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 people experience information. I started my PhD program in Fall 2014. I finished my coursework in March 2016, and in early May I passed my doctoral candidacy exam. I plan to present my dissertation proposal sometime in winter 2016–2017. I plan to graduate in summer 2018.
Running: I'm on a 100 Mile kick. It's a really challenging distance to run. I'd like to do another this summer, but right now 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.
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.