Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Jun 22, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Wil Wheaton has never been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture "Stand By Me", and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, purpose, and a viable means of paying the bills. In the oddest of places, Topeka, Kansas, Wil discovered that despite his claims to fame, he was at heart Just a Geek.

In this bestselling book, Wil shares his deeply personal and difficult journey to find himself. You'll understand the rigors, and joys, of Wil's rediscovering of himself, as he comes to terms with what it means to be famous, or, ironically, famous for once having been famous. Writing with honesty and disarming humanity, Wil touches on the frustrations associated with his acting career, his inability to distance himself from Ensign Crusher in the public's eyes, the launch of his incredibly successful web site, wilwheaton.net, and the joy he's found in writing. Through all of this, Wil shares the ups and downs he encountered along the journey, along with the support and love he discovered from his friends and family.

The stories in Just a Geek include:

  • Wil's plunge from teen star to struggling actor
  • Discovering the joys of HTML, blogging, Linux, and web design
  • The struggle between Wesley Crusher, Starfleet ensign, and Wil Wheaton, author and blogger
  • Gut-wrenching reactions to the 9-11 disaster
  • Moving tales of Wil's relationships with his wife, step-children, and extended family
  • The transition from a B-list actor to an A-list author

Wil Wheaton--celebrity, blogger, and geek--writes for the geek in all of us. Engaging, witty, and pleasantly self-deprecating, Just a Geek will surprise you and make you laugh.

 

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User Review  - nivek1385 - LibraryThing

I think that this was more a failure to meet expectations than anything else. I wasn't expecting this to mostly be excerpts from WWdN. As a long time on and off reader of WWdN, it was nice to see how ... Read full review

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User Review  - ajohnson2371 - LibraryThing

Great book to listen to, especially with Wil's own personality behind the reading. Read full review

Contents

Wheres My Burrito?
3
WIL WHEATON dot NET
26
SpongeBobVega Pants
41
The World Has Turned
67
Stop Me if You Think That Youve Heard This One Before
71
Last Place You Look
79
Balance
85
A Sort of Homecoming
93
Youre Gonna Be a Great Writer Someday Gordie
156
The Wesley Dialogues
175
All Good Things
185
Electric Boogaloo
223
The WWdN FAQ
225
Selected Interviews
237
Acknowledgments
263
Further Reading
267

Aprils Fool
132
Alone Again or
137
Colophon
269
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