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CHROME OXIDE: WRITER

Under the pen name of Chrome Oxide I write humorous science fiction and fantasy. However, I've been accused of writing murder mysteries since I murder the English language and it's a mystery how I get published.

When people ask why I write humorous science fiction and fantasy, I explain that my reality check bounced.


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Chrome Oxide photo 2018

 

Published Works:

Superversive Press
08/2018 28 Minutes Into The Future, A collection of short stories by Chrome Oxide
"A Cop For A Day"
"Graduation Day" (listen to AJ Rhino at Bearly Believable Tales read Graduation Day posted January 18, 2021)
"Vampire Free Zone" (watch Chrome Oxide read Vampire Free Zone at Fiction Fix Online from January 3, 2021.)
"Election Day Murders"
"Czar Wars"
"Zero Tolerance"
"A Farewell To Arms"
"Rights" (listen to BedRiddenBear at Bearly Believable Tales read Rights posted January 21, 2021)
"Gateway"

Superversive Press (8,000+ copies sold)
01/2017 Forbidden Thoughts, short story anthology
"Graduation Day" reprinted in: 28 Minutes Into The Future

Galaxy Press
06/2013 Writers Of The Future # 29 short story anthology
(Published Finalist, 2013)*
"A Cop For A Day" reprinted in: 28 Minutes Into The Future

Blank Page (Canyon Country Writing Group) short stories
08/2018 "Most Exclusive Residence For Sale" in Send Help! Robots and Aliens
10/2017 "Blank Page" in By The Book
08/2016 "Bewildered and Bothered" in Compendium Fantastical
04/2016 "The Archer And The Fembot" in Love and Other Afflictions
11/2015 "Ungrateful Dead,"in Laugh Until You Scream

Orange County Science Fiction Writers Orbit
11/2019 "Dangerous Type" in Quantum Visions 8
11/2018 "Satan Ain't Nothin' But Santa Misspelled" in Quantum Visions 7
11/2017 "Possession" in Quantum Visions 6
11/2016 "Need To Know" in Quantum Visions 5
11/2015 "Death Guard" in Quantum Visions 4
11/2014 "Vampire Free Zone" in Quantum Visions 3 reprinted in: 28 Minutes Into The Future
11/2013 "A Farewell To Arms" in Quantum Visions 2 reprinted in: 28 Minutes Into The Future
11/2012 "Farewell To The Master" in Quantum Visions 1

Appalling Stories
12/2019 "Let Them Eat ..." in Appalling Stories 4 (listen to BedRiddenBear at Bearly Believable Tales read Let Them Eat ... posted March 23, 2021)

dimensionfold publishing
04/2021 "Home On The Strange" in Eccentric Orbits, An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry: Volume 2

 

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 presents quarterly 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners from which the one annual Grand Prize winner is chosen. Some years they select one or more Published Finalists.

Other Recognition:

Tangent Online 2018 Recommended Reading List

Five of the nine stories from "28 Minutes Into The Future" have made it onto the Tangent Online 2018 Recommended Reading List

If you haven't picked up your copy yet, it is available in multiple electronic formats as well as on paper at Amazon.

FAQ

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 known 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.

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

What Do I Think Of Writers' Groups?
I currently lead the Burbank Wednesday Night Writers critique group and attend the Blank Page, Writers Orbit and SCV Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Writing groups.

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

What Are My Interests?
In addition to enjoying reading science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, I'm interested in current events and many styles of humor.

What Am I Working On?
I'm currently working on humorous high fantasy, low fantasy and science fiction novels. Also in the works are short stories of varying lengths.

Interviews

10/2020 Richard Paolinelli A Superversive Scribe Superversive Sunday Spotlight: Chrome Oxide.

01/2020 Liberty Island An Interview with Author Chrome Oxide

12/2019 Books That Make You #40 Books That Make You Laugh Unexpectedly - Chrome Oxide.

09/2018 Brian Drake At Large 28 Minutes Into The Future with Mr. Chrome Oxide

04/2018 AshEdit-News About Books & Writers TWENTY-EIGHT MINUTES into the FUTURE with Chrome Oxide

At the California Creative Writers Conference back in February 2020, in addition to being on a couple of panels and running the sound system, Authors Learning Center interviewed me. Check out parts of that interview on their YouTube channel.
02/2020 Author Chrome Oxide on Lessons Learned During His Writing and Publishing Journey
02/2020 Common Elements of High and Low Fantasy Storytelling
02/2020 Things to be Aware of When Introducing Magic in Fantasy Stories
02/2020 Balancing Humor with Good Storytelling

 

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Biography

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.

 

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

Where Do I Write?

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 tries 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 whatever story I happen to be working on.

 

But wait, there's more

You can also visit me at my: Amazon Author's Page

 

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