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
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26 Mar 2017 07:24
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: Finding an authentic voice
Posted: 25 Mar 2017 17:59

"Enjoy yourself" is really great advice too.

Topic: Finding an authentic voice
Posted: 25 Mar 2017 17:56

Yeah, this is an excellent post. My most embarrassing phase was my minimalist Raymond Carver phase (I hope I'm not still going through it). Great writer, but responsible for a bunch of crappy writing by folks trying to imitate him.

Which brings me to "Do I should like a pretentious asshole?" I am am always mortified that I am, and so am constantly asking myself this question (because let's face it, while I am pretty good at avoiding it entirely, I often creep dangerously close to that line). My point is, it is a weakness of mine as a writer (along with plot, and, um, character names), and so it is important that I am always asking myself the question, so I can cut back on the more pretentiously asshole-y bits. If I stopped, the writing would suffer.

So, my corallary to your rule: know your weaknesses, and vigilantly guard against them.

Topic: What's Your Current Mood.
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 08:49


Topic: What's making you happy right at this moment???
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 08:47

That I will be with my lovely LaylaJ in about four hours.

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 08:43

Oh, you're the best! <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/bighugs.gif" alt="Big Hugs"> Me, the PGOAT? Well. I try. :-" <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/embarassed.gif" alt="Embarassed">

I hope you have the most delightful time ever this weekend. Just finished your Open trilogy and was astounded by the quality writing. I read People Who Bought This a short while ago and it's linked, isn't it? I love that.


Thank you, dear. Actually four of the Shard stories are linked to the Open trilogy. Everything's connected together! I will explain the chronology n the Shard-o-verse thread some day.

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 24 Mar 2017 08:19

I am pleased but I just looked up Tracy Flick and feel embarrassed! I swear I'm nothing like her! <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/embarassed.gif" alt="Embarassed"> Having said that, you can call me what you want because what the hell, everyone's entering and it's fucking awesome!

Laura, I'm in the same position. I'm actually very uneasy now, after all my 'cheerleading'. Half of me wants to not enter. How would you guys feel about that? :-"

I hope you know my comments about cheerleading and Tracy Flick were joking (though that is a GREAT movie). You are a delight dear, and you must enter. You are not a Tracy, you are a Joelle (the good bits).

I am off to the airport this afternoon to fly into the arms of my True Love. I have read a smattering of entries, but the lion's share must wait for my return to be read.

Have fun everyone!

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 15:26

btw, did i mention i edited it a bit? there wasn't enough Godzilla in it, so i added some... <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/hiding.gif" alt="hiding">

The big guy wears his heart on his sleeve. And I LOVE Makers Mark, Buz. Let's get to work on that bottle.


Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 14:08

My poem-like piece of writing is now up.


Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 11:43

I'm pleased to update my list:

Already entered: Milik_the_Red, Gillianleeeza, sprite
Hell yes I'm entering: BC (me), Lilly, Emerson501, Verbal, TonyaL, sweetsinner
Maybe: Lauradj, oceanrunner, seeker4, PhilU
No thank you: -

Yet to declare: LULU, BUZ, MIKE, BILL, JEN, MARGOT.

Did I miss anyone? Get anything wrong? If anyone thinks they ought to be in the last category, I'm afraid you're mistaken. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/evil7.gif" alt="evil5">

It just occurred to me that I'm being kind of an asshole. But female. Esshole? <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/dontknow.gif" alt="dontknow">

You are going a little Tracy Flick on us, dear. :) I am, however, submitting something poem-like today.


Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 22 Mar 2017 22:30

I'm not a fan of Tequila either. And speaking of bad poetry, I entered mine. I can't look at a poem for very long once I've written it, so who knows how it came out. I think I took a little different track. No filth in mine. That's just not okay, I'll have to make up for that in my next poem. My mind is much more comfortable in the gutter. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/embarassed.gif" alt="Embarassed">

If it really sucks I am blaming Hannah, she bullied us or cheered us all into either entering or thinking about it.

Now I'll take my bedtime Nyquil. My allergies are in over drive. Can I get an umbrella in that?

Have fun everyone and sleep well, those who indulge in that kind of thing. A whole night sleep. I apparently prefer mine in little snippets.


If you don't mind, barkeep, serve the lady from my own personal bottle of NyQuil. It's a very special batch, aged 12 years in charred oak barrels.

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