I may have met Felicia Day once. It would have been in the buffet line at Pittypat’s Porch in Downtown Atlanta while in town for DragonCon a few years back. Even though I wasn’t quite that familiar with her at the time, red heads (like my mom and to some degree – myself) stick out to me. Plus, my table mates might have mentioned something about it when I returned back to my table. The details are fuzzy now and I can’t even remember if I said something to her to not (if so… it would have been about the food). Either way, I wrote it down in my travel notebook as my first encounter with a convention guest at DragonCon. Who knows. It could have been someone else entirely.
Besides her stint on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and on ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’, I haven’t watched anything else that Felicia has done. I like her though and don’t know why it took me so long to pick up a copy of her memoir – “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)”. Okay, since her book was actually published this past August and she’s still on-tour for it doesn’t actually qualify as a long time – but anyway!
“You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)” details Felicia’s life from being an awkward home schooled student in the deep south to being a somewhat awkward adult on the path to Internet stardom. Felicia writes how I think and write. A little bit out there but easy to relate to. I loved this book and even more so, I loved reading how she evolved during the years and how she struggled to conquer her inner demons. I’m not a gamer but I had lots of friends who played EverQuest and World of Warcraft (and I may have dabbled a bit in EQ and Second Life… and Active World ages ago). Even so, I didn’t feel like I was left out or missing any part of her story. The overall message of Felicia’s novel seems to be embrace yourself and enjoy your eccentricities but don’t let the negative parts rule your life. More importantly, don’t be afraid to fail and don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it.
I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone. I think we could all pull a lesson or two away from it.
Now maybe I can convince my boyfriend to let me bogart the Wii-mote for a while to watch ‘The Guild’ (Edit: In the time it took me to finish reading her book, I binge watched all 6 seasons of ‘The Guild’ and quite enjoyed it).
Currently Reading: “Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise” by Wil Wheaton –>It just felt like a natural segue.