About verbal


I came here from the red site, where I have a more active presence. I'm a newbie here.

I am a single Dad, slowly learning how to raise two daughters by myself. 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 have had a couple dozen short stories published. I've written two novels, but no one will buy them.

Verbal Incandenza
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23 Sep 2018 07:56
Taking care of my daughters, mostly. Also, astronomy, writing, reading, camping, baseball. Good bourbon. Good sex. Good conversation. Tilting at windmills.
Favorite Books:
Infinite Jest, All the Pretty Horses, Slaughterhouse Five, The Killer Angels, Beloved, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Lonesome Dove, The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Shining, Mystic River, 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, Wise Blood
Favorite Authors:
David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut, Ken Kesey, Toni Morrison, Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, John Irving, Charlie Huston, Megan Abbot, China Mieville, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Suess, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O'Connor


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The realtor described the place as a grand old dame of a house: a three-story high Victorian in a state of slight disrepair, built in 1897 but with so many random, period-inconsistent architectural details added on over the years (a deck over the front door, a mudroom added on the side, several of the larger rooms broken up with wallboard and framed for apartments) it did not qualify for...

Added 17 Sep 2018 | Category Horror | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 81 | 8 Comments


The woman in the mirror spoke to her. This was before she covered all the mirrors in the house. This was back when she was like eleven, maybe twelve, before all the crazy shit happened. Back when they first moved into the house. The woman had been in her mirror for some time. Hiding. At first, Em didn’t even now she was there. She thought it was her own reflection. Em noticed the woman...

Added 11 Sep 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 166 | 12 Comments

Betty Bones

Her name is Betty Bowens, though all the neighborhood kids call her Betty Bones, and she lives in the old house at the end of the street with her three dead children. They are dead; she is not, merely old, very old. Her children died of different causes, at different times: hit-and-run, cancer, suicide. Two were adults when they died, the cancer and the suicide. Her boy Tristan, poor...

Added 29 Oct 2016 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 443 | 9 Comments


Apprentice I cannot hope to ever match your lovely flowing lines you measured words, your metered pace the cadence of your rhymes All I know is how your words touch something deeply hidden They recognize a secret place They call my name unbidden And so I dance to your sweet song It frees me, brings me light My stumbling gait, my earthbound waltz  is transformed into flight...

Added 07 Dec 2015 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 416 | 5 Comments

Local Infuences

By mid-afternoon it was snowing, one of those early spring one-last-time sucker- punch squalls, and as the sun went down, and the streetlights came on the temperature rose a couple degrees and the snow began to mix with freezing rain. This would have been around the rush hour. There were only five people in the Tip Top, two of them playing pool and requiring quarters, but the rest just...

Added 18 Oct 2015 | Category Drama | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 401 | 3 Comments


The Christmas tree was up by the first weekend in December and fully decorated by Sunday night, just before prime-time TV, but all feelings of accomplishment faded when Renfield the cat jumped headlong from the entertainment center onto the top of the tree and rode it down like Slim Pickens riding the A-bomb in Dr. Strangelove, a movie Bob loved enough to have viewed multiple times (Karen...

Added 21 Jul 2015 | Category Drama | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.8 | Views 601 | 5 Comments

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