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by Sarah Timms (subscribe)
Living Melbourne on a Budget
Published June 11th 2014
A Wil Wheaton Look on Life
While Wil Wheaton may be coming back into the public eye, first through Big Bang Theory, then through Tabletop, and now finally with the Wil Wheaton Project, in 2004 Wil Wheaton was struggling to come to terms with the fact that he'd left Star Trek (The Next Generation) a decade earlier. The book, Just A Geek, published in 2004, is a collection of blog articles written by him in the years leading up to 2004 - and then commentary on each blog article, expressing how he'd changed as the years went by.

The book explores his reasons for leaving Star Trek, his desire to remain an actor, and a realization that writing, not acting, was to become his future. While the stories are often about quite ordinary things - there are stories about struggling to make ends meet financially, juggling family and work, and the realisation that childhood dreams do not always come true. He writes in such away that makes these mundane subjects seem quite fun. Along side the "boring" topics are stories about being a child star, and stories about re-uniting with fellow Star Trek stars at reunions.

Throughout all the blog entries, perhaps the biggest and best reoccurring bit is the way that he writes his interior monologues. He writes as if the different "voices" in his head are real people, not in a way that makes him seem crazy, but in a way that makes him seem ever so easy to relate to.

While in the decade since the book was written Wil Wheaton has made somewhat of a return not just to the public eye but also to the screen, Just A Geek provides a very enjoyable bit of insight into a big chapter of Wheaton's life
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