Tim Gorichanaz

I Wonder.

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 people (myself included) to wake up to every moment.

I'm a PhD student. I also write novels and run ultramarathons. Sometimes I do other things, like paint and travel.

Check out some of my most recent activities below. If you'd like to get in touch, don't hesitate to do so.


I recently turned 26. Simultaneously I feel, on one hand, that time is slipping away, and on the other, that I'm still a little kid.

Location: I've lived in Philadelphia since September 2014. I mostly love it here. I recently applied for a Fulbright, so 2016 may bring me to Europe. I expect to find out in the next few months.

Research: I study how humans relate to information. I started my PhD program in Fall 2014. I'll be finished with coursework in March 2016. The next step will be presenting a review of the research in my area of interest. After that, I will propose and then conduct my main dissertation study. I plan to graduate in mid-2018.

Running: I'm running my third 100 Mile in Zion National Park in April 2016. I'm also orchestrating a 50-mile fun run in Philadelphia in March, and I have a little coaching practice for aspiring ultrarunners.

Fiction: In mid-2014 I finished my sixth novel, The Eternal Parade, but so far haven't found an agent to help me pitch it to publishers. I will probably self-publish it sometime in 2016. I am currently working on a new novel under the working title The Observer.

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've been doing video lessons on Jamorama, but may invest in in-person lessons in 2016.

Languages: I'm currently studying Japanese writing. Japanese has three different systems that work in concert; the most complex uses characters from Chinese, which is what takes the most time to learn. I've been studying this on Wanikani for about two years. In 2016 I will be spending time learning Basque and Welsh as well, with a focus on everyday conversation.

Life: Since I moved to Philadelphia for my PhD, I've been mostly neglecting my social life. Working on this is one of my focuses for 2016.


Dumpster Diving, an epistolary, academic short story


ScratchTap, a blog about written language