marzka is pronounced /ˈmaʂka/ (ipa) ─ that’s like “mashka” if ipa is nonsense to you.

it’s a diminutive (basically, cute) form of my proper name which is itself, for me at least, derived from marzanna, a polish deity.

marzanna, polish goddess of rebirth, as imagined by midjourney ai

marzanna is associated with death and rebirth, especially the cyclical rebirth of winter into spring. she’s also associated with dreams.