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Howdy!


My name is Ty Barbary. I’m a genderqueer creative with no sense of moderation when it comes to the things I love to do: I’m a sci-fantasy writer, synesthic artist, enthusiastic worldbuilder, and amateur songwriter. I also do a little web design and brand-driven marketing on the side, but who’s counting?

I love languages, science, the natural world, diversity, ancient Egyptian mythology, symbolism, and interesting fictional critters. I live in northern Texas with my partner Jerynn and a whole houseful of animals and instruments and books.

writing

I am a prolific non-human-centric writer (700+ pieces of fiction from 2000-2009; I kinda stopped counting after that) who greatly enjoys turning tropes on their heads. I’ve participated in National Novel-Writing Month since 2003 and reached the 50,000 word goal every year save one, and I’ve also thrown in with Camp NaNoWriMo and StoryADay more than once.

I’ve got select stories available for your (free!) reading pleasure, as well as some short fiction released for Kindle.

Current projects: Black Blood, an epic hero’s-quest novel starring an alien race; Everything to Lose, a scifi on-world adventure novel, and The Last Devil, a high fantasy military novel.

worldbuilding

I explore alien and fantasy worlds and study their denizens with rapt attention to detail. To date, I’ve encountered over 300 intelligent species, over 100 different worlds, and over a dozen languages.

You can learn one of those languages, Uhjayi, with me, or check out some easier cyphers. I keep two wikis, one for my magicpunk universe, Gurhai, and the other for my scifi universe that contains Lavana.

music

Music is my lifeblood, my oxygen, my sunlight. I write songs. I sing. I drum. I have a classical guitar (Acacia) and an electric bass (Kitten), both of whom are teaching me their songs.

I’m one-third of Catfolk, along with my partner and my sister. Together, we make acoustic pagany music and digital instrumental tunes. I have plenty of songs in the works and participate in FAWM every February.

meet the household critters

Orion
Orion, female shih tzu,
adopted January 2001.

Kitsune
Kitsune, female tabbycat,
adopted December 2005.

Mary
Mary, female grandma-cat, adopted 2006
(she was already ten).

Terror
Terror, male marmie-tabby, adopted 2003 (by Jerynn).

Deathcat
Deathcat (Bitty), female fuzzball,
inadvertently adopted in 2010.

B.B.
B.B. (Black Betty), female border collie/
basset hound mix, adopted 2012.

Aspen
Aspen, male super pastel ball python, adopted (hatchling) July 2014.

Hazel
Hazel, female butter pinstripe ball python, adopted (hatchling) September 2014.

Tangle
Tangle, female hypo Brooks kingsnake, adopted (adult) December 2014.