Shameless Self Promotion

Today’s Media Flash

“Klaatu Barada Nikto,” my short story, appears in the August, 2008 issue of Urbanite, a slick, full-color monthly magazine available FREE at hundreds of commercial locations (restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc.), in the Baltimore metro area. If you don’t live around here you can still read “Klaatu Barada Nikto,” online, by clicking the Urbanite Magazine link in the sidebar blogroll. (I could explain the title but if I did it would ruin the story, so I won’t.)

There are lots of good reasons to check out the 50th issue of “The Urb.” Take the August cover for starters, it just looks great. The delightful faux 40s pulp fiction-style illustration by Deanna Staffo serves as a visually ironic setup for Editor-in-Chief David Dudley’s serious Q&A interview with Patsy Sims about the current “truthiness” flap—is it fiction or nonfiction?—a hot topic in literary circles. Inside, too, aside from the fine articles, I’ve noticed a big improvement in overall graphic design—especially in art and photography selection, and page layouts.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Susan McCallum-Simth, the Urbanite literary editor, for her sensitive help in getting my bloated 8,000 word manuscript down to a svelte 3,500 words; and for her insightful essay introducing the five featured stories. As I’ve told Susan (and I’m only slightly kidding), when it comes to my writing I like to hide behind the “emotional truth” shield and claim to be an “Impressionist,” painting my version of the world with words, whether fiction or nonfiction. After giving it a moment or two of thought, I estimate that “Klaatu Barada Nikto” comes in at 98.9 percent true fiction. Copyright © 2008 Jim Sizemore.

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5 Responses to Shameless Self Promotion

  1. Rick Parker says:

    Nice going, Jim! Isn’t the title from the 1952 Sci Fi film–“The Day The Earth Stood Still”? I loved that film!

  2. Jim says:

    You got ‘er right, Rick.

  3. Jacquie Roland says:

    Rick beat me to it — looking forward to the story— the cover is terrific.

  4. vince says:

    Well I have never read the Urbanite but I will have to find in now. Haven’t seen it in the Parkville area. Any suggestions?

  5. Susan says:

    Sorry I missed talking to you last night! Great story, and the first of many ‘sightings’ of Andy et al, I’m sure. And thanks for the kind words, editing is easy when the material is quality-rich!

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