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March 10, 2004

cobwebs fall on an old skipping record

Yesterday, I taped another Best Week Ever, which will air this Friday. I had a wonderful time. I made myself laugh, and I made everyone else at the taping laugh. I really hope that I get to be a more regular part of that show, because it's so much fun.

But check out This totally cool thing that happened in the parking garage when I was waiting for the elevator:

I gave my ID to the security guard and told him I was going to tape Best Week Ever. While he signed me in, the elevator doors opened, and a really cute girl walked out. (I only mention that she was really cute because . . . let's face it, I'm a guy, and guys notice these things.)

She looked right at me and said, "I love your website." She said it simply, and matter-of-factly,

I felt like I'd just won a million dollars, man. I didn't even know what to say, so I just said, "Thank you so much!"

She walked past me and the security guard, and disappeared into the garage.

I felt like I was in this bubble of joy, where the rest of the world didn't exist. She didn't say that she liked this movie I did twenty years ago, or this TV show that I did fifteen years ago. She didn't even say "You know, I don't think Python sucked that bad . . ." She said that she loved my website, this thing that I'm doing now. Like I mentioned last week, I haven't done much in the acting world over the last few years that I'm proud of . . . but I'm very proud of my website.

Is it okay to say that? I don't want to come off as a dick, and I'm keenly aware of the Pride coming before the Fall . . . but I really do like what I've been able to do here.

My whole life I wanted to write, but I never did because I thought I was supposed to be an actor. But every morning, I get up, drink way too much coffee, and spend the next three or four hours doing what I love: I work on Just A Geek, or I write something for my website, or something for ACME . . . most of the stuff I write I don't even publish. I just do it so I write every day . . . and it rules. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's utter crap, most of the time it's just sort of there . . . but it's mine, and when that girl said that she loved my website, I felt like I could own the joy her comments brought me, because what you read here is really me. I'm not playing a character, or trying to make a shitty script into something worth watching . . . I'm creating images and recreating scenes from my life, without a director or a producer or a studio getting between what I want to create and what the audience gets to see.

If I stare at this much longer, I'm going to lose my nerve and not publish it, so I'll just say: If I wasn't writing, I'd be a nervous wreck right now, waiting for feedback from that audition, and freaking out about why they aren't calling back . . . but I've got other stuff going on now.

A few days ago, I bought the 2004 Writer's Market, because I'm going to face my fears of rejection and see if some magazines or anthologies are interested in publishing some of my stories. I never would have even dreamed about doing that last year, but you guys who read this site have given me so much support and encouragement, and O'Reilly is so excited about Dancing Barefoot, it seems like the risk is justified. I don't want to get too excited about stuff that hasn't happened yet, but I'm happy right now.

I guess that's what this post is about: I'm really happy right now. It feels like some of the risks I've taken in the last few years are starting to pay off, and I wanted to share that with anyone who reads WWdN, because without you guys, none of this would be happening.

Posted by wil at March 10, 2004 10:29 AM
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Comments

That's SUPER, Wil!

I really like your website, too.

Thanks for putting yourself out there and taking those risks - the rest of us get to enjoy the benefits!

Posted by: Nikki at March 10, 2004 10:34 AM

Very, very cool.

Posted by: Jake at March 10, 2004 10:37 AM

Will

I think this web site is fantastic. And I share your thirst for writing. I have sent you a email, but Ill take a chance and put the same thing here incase you dont get to read my email (since you get so much) - but we are looking for someone to do writing for our network of sites (technical / developer related) - drop me a line!

Posted by: Jonathan Caputo at March 10, 2004 10:37 AM

Sweet I will have to tape that show on Friday!

Posted by: Jake of 8bitjoystick.com at March 10, 2004 10:37 AM

That's fantastic, Wil. What an amazing feeling that must have been!

For the record, I really like your website, too, and I keep telling people how awesome it is. And I'm glad that you appreciate our support, and that it makes you feel good, because by allowing us into your life this way, you make us feel good too.

Posted by: Carrie at March 10, 2004 10:39 AM

Writer's Market rocks! You may also want to take a look at "The Writer's Handbook" -- also published yearly, and with much of the same info, but somehow I prefer it. I think it's because the articles seem more useful and inspirational than the ones in the Digest.

Anyway, I digress when all I wanted to say was I'm so glad you bought a digest! I loved "Dancing Barefoot" and can't wait for JAG, and any steps toward more published stuff from you = more fun reading for me. Many thanks for that.

Best!

Posted by: Cheryl at March 10, 2004 10:40 AM

Long after this internet fad gives out...we'll always have writing. You are putting out some good stuff Wil. Your success seems to be coming full circle. Excellent! More folks are following you than you probably know as your most recent posting indicates. Here's to continued success and thanks for being a good role model to those older than you as well. :)

Posted by: Rob at March 10, 2004 10:40 AM

(Er ... sub "market" for "digest" above.)

/doh moment

Posted by: Cheryl at March 10, 2004 10:41 AM

first off - thats just plain awesome. you deserve it. whats really cool about it all is your reaction to it. its so much better to give a heart felt compliment to a person who actually appreciates it.

second - damn. this is my first time commenting. nice moat around the gate here darlin. i was not expecting all the info query. is my keyboard trackin my fingerprints too?

third - i have been reading now for a couple of weeks. someone directed me here when you wrote about the san fran marriages and political frou frou. i was hooked when i couldnt stop giggling, and felt the need to share that post with my mother as support to my argument on the matter.

Posted by: indigo at March 10, 2004 10:43 AM

By the way its

jonathan@develo[email protected]

Web site is

http://www.developershed.com

Posted by: Jonathan Caputo at March 10, 2004 10:43 AM

Seriously, you have a really cool site. I'm very impressed. I talk about it to the rest of the IT/IS department where I work. And when Dancing Barefoot comes out mainstream I want to get the site I write reviews for to let me review it. Because then maybe people will read it and come to your site and love the site.

Well done.

Posted by: Nicole K at March 10, 2004 10:44 AM

Life is a journey full of risks some pay off some don't. I think it is great that you are willing to take more risks, whether they pay off or not I have found that I always learn something to better myself. I do like your website mostly because it is fresh, and quite frankly it usually makes me laugh or at least brings a smile to my face when I need it the most! So no, THANK YOU!

Posted by: Marie A. at March 10, 2004 10:45 AM

How cool. :D Good to see you met someone with some taste on your way to the taping. Oh and I came here because I was curious, but I stayed because it was interesting. *wink*

*OtterHuggles*

Posted by: Stargazer at March 10, 2004 10:45 AM

That's really cool, Wil. :)

And she's right: your site really is cool. It's always fun to read your stuff.

Posted by: katcheya at March 10, 2004 10:47 AM

Finding happiness in what you do in ANYTHING is the pot of gold. If you have the love of someone special along the way, that's just all the more richer.

Posted by: sammy at March 10, 2004 10:47 AM

(chuckling about "while John Travolta dances with Nancy Allen")

Nice post. I find myself wondering if the "really cute girl" will post in the comments and admit who she is.

Posted by: imc130d at March 10, 2004 10:48 AM

as much as we want to see you on film or on tv, seeing you in print is just as good, if not better..
speaking on behalf of the loyal fanbase you've amassed, i can honestly say, ...
dude...you rock \m/

Posted by: tyson at March 10, 2004 10:49 AM

Wil, Wil, Wil. I love this site. I love that you're a writer. You give so many people so much just by giving a shit about them. I was in a car wreck on Monday and all the rescue people asked me was 'What does 'WWDN' stand for?' I gladly smiled up at them and said 'Wil Wheaton Dot Net.'
I'm a bonafide Monkey now.

Posted by: Abby at March 10, 2004 10:49 AM

We love your website too...we just don't run into you on elevators. It's awesome that everyone has a chance to self-publish these days, and it's awesome to be read. The fact that you write funny, relevant and engaging stuff doesn't hurt either. Never stop.

Posted by: Michael Doss at March 10, 2004 10:51 AM

oh yeah SURE! every week you get comments from people who LOVE your web site and tell you often to boot but when a random hottie from the 'vator tells you this IRL, it's "stop the presses!!!"

sheesh!

;) nah just taking the piss atta ya, luv! kidding!

seriously you've developed over the year a wonderful a kick-ass site that's permenantly bookmarked on my browsers! it's funny, it's sweet, it's subversive, it's heart-warming, it's übercool and very genuine and dude! it's you :)

thank you for putting yourself out there - we do appreciate it very much so ... even though not all of us are cute girls in moving boxes [smirk]™

Posted by: grace at March 10, 2004 10:53 AM

The site is fabulous. I've spent time exploring it, enjoying it, describing it to people... And when I bought and read "Dancing Barefoot" and handed it off to my skeptical husband, he liked it so much that he said, "So... what's Wil's URL again?"

You amuse, inspire and entertain. Thank you.

Posted by: Erica Adams at March 10, 2004 10:54 AM

Before I saw your website I thought of you as, well you know "The Boy". Now I can read Your thoughts and Your dreams(if you choose to write them). And after checking everything out I came to a conclusion "Oh my god! Wil Wheaton is cool." The kinda guy you could just hang with, talk about deep crap, or talk about nothing.

Bottom line, your writing changed my perception and your courage to lead the life you love is helping me to do the same.

Carpe Diem.

Posted by: Pablo at March 10, 2004 10:55 AM

Wil,
I've been thinking about sending this in email, but I figured that you wouldn't get it, or that I wouldn't send email you'd read (since I admittedly use crappy web-based mail), so here goes...

I admire you. You've taken many many steps that are beyond what people are comfortable taking, especially in your work on JAG. You're a husband and a father. You're intelligent and funny. It's true that you are known for being an actor, a child actor at that, but you have evolved and grown into so much more than that. You are an actor, a writer, an awesome super-web-guy. There's a reason we're all here reading this, and that's because of you. We're behind you. Most of us have your book on pre-order, and can't wait to get our hands on JAG.

We as humans are more than the sum of our parts, and you are an excellent example thereof. Stand up and take your bows. You deserve them.

Posted by: Rhia at March 10, 2004 10:55 AM

I'm a long time lurker, and a seldom feedback giver, but I felt like I had to poke my head up out of the woodwork to say a few words to you after reading this note.

I really do enjoy your website. I enjoy your writing - and feel that it's very relavent, and very "real". You seem like a down to earth person, and have a way of making your entries into your journal, for example, seem like they're being read by each individual person, rather than the "masses", if you will.

Thanks for keeping this up. Thanks for making such a good site and gathering place. And thanks for keeping it real. :-)

Posted by: Mona at March 10, 2004 11:06 AM

I'm a long time lurker, and a seldom feedback giver, but I felt like I had to poke my head up out of the woodwork to say a few words to you after reading this note.

I really do enjoy your website. I enjoy your writing - and feel that it's very relavent, and very "real". You seem like a down to earth person, and have a way of making your entries into your journal, for example, seem like they're being read by each individual person, rather than the "masses", if you will.

Thanks for keeping this up. Thanks for making such a good site and gathering place. And thanks for keeping it real. :-)

Posted by: Mona at March 10, 2004 11:06 AM

I'm a long time lurker, and a seldom feedback giver, but I felt like I had to poke my head up out of the woodwork to say a few words to you after reading this note.

I really do enjoy your website. I enjoy your writing - and feel that it's very relavent, and very "real". You seem like a down to earth person, and have a way of making your entries into your journal, for example, seem like they're being read by each individual person, rather than the "masses", if you will.

Thanks for keeping this up. Thanks for making such a good site and gathering place. And thanks for keeping it real. :-)

Posted by: Mona at March 10, 2004 11:06 AM

Will, I'm a writer myself, and it's has been a pleasure watching you get better at the craft over the time I've been a fan of your blog.

Anyone who visits my page will see that you're at the top of my Blog Roll.

I read a lot of internet stuff, but your blog is the one I read first.

BTW, I still liked your acting stuff, and I hope you get to do more of that stuff if that's what you want.

I'll tune in tomorrow to read your blog!

Write on, fellow wordsmith!

Posted by: Mike Sawin at March 10, 2004 11:07 AM

Didn't someone once say that you were an author who thought he was an actor...

?

Just saying.

Posted by: Russ at March 10, 2004 11:09 AM

That's really cool, dork. I mean, Wil. :) That's fantastic. It's good to be recognized for anything at all- let alone something good. But it's a whole other story to be recognized and obviously genuinely appreciated for something that you enjoy and are proud of. Expressing yourself and allowing other people to see themselves through your insights, observations, and maybe learn a thing or two along the way- that's a gift. Having people that actually want to sit down and read what you have to say- consistantly- well quite obviously Wil, that's talent.
I've very glad you're doing what you love, and not compromising yourself in any way just to 'be in the game'. What's the point if you lose your soul, your self worth, your own value along the way?
Here's to not having a desk job (which is my vision of hell) and not 'growing up' and throwing away your passion.
Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Hillary at March 10, 2004 11:10 AM

Man I love you site too. You are such a fantastic and gifted writer. I love the way you describe not only things that happen in your life but how you feel inside. Dancing barefoot was an awesome book that I read in one sitting becuse I could not ut it down and I am just dying with anticipation waiting for Just a Geek.

Of course I am not cute or a girl but i did mean what I said. Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing all of this with us.

Posted by: Michael Clayborn at March 10, 2004 11:11 AM

I guarantee you, we are all content with your contentment, and pleased with your pleasure. :)

Posted by: Jessa at March 10, 2004 11:11 AM

Hey Wil,

I've bookmarked several sites over the years, but yours has stood the test of time of not being deleted.

I'm so happy for you to be doing what you like. May I get there someday, too.

Warm fuzzy feelings,

lee

Posted by: lee at March 10, 2004 11:12 AM

An essay in a much older edition of the Writer's Market was by Stephen King. It went something to the effect that "Have you written a piece. Has it been purchased by an editor. Has the check cleared? (this is important). Then you're a professional writer and don't let the litarati tell you any different." So yeah, one published book out there, which had enough interest to be bought up by a second publisher? You're definately a writer, Wil.

And a pretty fine one at that.

I wish you continued success at it.

-HH

Posted by: Happy_Hacker at March 10, 2004 11:13 AM

I love your website too, Wil. So does my wife, for that matter.

Posted by: Nicholas at March 10, 2004 11:13 AM

Why do you think so many people keep coming back? I am so happy for you right now.
You really are a very talented writer and I am glad you are finally "getting" the fact that people like what you are doing TODAY!

Posted by: Neph at March 10, 2004 11:14 AM

Who knows if you even read all these comments, maybe that is why you only comment on the ones given to you by cute girls in elevators. I keed!
I love your site, I spend much of my afternoon at work checking back to see if you have posted something new. I am also very excited about the imminent arrival of my copy of Dancing Barefoot which I just ordered for Amazon. Woo hoo. You are a great writer, keep up the good work.

Posted by: Fiona at March 10, 2004 11:15 AM

Ha, I'd die, if something like that happened to me.. ;)

Posted by: Dominik at March 10, 2004 11:15 AM

If you don't mind not getting paid for your writing, then there's a website you may want to check out. It's http://www.deviantart.com/

You can post writing, photography, drawings... Basically anything artistic. I have my stuff up at http://daymare01.deviantart.com/

I love being able to have people see my stuff, and comment on it if they so choose.

And for the record, I love your website also.

Posted by: Amber Rogers at March 10, 2004 11:16 AM

Wil, your writing is so well-crafted and engaging, I think you've made a brilliant move in buying that Writer's Market. I'd love to see your work in the Gettysburg Review or Ploughshares; I think you're totally at their level. The sad truth about the Writer's Market, though, is that you should probably go ahead and buy a recycle bin for the rejection cards -- it's a numbers/luck game, much like roulette. But for you, I think, the lucky numbers will hit soon and often!

Posted by: bme at March 10, 2004 11:18 AM

Writing is one of the most satisfying things I do, whether related to work or not. I'm not at all surprised you get so much out of it, and I'm grateful you write in ways that you can share with all of us!

Posted by: Mark H. Anbinder at March 10, 2004 11:18 AM

I'm a cute girl and if I walked out of an elevator, I'd tell you that I love your website, too! :)

But seriously, congrats on finding your happy place. It's a wonderful place to be in. Here's wishing you more warm fuzzies!

Posted by: Placebo Effect at March 10, 2004 11:19 AM

cool story. cake rocks.

Posted by: sam at March 10, 2004 11:23 AM

Wil,

I was debating on whether or not to email this to you yesterday, but I didn't want to be an annoying fan-type so I held off. It seems appropriate to mention, now :)

I was reading an episode summary of "Angel" on televisionwithoutpity.com and one of the characters (Wesley Wyndham-Pryce) was pontificating about something or other and the reviewer added in her own comment "Oh, Shut up, Wesley!" I died laughing.

So you see? That phrase doesn't apply to your character anymore! It's been passed on! Your days of playing Wesley are over, and you have grown so far beyond it. People are moving past associating you with something you did like a MILLION years ago and are learning to appreciate you for the amazing person you are!

At least that's what I got out of it...but I could be reading into things :)

Posted by: Tatiana at March 10, 2004 11:26 AM

That's awesome, Wil.

It's great to hear you sounding so happy! :)

Posted by: galestorm at March 10, 2004 11:27 AM

That, my dear Wil, is the feeling you get when you're doing something you love.

Got to say we love your work too, otherwise we wouldn't be here.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Posted by: Rhonda at March 10, 2004 11:28 AM

Wil, I ordered your book from Amazon and I can't wait to read it. Cute girl knows what she's talking about. I love your website to.

Posted by: Lorraine at March 10, 2004 11:30 AM

So very many congrats to you, always; for everything you are and do. The 'StarTrek Communicator', issue 149, has a small, but important note on you, my friend. The mention of your liturary genius; those are my words; in fact that O'Reilly Associates are publishing 3 of your works. We know your good! I want so much to come your way; keep up the good work. As ever, all my best, Russell's Mom......Donna

Posted by: Donna HC at March 10, 2004 11:31 AM

Wil! We love you! You have every right to be proud and every right to say so! I absolutely love this site along with all the other millions of super fans out there. I have been reading the old archives from september, august and july 2001 and have laughed so many times (constantly over sponge bob vega$ pants!)and have been deeply moved by your honesty, almost to tears in your times of angst. I hope things continue to get better and better for you, you deserve it! You truly are my hero!

Posted by: Jenny T at March 10, 2004 11:32 AM

You have every right and reason to be proud of your site work! Great post! :) I love keeping up with your updates!

Posted by: Mandi at March 10, 2004 11:40 AM

Wil, I love your website; but, I never would have come to it, nor would I have subscribed to updates, if I hadn't been a ST:TNG fan.

That brought me to the site the first time; so, THERE IS some good in those old TV episodes and movies!

When you DO get published, many ST:TNG fans will buy or subscribe to your publications because YOU WERE in the show.

Posted by: John Kleinerman at March 10, 2004 11:45 AM

Well, this is going to come out as being an intensely left-handed compliment; I don't give a crap about what you *used* to do, because it's not what you're doing now. You're not sitting there basking in the glory of your past accomplishments and sucking up the fan-worship. You're joyfully growing as a person and finding the elusive *thing* that makes you happy and fills you up inside in the way that nothing else does.

There are so few people who grow and change as they get older, and even fewer that keep their eyes on doing what brings them joy, rather than just bringing them money.

I like your site because of your writing, and I look forward to what you bring to us tomorrow and the next day and the next...Thank you for sharing yourself so openly here.

Posted by: Jenn at March 10, 2004 11:46 AM

Rock on!

I think a lot of your readers do understand about the horrible waiting after an audition, at least in concept. We're antsy because we feel like we're waiting too.

Congrats on that woman's off-hand comment about the web site. Having a one to one comment about something that you've done is really terrific, and something you know is genuine and your own.

By the way, don't worry about being proud of something that you've done; there's nothing wrong with that. "Pride coming before the Fall" is a problem when the pride gets so out of control that you completely lose the ability to judge your own work, and I don't really think that's happening to you.

Can't wait to read JAG [soon to be a film starring Tom Cruise! :-)]

Posted by: Craig Steffen at March 10, 2004 11:47 AM

You've got a great website. I've been reading (on & off) for quite a while, but I figured you already knew that this place was cool, so I didn't want to sound like an utter slobbering freak.

And, I do know of some place that may want to play a short movie you did. Emporia, Kansas (where I live) has recently reopened an old time movie theatre on the main street that took over $2M in community donations to renovate over the last 10 years. They're looking for movies shot/based in Kansas to show. And, I think you did a short film set here that I've heard some good stuff about.

Posted by: Beth at March 10, 2004 11:54 AM

So, your head a splode yet from all the love, W...? ;-)

WWDN has been and continues to be great fun to follow. As long as you keep on truckin', I guarantee we readers will keep coming back to serve as your Greek chorus and support your career(s) on a grass-roots level.

Posted by: Tracy at March 10, 2004 11:58 AM

I really like your website.

"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit." - e.e. cummings

Posted by: CmdrSue at March 10, 2004 11:59 AM

Rock on, brother.

Posted by: Chris at March 10, 2004 12:05 PM

Wil, ever since I found out this site existed I have visited on a regular basis, I invited friends to read. I believe in what you do here, it is a great site. You are a talented writer, very honest, and transparent. This is a very real very cool thing, and thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Kirwan at March 10, 2004 12:10 PM

Hey Wil,

I just ordered your book. Looking forward to it.

Cheers,

Posted by: Pablo at March 10, 2004 12:13 PM

wil-
i think the fact that you do this website in the first place is amazing. forget that is actually itself very well done and interesting. how many actors there would actually devote their own time to expressing their true self to their fans? i can only think of one- you. know that many of us appreciate what you're doing, and your candor.

Posted by: sasha at March 10, 2004 12:19 PM

Great song. Great website :)

Posted by: C7C at March 10, 2004 12:20 PM

Hey Wil. I love your site and think that you are one of the coolest guys I have ever had the chance to meet and talk geek stuff with. I hope we get to meet up and talk again some more soon.

My wife also loves this site (as she is the one who introduced it to me).

Posted by: Steve at March 10, 2004 12:20 PM

And your doing a damn good job writing too.

I feel exactly the same way about my writing on my site. I write for me, when others enjoy it - it just adds to groove man... just adds to the groove.

-Scott

Posted by: TwoPeanuts.com at March 10, 2004 12:27 PM

I'm just happy that you're bringing us along for the ride. As an as-yet-unpaid-sorta-published writer with a dayjob, I'm paying close attention to what's happening with you and what you do... your one of my heros. One of these days I'm going to get up the nerve to do what you're doing now.

Posted by: Amy Watson at March 10, 2004 12:28 PM

And... I like the way you say, "Indians." That is an old memory of mine because when I was a kid and you did a guest spot on Family Ties I was so enamoured! *gush*

Posted by: Carrie S at March 10, 2004 12:29 PM

You know what, you should be happy! Some people only dream of what they want without actually going for it or even accomplish it. I could be in a crappy mood, but just reading this, I can almost see that glow on your face and it makes me happy. You are very talented and I'm happy just by being a fan, whether by your acting skills or by your writting. Keep it up! Thanks for the smile today 8-P

Posted by: amber at March 10, 2004 12:38 PM

That's great Wil! I'm so glad that you bumped into mystery hot woman ;)

And for the record, I think you, your book, and your website are awesome!

Posted by: Raeann at March 10, 2004 12:41 PM

Dude! Have some faith in yourself!!! I know we do(If we didn't, we wouldn't read your blog). Now, rock on wit yo bad self!

Posted by: Jim McCormick at March 10, 2004 12:43 PM

The thing that's so great about your website is how pure and open and honest and personal it is. When you relay these intimate little snippets of your life to us, it makes each and every one of us feel like a special friend, and that's no small feat considering how many readers you have! Lots of famous people have people who admire them, people who respect them, people who worship them, people who are just fans, and even people who stalk them. You, however, have achieved something that is very rare. Purely because of this website, you have legions of strangers that love you. And even though most of us haven't actually met you, entries like this one somehow manage to make us feel a little loved in return. In a world growing increasingly distant, THAT is something to be proud of. And for the record, I love your website, too!

Posted by: Drave at March 10, 2004 12:54 PM

I'm glad to be even the itsy bitsiest part of giving you the confidence to go out and pursue this stuff.

Posted by: David Cartwright at March 10, 2004 12:54 PM

I'm happy that you're so happy!!

Posted by: reallylikesj at March 10, 2004 12:54 PM

Wil, if I ever get the chance to meet you in person, I'll shake your hand and tell you how much I love your website too, OK? But I'm not a hot woman, so I doubt you'll get quite as excited. :-)

By the way, thinking of writing... Ever considered doing the 24-Hour Comic? You'd be in there with the likes of Scott McCloud, Neil Gaiman, Dave Sims... um, and others. You should check it out. There's even an official contesty thing this year. I bet you'd have an absolute blast with it.

Posted by: Chris at March 10, 2004 12:56 PM

I've only been following your blog for a few weeks now, but I've found what you've written, overall, to be very moving (happy, sad, yadda), and I've had to share several of them with friends. The gambling bit had me on the edge of my seat. :)

All that said, if you want a relatively quick turnaround/response to submissions, with not-quite-pro rates, and a very easy (online) submission process, you might give NFG a whirl: http://nfg.ca

NFG is printed out of canada three times a year, and is rapidly growing in distribution.

Posted by: kaolin fire at March 10, 2004 01:07 PM

hey wil! well good luck with the audition... cant wait to see best week ever... and your site does rock.... and im sure everyone else that reads your blogs agree with me...

Posted by: Sarah at March 10, 2004 01:13 PM

Antoine de St. Exupery once wrote "It is only with the heart that one sees rightly... what is essential is invisible to the eye"
Wil, if writing is what has always been in your heart, then it is the right thing for you to be doing. Those of us who never hear our calling spend much lost time wandering around trying to find out way out of the fog of life. I am glad to be able to share in your life through your outstanding writing talents. Thank you for sharing them with us. Remember, though, that even if you never had an audience your work would still be worthy of your efforts. No effort in the world goes unrewarded in some way or another.

Posted by: Kristen at March 10, 2004 01:17 PM

You are far too humble. What you've put together here is one of the most original experiences available on all of the ole' intarweb. And you certainly deserve any and all kudos thrown your way. When I have the opportunity at work to check out what's going on online...my first 3 stops are Blue's News, Fark & WWdN. Good company, I'd say.

Can we just do a virtual AOL-handshake now or something? I'm married myself, so a virtual AOL-hug would probably raise too many questions for both of us.

-Pat

Posted by: Pat at March 10, 2004 01:25 PM

Hi Wil -

Don't forget you can do both: Act & Write. I guess it depends on your financial situation as well. Acting might pay the bills more if you can get the jobs... Writing is probably more iffy in regards to bringing in the dough. It might depend on how well your new book does. Being a celebrity is certainly going to help with the advertising. Being on O'Reilly sure is going to help.

You might also think about approaching the more "classical" literature, or more literary contemporary writers such as Michael Ondaatje (if you thought the movie English Patient was good, just try reading the book - Ondaatje's work is considered a modern literary masterpiece).

That is - reading excellent writers including some of the poets (starting off with Tennyson or Dickinson would be my recommendation) I think will improve your writing - because you get to see just how good someone can get at it. I suppose much like observing the great great actors at their craft - you can read some of the great great works. Poetry of course - is considered writing at its best - is extremely compact, extremely imaginative, and often extremely effective.

Virginia Woolf is a great classic writer you might enjoy - just pick up any of her books, and don't pay attention to the plot as much as how she writes her story - it's extraordinary to say the least.

I share your excitement with writing, and have slowly explored writing more and more myself. I'm not a professional - not by any longshot. But keeping a journal and a BLOG is definitely a start. There is a freedom to writing that you don't get in almost anywhere else. It expands your inner life and you can almost do anything with it if you let yourself go. Almost like running a D&D game - and you're the gamemaster.

I also think the more you practice at it, the better you'll get.


Posted by: John Amenta at March 10, 2004 01:27 PM

it's a sureal thing to be recognized for something that you love, isn't it?

a few years ago, i was walking into the san jose arena for a season ticket holders practice with the san jose sharks and the girl at the door handed me my souvenir gift and then looked up at my face when i said thank you. she gasped and said "oh my god, you're a hockey chica! i love your website!".

freaked me out. but it was still kind of cool.

Posted by: zettgrl at March 10, 2004 01:40 PM

i'm happy you're happy wil. it's a good thing to be in that kind of place, and even better to keep it going. ^_^

Posted by: devlyn at March 10, 2004 01:44 PM

We'll ignore the fact that I think you're fine as hell and focus on the fact that you are one of those cool guys that I went to highschool with that made everything fun. It's cool to be here on the website, wonder around the soapbox. It's fun and a nice way to relax and vent and whine...anything you want to do, you can on this website and not many sites let you do that.

You're awesome Wil.

Posted by: Veronica at March 10, 2004 01:50 PM

I wish I could claim credit for being that girl because I love your website. It's the first thing I read.

Posted by: =^) at March 10, 2004 01:52 PM

I have ordered Dancing Barefoot and am looking forward to it with great anticipation.

imc130d, That was the first thought that came to my mind also. If the "cute girl" is such a fan will she happen to post here. I think that would be kinda neat. :)

Love the writing Wil,
-steve

Posted by: Steve at March 10, 2004 01:52 PM

that's great wil!

i read everyday but never comment, so i just wanted to say that what i think you're doing is great.

btw, i just ordered your book.

Posted by: Jeph at March 10, 2004 02:00 PM

I really enjoy your website. I must admit, I first looked at it because I'm a bit of a Star Trek geek, but I kept reading it because you are a compelling writer.

Writing and theatre are my passions, as well. Although I've barely acted since theatre school, I do write every day. It's good to keep in the routine, whatever else is going on in life.

Cheers!

Posted by: Kristina at March 10, 2004 02:00 PM

I envy you Wil. And not in the fanboy "I want to be a celebrity, too!" way. I envy you because you have found a wonderful, beautiful wife with kids that you genuinely care about and love (two things which can be mutually exclusive at times), and now have a way of supporting you and yours that you genuinely enjoy.

I don't want money, I don't need power, I just want some gadgets and a life I can think about and smile. It seems you have that. I envy you.

Oh, and I like your website, too ;-)

Posted by: James Baker at March 10, 2004 02:01 PM

I love it when people are happy. You inspire me to blog.

Posted by: jen at March 10, 2004 02:04 PM

Firstly, if Abby is reading my comment are you okay after your car wreck? No one else has asked and I just wondered how you were doing. I hope Wil that you don't mind me asking another poster?! =o)

Secondly, (and this is for Wil) about eighteen months ago my husband told me to ditch a troublesome job, a well-paid job that was destroying my health, it was not paid enough to risk my life for! He told me to follow a dream that I had seen as taboo, like the 'Mum, I wanna be an actress' line, another career move that is frowned upon.

With me though my taboo was saying that I am a writer. I regularly contribute to an online magazine, I have written reviews and articles and I have had the pleasure of interviewing two new authors, I dearly hope that I might be one of those new authors soon (my first book is in hyperdrive to the redraft quadrant at the mo!)

The one thing I have taken from my experiences so far is that you cannot go against the strongest power in your universe, your heart. And if writing is your love, as is mine, if writing is your sanctuary from the world and all it has to throw at you then you have to grasp it while you can. Just think if on your deathbed it ran kicking and screaming through your mind. 'Why the Hell didn't I write that story about the Ostrich Farmer?' Well maybe not that one that you'd rather forget, but you catch my drift?!

You have saved me more than once from going back to the Hell of a job my husband saved me from Wil, and for that and the uplifting moments you share with all of us fanatical mad people, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You shrugged off Wesley 'lemon' Crusher a long time ago, keep going! We all know you are a ticking potential time-bomb of talent!

Posted by: Donna @ UK at March 10, 2004 02:04 PM

Wil,

I know it is intellectually chic nowadays to be self-effacing and modest. But you shouldn't have to apologize for your pride of your website. It's a fine piece of work and your pride is well-earned.

Posted by: Brian Roberts at March 10, 2004 02:09 PM

You're a fine writer Wil, and it's been genuinely nice to (sort of, kind of) get to know you though your site. Thanks for letting us inside your head, and keep up the good work!

Posted by: Steve at March 10, 2004 02:10 PM

I'm glad you posted this. It wasn't too prideful at all, at least not in a bad way.

As a writer myself, go ahead and send out some queries to some magazines. I've been getting rejections off and on since I was 12 years old. It's really not that bad once you get the hang of it. :)

Posted by: JamGrrl at March 10, 2004 02:17 PM

I'm here for the writing. But a big perk for me is when I feel all cool because I recognize one of the song lyric referencing segment titles. Today I felt cool for about 4 minutes until someone pointed out it was from a Cake song, not Soul Coughing like I had thought. That is the danger of feeling cool for stupid reasons. At least I can still enjoy the writing.

Posted by: phriedom at March 10, 2004 02:37 PM

I've followed your site for a while, and after the last hold 'em story, I had to start proselytizing to my little circle of influence to convert to your readership.

Posted by: Dave at March 10, 2004 02:59 PM

I love your site as well. It began merely as a curiosity for me a few weeks ago (when I discovered it) but I find myself visiting several times a day to see if you've posted anything new. My copy of Dancing Barefoot arrived today with the mail at 3 pm, by 5:30 it was read cover to cover. And that's with two kids at home! I absolutely loved it, especially Spongebob Vegaspants.

I'm curious tho...if you're lactose intolerant what do you pour over your Honeycomb?

Posted by: Lawless1 at March 10, 2004 03:11 PM

Why do you keep dissin' "Python"?

Posted by: Keith Coogan at March 10, 2004 03:17 PM

Keith said: Why do you keep dissin' "Python"?

Well, I guess I shouldn't hate on it that much. It's got its high points, like . . . uh . . . well, I know some of it is funny. It's not "Deep Core" or "The Curse," that's for sure.

If every crappy movie I did was scattered across the desert . . . they'd call it sand.

Posted by: wil at March 10, 2004 03:27 PM

if you're lactose intolerant what do you pour over your Honeycomb?

Silk brand soymilk. :)

Hey, in all seriousness, HUGE thank you to everyone who is sharing in this cool part of my journey, and took the time to add to the comments (I think this is 94 or 95) here.

Posted by: wil at March 10, 2004 03:29 PM

Honestly, Wil, there's no need to thank us. If anything, we should all be thanking you. If it wasn't for you, we wouldn't have WWdN to support, nor would we have Wil Wheaton to send mojo to. Thank YOU, Wil, for putting segments from your life online, and bringing them to life in ways that only you know how.

To the anonymous "cute girl" on the elevator: thanks for making our fearless leader's day. You rock, chica! Anything that makes Wil happy usually filters down to all of us and makes us happy. This, in turn, creates mojo that we send to him, thus keeping the cycle of good vibes alive.

I'll be snagging a copy of Dancing Barefoot (finally!) next week, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be too anxious to read it on the drive home. In which case, I'll probably pull over and start reading to satisfy said jones.

JAG mojo coming your way from across the Great Divide. I'd say good luck finishing it, but there's no need. You rock as a writer, and because of that, JAG is going to be a great book!

Posted by: Eric at March 10, 2004 03:29 PM

today's post illustrates the difference between the man you were a couple of years ago...and the man you are now...a mature confidence is shining...where there was once self-doubt.

Posted by: d. burr at March 10, 2004 03:32 PM

Wil,

You remind me of a book I just read: 'Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria De Jesus.' She had faith in her writing that it would some day get her some where. She wasn't the best, as you can see by the writing, but she was able to move out of the favela in Sao Paulo. Through her hard work she was able to pull it off. The same thing appears to have happened to you. You persisted and now you are getting the payoff. Congrats and keep up the good work.

-Wookie

Posted by: Wakonda Robertson at March 10, 2004 03:35 PM

Wil,

"Your Welcome!" and "Thank You!"

Posted by: redrhino at March 10, 2004 03:42 PM

I guess that's what this post is about: I'm really happy right now. It feels like some of the risks I've taken in the last few years are starting to pay off, and I wanted to share that with anyone who reads WWdN, because without you guys, none of this would be happening.

Wil,
That is a wonderful thing, being able to be happy with what you are doing. As easy as it sounds, it's not something that comes easily! I'm so happy for you!

Posted by: Lori Green at March 10, 2004 03:47 PM

I really love your website.

Posted by: Kristin at March 10, 2004 03:47 PM

Hey I noticed a little line in your post about losing the nerve and not publishing a Blog. I just started a Blog and I've noticed that I do that occasionally as well. It's nice to know I'm not the only one.

Later

Posted by: Chris at March 10, 2004 03:53 PM

Hey there Wil! Just picked up my copy of Dancing Barefoot after work this evening, and you know... it's gonna take the place of Stephen King as my breaktime reading. Looking forward to JAG, and I'll add my fanboy comment about loving the site here as well.

Posted by: Scott at March 10, 2004 04:31 PM

Many years ago I went to hear John Barth talk about writing. As I recall, he described renting a small office space in New York. Every morning he would go to this office, and he would write for about eight hours, with a break for lunch. Then he would go home, and be back the next day, five days a week.

The point is that he made a routine of writing, just as many of us have our routine of going to work. It sounds to me like you are doing something similar, and i just wanted to relate this to provide you with some validation for your discipline. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Philip at March 10, 2004 05:01 PM

Honestly, Wil, it's almost a year later since I stumbled upon your website and I still think it kicks butt. :^) You are a genuine person with a very big *heart* -- and it shows. :^) You do have the American dream...a loving and supportive family, a beautiful house (I'm guessing based on the photos in your gallery), and happiness. Thanks for sharing some of that happiness with us. You don't know how much of a pick-me-up that can be for some of us. :^) :^)

Back to the lurk cave I go....

Posted by: clara at March 10, 2004 05:03 PM

hey wil,

i've tried thinking of so many different ways to say this without sounding really patronising, but the only way to say it is, I'm really proud of everything you've done. i was talking to my friend about your site the other day, and how you share so much with us randoms, stuff that many people don't even talk about to thier close friends. You've overcome so much, and you still manage to entertain at least 106 people (thats how many comments there were!!!!!!) almost everyday!

anyway, babble over....
thank you wil, for everything!

from
rach

Posted by: rach at March 10, 2004 05:04 PM

I dare say that you've earned all of these kudos!
Please continue earning them! (No pressure though lol)

Posted by: Darren at March 10, 2004 05:05 PM

Wil,

Facing your fears is one of the hardest things to do. One of mine was submitting things, too. Now the rejection slips are rolling in and, well, I couldn't be happier, because some of the rejections are good rejections because editors are actually taking note of what I'm writing it seems with a hand-written note here and there. It takes time to over-come, but you will do well. The on-line version of Writer's Market is something else I strongly suggest simply because it is fast and you can input it right there on the computer if you need to look something up, plus it has a weekly market change or update that the hardback copy doesn't have. Your site does rock and you deserve kudos. Keep it up fellow writer. Your struggles encourage all of us who are likewise struggling, and I hope perhaps ours also helps you in some small way to let you know you are not alone.

*hugs*

Posted by: Henrietta at March 10, 2004 05:09 PM

I know what you mean about feeling about writing. I hesitate for other reasons tho. I'm autistic so I'm well aware I have language issues. I do know many others that have written books and I've started ones several times. Before not quite finishing because my daughter was dying or other stuff came up. I'm going to try to finish it even tho I may never publish it. But my original draw wasn't writing it was music in my life. But times change and so do people over time.


With blogging yes your blog is cool. I love your site too. Many more people do that don't always post.(eh all of UF loves you dude... tho still some of them are wondering where you put your mic... ie poingy poingy wave your promised JD)

I know others in your line of work and other parts of the industry. Sometimes it's hard to have a private life when your in the eye of the public. But I think you keep a good balance. Also you help show people that hollywood or not your a normal person, with a variety of intrests... and not say doing some of the more wacky things that people hear comming out of LA. Also your a positive role model wheather you like it or not for lots of young geeks out there showing you can follow your heart and still be yourself. :)

As for blog content I don't often hesitate when pressing send. But I've always lived my life an openbook. Only times I've held back on things were to protect the ones I love... tho I'm sure you've done the same and most others.

Btw hmm... Meme meme meme meme! come on lets all chant! ;) you know you just gotta create one j/k... sorry blame JD for that tho I'm really glad it isn't "Badger badger" anymore...

Posted by: Celticess at March 10, 2004 05:12 PM

Wil, Wil, Wil, I must thank you, for your website, for sharing your ups and downs with strangers, for the laughs, free entertainment, and for being down to earth. I'm glad that your happy, and I hope that it stays that way. I'm also rather curious, have you ever thought about writing fiction? You never know. Thanks.

Posted by: angry penguin at March 10, 2004 05:20 PM

Good on ya, Wil. Don't stop following your passion.

Posted by: Tony Rowley at March 10, 2004 05:22 PM

Wil,

"Do we belong to a mutual admiration society" or
what? I am thrilled that a celeb would actually
share his personal life with us underlings and admit that we are an important part of HIS life.
To know that I am loved by someone I've never met
and that I return this love--that is awesome.

your friend, Freeman :)

Posted by: Freeman in Louisiana at March 10, 2004 05:41 PM

I often wonder if I should even bother posting here, since there are generally a hundred comments or so by the time I get here, there's nothing that I can really say that's going to be any different from what the other hundred people have said, and the chances of anyone actually reading this are quite slim.

Nevertheless, here I am, posting. Maybe it's just the need to say what's on my mind, or how the latest entry affected me. I tell you, Wil, I got a lump in my throat reading your latest entry. I know it wasn't an emotional, tear-jerking kind of entry, but for some reason it just hit me that way.

You have every reason to be proud of this website, Wil. When it comes down to it, life is not about "success," it's about what makes you happy. I'm just glad that you found something that makes you happy.

Posted by: CDL at March 10, 2004 05:52 PM

I am glad you are finding joy in what you are doing..and you should be complimented, your website is fantastic:)

Posted by: Manda at March 10, 2004 05:57 PM

Loved Stand By Me twenty years ago. Thought you did well in Star Trek, though I didn't think the writers made good use of your character.

Love your blog.

Still need to get your book (which I will be doing soon) and would love to see you do stand-up.

Let's face it, Wil, you're terminally multi-talented - past, present and future :-)

Posted by: Bill Bekkenhuis at March 10, 2004 05:59 PM

Well this is shit!
I'd love to watch your show on Friday, Wil, but it looks like Dish Network and Viacom have other plans :(

http://www.dishnetwork.com/content/programming/updates/index.shtml

I no longer get VH1 (or other Viacom owned stations)

Fuck!

Posted by: Raeann at March 10, 2004 06:17 PM

Wil, I love you to pieces..

but you really should get out more :P

Posted by: Caitlin at March 10, 2004 06:18 PM

I just wanted to reply briefly, and let you know that I work as a high school English teacher, and a Humanities Professor (adjunct) for a local arts college. I link your work on the livejournal my students have access to, because I think you're a good influence as a writer. If you ever want someone to take a look over your stuff, let me know.
-Solomon Davidoff

[email protected]
[email protected]

Posted by: Dr. Solomon Davidoff at March 10, 2004 06:27 PM

Wil-
It is always a good thing to see someone who had just had a happy day. I just wanted to say that I really like your website too! I also like the WORK you have done and are doing....but seeing who you ARE is really cool.

*Star*

Posted by: Star at March 10, 2004 06:31 PM

Donna@UK...yeah, I'm okay. My car is totaled and my WWDN sticker is gone (*sniffle*) but I got away with only two staples in my head...damn top-heavy SUVs...:o)

I heart Wil Wheaton.

Posted by: Abby at March 10, 2004 06:42 PM

Abby: If I see you at a signing or something, I've got a replacement WWdN sticker for you.

Glad to hear you're doing better. Fight on!

Posted by: wil at March 10, 2004 06:50 PM

As everyone above has said...I love your website. I love the way you write. You should be very happy that you have found your groove, your voice, your calling! It's a wonderful thing.

I was packing up a computer at work today and there was an O'Reilly computer book getting packed with it. I had to smile to myself as I thought "Hey, Wil Wheaton's publisher..."

Keep writing, we'll keep reading. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us.

Posted by: ambeart at March 10, 2004 07:26 PM

part of why we love your site is because you have the guts to share yourself with us and it is that connection that binds us all together and we root for you because you are great at what you do and are, at heart, a good person and aren't afraid to show it.

we appreciate your honesty and wish you well in everything you do. your stories will get published and your life will keep getting happier and happier the more you stretch.

bon voyage!

Posted by: sarah b. at March 10, 2004 07:35 PM

You've been my favorite celeb since I offered you a little chocolate donut. And I've been reading your site for a long time now. You do really solid work, and are a really talented guy. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Donald at March 10, 2004 07:38 PM

Lovely blog entry today, Wil. :-)

Posted by: Angelwwolf at March 10, 2004 07:55 PM

Man, how many times do you have to read, "Dude, your website RAWKS!" in your comment pages before you start to believe it? How many recommended-literature lists do you have to get on before you realize you're a talented writer? What's with this imposter syndrome you seem to suffer with? Don't you know we love you?

Posted by: Mags at March 10, 2004 07:59 PM

We love Uncle Willy! Keep writing--reading your stuff has gotten me through many a crappy day with a smile on my face!!

Posted by: Missy at March 10, 2004 08:14 PM

I love how we all feel like we know you. Like if any of us DID see you on the street, we'd feel perfectly comfortable to tell you how great that post you made was. Or ask if you've written anything this morning. I sometimes wonder if you realize how many friends you've made without trying. There are so many actors (and writers!) that we all love that we don't feel a smidge as much connection to, because they haven't invited us into their lives like you have.

Which is Why I Think Wil Wheaton Owes Me A New Pair Of Socks, To Replace The Ones He Rocked Off Of Me.

Much love. - Tina

Posted by: Tina Tina Bo Beana at March 10, 2004 08:47 PM

Wil, just saw your interview on Screensavers.

Very kewl, you rock. You came off very comfortable and
having a great time. Loved the shirt...such a geeky shirt!
Mojo rising.

Posted by: Kroeme at March 10, 2004 08:52 PM

Speaking of "Phython" movie, my eight year old was watching this on cable a few weeks ago, and I pointed you out in the film. I said, " Hey, that's Wil! Wil Wheaton!." He said, "Who?" I said, "He is an Actor and a Blogger on my favorites." He thinks that is really cool to have you as a "favorite" Just thought you would like to know.

Posted by: Galestorm at March 10, 2004 08:53 PM

When I grow up, I wanna be like Unca Willie. (That's assuming I grow up at some point...halfway though my 40's and no sign of it, usually...)

Doing what you love is both the easiest thing and the hardest thing there is. Easy because...you love it! It excites you, gets the motor running, gives you a sense of joy and a belief in the rightness of the universe. Hard because...our society has traditionally given grief to folks who want to define their lives, not by how much they have in material terms, but by how fulfilled they feel. I'm getting up every morning and going to a job that pays the bills but does next to nothing for my soul--but I think the tipping point is getting close.

Thanks for showing me--and all of us--that it CAN be done.

My best to you and yours,

Syd

Posted by: Syd at March 10, 2004 09:20 PM

Well, this one brought me out of lurk mode as well.

I've been reading your site off and on for the past few years, probably via slashdot. Thanks to the wonderfulness of rss feeds, I have been reading every update for a few months now.

I love your writing style, and I'm going to pick up your book after I get my next paycheck. I guess I'm one of the few people in the world who didn't have a problem with Wesley Crusher, maybe because he was/you are close to my age. Most of all, you seem like a down-to-earth, non-Hollywood, really cool kind of guy, and your writing comes across as very honest and real.

If you're ever in the Milwaukee area (heh) we should totally meet up for some Guinness and a cigar at my favorite Irish pub... :P

Posted by: theoryman at March 10, 2004 09:34 PM

Heya Wil...don't act so surprised! There's a great many of us who thoroughly enjoy your site. BTW: Best wishes & thoughts to Kris!

Jodie

Posted by: Jodie at March 10, 2004 09:37 PM

Regarding Writer's Market and facing your fears, I have a little advice:

- Do it.

- Writer's Market isn't always as up to date or informative as they'd like you to believe. The advice I always hear from editors is a) read the magazine to see if they publish your kind of stuff, b) send in a request for the submission guidelines, since the often differ from what's listed in WM, and c) learn the editor's name -- a cover letter starting "To Whom It May Concern, My story is perfect for your magazine..." just sets off all kinds of alarms.

- Be prepared for a lot of rejection slips. (My wish is that you prove me wrong.) I saved mine, stacking up to about twenty before my first sale, and then another fifteen before my second, etc. They may love the story but just not like it for their audience. It might seem like the editors are brushing you off, but you'd be surprised. I'd submitted several stories to this one editor, and each one came back with a rejection. Eventually, I bumped into him at a convention. He saw my name tag and said, "Hey, I haven't gotten any stories from you lately. What's up?" It put all those rejections into a totally different light.

- Persist.

Posted by: Dan at March 10, 2004 09:37 PM

Wil,
You wrote another good entry. It is nice to hear positive stuff. Both you and your wife did that today. Someone has to love to wright and I am glad that you are one of them.


FG

Posted by: Fabian at March 10, 2004 09:53 PM

You write well. You connect. You've suffered the countless rejections an actor must face and you are still sane. Something joyous happened in your life and you shared it with us. Thanks! Keep on writing!

Posted by: loretta652 at March 10, 2004 10:17 PM

I didn't discover your website until last year (my husband pointed it out to me), but I've greatly enjoyed reading it! I have all my favorite blogs linked, and yours is one of the ones I check with my morning coffee!

So, yeah, I love your website, too.:)

Posted by: Andi at March 10, 2004 10:17 PM

This post seems to have brought many of my fellow lurkers out, so I will join their numbers.

I can't explain what I like about your site, but I do know that it's one of the few I keep coming back to where the author writes almost exclusively about their life, not about the news or some new technology. You have a skill with words that's admirable. I must admit that I'm jealous.

Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

Posted by: Chris at March 10, 2004 10:44 PM

'If you're happy and you know it clap your hands...'
Who else has a warm, fuzzy, content feeling after reading that post?

Posted by: Annie at March 11, 2004 12:30 AM

Hey Wil!

I read your site evey day (if it's updated) I really enjoy your writing and would like to read more by you - so submit all you can to the editors. Another good market listing is at http://www.ralan.com. It's updated a lot more often than a book ;)

Keep up the good work!

Regards
Mikael Conley

Posted by: Mikael Conley at March 11, 2004 12:46 AM

Glad to hear you're okay Abby! *Smacks SUV for being bad, for rolling over when it should have done a sit-stay!*

And heh wil said he'd give ya a new bumper sticker, how cool is that? =o)

Posted by: Donna@UK at March 11, 2004 03:24 AM

My husband and I have been reading this blog for a while now, and this is my favorite post. I've been thinking a lot lately about what we "should" do and what we're "good at" and what we're MEANT to do. When I was in fifth grade, I wanted to write novels about adventures and supernatural stuff. Then "the grownups" told me to think about what i'm "good at" and what I "want to do" and "what I can get a job at." I ended up a theatre major (excellent conservatory training--50k of finding out it wasn't where i belonged) and now I'm a systems analyst. The pay rocks... the soul sucking does not. I've been trying to do graduate school for writing, and it's taken me THREE YEARS to realize that this program isn't right for me. I want to write about zombies and spacemen, they want me to write about girls with flower pots. I realized I've been trying to conform to academia's idea of what "good writing" is ("literature!!") and that's not who I am. So, screw them, I dropped out and I'm writing a novel. I'm a basically insecure person, so it's taken me a long time to convince myself I'm not crazy for hating fixing other people's STUPID computer problems, and getting paid next to deal with the incest and politics that is "the performing arts"... it's not my calling, and it's not my passion, and God willing when the manuscript is done, I'll have the nerve to get out that big book and start sending it off to people. Sorry for being a windbag, but this post really touched me. Thanks for being so honest on your site. It's helped me so much in my own soul searching.

Posted by: Tammy at March 11, 2004 05:35 AM

I'm a cute girl and I like your website.
More than anything else. It's so good to read what you've written.
::Hands you some joy::
Keep it - you've earned it.

Posted by: Ravenna at March 11, 2004 06:26 AM

Wil, you inspire me.

I'm going to brush off that story I wrote a couple years ago and send it to a publisher. And then I'm going to write another one.

Thanks.

Posted by: Laura at March 11, 2004 06:35 AM

Yes this is indeed very cool.We appreciate YOU and the website.I am also glad to see Anne writing here as well...I wish you continued success.

Posted by: Candace at March 11, 2004 06:55 AM

It's great to hear cute girls say nice things about you, isn't it? Or so I've heard, anyway...

I really like your website, too, Wil.

Even though I'm a not-particularly-cute man.

Posted by: John at March 11, 2004 07:02 AM

Can I be like you if I ever decide to grow up?

Writing something every day, even if it's horsecrap, is probably the most important thing a writer can do...and the thing that I struggle with the most, with Real Life beating down my front door. One of the reasons I went to part-time from full-time was to give myself time to write among other things...but the other things seem to be taking greater importance. (Insert virtual kick in the ass here).

Just remember, what one person sees as horsecrap is seen by someone else as fertilizer for their flower garden; it's all in the point of view. We'll both hang in there...

Posted by: Roberta at March 11, 2004 08:33 AM

You are a great writer. I think it's your true calling. I can only wish to be able to run into you nonchalantly and tell you how awesome your website is and how much I enjoy reading your life.

Posted by: angela peterson at March 11, 2004 08:34 AM

my favorite cake song, awesome.

all those "crappy movies" youve done are part of you, part of who you are today. you shouldnt want to be invisible. ever.


Posted by: julie reppert at March 11, 2004 08:38 AM

I'm happy for you, Wil, that you have found your passion. Love your website and stories. :)

Now get crackin' on JAG. I need something new to read. :)

Posted by: Anne at March 11, 2004 08:51 AM

excellent sinatra reference.
and your website indeed rules.

i'll be watching the Best Week Ever

eric

Posted by: eric at March 11, 2004 09:21 AM

Wil, I feel like a tool. I was aware of this website, yet never visited until I met you a couple of weeks ago.

I approached you and told you how I admired your acting, blah-blah-blah. After reading this story, I feel like I must have been one of those "fans" that you do not want approaching you? Sorry, but I do like your acting past. Sue me.

However, I DO love your site and would have told you so had I been here. I can't believe I hadn't visited this site before, apparently my brother comes here all the time. I just hope you DO appreciate those people who like your acting work too.

Laura (The Disneyland Girl)

Posted by: Laura at March 11, 2004 09:31 AM

I've been reading here for a couple of months, but never posted before. I look forward every day to reading what you've written. And based on the number of comments you've got here, there are a lot of other people who feel the same way.

The scariest thing about writing is the possibility of rejection. But rejection does happen to most of us (me, like a hundred times over), and the good news is that most of the time we can learn from it. And use it to make our stuff even better. At least that's what happened to me.

I got a very detailed rejection letter from an agent last year, telling me everything I'd done wrong in my novel. But after moping and sulking about it a bit (a requirement for me), I made some of the changes and now, this year, I sold that book. So, now, I get that rejection is just part of the process for most of us. Not something to fight against, but to learn from.

In fact, you had a quote on your site (I don't know where) that inspired me to keep going. It was from a writer who said something to the effect that he quit trying to sell his book too soon. That if he'd kept at it, someone would have taken it and he would have started his career years earlier.

So, you do great and wonderful things for us readers out here. I just ordered Dancing Barefoot yesterday. And I'm looking forward to reading all that you write in the future.

Stacey

Posted by: Stacey at March 11, 2004 09:57 AM

Wil, we ALL love your website - even if we never get to say it to you in person.

Posted by: Elyssa Kowalinski at March 11, 2004 10:30 AM

So...how long did it take for you to realize you really wanted to be a writer, then realize 20-some years ago you played a character who grew up to be a writer, and go "whoa"?

Just curious. =)

Posted by: Katie at March 11, 2004 12:14 PM

Very cool story, Wil. if i ever see you on the street somewhere I'll say the exact same thing. so be prepared...if you ever happen to be walking aroud boulder colorado that is. :p

Posted by: Andrew at March 11, 2004 12:37 PM

I will SO read anything you write.

I'd love to see you publish some more stuff in the market. Please do us all a favor and post where your stuff gets accepted, which I have no doubt it will.

Michelle

Posted by: Michelle at March 11, 2004 01:43 PM

this is my first time posting... yeah!

I just LOVE the title of your post. Cobswebs fall on an old skipping record... it reminds me of Cake, Their first song on Fashion Nugget, )Frank Sinartra_ is the name I think...

I have loved your site for many months, and I am about to buy Dancing Barefoot so I can start pouring into it. Thank you for your openess to life, that is what makes your site so wonderful

Posted by: Aaron at March 11, 2004 03:18 PM

Thanks for sharing your light-bulb moment.

Posted by: Norlinda at March 11, 2004 04:52 PM

Ok I'm going to cry now! You are so awesome, man. I loved every word of this post. I'm so happy for you and you deserve all of this happiness.

Posted by: Jenny M. Finster at March 11, 2004 05:30 PM

I'm really glad a friend recommended your site to me, and I enjoy seeing the "updated" link beside you website name because I know I'll get to read something interesting today. But this post in particular really spoke to me. Why? Because I'm at a point now where some risks will have to taken that might mean the difference between doing work that pays the bills, and doing work I enjoy (that hopefully pays the bills.) I just hope I maintain the courage to go through with it like you did because I can't wait for the day that I'm truly happy with what I do for a living. Obviously, you don't know me, but I'm proud of what you've done in your life and just inspire me to risk a little in the hopes that the results will be big. I wish you continued success with your writing!

Posted by: Michele at March 11, 2004 07:34 PM

Sorry for paraphrasing what's been said before, but I did want to reiterate the best points: Look through your handbook and find what you think are relevant publications. Start submitting. Keep the rejections that you get. (And you will get them. Plenty of them.) More important that anything else - KEEP SUBMITTING. As someone said earlier, many rejections have little or NOTHING to do with the quality of your piece - they simply mean that that particular piece won't work for that particular issue or publication. But, and I can't say this enough - KEEP SUBMITTING. That is the only way that you will find the right place at the right time to take what you have to offer and showcase it in the right way - if you aren't offering it, consistently and frequently, you aren't giving your own work the chance it deserves to be published. Sorry to be so pedantic - but I wouldn't waste my time saying it if you weren't a writer worth giving the ego bitch-slap to. You are more than worth it - now get out there and farm those editors, boy! JUST DO IT!

Posted by: ~D~ at March 12, 2004 12:52 AM

G.R.E.A.T. W.E.B.S.I.T.E.

Posted by: Nadia at March 12, 2004 05:48 AM

WARNING: BEST WEEK EVER SPOILER AHEAD!

An entire segment on Ashley Judd and no comment from Uncle Willie? Inconceivable!

Posted by: Robert W. Leu at March 12, 2004 08:25 PM

*Sigh*

seven words.

If you blinked, you missed it.

[frowny face]

Posted by: wil at March 12, 2004 08:34 PM

Also known as water? Brilliant! Genius. It took me half a second to get that, and I am sure that 90% of Americans didn't catch it. More WW on VH1!!!

Posted by: renee at March 12, 2004 08:35 PM

I did see it, and as we speak I am composing a strongly worded letter to the producers suggesting that more Wheaton will instantly attract the millions (and millions) of the site's posters to their rinky-dink little network.

Posted by: Robert W. Leu at March 12, 2004 08:56 PM

I started a thread on the Best Week Ever message board, asking for more Wil. Add on, and maybe we can make a difference. TOGETHER, WE CAN! lol

Best Week Ever MB

Posted by: Ana at March 13, 2004 10:00 AM

I chuckled more at your seven words than I did watching the whole show. Most of the people were dreadfully unfunny.

Thank Goodness for TiVO. When my husband came home, I was able to fast forward to your scene pronto...

Posted by: Andi at March 13, 2004 10:36 AM

My husband and I are moving this weekend, with all the packing and sorting that entails. Even so, we kept watching the clock Friday night, waiting for BWE. At 10:58 pm we dropped what we were doing, jumped onto the couch, changed the channel to VH1, and anxiously awaited Will.

And waited. And ... waited ... until almost the end where you said a few words and were gone. We wordless turned to each other and just looked for a moment. Confused.

Though we were disappointed that you were cut down to one comment, it was still funny, and nice to see you. There was not enough WW in that show, and I for one am going the their site and telling them all about it.

Posted by: Carrie Pavlin at March 13, 2004 01:13 PM

The Writers Market tomes are often out of date by the time they roll out. But they do have good essays and other info. For more up to date market resources try these:

The Gila Queen's Guide to Markets: http://gilaqueen.us/ Covers all forms of fiction (literary to genre) and markets you've never heard of. Lots of contest/grant information often included.

The Market List: http://www.marketlist.com/

Support for Writers, a resource announce list run by Nalo Hopkinson on Yahoo. To sign up, I think you can find it in the Yahoo Groups list.

Posted by: Pam N. at March 13, 2004 04:24 PM

Wow. Half a second and six words saying exactly what I'd been thinking. I don't know if I'm overjoyed or disappointed. Both, I think.

Posted by: Jon at March 14, 2004 01:41 AM

Hey CleverNickname!

I love your Slashdot comments too!

Cheers,

Javier

Posted by: Javier at March 14, 2004 04:12 AM

Wow..I'm jogging on my tread, and decided to tune into this show..I about died when Wil popped onto the screen..I was like ohmigod..:D

I had no clue..Very cool man.

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