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 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'm 26 years old and still wondering when I will reach adulthood.

Location: I've lived in Philadelphia since September 2014. I mostly love it here.

Grad Points: I recently created Grad Points, a service to provide strategies and tactics to graduate students in preparation for a storied career.

Grad Points - Smart Guides for Successful Grad Students

Research: I study how people experience 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. 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.


Dumpster Diving, an epistolary, academic short story


ScratchTap, a blog about written language