Friday, September 30, 2011

SEPT 30th I Am Excited For My Friend!!

Hi there Journal & Friends,

Today for Friday Favorites I am so excited to talk about one of my favorite success stories: author Mary Pax! 

When I first started blogging, Mary (known then as Antgirl) was one of the first people to befriend me, and generously shared from her own experience of losing and maintaining. One of the things that has impressed me the most is how Mary took the lessons she learned from her weight loss journey, and applied them to achieving her dream, her passion: to be an author. 

The lessons of believing in yourself, perseverance, keeping your focus on your dream, and so much more. 

Back in 2010, she told me in an email:  "When I want something, I go after it with the jaws of a pitbull. And, I don't let go."

Well, this last Wednesday, Mary's first novelette was published as an E-book!! Congratulations, Mary! 

The title is Semper Audacia and it's now available on Smashwords and Amazon (I'll give all the links below). I've read several things written by Mary, and loved them. I even did some artwork for one that some of you might remember, HERE. There is also a link there for the current story trailer for that story, Stopover At the Backworld's Edge.

Semper Audacia is a Space Opera, and here is the Description of this Novelette:

Alone. Leda is the last living member of the brigade, the sole defender of her world. War took everyone she knew, leaving her in the company of memories and ghosts. Or is it madness?
The siren blares. The enemy is coming. Or is it? The approaching vessel isn't a friendly design, but it answers with the correct code. Leda must figure out whether the arrival is reinforcements or the final assault. In an aging flyer, she ventures out to meet her world's fate, the last stand.

About M. Pax: Inspiring the words I write, I spend my summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where I live with the husband unit and two loving cats. I write speculative fiction mostly and have a slight obsession with giant, man-eating reptiles and Jane Austen. I know, they don’t really go together, but it’d be interesting to insert Godzilla in the middle of Pride & Prejudice.

I'm so looking forward to reading Mary's story. But I am just as excited to see her dream coming true. I dunno... maybe it's partly from selfish reasons. I mean... she did it. That shows me I can do it, too. Very inspiring stuff! :-D

Okay, I promised the links. Mary's story can be downloaded for only 99 cents!! Here's where:


Mary's Blog is at: 
And her Website is  at

Oh, I can't forget to share her terrific story trailer for Semper Audacia, here is the Link.

 Another Paxism: "Never compare your journey to anyone else's. We're all different. Don't listen to negativity from anybody. Your journey, your way and in your own time is the right way for you."

Watching Mary follow her passions and reach her dreams has encouraged me to do the same. Thank you for that, Mary.

From Dr Phil's book: "Having specific, carefully mapped out, vividly envisioned goals is an absolute requirement for success."

My verse for today: "Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord."

My quote for today: "Getting healthier taught me about twists and turns and patience ... even when I have no more patience. It also taught me that if I am determined, I can figure out how to get to where I want to be." --Mary Pax, author 

Enjoy the Journey,


DAY 775


M Pax said...

Thank you, Loretta! You're so very, very awesome. :D

The lessons learned in weight loss can be applied to anything you want to achieve and vice versa. Success you find elsewhere can be applied toward establishing a healthier lifestyle.

Anne H said...

LOVE Mary!
She is awesome - very talented!

affectionforfitness said...

Ahh, Loretta, you're such a nice friend!

Mary, Congratulations!

:-) Marion

Anonymous said...

:D You're a good friend, Loretta. :D


Princess Dieter said...

Mary sounds FABULOUS!!!! I love her vicariously already! hah

Space opera is cool.

For those who love it, I have a pal who edits a free online space opera zine. Y'all can read here:

Years ago, we had a collection of zines started by a Christian with a vision to have Christian-friendly but not secular-exclusive speculative fiction. The economy took its toll, but some elements remain. That's one of them. I used to edit at the Christian fantasy element (Dragons, Knights & Angels). I need to get back to editing. Y'all can also check out MINDFLIGHTS magazine at Some good poems and stories.

Loretta, so glad you found an inspiring and friendly fellow creative spirit online.

On we our dreams...

M Pax said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind wishes. ~Mary

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