Guest post and excerpt: Sailor Uncovered by @MooDeere

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Would you take your twin's place if they were accused of murder? Sailor knows she is a survivor and her sister Catherine is not. The twisting story begins with the murder of a man who victimises women. Michael, the brother, makes it his mission to destroy Sailor and in doing so creates a maelstrom of chaos for her to navigate. Her only hope is to trust a journalist. Cliff can prove her innocence but that is not enough to stop Michael. Nothing will stop Michael. The complexities of this story will leave your head reeling with the implications and have you hanging on every word.

Excerpt:


“Miss Rosario, a word please.”
It was the headmaster. He only visited Sailor when she was in trouble, but Sailor couldn’t remember doing anything wrong lately. So why did he need to speak to her?
Sailor reached into her pocket and pulled out her iPod to pause the Meat Loaf song playing. She yanked her ear buds out and turned to face the group of people waiting for her. The new girl happened to be in that group. Sailor’s eyes narrowed when they landed on the new girl but the headmaster shot her a warning glare.
            “Miss Rosario, this is Miss Emily Dixon. She will be joining your class as of today,” the headmaster said.
Sailor looked over Emily with a critical eye.
            “No thank you, sir. I don’t really want a classmate.”
            “This is not up for discussion, Miss Rosario.”
Sailor glared at the headmaster, who glared right back. Sailor blew out a forced steady breath.
            “Fine.” Sailor’s voice was clipped. “Follow me. Touch me, look at me, or even think of me and you’re dead. Got it?”
            “Miss Rosario! Please refrain from joking like that or you will be severely punished.”
Sailor ignored the threat. It was an old, empty threat that lost its flavor long ago, and both she and the headmaster knew it.
Sailor spun on her heel and walked quickly back to the college with Emily following behind her quietly. Sailor stopped by the locker room to change back into her uniform. She sniffed her running attire and shrugged before tossing it into her locker.
As she led Emily through the halls to their next class, Sailor could hear her heels clacking loudly on the tile floor. She could also feel the fear radiating off Emily like a shark could smell blood. She sighed dramatically.
            “Emily, I thought I told you not to think about me,” she said, her voice devoid of all emotion.
She heard Emily’s small gasp behind her and snickered.
            “Walk faster,” she barked, picking up her own pace, “Mr. What’s-his-name doesn’t like it when I’m late.”
            “Um… who?” Emily asked in a high-pitched, overly chirpy voice.
            “The stupid science teacher!” Sailor exclaimed, suddenly turning and kicking the wall. “He’s always onto me, complaining about me being late.”
            “How late do you normally arrive?” Emily asked, eyeing the new dent in the wall caused by Sailor.
            “Stop asking stupid questions.”
Sailor heard Emily’s light laughter from behind. It shocked her. Emily should be trembling in fear, not laughter. She hadn’t heard such laughter in a long time. The last time she heard such free expression was the night Catherine…
Sailor shook her head.
Don’t think about Catherine, she scolded herself.
            “What’s so funny?” she snapped harshly instead.
Emily stopped laughing immediately.
            “I just thought it was kind of funny. Isn’t being late, like, against the rules? You don’t really seem to care about the rules.”
Sailor snorted in response.
            “My education here won’t make a difference in my life. By the time I get out of jail I will be 33 years old. Which idiot is going to hire a woman who just got out of a 10-year jail sentence and spent half of her school life in a delinquent school?”
            “What did you do to get a 10-year jail sentence?”
Sailor stopped walking and stood rock solid. She thought for sure the headmaster would have told Emily, but then again, maybe he wanted Sailor to say it out loud, thus forcing her to relive that night. If the latter was his goal, he achieved it.
Sailor slowly pivoted on the heels of her feet to face Emily.
            “The headmaster didn’t tell you?” she asked.
Emily shook her head timidly.
            “I killed a man.”

Love of poetry:



I love poetry; I have since I was very young. When I think of the years leading up to my first publication, I always think of the short stories, essays, and unfinished novels I wrote. It hit me the other day that I’ve actually been writing poetry longer than I have books. I dug through my chest of old notebooks and found my first poetry journal. That journal has over 20 poems in it; all written before I reached middle school. I shouldn’t have been surprised.
Poetry has always come naturally to me. Whenever I was bored I was writing poetry. Whenever I was sad, mad, frustrated, dejected, hopeless or furious, I was writing poetry. So in honor of my love for poetry, here is my Top 20 Poems list. I am a fan of both slam and classic poetry, so I tried to include an equal blend of both. In the interest of fairness I didn’t choose more than one poem from each poet (or else this whole blog post would have been dominated by Neil Hilborn and Langston Hughes). I highly suggest you check out more works by these poets though, since many of them have a number of fantastic pieces.
Each poem listed below also has three descriptive words that I feel encompass the feel of it. Everyone interprets poems differently though, so I encourage you to read/listen to these poems on your own and formulate your own opinion of them!

20. “The Author to Her Book” by Anne Bradstreet
            -cute
            -relatable
            -timid

19. “The Arrow and the Song” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
            -lovely
            -charming
            -heart-warming

18. “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare
            -romantic
            -descriptive
            -classic

17. “Listen to the Mustn’ts” by Shel Silverstein
            -inspirational
            -powerful
            -wise

16. “Let the Light Enter” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
            -content
            -sentimental
            -longing

15. “My Father is an Oyster” by Clint Smith
            -homey
            -regretful
            -tribute

14. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
            -liberating
            -hopeful
            -enlightening

13. “Social Anxiety at 130 BPM” by Aaron Burstein
            -funny
            -understandable
            -intriguing

12. “I, too” by Langston Hughes
            -dynamic
            -refreshing
            -empowering

11. “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” by Sabrina Benaim
            -heartbreaking
            -sorrowful
            -eye-opening

10. “If I Was Your God” by Dave McAlinden
            -humorous
            -cryptic
            -uplifting

9. “From the Perspective of Chanukah” by Eric Sirota
            -cultural
            -clever
            -informative

8. “Properly Scholarly Attitude” by Adelaide Crapsey
            -remorseful
            -strict
            -cautionary

7. “Working Retail During the Holiday Season” by Ben Wenzl
            -light-hearted
            -relaxing
            -creative

6. “Dear Straight People” by Denice Frohman
            -powerful
            -memorable
            -witty

5. “OCD” by Neil Hilborn
            -mind-opening
            -thought-provoking
            -deep

4. “Couples Therapy” by Patrick Roche
            -heart-wrenching
            -descriptive
            -compelling

3. “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
            -lonely
            -cautionary
            -motivational

2. “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali
            -accusatory
            -defensive
            -memorable

1. “Sonnet ­– Silence” by Edgar Allan Poe
-thought-provoking
-gentle
-soothing


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