About Paul Toth

Written By: Paul Toth

Paul Toth grew up in Delta Junction, Alaska, commonly known as the Frost-Encrusted Bellybutton of the North, a nom de guerre owed to its strategic positioning smack dab in the middle of nowhere. Some of his earliest memories involve looking up at a row of shaggy, bobbing bison buttocks while bouncing along in a low-slung car being gunned over trackless frozen ground. His father repeatedly tried to chase herds of these shaggy interlopers out of his brome fields by zooming around in an aged station wagon (son in tow) and honking a lot. Bisons, as it happens, are easily frightened, but not bright enough to actually remember being frightened, so keeping them out of one’s yard requires dogged persistence.

Thus, Paul learned two profound life lessons at a tender age: (1) Persistence is important, and (2)The smell of buffalo ass is a good bit less charming than one might expect.

After completing a BS in CS at Purdue (a statement that works nicely as a gangsta’ rap lyric – really, try saying it out loud, with heavy emphasis on the ‘B’ and ‘C’) Paul worked at a series of tech firms in the San Francisco Bay area. Things went swimmingly until the tech bust, during which Paul went from working at a glamorous start-up based in a posh SOHO loft, to a glamorous start-up operating out of an ill-lit, rat infested warehouse in China Basin. Okay, “glamorous” might be stretching things a bit, but the important thing is, he carried on, doing his thing. Being persistent.

A few years later, in anticipation of the impending housing bust, Paul cashed out of the CA real estate market, moved to Boise, and used the resulting capital to start his own company, Cretaceous Software.  He won a prestigious regional innovation award for one of his inventions – the world’s first service-oriented computer programming language – and then discovered the joys of operating a fledgling software shop during a full-on transnational economic train wreck. This, like smelling buffalo ass, is an even less enticing experience than you’ve been led to believe.

Paul has registered a dozen or so patents, but this blog is all about his writing ambitions, so we won’t get into that. If you’re interested, you can connect with him on LinkedIn.

After decades of futzing around with writing, Paul got serious about it, and has written three novels. He’s working on landing an agent, based on the work in his most recent book, The Turquoise Sphere. One of his short stories, The Notes, has been accepted for publication in 5Stories, a Cresco Books publication.

Paul lives in an ugly but extraordinarily large house in Boise, with his mate, assorted offspring, and a pair of dogs he refers to as “Thing One” and “Thing Two”. The mutts play it cool, but he knows they’re plotting his downfall. “Man’s best friend.” Yeah, right.