Hello! I was born in Tucson, Arizona, and I have lived in Seattle for most of my life. I love the mountains. I write science fiction and poetry, and I am thrilled to be blogging flash fiction and my own reflections; you can see more of my blog at https://tjbarkerseattle.wordpress.com/. I have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont and my fiction has appeared in Shaking the Tree (an anthology of Not One of Us), and in Keen Science Fiction, and in The Pitkin Review. I have three children and two cats, all of whom live imaginative and independent lives, to my great delight. I am also a mathematician with a Ph.D. in Engineering, and I am learning to play jazz piano.