Penny. My love to you and your human.

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  21. It's a wonderful way to end your book, Robyn. And hurrah for (sometimes) breaking the rules. :)

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  22. Such a great ending to a fantastic book. Hope you're doing well, my friend! Love ya!

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  23. I could not agree with you more! It is totally about the journey, how you treat yourself, and how you allow others to treat you.

    Granny always said that it doesn't matter which fork in the road you take, because happiness lies in all directions. If you let it...

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    1. I LOVE that, Pat. Your Granny was/is precious.
      Thank you.

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  24. Oh, pshaw about blowing your own horn (that sounds faintly dirty and probably impossible...not from lack of trying, mind you). As you may have noticed, I post little snippets from my books on a weekly basis.

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    1. Blowing one's own instrument, while nearly impossible, is sometimes the best option, Al. And it's about the effort, not the end result. Right? I - I mean, uh, a friend - can't do it either. ;-)

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    2. But, I heard from a friend who wound up in traction when he tried.

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    3. Whew, that's relieving to hear because my friend did too. She still can't turn her neck the way she used to.

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  25. Yes, its a good ending and fitting from what came before. A reminder indeed. Beautiful Robyn. xo

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  26. What a beautiful ending! And oh so true. xo

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