Mary Farnstrom

is creating speculative fiction, digital art, podcasts, and videos

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About

I am—it’s me. My name is Mary Farnstrom, my terrible joke is that I’m a little unhinged, but the truth is most Alaskans are. I’m not a life-long Alaskan, but I do plan to spend the rest of my life here, braving the unsympathetic colds of winter and the vile predacious mosquitos of the summer. So to be clear, I am part...

[Aʟᴀsᴋᴀɴ]

The spirit of freedom that Alaska bestows upon those of us who live here is enough to make it all worthwhile, but as I said before I haven’t always lived here. I was born and raised in California, but that never gave me much room for the exposure to nature and adventure that I craved in my life. Moving to Alaska afforded me that and so much more; I feel so lucky to live here that I almost feel obligated to share those experiences with the world.

Not everyone in my life was thrilled to see me move here though; there was a lot of pushback and a lot of people who told me that I “couldn’t do it.” My best advice when someone tells you that you can’t do something that you’ve always dreamt of? Prove the bastards wrong.

I honestly don’t know where I will end up, but that’s part of the adventure that is my life.

[Aᴜᴛʜᴏʀ]

I spend much of my time writing or thinking about writing (mostly the latter). 
I write fiction—paranormal, supernatural, and cosmic horror, contemporary fiction, and science fiction. Short stories, long stories, novellas, novels--and sometimes some really terrible poetry.

I write non-fiction or rather factual articles about subjects that many are skeptical whether they are true or not—I’m a skeptic, so essentially I try to make it my job to come across as unbiased as possible.

[Eᴅɪᴛᴏʀ & Pʀᴏᴏꜰʀᴇᴀᴅᴇʀ]

I edit and proofread. A lot. That doesn’t mean I’ve got a perfect handle on the English language, nor does it mean that I’m stuck up about spelling and grammar. I’m human and I make mistakes, but I mostly try to help people make their writing sound more soulful and sound more like the person that I know them to be.

[Aʀᴛɪsᴛ]

I’ve dabbled in pretty much every type of artwork that there is (except pottery, but I’ve always wanted to try my hand at it). I can sketch, I can ink, I can kind of do watercolor, but I mainly do that for fun. What I excel at, more than anything else is digital art.

I do commission work for the most part because my jobs as a writer and editor don’t leave me much time to work on my own creative projects. Occasionally, when I feel like procrastinating on something that isn’t within a frighteningly close deadline, I’ll spend a day creating something new.

[Sᴇɪðᴋᴏɴᴀ, Vöʟᴠᴀ, & Hᴏᴏᴅᴏᴏ Pʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴛɪᴏɴᴇʀ]

Last, but not least, I am a seiðrkona, völva, and hoodoo practitioner—if any of that confuses you, you can consider it a mishmash of religious magical practices that are derived from different regions. In other words, you may consider me a witch, although it’s not an entirely accurate description.

Sᴇɪðᴋᴏɴᴀ


In Old Norse seiðr was a type of magic practiced within Norse Society during the Late Scandinavian Iron Age. It is believed that this form of magic relates both to the telling and shaping of the future—they were essentially Norse Shamans. Heavily connected to the Norse religions, it faded away following the Christianization of Scandinavia.

Although practitioners of seiðr were historically both male and female, they were more often than not female, as the practice of magic by men was thought to be a social taboo (it was considered unmanly, in a society where men farmed and explored).

Vöʟᴠᴀ

In Germanic religion and mythology, a völva is a seeress—a woman said to have the ability to foretell future occurrences. Typically held in high regard within society during the ancient times when Paganism was a much more prevalent religious lifestyle. This is one of the reasons I offer spiritual readings on this page—it is one part of my entire business model.

Hᴏᴏᴅᴏᴏ ᴀɴᴅ Fᴏʟᴋ Mᴀɢɪᴄ

While I don’t have the cultural background to be a proper hoodoo, I have a special affinity for the folk magic that blossomed from a culture of people who were kidnapped, tortured, and repressed (read: slaves). The ancestors that cultivated this type of magic would be proud to see that their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren continue to fight for equal treatment in a country they were brought to against their will—it’s regrettable that inequality is still such an enormous issue to this day.
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