I am currently a PhD candidate in Geochemistry at Caltech. Prior to living in Pasadena, I was a student at Indiana University (where I’m from). I worked various odd jobs to avoid student loans while trying to keep my grades up. It seems to have worked out so far.
Prior to grad school, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail:
108 Days, 2192 Miles, May-August 2015
Trail name “Icarus”
I’ve been painting for a few years now. I’m not very good at it but that’s not really the point.
I’m better at graphic/poster design. See (Almost) All the Rocks above.
I have written a couple thousand pages of short fiction (mostly short stories and novellas). I mostly write for myself and have no interest in publishing.
Anton Chekhov is my favorite author of short fiction.