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.
I'm 26 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.
Location: I've lived in Philadelphia since September 2014. I like it here. It's very walkable, there's some green space, and people are generally nice. But I'm not, constitutionally, a city person.
Grad Points: I recently created Grad Points, a service to provide strategies and tactics to graduate students in preparation for a storied career.
Research: I study how people build understanding. 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. The next 100 on my schedule is the Javelina Jundred in Arizona and October. I'm thinking about signing up for a six-day race after that...
Fiction: In mid-2015 I finished my sixth novel, The Eternal Parade, but so far haven't found an agent to help me pitch it to publishers. I recently self-published it on Kindle. 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 recently discovered a love for classical guitar, and now I'm working through the online lessons on Classical Guitar Corner.
Life: Since I moved to Philadelphia for my PhD, I've been mostly neglecting my social life. Working on this has been one of my focuses for 2016. Progress TBA.