I am excited to welcome back author Kadee Carder as she shares insights into creativity and how to make our life indelible. Read all the way through for a sneak peek at her latest release, as well as to learn how to win a free copy of Indelible and another free ebook she’s offering.
All people need to create, and to create something they believe in. You need to be the founder of some great creation. You owe that to yourself, and you deserve it. You deserve to hunker down over that Project for hours upon hours, days upon days, possibly years upon years, and make something amazing. Only you can make it. It may be buried deep down, under layers of clothing and wrapped in duct tape, but oh my, please unearth it.
Your children may be your project. Your house and homemaking skills may be your project. All of those things which have not yet been created may be It. Making a guitar from a block of ice and the hair from a llama may be your project. I don’t know. People do weird stuff, man. Just look at YouTube.
You will realize so much more of the unique, crucial character you are when you create. Intentional creation offers life. Intentional creation spurs light, waves of hope, and that deep stirring within the heart. Not only will it draw out these elements in yourself, but others as well. Only you can create and share that project, unlike anyone else.
Maybe you used to think you were supposed to Be Something In Particular and it hasn’t worked out. Maybe you need to explore other options, maybe you need to keep learning more about that interest, or maybe you need to adapt and look at other aspects of that Something. For example, what if when you were eight you wanted to be a baseball player? Well, maybe you can coach. What if you wanted to be a writer, but you just can’t find a good story? Maybe you’d be great at editing and finding writers, and reading their good works, and helping to revise that project to greatness. Maybe you wanted to finish high school but you are fifty-eight. Go do online schooling! Try. Act. Practice. Start. Move.
Not all memorable people are famous. Every part of the puzzle is crucial, even that patch of blue sky.
Be willing to adapt, and you’ll be amazed at what colors the journey will become.
Along the way, you will face challenge and failure, as all projects (especially the worthy ones) do. This is where focus comes into play. Do this project for yourself. Enjoy it immensely yourself. Who cares if nobody else likes it?! But, I am willing to bet some money, or pancakes or something, that others will like it too.
So if you feel as shredded as a block of cheddar cheese inside, if you feel lost and weighted down and hurt, write it down, and make a plan to fight it. Pick up the sword and let it fly. Swing away.
Don’t be a quesadilla. Quesadillas get eaten. You are the chef.
If you can hardly breathe from the crushing silence, create a new song to sing. Create the world in which you want to exist.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-6).
We have loved and lost. We have buried dreams, goals, and stepped on chewed gum in the dirt. We have seen nights so hazy that the morning shines even brighter because of it. So take that magnificent story that you are on, and shine it up, build it out, and add on a room. Think about those times when you felt successful, pleased with yourself, excited, and others recognized, confirming it. What were you doing? Why were you doing it? Did it add joy to others? Revisit that, and see how you can create. God has called you here, down below, for this time, in this place, in your space. Make it shine. Make it so.
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Writing and language have been a life-long pleasure, wordsmithery offering the ability to twist emotion into sense and cosmos. When I’m not dancing around the living room with my family, we do church, long walks, and lots of coffee. In my spare time I like to watch a great movie, write encouraging blogs, and order pizza like a boss.
After earning a BA in Public Relations at Howard Payne University, I spent a few years figuring out what I wanted to do with the majority of my time on this planet, and then worked for an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. I instruct English courses on the university level and plan my schedule around coffee availability.
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About “Indelible” :
Beneath the façade of covert laboratories and military exploits, Saylor’s story twists further in this thrilling final installment of the Insurrection trilogy. Concealed identities. Puzzling truths. Cryptic alliances. Amid hasty exits and curious arrivals, Saylor pursues the answers haunting her conscience.
Dealing with the consequences of her decisions, will Saylor find herself invincible, or drawn even closer to her enemy’s conniving promises? And with humanity’s existence at stake, will Saylor advance toward the brimming war, or succumb to the battle bubbling in her blood? Saylor must decide.
Humanity will always be worth fighting for.
A Sneak Peek into Indelible
“Where We Left Off”
Quite often when running sprints on the training field, I would delight in the portion leading me against the wind. In that segment I knew the run would be more challenging: my will versus the mighty arm of the airstream. I’d brace for impact, pushing through, fierce and determined, hair flying, sweat dripping down my elbows. I’d expect the hassle and fight it, eyes blazing with gratitude and power. It was in the downwind sprints where I found the most trouble, expecting the breeze to push me along. Instead, each time I’d discover I ran on my own, feet plodding the dry brush, me against the cosmos. Those barren stretches were the hardest. And that’s where I found myself, panting, sixty feet underground in a charred room filled with ashes and soot.
It happened so fast.
Then everything went dark.
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“I loved this story. The characters are so witty, well developed and real. The growth Saylor goes through is touching and had me rooting for her every step of the way. The technology introduced is intriguing and frightening. Like what would happen if your favorite pastime started fighting back and you were thrown into the deadliest game of baseball you could ever imagine? In the midst of the awesome kick butt-ness are the girl giggles of a first crush that will have you swooning and wanting more.
An amazing series that I can already tell will become one of my favorites.
If you are looking for a unique science fiction book you need to pick this book up! You will be memorized by the story, the wonder of the strange island, the romance developing, and the unwavering friendship.”
“I loved this book. As a mom, I’m always looking for good adventure stories for my 15-year old daughter to read, and Insurrection takes the cake. The daring heroine is unafraid of adventure but also not ashamed of romance. (I have to say, though, that it was refreshing to have the focus be more on the adventure and less on the romance!)
The only negative about this book is that only the first one is available! I can’t wait for the second and third books.”