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 write novels about or while running, and sometimes I do research while and about running. 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.
Research: I study how humans relate to information. I started my PhD program in Fall 2014. I finished my coursework in March 2016, and in early May I'll be presenting a review of the research in my area of interest as part of advancing to PhD candidacy. 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 also orchestrated 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.
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.