If you visited The Slasher Chick blog in the last day or so, you probably thought you typed in the wrong URL or clicked a bad link because you landed on a website for some person named Mika Doyle. Rest assured — you did arrive at your intended destination. For those of you who don’t know me, The Slasher Chick and Mika (pronounced Meeka) are one in the same.
I won’t bore you with the story behind the genesis of The Slasher Chick as I’m sure it’s really only interesting to those who lived it with me (and even that’s questionable). I think the only explanation you really need is that The Slasher Chick blog was my journey back to finding my writer-self, someone who had become lost in the tumult of entering the adult world. She was my shield as I fumbled through finding the real me through the fog of business suits and padfolio’s and networking events that made me lose sight of who I really was. I was very fearful of taking the steps back into a writing life for a variety of reasons, but I think Stephen King explains it best in his book “On Writing“:
“Your stuff starts out being just for you … but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right — as right as you can, anyway — it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.”
Being a writer means you have to be willing to make yourself vulnerable to the outside world. I wasn’t ready for that, but a knife-wielding scream queen was. Writing as The Slasher Chick for the last year has been quite the journey, but it became clear to me over the last few weeks that it’s time for her to step aside to make room for me.
But more importantly, what do you need to know as a reader of The Slasher Chick blog? Firstly, none of the content you have come to expect is going away. I’m still going to write my quirky posts about dating/relationships (especially online dating), sex and sexuality, love and marriage, and, yes horror-related stuff. However, you’re going to see more from me as I grow as a writer, including more pieces on gender roles and issues. I also plan to rediscover my roots as a fiction writer and poet.
In other words, The Slasher Chick blog will now be my personal website, where I will showcase all of my writing and quirkiness.
For those of you who have stuck with me through it all, I want to thank you. I truly appreciate all of your support, and I hope you continue to stick with me through all of these growing pains.
Love, no weddings, but a possibly funeral,
P.S. I have created a small homage to The Slasher Chick somewhere on my site. It’s pretty easy to spot, and I think she’d really like it. I know I smile every time I look at it.