About Verbal

I am a single Dad, raising two teenage daughters. I like to read. I like to write. I spend way too much time staring at the night sky. And a little too much time watching baseball. Anything else you'd like to know, ask. I'm not exactly an open book, but I like to talk, and I like to listen.

I value playfulness, in sex and in writing and in life. I am fond of light bondage, blindfolds, lingerie, toys. I love to tease. I have a serious thing about playing with pearls, I have no idea where it comes from, something to do with straddling the borderlands between classy and filthy.

I do not cyber. I may flirt, and while I love to talk about sex, I love to talk about almost anything. Someone lovely, poised and graceful has entered my life. She is a gift, a poem, and all I desire. Respect that.

I tend to go onto Lush for quick visits to check my email and timeline and look around the Forums. So if you BB me and I don't respond, or don't talk for very long, please don't take it personally. Write me an email and I will be happy to receive it, and to respond. I love email because it is so similar to writing letters, back in the day. My kids say only old people email anymore. They are probably right.

Yes, the avatar is me.

“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”
— Stephen King

"Every love story is a ghost story." - David Foster Wallace

Verbal Incandenza
Relationship Status:
In a Relationship with LaylaJune
Inside your head, Colorado, United States
Taking care of my daughters, mostly. Also: astronomy, writing, reading, movies, camping, baseball, theater. Science and art. Good bourbon. Good sex. Good conversation. Tilting at windmills.
Favorite Books:
Infinite Jest, All the Pretty Horses, Slaughterhouse Five, The Killer Angels, Beloved, Lonesome Dove, The Things They Carried, The Grapes of Wrath, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Shining, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp, Where the Wild Things Are, The Cat in the Hat, The Haunting of Hill House, The Flame Alphabet, Winter's Bone
Favorite Authors:
David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut, Toni Morrison, Stephen King, John Irving, Neal Stephenson, Daniel Woodrell, John Le Carre, China Mieville, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Suess, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O'Connor,
Favorite Movies:
The Usual Suspects (where I got my cybername!), Chinatown, The Godfather, The Conversation, Bull Durham, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, It's a Wonderful Life, Moon, Truly Madly Deeply, 28 Days Later, Frozen, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, The Haunting, The Incredibles, Rosemary's Baby, Children of Men
Favourite TV Shows:
Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Six Feet Under, Treme, The Wire, The Fosters, ER, Battlestar Galactica (the remake), Dr. Who, The West Wing, Nurse Jackie.
Favorite Music:
Steve Earle, K T Tunstall, Bruce Spingsteen, Tim O'Brien, Tom Petty, Iris DeMent, Kasey Chambers, The Horseflies, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Los Lobos, The Beatles, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, U2. I'm a big fan of bluegrass and all its weird offshoots.
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Topic: What book are you reading?
Posted: 26 May 2016 13:35

I've just finished Brave New World , Aldous Huxley. I'm now back onto Atonement , Ian McEwan

I loved Atonement. Anything I've read by McEwan, actually.

I am reading Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of stories by Eric Shonkwiler, a friend of mine whose literary career is beginning to take off (it's very exciting, and I am a little relieved to find I am not envious of his success, merely happy).

Topic: Ask the person below you any question
Posted: 26 May 2016 12:40

Buy one. Or ask for one. That's pretty much it. Not a huge fan.

What would you do for an ice cream sandwich made of two homemade chocolate chip cookies with a gob of strawberry ice cream between them?

Topic: I AM
Posted: 26 May 2016 10:49

I am cool with my latest RR getting voted a 1. But I wish they'd take the time to say why. And have the balls to identify themselves.

Topic: Sexual or non-sexual, what is the last thing you looked up online and where?
Posted: 26 May 2016 10:13

If red ink can be used on signatures on legal documents.

EDIT: It can! Whew. Damned color-blindness.

Topic: I AM
Posted: 26 May 2016 09:53

I am missing LaylaJune's presence in the Forums. :(

Topic: I AM
Posted: 25 May 2016 12:17

I AM overthinking.

I am unable to offer you any advice, as that is my constant condition too (I will offer empathy).

Topic: Editing competition winners
Posted: 25 May 2016 09:17

I understand the need for the rule, so you can't turn a competition winner into a totally different story after the fact. I just want to make some final tune-ups.

I sent Nicola an email about it. Thanks, Liz! And sorry for accidentally posting this thread twice.

Topic: Editing competition winners
Posted: 25 May 2016 08:31

It says I'm not allowed to for 12 months. :(

Topic: Editing competition winners
Posted: 25 May 2016 07:48

It won't let me.

Topic: Editing competition winners
Posted: 24 May 2016 21:31

We can't edit our competition winning stories for 12 months? Can we go in and do minor edits (I'm being anal, I know)?

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Audio Story Recommended Read Shard 629: Morning Light

She was sad. It doesn’t matter why. It wasn't an overwhelming sadness. Lots of things make people sad. Life is sad sometimes. That's all. She awoke at five a.m., hours before she usually did. She could not go back to sleep, and did not try very hard. She called into the office and left a message telling them she was taking the day off. She dressed. She started walking across town to...

Added 20 May 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 24 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,645 | 24 Comments

Editor's Pick Serious Moonlight

She came like a thunderstorm, cried out and spilled forward with a breathy sob, bouncing down onto the carpet and flipping over in a single elegant motion. He fell back onto the floor in the opposite direction, his chest pounding, gasping for air. He let his leg lop over hers. For long moments they lay in the dark together, letting their breathing settle, their hearts slow. A gibbous moon...

Added 25 Mar 2016 | Category BDSM | Votes 51 | Avg Score 5 | Views 9,202 | 50 Comments

Recommended Read Shard 23: Fire and Ice

He loomed over her, bottle of bourbon in his hand. He pulled the cork out of the bottle with his teeth. “That’s hot,” she said. “What’s hot?” “Pulling the cork out with your teeth. You look like a pirate.” “Arggg,” he said. He theatrically spit the cork out onto the floor. A giddy smile spread across her face. He took a slug and kept the liquor in his mouth and haphazardly dropped...

Added 03 May 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 31 | Avg Score 4.97 | Views 2,009 | 29 Comments

Shard 41: Elevation

She walked across the crowded motel lobby in a snug red sweater, a short frilly skirt, and no panties whatsoever. Those she brushed past on the way to the elevator could have no way of knowing she was panty-less, but he still enjoyed entertaining the notion that all the men and women in the lobby knew she was naked under her skirt: the pudgy middle-aged businessmen in travel-worn suits, the...

Added 16 May 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 20 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,056 | 19 Comments

Shard 434: Mindful

He watched her as she stood at the far side of the bed, taking off her jewelry, piece by piece. Rings first, twisted gently off her fingers and set on the end table. Her bracelets next. Then her necklace, revealing a feverish curve of neck to him as she reached back for the clasp. He loved watching her take off her jewelry. She did it so carefully, so mindfully. He thought, how demure. ...

Added 25 Apr 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 24 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,308 | 21 Comments

Audio Story Recommended Read Strangers

I had been going out with Val for a few months. We had fun together and enjoyed each other’s company. We hadn’t discussed whether we were dating each other exclusively. We hadn’t said “I love you,” the charmed words that mark the boundary waters of a serious relationship. We saw each other most weekends, and occasionally during the week. Our sex was electric, and at the time the primary glue...

Added 30 May 2014 | Category Exhibitionism | Votes 53 | Avg Score 4.94 | Views 34,263 | 42 Comments

Recommended Read Endless Playground

He had been wanting to fuck her for three years. She was hot in the way Moms are hot. That sounds dismissive, but it wasn't, not to him. It was celebratory. She wasn't a twenty-something waif-thin hottie, she wasn’t a MILF, she wasn’t a model, she wasn’t a cartoonish divorcee on the prowl. She was just a single Mom, maybe a little prettier than the others, at least in his eyes. She had...

Added 18 Jul 2014 | Category Straight Sex | Votes 29 | Avg Score 5 | Views 6,470 | 24 Comments

Recommended Read Yes

For Marta Words failed him. He maintained his cool while he stood in the cramped efficiency of his supervisor’s office, and in his supervisor’s supervisor’s office as well. He even kept it together while cleaning out his desk, as his coworkers stopped in one by one to say good-bye. His cubicle neighbor Neil came over and gave him a three-slaps-on-the-back man-hug and promised they’d catch...

Added 14 Jan 2015 | Category Exhibitionism | Votes 18 | Avg Score 4.94 | Views 7,578 | 13 Comments

Audio Story Recommended Read Snapshots

They see each other from across the club and immediately, instinctively, wordlessly know what is going to...

Added 03 Apr 2015 | Category Exhibitionism | Votes 17 | Avg Score 4.65 | Views 10,350 | 15 Comments

Today My Name is Caprice

He enters the coffee shop at two minutes until two. He enters this same shop at the same time every Thursday afternoon. Sometimes if he’s early he’ll walk around the block, or sit at the bus stop bench and read, until it is time. He is never late. Those are the rules. The coffee shop is crowded, as is the street outside, midtown Manhattan in the afternoon on display through floor to...

Added 27 May 2015 | Category Exhibitionism | Votes 29 | Avg Score 5 | Views 4,499 | 25 Comments

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