Coffee and Contemplation: Self-Improvement Month

September is Self-Improvement Month. There are all kinds of ways for one to improve themselves. It depends on what kind of person they want to be and what they have to do to get there. It could be something as simple as learning to recipes for dinner or saving money for a new car. I want to share some of the things I’ve done to improve myself. Most of these things I’ve been doing for almost a year. I recommend using Self-Improvement Month as a starting point for short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals being less than a year and long-term taking a year or longer.

I made a list for myself and am happy to say I crossed off all my short-term goals and even a couple long-term. These were simple things like saving money and getting some new clothes. There were many other things that weren’t on my goals list. For example, I had money saved to get some dental work I’ve needed. I had to get a root canal and a crown. I’ve been reading more books and writing a lot more. I’ve even planned a little road trip for my birthday weekend. So what are you doing to improve yourself? 

Free eBook Friday: September

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.”