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's Your Greatest Fear In Life?
Posted: 26 Sep 2016 10:54

My fear would be dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

This one.

Topic: Who should be the next US president?
Posted: 26 Sep 2016 10:39

I think the email server is a true "thing," and I think the Clinton foundation is a true "thing" too (though Bengazi is pure manufactured bullshit). I don't like her or trust her. But she's not even in the same league as Nixon or Dubya, both of whom are war criminals, plain and simple. My biggest knock against her is that she voted for the second Iraqi War.

Her husband was untrustworthy, but he had a pretty good presidency. Yeah, he lucked into a good economy, but he didn't piss the surplus away on tax cuts, or get us caught up in cynical, meaningless, unwinnable wars. His welfare-to-work program is simple, effective public policy. He was fiscally prudent. I don't have to like him to like his presidency, and I don't have to like Hilary to vote for her.

And she's not in the same league as her opponent either. I am sorry, but Mr. Trump isn't even pretending like he's being factual. Or honest. Or has a single sensible, detailed policy ironed out. He gets called out on every lie, every incorrect fact, every racist or misogynist statement, and there is no significant drop in the polling numbers. I don't think it's the media - they spend way to much time on him, giving him free publicity, but they are reporting his total lack of a working knowledge of the political process. No one voting for him cares.

I am losing my faith in democracy. I thought I had lost it already when George W. got reelected, but it turns out there was a smidge of hope left, and it's getting ground into the ground like an old cigarette butt.

Topic: I AM
Posted: 26 Sep 2016 10:04

I am tired but content.

Topic: It's Katie Elizabeth's Birthday !
Posted: 26 Sep 2016 09:34

I am a day late and a dollar short (at least!), but happy birthday!

(insert amusing pic of an improbably decorated cake here)

Topic: latest movie that you saw or ones you wish to see
Posted: 26 Sep 2016 09:19

Blair Witch 2. Pretty witless. I loved the first one, but expected little of this one. Good thing. A genuinely scary section toward the end, but anything it did right it stole from the original.

Topic: Say something nice about the profile of the person above you
Posted: 25 Sep 2016 16:20

Funny and whip-smart (heh). Witt may be her last name due to legendary ice babe Katerina, but I thinks she's pretty witty as well.

Topic: What's your favorite cookie?
Posted: 25 Sep 2016 14:51


Topic: What stories would you like to see more of on lush?
Posted: 25 Sep 2016 14:30

I got my first proper rejection from LS a couple of months ago for a story written in script format. It wasn't anywhere in the publication guidelines, but apparently scripts are not 'story' enough for the site. (But poetry is??? Maybe if I had written it in a more Shakespearean style...) So I guess I'd like to see more scripts/plays on lush, and it would be cool to add the audio element to those as well.

I think scripts would be cool too, particularly if they were performed in audio.

Topic: what is your profession?
Posted: 24 Sep 2016 12:39

IT and IT training at the state university here.

Topic: Things you should not say on a 1st date...
Posted: 23 Sep 2016 12:43

Would you like to trim my nose hair?

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Shard 212: Domesticity

She had asked the concierge to bring up an ironing board and an iron, which she unfolded and set up next to the bed. She stood over it, ironing a brown button-down shirt he planned to wear at the conference the next day. His shirts got wrinkled in the suitcase, is what she told him. He sensed she simply enjoyed ironing for him. She wore only a pair of sheer panties as she ironed, her...

Added 12 Sep 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 20 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,003 | 17 Comments

Recommended Read Holes

Please note: this is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.  There was a before, and there was an after. For both of them. Meaning, an event had happened in each of their lives – not the same event, but different ones, at different times of their lives – and after that experience something in the world had changed, or something...

Added 22 Aug 2016 | Category Straight Sex | Votes 30 | Avg Score 5 | Views 3,725 | 26 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 53 | Avg Score 5 | Views 17,475 | 52 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 6,885 | 24 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 55 | Avg Score 4.94 | Views 35,100 | 45 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 33 | Avg Score 4.97 | Views 2,438 | 29 Comments

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 30 | Avg Score 5 | Views 4,741 | 29 Comments

Shard 428: The Razor Thin Edge

It was a moment as thin as a heartbeat. One moment plucked from an infinity of them, laced on the string of time like pearls. He pushed her to her knees onto the plush carpeted floor of the hotel room, her wrists bound behind her back with the duct tape they had bought from the clueless and vacantly smiling clerk at the hardware store downtown. He had duct taped her mouth too, but...

Added 31 May 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 30 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,544 | 29 Comments

Shard 610: People Who Bought This Item

They were on the telephone, both of them in their own beds, lights off, faces lit by the glow of their laptop screens. They were shopping on Amazon together. This on-line shopping trip had been necessitated by actions of the previous weekend, when he had ripped apart a treasured and rather expensive corset of hers while they were fucking. The initial buy, a half dozen pair of cheap...

Added 22 Jul 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 22 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,370 | 19 Comments

Shard 612: Business Casual

The suggested attire for the business conference was “business casual.” They both dressed appropriately for the event, during business hours. After hours, they made their own choices of attire. He lay naked on the bed, his khaki pants neatly folded on the chair at the side, his polo shirt draped over it. She stood at the foot of the bed, wearing a modest beige skirt and matching blouse,...

Added 13 Jul 2016 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 25 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,697 | 21 Comments

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to make up for the image i burned in your mind

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Some say the world will end in fire
Some say in ice
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire
But if it were to perish twice
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction, ice
Is also great
And would suffice

-Robert Frost

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I don't mind trippy. I just stare and get lost in my mind or whatever passes for a mind these days.

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 13:59
They look so huge here. I would love one. lol

Posted: 21 Sep 2016 13:02
Seriously. This picture hurts my eyes
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these made me chuckle and quite frankly disturbed me a lil hope your week is off to a wonderful start
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just saying HIIIIII

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