Cornfield Meet

Things collide here.

Oh, Happy Day(s)

Just read Wil Wheaton’s "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" and typed up a review at Field’s Edge. (Good stuff. Also ordered and read his first book, "Dancing Barefoot.")

That was the last thing I wrote last night (this update’s actually Nov. 27), and I went to bed and after a few minutes lying there, I thought, "Dude," (you can tell I’m upset when I call myself "dude,") "that was some weak, cop-out bullshit." I’d been working on that Field’s Edge stuff for awhile,  I was ready to crash, and the blog post here was last-minute. Still, the whole "what I’d really wanted to write was…" wouldn’t shut up in my head, and even though I’d already shut my computer down, I got up anyway, went to the trusty, instant-on WP-2 that I keep on hand, as Foghorn Leghorn would say, for just such an em-UH-gency, and banged out some notes that went something like this:

Wheaton’s writing is awesome and it scares me how much I like this because it feels so damn real and close. I love that he writes about Lando Calrissian action figures and video games and Dungeons & Dragons, even though I never reached the role-playing levels of geekdom I wanted to because I grew up in a small town and there was really just me and my friend Mike playing, and neither of us ever really wanted to run the games, so we really faked our way through the adventures.

So there’s that. But there’s also all these other things beyond the nostalgia – how, as a parent, I marvel at how he embraced the raising of two teenagers even though he’s two years younger than I am, and how, as a writer, I admire the persistence with which he’s pursued the craft and the skill he’s developed, and how, as just another former kid who grew up in the 1980s all the way across the country, I can read his stuff and feel like he was growing up in one of those houses just down the street.

There. I feel better. Thanks, Wil.



November 26, 2007 - Posted by | 1980s, Books, geek, Weblogs

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