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Friday, December 31, 2010


In honor of New Years Eve, I'm holding a special contest.

You have until 11:59 PM tonight to write about the year 2010; whether it be in your perspective of what happened in your personal life and/or what happened in terms of economy, entertainment, etc. I have no limit, except it should be concise and well proofread. Please e-mail me at before 11:59 and please comment here when you have it sent.

Until January 15, 2011 at noon, you can write about and submit your New Years Resolutions. The minimum requirement is a page and the maximum is ten pages. I'd say a good essay would be around 2-7 pages, but it really depends on the goals. Please be concise and proofread it carefully. Like the year in review, please e-mail it to me at and comment me here when it's sent.


1st place: $20 off of a scrapbook and a free copy of "In the Strawberry Patch."

2nd place: $15 off of a scrapbook and a free copy of "In the Strawberry Patch."

3rd place: $10 off of a scrapbook and half off of "In the Strawberry Patch."

Honorable Mentions (three runner ups): $5 off of a scrapbook and 25% off of "In the Strawberry Patch."

Have fun and good luck! Please tell all your friends. The more that join, the more fun the contest is. :D

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Years Resolutions

For those of you just joining my blog, I'm dunkelhetstern (Jessica) or pierced_beauty from CEMB.

I am preparing to write my New Years Resolutions tonight to post on 12-31 with the year in review. I found this site, it was pretty interesting. or

Hmm... the last time I wrote a resolution was four years ago and I guess I sorta had those topics, but this year I'm going to avoid those topics as best as I can... you'll see in a few days.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Late Night Musings

For those of you who are just joining my blog, I am dunkelhetstern (Jessica) or pierced_beauty on CEMB.

I know most of you who view this title are going, "WHAA? It's 10:26 AM, how could it be a late night musing?!" The answer is quite simple: I was thinking about this last night and did not have the chance to log on before I went to bed after midnight to update. I know, I know, I know, most people when they see this ramble are going to think, "What does this have to do with writing?" But, religion, spirituality and cultures have shaped my writing since March of this year after my stint in Islam. It's a topic I like to write about and can talk in detail about.

I posted on Facebook late afternoon yesterday something someone sent me about my blog; it follows:

Hey, I just looked at your musings blog and it creeps me out. You mention al jazeera and talk about Christmas. I really do not like havimg islam shoved down my throat by my president or any ...(tharr be more)body else in power. I will say this again. Islam is at war with every nonbeliever on earth. I do not choose to be their enemy. The koran makes it very clear i am their enemy. I cannot think of any other manifestation of satanic evil than islam.

If I put aside for the moment the ideological conflict islam has with anyone but itself., and talk about the sheer evil for the women children and slaves that islam encourages. Slavery is still alive. Did you know that. I talked to a man last fall who was a slave from sudan, from the age of 7 to 14. Why would he lie to me? He showed me all over his body while describing the specificis of eachsituation.

Don't you give a shit about human rights and want it stopped the moment I mention this to you?

I also have spoken to women from sudan nigeria ethiopia who suffered genital mutilatoin against their wlll. Raped by their fathers and father's and then abandoned. Acid thrown on them. If they covert to christianity it is an automatic death penalty.

Do this for youself. Take a few minutes and compare the percentage of christians to islamists in Bethlehem every ten years from 1900 to 2010.

These are my personal opinions formed by some reading books on the subject, speaking with others for whom this is a matter of life or death for our country and our civilization. This is not a passion for me. I choose to take care of my family and shield them and all of my loved ones from evil.

I appreciate the flexibilty of youth which is only natural that you and anyone else uses to find out who they are, what they are, and why they are.. Been there, done that. Lived to tell about it.

I encourage you to continue to pursue and learn those things which make you. Just not with me. Please do not include me in any of your personal corresspondence.

If it is any comfort to you. In 2010 I have had email requests from others asking me not to include them in certain affairs.

I've learned in the past year, that it doesn't matter what faith you associate yourself with there are bad apples in all of them. I was thinking last night, it doesn't matter if you leave Islam for let's say Christianity to escape the violence extremists are doing, you will find the same extremists in Christianity doing the exact same violence. The same argument can go for Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and any mainstream faith you can think of (hell, even atheism has it's extremists too, granted they don't believe in God, but it's still an ideology). People, which I know I've been guilty of, seek out the perfect faith, but there is no perfect faith.
Each faith has it's good points and it has their bad points. We're human, we're not perfect creatures and we all interpret things differently. I personally don't believe Islam is out to destroy the West; yes, I do believe very twisted political efficienados with the so called agenda of "Islam" (i.e. their brand of Islam that totally disregards the pillars and teachings of Mohamed) are out to destroy the West, but it's unfair to group all Muslims in with them. Islam isn't the only religion that kills apostates, most Abrahamic faiths have the same ruling.

I can say the same thing about Catholics--the Pope has a twisted agenda blaming the victims of rape for the priests ganging up on them or the AIDs patients for their diseases and anyone who hands out any form of birth control is an enemy of God. I know that the priests raping these boys (or who had raped these boys) and anyone else who commits evil in the name of God (I can think of Ireland right now, but I'm sure there are many countries today with conflict and of course the middle ages with crusades and inquisitions in the name of Catholicism) are the minority and the majority of Catholics mind their own business. I can talk in great detail about Islam and Catholicism because I was both. I was born a Catholic, but don't really agree with the ideology. I found Islam to have the same ideology -- both ideologies just bogged me down and with my progressive stances on women, I just couldn't do it. But, those who believe mostly aren't bad people.

I do believe there is a God or Gods and Goddesses out there, but I have to agree with nan when she says, "we really don't know until we die." I guess I don't have faith in one thing because I have my doubts, but I know a few things I do have faith in which are tolerance of all faiths and not jumping to conclusions based on the lack of understanding or because a certain Holy Book says to hate a group or two of people; I also believe in dialog and I think if more people did these two things, we'd avoid most of the conflicts that have created tensions in the Middle East and even here on the home front. I choose to remain spiritual and unaffiliated because you're unfairly judged and besides, there is no one right answer when it comes to spirituality. I've come to accept that I probably won't know all the answers to the big question, "Who is God? What is He or She or are their multiple?" And you know what, I'm okay with that. That is not the whole of my life and I have accomplished so much without an ideology.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snow and Poetry

As it snows in King of Prussia, I sit here in my den and write. I find writing poetry is perfect on snow days. :) I worked on a Christmas poem, but I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Suggestions would be awesome. :)

Foreboding gray, crystal illuminates

the white flakes gently hit the window.

Evergreen accented with LED lights,

ornaments, candy canes and tinsel--

Frost desperately looks in at the family

sitting by their tree and fireplace;

escaping the bitter wind, five below,

with raging flames, the cats sit by the fire.

Laughter, the ripping and throwing

and flailing of red, green, white, blue paper--

Frost longs to be in, tears well in his eyes;

thank yous and hugs, the family embraces,

time for dinner-- turkey and prime rib

and rums, wines, cakes and a pumpkin log.

"My dear Frost," he looks away from the

bright window, glowing yellows and oranges,

"Let's go home." Frost looks at Mama

and feels the warmth like the family inside;

Christmas isn't about the gifts or tree,

but spending time with the ones that love you.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! For those of you whom just subscribed, I'm Jessica( or Pierced Beauty from the CEMB site. Welcome to my musings!

I am working on some Christmas items and I will post them later. But, to bide some time, here are pictures.

Of course you can view the whole album here:

Since mom and dad bought me a new wireless printer, I'm going to check out photofish or whatever it's called. I personally prefer Photobucket...

My collages went over well last night, Aunt Kathy said I should get into that business as well. Maybe I'll sell scrapbooks (special orders of course) along with books. :) Could be a good business and now with my new printer, it'd be more profitable. :D

Thursday, December 23, 2010

On the eve of Christmas Eve

Christmas is fast approaching -- I can't believe it. Tomorrow night we gather to Aunt Kathy's house for the annual Christmas Eve fest with mom's family. Cousins' gifts are all wrapped and the cards are all made. I made Matthew a special card, which I uploaded on my Facebook to tag all my friends to wish them season's greetings. I'd like to extend the greetings to you as well:

For his last page, I wrote some haiku. I might submit it to Literati along with other pieces I'm thinking about writing (I will post the gist of some later when I get my thoughts and ideas all written out). Here they are:

Holly sways in wind
silence outside, peace inside
lovely white Christmas.

Stechpalme weigt im Wind sich
stille aussenseite, Friede innenseite
schone weisse Weihnachten.

Moon smiles joyfully
as owls, mice, cats and children sleep peacefully--
Santa granting wishes in slumber.

القمر ابتسام سعيد
البوم و فأر و قيت و أطفال سلمي نوم
سنتا منحة أمان في النوم

Monday, December 20, 2010


I have been thinking a lot lately and I now know the direction I want to go in. :)

Tomorrow I'm going to work on pieces for Literati after work and the office party we're having for Christmas.

Update tomorrow.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Twittering It Up

I created a Twitter just to promote my book and writing:!/jessxwrites7489

Sykes Student Bookstore is going to be carrying In the Strawberry Patch! I'm so happy. Tomorrow I have a book signing at the poetry house for my creative writing class. I have to make some cards later just in case if people want to buy gifts.

Going to work on some pieces for Daedulus and Literati, the school publications.

It's also Reese's birthday today. ::sigh::

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I feel bad

I feel bad that I haven't been keeping up with this. I've been so busy trying to promote my book. I am finally on Amazon:

And I have an author page now:

Today I went to the Christmas Tree farm to get a tree that we'll be decorating tomorrow. I want to get writing for Literati and Daedalus, so maybe I will write two pieces and submit one to each.

On Wednesday, it was the 6th anniversary of Dimebag Darrell; I posted this on my Facebook fan group:
♥ you & miss you, Dimebag.

I want to write something about him too.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tears of Joy

I can now cry tears of joy: it's in print!

Friday, December 3, 2010


I finished In The Strawberry Patch. Amazon is reviewing it now, so it should be available by Sunday for purchase (it's under a 48 hour review process). I guess I'll just get an overnight shipment to give some books to my friends. I have to see how much overnighting costs. Well, I'm exhausted... I haven't been sleeping much lately because of bookwork.