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Everything you didn't want to know about the writer Chrome Oxide and were careful not to ask.

Published Works:

Galaxy Press
Writers Of The Future # 29 short story anthology
(Published Finalist, 2013 & winner of an Honorable Mention)*
"A Cop For A Day"

Superversive Press (8,000+ copies sold)
Forbidden Thoughts, short story anthology
"Graduation Day"

Blank Page (Canyon Country Writing Group) short stories
"Blank Page" in By The Book
"Bewildered and Bothered" in Compendium Fantastical
"The Archer And The Fembot" in Love and Other Afflictions
"Ungrateful Dead,"in Laugh Until You Scream

Orange County Science Fiction Writers Orbit
"Possession" in Quantum Visions 6
"Need To Know" in Quantum Visions 5
"Death Guard" in Quantum Visions 4
"Vampire Free Zone" in Quantum Visions 3
"A Farewell To Arms" in Quantum Visions 2
"Farewell To The Master" in Quantum Visions 1

Award Nomination:

Writers of the Future, 2013
I Was A Teenage Redneck Zombie From Outer Space, Honorable Mention, second quarter contest

* The Writers of the Future contest chooses one annual Published Finalist, one annual Grand Prize winner, and quarterly 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.


When Did I Start Writing?
Back in June, 2010, I was inspired to start writing because of a book I read. It was so bad, I set out to see if I could do worse. I failed. If I'd know how much work was involved, I would have started writing anyway.

What Makes Me Think I'm Capable of Writing?
My informal education as a writer began in my late teens and early twenties when I started reading science fiction and fantasy. One piece of writing advice that is repeated quite frequently, is write what you know. I write SF&F because that is what I enjoy reading.

What is my Formal Education?
My formal education in writing began in 2010 when a Clarion graduate and published author, Jude-Marie Green, encouraged me to attend her writing group. Under her guidance and that of Shauna Roberts and Jim Young, both published authors, and the rest of the members of the Orange County Science Fiction Writers Orbit, I progressed enough to win the published finalist award in the Writers of the Future annual writing contest. My story, "Cop For A Day," was published in volume 29.

As the published finalist, I attended their week-long writers' bootcamp where the teachers included David Farland, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson, and a number of other well known authors.

Do I Attend a Writers' Group?
I currently lead the Burbank Wednesday Night Writers critique group, and attend the Blank Page and GLAWS writers groups.

I attend and volunteer at many of the writers conferences put on by the West Coast Writers Conferences.

I recently hired Elaine Ash, a development editor, to help me finalize my own collection of short stories for release.

What are My Interests?
Humorous science fiction and fantasy short stories are what I usually write. I'm currently working on a humorous high fantasy novel. Also in the works is a collection of short stories.


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As a published finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 29, XXIX I was asked to write a 200 word bio. Here it is, for free. To read my story, you will need to buy the book.

Chrome Oxide was created as an internet persona to reflect his collection of music related books, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and cassettes.

He started life with a normal name roaming the wilds of Los Angeles. It didn't take long before he developed his twin passions of listening to music and reading science fiction and fantasy.

His formal schooling ended with an accounting degree from California State University Northridge. He then attempted to exploit his twin passions by becoming an accountant. Twenty years passed before he realized that seventy hour work weeks didn't leave him much time for music or reading. At that point he switched careers to computer consulting.

Now with more free time he accidentally became a recording engineer. His recordings are now available on CDs, DVDs and the internet.

Recently, because of inadequate discouragement, he started writing science fiction and fantasy. For the last two and a half years he has been torturing his writers group by learning two bad habits for every one he fixes. They thought he was ready to start submitting stories. He didn't. You can now judge for yourself. This is his first fiction story published for a wide audience. It won't be the last.


snark meter - red snark meter - white snark 0 meter snark meter - blue snark meter - black


Sometimes people ask me why most of my stories have a specific attitude. I'm not sure, but I think it may have something to do with the paper clips I use to hold the stories while I'm working on them. :-)


flyer for Liquid Kitty End of Summer Bash, September 25, 2014

 hard at work, or hardly working?
The Counselors
Liquid Kitty, Los Angeles, CA
September 25, 2014
 hard at work, or hardly working?
Liquid Kitty, Los Angeles, CA
September 25, 2014
 hard at work, or hardly working?
Insect Surfers
Liquid Kitty, Los Angeles, CA
September 25, 2014

Writers are always talking about being able to sit and write where they won't be interrupted. This is one of the many places in Southern California where I can be found working on stories. Nobody ever trys to talk with me when the band is playing and I'm sitting next to the amp. :-)

As an added bonus, while I'm writing, I'm also audio recording that band. While it isn't clear from the picture, I'm sitting behind one of my two microphone stands (the other stand is at the other end of the stage) topped with an Audio Technica AT-801 Omnidirectional Electret Condensor Microphone with wires running down to my Fostex FR-2 Field Recorder sitting in it's blue case.

By the end of the evening when I pack up my gear, I have a CD quality stereo recording of whatever bands I'm recording and at least a few hundred more words on the story I happen to be working on.


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