Lair of the Ashermost and Virtual Home of Asher Black
Asher Black is a confabulist, maximist, and reporter from the dark side of human passion.
Read to Me
Asher reads stories aloud.
In Jazz, chops are any individual artist’s demonstration of purely technical skill as part of a main act, after the main acts are done, or in the informal jazz (jam) sessions in various clubs (“he’s showing his chops, tonight”).
Asher launched nightly chops (30 stories in 30 days) in Spring 2012 to create a critical mass of energy and creativity and sustain an internal flow of emotional rhythm.
Chops are focused less on writing technique, more on building consistent facility with translating deep seated emotions into surface symbols for public consumption.
That virtuosity comprises a good portion of the stories at Forest Park.
In September 2014, Asher adapted his Nightly Chops to business use by creating a productivity technique called Daily Sprints.
He then crossed genre and medium by writing a small self-published non-fiction book with a horror fiction theme.
In November 2014, Asher put the same 30 days of energy displayed in his Nightly Chops into completing NANOWRIMO, the 'Boston Marathon for fiction writing' - a 50K novel in 30 days.
In June 2015, Asher founded and joined the Black Academy of Story Telling, a virtual regimen of self-study of dramatic structure designed to prepare one to write novels.
In February 2016, he invested in a manual typewriter ("because it produces something tangible, and that's what motivates passionate work"), and began, concurrently shelling out the pages of his first experimental novel.
He plans to write two of these as the 'thesis' part of his "graduate work" in the Black Academy, before taking on commercial authorship.
Asher says he's having the most fun he's ever had in his life, outside of the bedroom.
It's the jazz of Coltrane, Mingus, and Miles Davis that he plays while he writes.