Hi there. My name's Tim. I'm intensely curious, in both senses of the word: I have a lot of questions, and they say I'm a little on the weird side. In my various pursuits, I aim to inspire myself and others to appreciate the wonder of the world.
I'm working on my PhD, and one day I will be a Slow Professor. I also write novels and run ultramarathons. Sometimes I write novels about or while running, and sometimes I do research while and about running. Sometimes I do other things, like paint and travel, though lately I've been learning classical guitar more than anything.
Check out some of my most recent activities below. If you'd like to get in touch, don't hesitate to do so. You should also join my fiction fan club if you want to receive periodic updates about my non-academic writing.
I'm 27 years old. But that number isn't very useful. In some ways I've always felt like a little old man, and in some ways I still feel like I'm eight-and-three-quarters.
I recently read the book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger, and I recommend it. On the surface it focuses on the veteran experience, but more deeply the book examines what it means to be alive today. The book plumbs the origin of many of modern society's ills and presents a way forward.
Location: I've lived in Philadelphia since September 2014. I like it here. It's very walkable, there's some green space, and there's a supportive running scene. But I'm not, constitutionally, a city person.
Research: I study how people build understanding through working with information. I started my PhD program in Fall 2014, and I'm currently working on my dissertation proposal. I am going to look at how artists learn through the process of creating a self-portrait. I plan to graduate in summer 2018.
Running: I started running in 2010 and running ultramarathons in 2014. Now I'm on a 100 Mile kick. It's a really challenging distance to run. My most recent race was Javelina Jundred in October in Arizona, but I didn't finish (heat exhaustion!). Now I'm looking forward to returning to Lake Martin 100 in March in Alabama.
Fiction: In mid-2015 I finished my sixth novel, The Eternal Parade. It is now available on Amazon. I am currently working on a new novel under the working title The Observer. It's about modern life in the city.
Guitar: I've monkeyed around on the guitar since about eighth grade, but I didn't practice with gusto until I started my PhD program. (Correlation?) I recently discovered a love for classical guitar, and now I'm working through the online lessons on Classical Guitar Corner.