About Verbal


I have two teenage daughters, and they take up the bulk of my time. I like to read. I like to write. I like sex. 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 am soon to be married to the prettiest girl in the room, LaylaJune, whom I met here on Lush. So obviously I do not cyber. I may flirt, and while I love to talk about sex, I love to talk about almost anything. Layla is a gift, a poem, and all I desire. Respect that.

I value playfulness, in sex and in writing and in life. I am fond of light (and sometimes not so light) bondage, blindfolds, lingerie, toys. I love to tease and edge. 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 tend to go onto Lush for quick visits to check my timeline and nose around the Forums. So if you BB me and I don't respond, or abruptly stop talking, please don't take it personally, one of my kids probably just walked into the room.

The avatar is David Foster Wallace. Great writer. He killed himself.

“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:
Engaged to LaylaJune
Inside your head, Colorado, United States
Local Time:
11 Dec 2018 13:15
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: This or That
Posted: 11 Dec 2018 11:21

BOTH feet out!

Perfer to sleep with a fan or a white noise machine on, or silence?

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 11 Dec 2018 09:03

Interesting note over on the Site That is Not Red, Larry. It does make sense. I'll start contributing again (and reading again) over there, as soon as these damn flash fictions get formatted correctly. Don't hold your breath.

I'll have some of the that köffee Bill. Long day today.

Unquenchable Cyn (I like that!), thanks for getting big B up and running, and CONGRATS on being mod o' the month yet again!

EDIT: Cynthia was last month's MotM not this month's. Sorry, I got confused. Still, she's an excellent mod!

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 17:38

Ummmmmmmmmm you forgot to credit me in this post, V-Man about my good teaching skills, first in finding the mistake and then teaching you how to write the word marriage. <img src="/images/emoticons/angel7.gif" alt="angel7"> <img src="/images/emoticons/icon_cat.gif" alt="cat">

Oh noes! Mad props to our resident New Zealander and her many fine abilities, one of which is pointing out to me when the word "marriage" is spelled incorrectly in the tags! She is also a hell of a flash writer. I'm buying whatever you're drinking, Laura.

Topic: The Shard-o-verse
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 16:33

In formatting hell now.

Join me!

Here are the fairly boring details as far as how to format an eBook for Amazon. As far as fonts, I am going with the Georgia font, 24 pt for title, 12 pt for text. Justified text (meaning lines up on the left and the right) (I totally forgot about that until like 2 days ago, I don't like justified text) (I keep forgetting stuff, and having to go back and add it to all the other stories). Single space. One space between sentences (I had to do a find-and-replace on all the stories). No spaces between paragraphs. .2 em indent on each paragraph. DON'T USE TAB TO INDENT YOUR PARAGRAPHS (I had to replace those too).

I learned the ideal way to do format is to import the text into Calibre, mark it up with xhtml, and export it as an .ePub. Fuck that, I just don't have time. I want to launch on the day after Valentine's Day, so I have about 2 months, and one of those months is Christmas, when there is no free time. So I am just gonna make sure the books are formatted cleanly, and hope they look okay.

Added a new expense: I am paying a friend to line-edit the stories. I have WAY too many typos.

That's about it. The logistics behind building 52 books is a little daunting.

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 15:55


Am I wallpaper or something? Fine. I’ll get my drinks elsewhere.

Screw this joint.

Ping, you Magnificent Bastard, I'd be happy to buy you a beer. Or 5.

Crappy day. Keep em coming.

EDIT: I just wrote a frankly pretty boring post in the Shard-o-verse about formatting decisions when publishing an eBook. But if you're thinking about doing an eBook someday it might be interesting.

Keep em coming.

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 13:48

you could have just asked, you know. dope. :)

I was an egregious and a little embarrassing misspelling of "marriage" in the tags, right under the title. Plus I wanted to add the tag "quantum mechanics."

The original typo was caught by Bill, the captain of our favorite bar. Lord knows I wouldn't have caught it. As much as I write you'd think I'd be better at proofing.

Late afternoon beer please.

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 10:47

Man, it is slow in here today. Thanks for setting up Bertha, Larry.

Here is Gill's early Christmas present: a large, unopened bottle of NyQuil (grape flavored!).

I learned a Lush editing tip last night: you can change the tags on your story without having it go through a mod! I had misspelled the tag "marriage" so I went back in and changed it, and added some more tags as well, and assumed my story would be down for a few hours, but nope! It was live the second I hit Publish.

EDIT: Thanks Cynthia (I never knnew your actual name until you sent the email) for fixing the typo!

Köffêè please.

Topic: What accent do you speak with?
Posted: 09 Dec 2018 21:11


That's good. :)

Standard bland midwestern US accent.

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 09 Dec 2018 18:13

I have a new Flash up: Schrödinger's Kitten. Apparently that title has already been taken by a novella that won a Hugo award, but I didn't know that, so didn't knowingly steal it. Besides, I doubt mine will get a Hugo.

Anyway: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/flash-erotica/-schr%C3%B6dingers-kitten-.aspx

Scott, I am glad you pulled the trigger on your story. You are too harsh on your writing, as Bill and Lyf point out. As for me, yeah, annything over 6k gives me pause, I will usually eventually read something that long, but rather than read it right when I encounter it, I will queue it up to read later. As I did with Thomas Murphy's 10k Man slut story, which I am going to read now.

Burrbin please.

Topic: Differing View Points in the Same Head
Posted: 07 Dec 2018 16:36

Great premise.

Line break between sections, and put the Ogre's parts in italics maybe?

I'd read it.

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