I have 201 stories published in
21 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 157674 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
269 of my 2,026 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 274 votes
Apart from studies in the natural sciences I am interested in languages and literature in general as well as religion. Lately I have been writing more popular general interest essays and also trying for a bit of balance with mathematics and while keeping things understandable for most people.
I am South-African born and bred. At high school I excelled in science and mathematics competitions and completed two years of mechanical engineering with very good results. That didn't work out due to ill health. I have had permanent teaching positions at Unisa and at Wits.
Graduating with an MSc under WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997) and a PhD under N Sauer (Pretoria 2006) formal interests would be in abstract analysis: Markov operators and stochastic processes; vector valued Laplace transforms applied to semigroups and families of evolution equations (empathies). It has now been quite a while since I was academically active I don't have much published. The way things have developed was beyond my control and I am very isolated.
Favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London, Shakespeare and poets William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like adventure, science fiction and fantasy movies my all time greatest are the Narnia stories and the Lord of the Rings.
The meal best enjoyed is a breakfast of bacon eggs on toast fried chips with fresh orange juice, and for supper an ox-tail stew. I like eating out romantic. For recreation nature hikes, camping and fishing, listening to good music and reading, classics mostly, and good movies. I love dogs my best one was a Maltese poodle Freddy. I love rain and lightning thunderstorms and rainbows. As well as writing and publishing here on Abctales.
God is in the details. God is in the timing.
269 of my comments have received 274 Great Feedback votes
I got lost twice since a long time
Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2022
I got lost twice since a long time it was terribly scary. The one time was in bush sea bushes at the sea God spared me nothing else. The first one I can remember was in primary school. Another was weird tunnels behind across the walkway of a...Read full comment
Posted in Lost and Found
Sorry Di I honestly did not mean
Posted on Sun, 06 Feb 2022
Sorry Di I honestly did not mean to criticise your work at all and I don't recall that I ever have. It is a great poem. But please keep in mind any good teacher knows one often learns more from your mistakes and by the way I'm also out of a job....Read full comment
Posted in February Rainbow
Posted on Tue, 14 Sep 2021
Yes. Beautiful ending, man's best friend. Heartbreaking sometimes we feel a duty for mourning. And indeed, it is much more noble to live for someone than to die for someone, sometimes living takes great courage.
Keep well Paul! TomRead full comment
Posted in With or Without You
No doubt inspired
Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020
No doubt inspired by Jules Verne's classic scifi novel 20,000 leagues under the sea. Also makes one think of Jacques C. and the research ship the Calypso.
Good work, original too! We are in, looking out, man and fish roles reversed! Who's...Read full comment
Posted in Here Be Dragons