A kindred site.

Writer and Arranger

My name is Jeff LaSala and I'm a NYC-based writer, editor, and game designer with an irrevocable passion for speculative fiction in all its forms. This website aims to showcase some of that, mostly through links on the Writing page and entries on the main weblog portion.


I also have a page on Facebook. Please feel free to "like" it to find out whenever new stuff is coming out.

What's this Ashlock thing?

Anyone who's ever encountered my usage of this word will have wondered, if only for a moment, what the heck it means. It's a name, one personal to me and grounded in my own adolescent daydreaming. And it's been my online pseudonym for a very long time.

Tied into that is the root word ash. As a color, it can be black, white, or grey. It's also a tree whose resilient wood is often made into various implements, such bats or bows. In Norse mythology, the first man was formed from an ash tree. The great World Tree, Yggdrasil, that connects all other worlds, was said to be an ash.

Ashlock was a character in a novel I started to write in my teenage years, named for his lock of ash-black hair. Oh, and more recently, Ashlock is my character on Lord of the Rings Online, on the Nimrodel server. Just sayin'.

Incidentally, I'm told the name sounds hilarious in German.

My wife is Marisa. We've been married 6 years now. She's the bestest, my own Argentine mermaid gypsy. And she's fervent about many things—mostly about family, God, and theatre. She is my companion, my counterpart, a soul that makes me feel like my daydreams are permissible.

This portrait courtesy of Craig J. Spearing.