So, I messed up last week. I scheduled my Fiction Friday post for last Friday along with my Flashback Friday post. Fiction Friday should have been today. I’ve had a weird couple of months, and I’ve been extra busy. A mistake was bound to happen at some point. Despite this mishap, I’m looking towards the future. I have many things in the works, and I’d like to share some of those with you all.
This past Tuesday, I released a new book. I didn’t advertise this much. It was more of a personal achievement. The book is called Mushaburui: A Mental Health Journey. This is nonfiction and autobiographical. I spent two years writing for a couple of blogs along with my personal blog. These are personal stories of things I was thinking and feeling at the time. I decided to publish them all together. I may write more and publish those as well. I wanted to see how far I’ve come. This will help push me to continue moving forward.
I still have a long way to go on this journey and writing has helped. I also have another collection of poetry releasing in January titled Cats, Coffee, Catharsis. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle. I have more details about this as we get closer to the release date. I’m also using some poems from past collections for a show I’m putting on in January. As part of the Tucson Fringe Festival, my show “Men Are Garbage” will feature poems from the collection of the same name. This is also helping me on my mental health journey as many of the poems are about personal experiences.
The show is on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:30 at Studio ONE. Get more details and tickets from the Tucson Fringe Festival’s Online Store. I’m both nervous and excited about this as I’ve never read my poetry for that long with no one else on stage. It will be an interesting experience.
The new year has a lot in store for me. I hope it does for all of you too. I hope you all enjoy the remainder of the year. Stay safe out there.
Not only is today Free eBook Friday, but it is also my birthday. Instead of asking everyone for gifts, I’m giving you all a free download of one of my books. This month’s eBook is Men Are Garbage. In my newest collection of poetry, I examine masculinity and reflect on personal experiences. Some of this includes childhood trauma. Some includes adult trauma. This is not the happy romance some people think of when they hear the word poetry. It’s dark. It’s real life. It’s my life. It felt fitting to offer this as a free download on my birthday.
The other exciting aspect of this poetry collection is I will feature some of the poems in a one man show I’m performing for the Tucson Fringe Festival in January 2020. I’ll share some poems along with some personal stories of my life and what inspired those poems. It will be an hour of poetry and storytelling. I’m excited as this is the first time, I’m featuring my work in this kind of performance. I’ve read my poetry to an audience before but only for a few minutes. More details on this as we get closer to 2020. The title of the show is also “Men Are Garbage.”
Most of the poetry included in this book was written within about a week. I would call it extreme inspiration or an emotional rage, but perhaps it was a little of both. I hope, in some small way, this collection will help the world. I never thought I would write poetry this much again, but I felt more passion behind this project than many of my other projects. I hope you enjoy it. “James Pack examines masculinity and anxiety in “Men Are Garbage,” a book of poetry in which he reflects on childhood trauma and his time as a nightclub bouncer.”
The summers in Tucson are always slower due to the extreme heat. Many businesses close and take a vacation because there are not enough customers coming in to bother with staying open. With an entertainment industry still small but growing, this makes my line of work difficult. We have many plans for the Fall and things look good for the coming season in Tucson but, for now, times are hard. This has not stopped me from pursuing creative endeavors. To put it simply, I can’t be stopped. I’ll give you a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to the last couple months.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I sent out some short fiction to be published in online magazines. I submitted about four stories to four different magazines and e-zines. Two have been rejected while the remaining two are still under review for another month. I will continue submitting to different places until at least one is published. This is all part of the master plan and I am always nefariously plotting. (insert evil laugh) The final goal is to get a traditional book publication, be it a novel or collection of short fiction.
At the end of May, myself and a few others were voted onto the Board of Directors for the Tucson Fringe Festival. This has been a new and exciting experience and I am looking forward to working the festival in January. Fun fact: World Fringe Day is July 11 and it is the first ever celebration of the 70 years of fringe. That is one reason why I’m excited to be apart of this. The point of fringe is to help people who can’t normally get their foot in the door at more traditional venues. It kind of makes me feel I’ve been on the fringe my whole life.
Finally, I want to mention my company, VaudVil, and our Patreon Page. This is a great way for you or you or anyone to participate, at least a little, in the creative process. By donating a little money, as little as $1, you can support VaudVil and be included in our future endeavors. The more you donate, the more you get access to, including how to videos for the publishing industry or how to pitch your movie or TV show ideas. All it takes is a small amount of money and you can even help during our events if you want. Check out Patreon and tell me what you think.