Some of my favorite heroes in the fictional realm include the Green Arrow, Batman, Iron Man, and, dare we venture off the comic book path, a man named John Reese from the show Person of Interest. Oh, and Sameen Shaw from that same show. Actually, I like all the main characters from Person of Interest. Let’s also include Rick Castle from the show Castle. I enjoy a good hero story. They’re my favorite kind of story.
What separates the hero from the common human? Some stories indicate hyper-ability or alien presence or mutant genetics. The superheroes from the comics often appear in the form of someone who has been able to overcome great odds and persevere beyond common ability. Heroes of the comic or book world often utilize extraordinary abilities they were granted; heroes of the real world often come in the form of someone who went the extra mile in the face of overwhelming odds. Sara Emma Edmonds was a woman who covertly joined the Union Army under the name Frank Thompson (she enlisted pretending to be a man even though that was punishable by death) and performed multiple espionage missions into the South, helping the North win multiple battles because of her intel. Sixty-one year-old potato farmer Cliff Young won the Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra Marathon in 1983, running 566 miles in five days, fifteen hours, and four minutes. He wore overalls and rain boots and finished the race nine hours faster than any previous record holder. Amy Purdy became a double-leg amputee, but overcame many limitations by earning Olympic medals and even finishing in second place on Dancing With The Stars. Day in and out people pursue courage in the face of fear.
“We aren’t heroes or villains. We’re all just people trying to do our best” (Harold Finch). One of the great things about us as humans in the hero plotline is that any protagonist can become a hero at any time. Overcoming conflict? That’s the hero plot beckoning. Stepping forward when fear would hold you back? Hello, hero! That’s your destiny calling. Give it your best shot.
One reason I like the Green Arrow is his beautiful character arc. Spoiled, weak, whiny, he lands on a dangerous island, and rises to the opportunity to be the man his home needed. He let his passion guide him. He stuck soundly to his promise to save his city. Iron Man? He used his ingenuity and quick-thinking to escape that cave and go on to save countless lives. “Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave…with a box of scraps!” Best line ever.
And you? Where’s your box of scraps? You don’t have to be an alien, mutant, or meta. In all of history, that ever has been before, and ever will be again, there is not one single person like you. You’ve got a unique blueprint, just like your fingerprints, that are indivisible and individual. You’ve got this carefully crafted set of skills, likes, dislikes, personality quirks, and passions. And only you can fulfill your destiny. Will you choose to be the hero in your story? Will you choose to embrace conflict and overcome obstacles? Will you choose to saddle up in the face of fear? What will you do when the real, overwhelming odds sucker punch off the mat?
That’s the question which taunted me after I finished my Insurrection trilogy. What do you do when the fear is real? Are you able to get back up? Saylor came into her own power and ability in the Insurrection trilogy, and saw tangible fear, damage, and pain. The story wasn’t satisfied with the ending of the trilogy. Do you know why? Because she did this hard thing. So was her story over? No. There’s always another hard thing to do. The story of EARTHSHNE beckoned to me: What would Saylor do when the lights went out…again? I needed to know. My readers need to know. We need those examples of perseverance and grit…because this life requires it.
May you be the hero. May you face the fear with a grin on your face. May you overcome the odds. And may you be somebody’s Earthshine.
An excerpt from Earthshine:
I accepted the document, two sweaty palms reaching, tentative, unprepared. I scanned the words, reading them aloud. “I’ve got this deep wrestling within my dark soul. A hunger for the oppressed. An almighty beckoning for the broken and bent, a writhing which cannot be tamed by silence. No; the silence, the hush, the hustle, cannot squelch the fire to share light for those trembling in the depths. I cannot stop giving of myself for my mission, for to stop is to suffocate. To quit, impossible. To surrender, unattainable. My wrestling therefore occurs not in the loss, but the gain. Loss no longer exists. All movement, all attempts, fulfill the mission. My mission.
For I have been redeemed, and I defeat the darkness within me by each lent hand and rescued soul whom I reach. I am Alliance. I defend freedom, defy injustice, and deepen creative productivity to enhance mankind’s survival. In living victory, I bear my burden, a warrior for my objective: Be powerful. Be consistent. Never quit. Finish the mission.”
My eyes glanced up from the words to my father, then back down, reading, re-reading. Recoiling. Rerouting. “I guess with this kind of mission statement, there’s no room for fear.”
“There’s no need for fear. It’s not part of the mission.”
“I am Alliance. I like it.”
“I am Alliance.”
Fear may be a liar, but hope can be a monster.
Saylor single-handedly saved the world from a devastating solar flare…and it nearly killed her. Now her father’s Alliance Military Guard must track down pirated tech, missing ships, and a rogue billionaire, and they’ve requested a reluctant Saylor’s help.
Tucker spent a year training the rookie Guardsmen. They call themselves Dragons. He calls them defiant. Dispatched across the ocean on a mission to retrieve AMG’s bootlegged tech, he rallies Saylor to overcome her fears and return to the field by his side.
Working together wielding unprecedented tech and determined to defy their destinies, the two wrangle missing ghosts, brunt force betrayal, and the swagger of power. What lies beneath the earth just might save it.
EARTHSHINE is the final book following the McConnell clan and Alliance Military Guard, a standalone for the seeker of YA Sci Fi Action Adventures.
Purchase EARTHSHINE on Amazon in paperback or ebook: Available Oct. 9!
Kadee Carder Bio:
Fierce yet sparkly, I rally seekers to thrive in their stories. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza. I teach English on the university level when I’m not dancing around the living room with my family, lifting heavy at the gym, traveling the planet, or binging superhero shows.
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