Lair of the Ashermost
And Virtual Home of Asher Black
By day, Asher lives in Brooklyn as a self-employed corporate storyteller, cooking non-fiction and creating audience and learning communities for companies and non-profits. When darkness falls, he turns on the lights in Asher's Haunt, telling stories around the fires burning here and elsewhere.
Nightly Chops & The Black Academy
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 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 poured that same energy into completing NANOWRIMO, the 'Boston Marathon for fiction writing' - a 50K novel in 30 days.
In June 2015, Asher founded the Black Academy of Story Telling, a virtual regimen of self-study of dramatic structure designed to prepare one to write novels.
He continues to study and write novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories to teach himself the craft. Most of these will never see exposed to the light of day, but Asher says he's having the most fun he's ever had in his life, outside of the bedroom.
Asher cut his teeth (his chops) while publishing the digital magazine MYTHOLOG. Most recently, he is working on a series of stories that explore the persistence of humanity when the ground we regard as the 'world' has slipped away.
It's the jazz of Coltrane, Mingus, and Miles Davis that he plays while he writes.
Read to Me
Asher reads stories aloud.