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Just a Geek
Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise | Wil Wheaton
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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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Sara_Planz
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Sunrise reading in Sedona, AZ

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Sara_Planz
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Wil Wheaton just announced an updated version of this book coming out next year, and of course I had to do a little digging, but I still have a well loved copy of the original.

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Bookwomble
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My life is, by every objective measurement, very very good. And in spite of all of that, I struggle every day with my self esteem, my self worth, and my value not only as an actor and writer, but as a human being. That‘s because I live with Depression and Anxiety, the tag team champions of the World Wrestling With Mental Illness Federation. So. My name is Wil Wheaton, and I have Chronic Depression.
#mentalhealthweek

Aimeesue I ❤️ Wil Wheaton. If everyone followed Wheaton's Law, the world would be a much nicer place. 4y
Bookwomble @Aimeesue I'd not heard of Wheaton's Law before. I like it ? - a very sensible, but apparently difficult, precept to follow. It puts me in mind of Henry James: "Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." 4y
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saresmoore Wow, that article is excellent! Thank you for sharing. 😊 I have written about my experience with panic disorder/phobias/chronic depression before and I know how stupidly difficult it is. Good on Wil for sharing so eloquently & honestly! 4y
Bookwomble @saresmoore Yes, it's a fantastic article and a message well worth sharing so that people understand they're not alone with these feelings. I hope your own experience is at least s little easier these days ❤ 4y
saresmoore It gets a little easier all the time, thank you! I found that when I started sharing, especially among frazzled new mothers, I opened up a dialogue about something very taboo. I may as well have started discussing politics, religion, and annual income at my cousin‘s wedding. 4y
Bookwomble @saresmoore How powerful sharing and empathy can be. 4y
Aimeesue @Bookwomble Wil Wheaton: Henry James for the millennial set! More kindness is always welcome, whether via literature or meme. ❤️ (edited) 4y
Aimeesue @saresmoore I think (hope) that‘s changing, and we‘re talking about it more. I think people are becoming more open about those issues, which is helpful, if only because you know you‘re not alone. ❤️ 4y
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MarriedtoMrT
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“Only one? Are you feeling ok? I‘m here if you need to talk.” 😂

I really enjoy following Wil on social media.

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julesG
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@ScorpioBookDreams started this game. Here are my books.

J - Just a Geek
U - The Undomestic Goddess
L - Life Below Stairs
I - The Immortal Heights
A - The Alienist

RadicalReader @julesG every time I see Will Wheaton I cannot help but think of Big Bang Theory 5y
julesG @RadicalReader To me he'll always be Ensign Crusher. 5y
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I really enjoyed watching Wil‘s writing evolve and mature, along with his self assurance. I love Star Trek, and while I grew up watching the original on VHS with my dad, The Next Generation was my generation, and I did miss Wil when he left.

This is about more than just Trek though- it‘s a look into Wil‘s insecurities and family life, and how he‘s grown as a person.

ApoptyGina69 Wil is great. I‘ve been reading his blog for 10 years. ❤️ (edited) 5y
Hooked_on_books I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! I feel like he‘s someone I‘d love to have as a friend and just hang out with. 5y
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books yes me too. I like that he admits how insecure and unsure he can be, and sees his mistakes. I appreciate his flaws. I‘d love to have a game night with him and a pack of geeky friends 😊 5y
Soubhiville @ApoptyGina69 I‘ve never been able to get into reading blogs. Same with podcasts. Reading this does make me consider trying again though. 5y
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Soubhiville
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I have an unusual weekday off, and I‘m starting it with some avocado toast, green tea, and Wil Wheaton. Not bad at all 😉

Laura317 It's a good day to stay home and read! Enjoy your day off. 5y
MommyOfTwo Wil is always funny when he makes his appearances on The Big Bang Theory! (edited) 5y
Eggs Yummy breakfast 5y
ApoptyGina69 Love Wil!! 5y
Gezemice That is perfect! ❤ 5y
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Soubhiville
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I got your package today @Hooked_on_books and I squealed out loud when I saw Wil Wheaton‘s book inside! Thank you so much! I was raised a Trekkie, and therefore I have grown into a fantasy and sci-fi geek (heavier on fantasy), and I really like WW. I love most recently his narration on many audiobooks. I‘m excited to read this, but I‘m going to try to wait until I‘ve read the Owl Post... we‘ll see 😜.

Hooked_on_books I‘m so glad you‘re excited—you‘re welcome! I grew up watching The Next Generation. It‘s one of the few shows my dad would watch with us, which was fun. I hope you enjoy the book—I enjoyed spending time with him while I read it. 5y
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As I person with a high degree of job security, I can‘t imagine the life of an actor and the lack of stability that comes along with it. Wil captures that well here. He comes across as down to earth and tending toward depression but a regular guy, though he gets a bit redundant in places. Much of this is from his long-standing blog, wilwheaton.net.

JoeStalksBeck His narration in Joe Hills book Strange Weather is absolutely amazing. His best work as a narrator 5y
Soubhiville Thanks for that heads up @JoeStalksBeck ! I haven‘t read that one and I love WW as a narrator! 5y
JoeStalksBeck Oh you need to hear Snapshot! He owns it 5y
Hooked_on_books @JoeStalksBeck I didn‘t know he did narration, but it doesn‘t surprise me. I can see why he‘d be good. 5y
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Just a Geek and Need Do Well.

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RealBooks4ever
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Will Wheaton has had an #Awkward journey finding his identity. Hey, he's a real person! 😺 #FallIntoBooks

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julesG
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#StartsWithJ #SplashIntoSummerReads @Tiffy_Reads

A very honest book about Wil Wheaton's life after Star Trek, his struggles with finances and finding his way back into entertainment.

Emiller Love him! Will definitely have to read this 5y
Jess_Read_This Interesting read! I follow him on IG and love his morning bed head posts lol 5y
julesG @Jess_Read_This Oh, I need to check his IG, I'm only stalking romance writers so far. 😀 5y
UwannaPublishme Gotta read this one! 😊🖖🏻 5y
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Jules ~ If you‘re a fan of Wil Wheaton (or just Stewie‘s vocalization from Family Guy), pick this book up. You can find much of it on his website. 3.5⭐️
https://bookishdevices.com/2017/01/25/just-a-geek-wheaton/

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I've always liked him as an actor, but when I listened to him read 'Ready Player One' for Audible, I was very impressed. I wanted to know more about him. He doesn't disappoint.

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