After having finished reading PS I Love You, I needed to read something light-hearted and comic. Just A Geek, by Wil Wheaton is proving to be a great transition book from the heavy-hearted to the more simplistic.
I met Wil at a comic book convention in San Jose about a month ago, when he gifted me his newest book The Happiest Days of Our Lives. I also found out that he had penned a handful of books and comic books and had more writing projects in the work. Just A Geek, similar to his other works, is a collection of entries from his blog. What sets this apart, is that Just A Geek takes us through Wil’s journey post-Star Trek. Based on his interactions with the rest of the cast, to haggling speaking fees with convention ceo’s, Wil’s humor, and insecurities about his career, and his own self-esteem leaves no doubt why he is so popular in the world of blogging today.
As a former child-star, Wil was stuck in that certain spot where you’re too famous to do commercials, but not famous enough to be called on to do any acting projects. One of his biggest regrets is having left Star Trek TNG too early in his career, thus severing ties with his acting career in the future.
While reading this book, and although it is heavily slanted towards his constant emotional battle with all things Star Trek, it is still a struggle that most actors have to deal with at one time or another. Wil has a very unique and witty sense of humor, that shines in his blog. You can follow him from the beginning of his blog and witness him mature and realize that his real calling is in writing, not in acting.
The book is broken up in 4 Acts, with cleverly named chapter titles, usually taken from past blog entries. There is even a forward by Neil Gaiman, which was another draw to this book for me, personally. At the end, there is a FAQ section compiled by Wil, as well as excerpts from online interviews.
From the writer Gordie LeChance from Lean On Me, to Wesley Crusher, and now to Wil Wheaton: blogger/writer, he has traveled far just to wind up back where he started.