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October 18, 2004
i shine, i'm freshly minted
Quick announcement: This Sunday, the 24th of October, I will be appearing at the Grand Opening of a brand new Borders in the Santa Anita Mall.
Check out what Borders says on their website:
Join us for a discussion and signing with this ever-popular actor turned writer. Despite early stardom in the motion picture Stand By Me, and his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness on an extended hiatus from acting to write full time. In his newest book, Just a Geek, Wil shares his deeply personal and difficult journey to find himself with stories that reveal an honesty and disarming humanity.
I'll be reading from and signing Just A Geek, and Dancing Barefoot, and I'll do my best to read fast, so I can take questions. Also, if you're a WWdN reader, I'll have a few "WWdN Monkey" ribbons that are leftover from Linucon, and a couple of the "Heart of the Anomaly" cards for Star Munchkin, too.
I'm really looking forward to this event -- I grew up about 20 miles away from this mall, and I used to go there often when I was a kid, so I feel like I'm closing the circle here, this time as a "local" author.
The weekend was awesome. I started out with some ADR work on Teen Titans Friday morning, for Titans East Parts One and Two . . . holy shit. It's not secret that I love Teen Titans, and it's no secret that I'm fiercely proud of my work there . . . but holy shit holy shit holy shit. The episodes just keep getting better and better, and this story arc is the best I've been in so far. It's dark, it's a little scary, and the animation is SO FREAKING COOL! I actually had my very first "cool, dry superhero" line on Friday. I got to say, "Something tells me you guys don't like water . . ." right before I . . . uh, I mean, Aqualad does some seriously cool superhero stuff. I can't wait to see this episode when it airs.
Friday afternoon, I went over to the set of a movie to do some research for a magazine article that I'm writing — yeah, you read that correctly: I get to write a magazine article! I can't say anything more than this: I'm entering some new territory with this piece, and it's going to totally rock when it's done.
Friday night, Anne and I took the kids to Knott's Halloween Haunt. She and I have gone almost every year for the last decade, and I've been going since I was 14 . . . but it's the first time we took the kids. It was super cool, because they're old enough to have fun getting scared in the mazes, but not too old to be embarrassed about going with their parents. We didn't get home until after 2 a.m., and we all slept until 10 on Saturday.
Saturday was another big day, because Ryan was going to his very first High School dance Saturday night. He had been excited about it for three weeks, but I wonder if it was as important to him as it was significant to me and Anne . . . I remember when Ryan's feet couldn't touch the floor when he sat at the dinner table. We drove him and his friends, and they all had a great time. Again, we finally got into bed after 2am.
Sunday we slept as late as we could, and spent the day cleaning our house. Sunday afternoon we watched Nolan play in his basketball league, and by dinnertime last night, we were all ready to fall asleep!
I was able to stay awake until about 9:30, but I was so wiped out from the weekend, I fell asleep during the ALCS. That's a pretty big deal, since I'm a huge baseball weenie. I'm hoping for a Red Sox / St. Louis World Series, if you care about that sort of thing.
So it was a great weekend, and I can't believe that it's already 9am on Monday. I'm off for some voice over auditions, then I'm actually working on a game this afternoon. I don't think I'm allowed to say what it is, yet, but it's an established title in a successful franchise. It should be extra fun.
updated: Whoops. I keep forgetting to mention this: the audition I had a few weeks ago was for CSI:Miami. I did a *really* good job, and I probably would have booked it, but they changed the part from male to female. When my manager told me that, I said, "Well, can I go back there in a wig and a dress?"
"We're not quite to that point in the career, Wil," he said.
Har. Har. Har.
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New Cake album rocks, wil. I can't get Dime out of my head. Good stuff.
Congrats on the book signing and the article...that's awesome, can't wait to read it. Now you just need to make your way up to the great white North for a book signing and I'm all set...
Is this the two-part episode of Teen Titans you mentioned a while ago, or a new two-parter? There must be some fan input on Aqualad if they keep bringing him in for these bigger episodes. And you know what that means: More Uncle Willie! Rock!
Sounds like you had a pretty full weekend. Looks like it's cool to be Wil these days! Kudos!
Yeah, watch what you say about those awesome projects you're doing ... I remember last time you told us a *little* of the cool stuff you were auditioning for, and somebody reported that you'd actually be *in* it, so they almost like sued you or something! :\ Stupid NDAs and such.
Woohoo! I finally get to see a live reading. Thanks for the post!
It's a good thing you went to the Haunt on Friday night. My friends and I went on Saturday night. Can you believe they sold out? Two of my friends were dumb and didn't get their tickets ahead of time so they went home. I live across the street from Knott's and haven't seen them sell out a night since I was in high school, which was eight years ago. Then, by 10:30pm it was raining and by midnight it was pouring. We stuck it out till 1:30, but when we saw the first flash of lightning it was time to go!
The most ironic part of the night was when a bunch of my friends, who live in the valley, decided to stay over and the power went out an hour after we got home!
Throwin' MoJo for your audition.
GO SOX!GO SOX!GO SOX!GO SOX!GO SOX!GO SOX!GO SOX!
"Well, can I go back there in a wig and a dress?"
Great, now I have to clean the pop off my monitor. Funny stuff :)
Damn Wil, when are you going to slow down? You have the Dallas Comic Con on Saturday, then you are appearing at Santa Anita Mall *the next day*?? I'm glad you are getting all these bookings, but don't burn yourself out, dude.
I love the news about the Teen Titans gig; I guess I'm going to have to make myself a reminder so I watch or tape it. Too bad about CSI: Miami, but if you did well on that one maybe they'll call you back for another part.
See you Saturday!
Hey I just bounced over from Amazom.com.. reading praiseworthy reviews of your book(s)from a fellow bookcrossers WISHLUST, (I mean wishlist).I had to do a whole paradigm shift Wil as sentient grown up.. (Like Steve Burns- Blues Clues- now musician)(I'm a huge fan of bookcrossing.com) Love your Blog. I'm off to tell her about your bookreading/signing-- Hmmm...just a short road trip from SD. If you haven't already- you should check out which of your books have "travelled" and where. They travel (like where's george dollar concept)often int'l and it's great fun to see comments and reviews of the books journey. Off to update MY wishlist :D
“I'm closing the circle here, this time as a "local" author.”
Is that the first time I have “Heard” you refer to yourself as “an author” without a self rebuttal attached?
You know, I was SO into this entry (the first I've read in a little while, to be honest) and THEN I saw "I'm hoping for a Red Sox / St. Louis World Series, if you care about that sort of thing."
*CRY* I DO care about that sort of thing! I want a (Red Sox/Yankees) / ASTROS World Series. Don't you think Clemens deserves it?? (Bagwell, Biggio and Beltran too, actually. Beltran's the man!)
DAMMIT. I watch CSI: Miami a lot; I would have loved to have seen you as a guest star.
Oh well. They'd've probably ended up making you play a sex offender or drug dealer anyway. I don't think you're at THAT point in your career, either.
well Wil, when CSI:SanFrancisco starts production, you put that wig and dress on and head on down there.
Congrats on the magazine. Can't wait to read more on it, and the book deal. And i definitely agree with u on the Boston/St. Louis World Series. GO CARDINALS!! WOOHOO!!
You should wear the wig and dress for Halloween this year...and take lots of photos...
somewhere along the line, someone may need a good headshot of "Wilma". ;)
> I said, "Well, can I go back there in a wig and
> a dress?"
> "We're not quite to that point in the career,
> Wil," he said.
Obviously it's time to start pitching the remake of Tootsie with you in the Dustin Hoffman role....
Dude, would you at least consider coming East once in a while? All of us east coast fans would love to see you but can't afford the plane fare out there :-) I know you may not have control of where you appear, but if you do, please come out to DC or NYC sometime, huh?
wil, you just need to figure out a way to meet one of the writers for CSI (the original) and get them to write you in... maybe as a visiting celebrity poker player that is witness to a crime. oh, or how about the show las vegas! you could be in a tournament at the montecito!
Cool! My kids are major Teen Titans fans! They are excited to hear Aqualad will get to be on the show again!
ROFLOL at the thought of you in a dress and a wig! Why don't you dress up like that for Halloween and post a picture so we can see? ;) One of my old boyfriends from high school found me on the internet a few years ago. He sent me pictures of him in a wig, dress, and high heels. My goodness, was I ever surprised, as he made quite a good looking woman! His wife put him up to it for Halloween, and it was hilarious!
zettgrl's right: I think you should pitch CSI: Vegas! to them. You can play poker, be on a cool show and hey, I bet they'd even let you wear the wig and dress. Just call it game strategy.
And speaking of poker and tv... when are you going to be on Celebrity Poker?! Seriously. I just watched an episode that had Dennis Rodman playing. What?! If he got on you should be playing, too.
Have fun at Sunday's signing. Local writer comes home to childhood haunt. Very cool.
Durn - I'd have enjoyed seeing you in CSI: Miami as it's one of the few programmes I watch regularly. I'd have enjoyed it even more if you'd been dressed in a wig with a hilarious falsetto, but there you go. I guess they might not have seen it that way...
I remember when Ryan's feet couldn't touch the floor when he sat at the dinner table.
Hey, my feet don't touch the floor at the dinner table (well, my heels don't)! Unfortunately, I stopped growing 10 years ago...
Dude, I hope they'll let you sign some books too, I'd love to add to my collection of WW autographed books, the famous local author. Yeah!
Bring some OBEY WWdN t-shirts if you think of it, would love to buy some.
Who'd WANT to be on CSI: Miami? Have you seen that show? Awful. Well, most of it's okay, but David Carouso can not act. Last week they had a payoff scene... the only one with real drama... and the guest actor is pleading with Carouso's character to find out why the thug killed his sister (the brother had thrown her drugs down the toilet which pissed off the thug so he killed her) and he asks Carouso if he knows why his sister is killed. Out comes the monotone answer that he doesn't know. It could have been delivered with power and sympathy, but this guy can not act.
Come on Wil... You have to pull for the Astros. After one of the biggest comebacks in baseball to snatch the wildcard spot. Root for the underdog. Go Astros
Sweet. I should find some Teen Titans to watch.
But what about Austin? When are you going to tell us about "one of the greatest, superest, funnest, most bestest weekends" of your life?
You know, that wig and dress idea might just take off. CSI Miami might not be the show for it, but my guess is there's plenty others where "Wil Wheaton in drag" might be just the ticket for a ratings boost.
So far all I can come up with is "an unforgettable Fear Factor Special," but I'm sure there's gold in that.
I might've actually watched CSI: Miami if you were on it. Otherwise, I'm with Kroeme, I just can't stand David Caruso. I still don't get how a pale red-headed guy can even survive in Miami. He should be burnt to a crisp. :)
CSI? Oh man oh man! That would have been the coolest thing just about EVER. I love the CSI shows.
Damn. We gotta get you on a Law & Order episode :) now THAT would be pretty damn cool
Top 10 reasons I want to see the Red Sox win the next three and reach the World Series - and then win it:
10. I hate the Yankees
9. I hate Steinbrenner
8. Maybe fans/the media would finally lay off Buckner.
7. I really hate the Yankees
6. Johnny Damon would probably never cut his hair again.
5. As a Dodgers fan, Gary Sheffield and Kevin Brown are not remembered fondly.
4. Steinbrenner might finally melt like the Wicked Witch Of The West
3. It'd be pretty cool to see a team come back from down 3-0 and win a Series (just as long as it's not the Yankees)
2. I'd like to see Boston show their Yankees who THEIR daddy is
1. It's only been 86 years since they last won a World Series..... It's about time.
Wow! Sounds like you're gonna have a very busy weekend. First the Dallas Comic Con and then an appearance at a new Borders store. Busy, busy, busy! I can't wait to hear you read this weekend! I'm defnitely looking forward to it.
Teen Titans -- Way cool, Wil! I love Aqualad.
Which reminds me, what is your opinion (if any) on the new animated Batman series? Without Mark Hamill, I just can't get fully behind it.
CSI Miami -- Bummer, dude. Woulda been hella cool...
Red Sox -- While I deplore your break with reality, as a Romantic I must applaud your eternal optimism. \m/
BTW, read "Wil Saves" in the latest Dragon; well written. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you on IT Conversations. Gods but I do love internet radio!
I finally managed to catch the Teen Titans episode with Aqualad in it and now I can't stop watching cartoons. I've become an [adult swim] junkie even. So I'm looking forward to seeing the new Titans East thing as well.
Congrats on the Borders gig. May there be lots more! This time I won't be late for the reading, I promise.
Bummer about CSI:Miami. But now since they've seen you, perhaps you'll get called up again?
It's "Carbon Monoxide" that's stuck in my head...
If you haven't seen Cake live yet, make the effort -- it's worth it. Be warned, tho. When McRae wants you to sing, you will sing. During "Phones" at SXSW a few months back, he had us sing the chorus for a good 15 minutes before he was satisfied.
But there's nothing quite like being in a crowd of thousands that know the placement and timing of every single "hey" and "ho."
Wil, I saw this on their tour listing:
11/18: Los Angeles, CA
*gasp* The CARDINALS??!!
ASTROS/Red Sox all the way, baby!!!
Congrats on your recent abundance of work... and even more so on your recent quality family time! Knott's "Scary" Farm!! My grandfather owned a train and hobby shop there until the 80's when he passed away. I grew up at Knott's. My parents met in that train and hobby shop, and I used to watch the Friday night fireworks almost every week as a kid... man I feel old!
Let me know when you have your next signing and I would like to see if I can make it...
I'm think most of you guys are pretty interested in Willy in a dress. What's up with that?
Man can I ever pick em! I told you guys he was auditioning for CSI or Law and Order!!!!! Do I have ESP or what! LOL!
Wil in drag......new fantasy? or just plain freaky?
I'll be reading from and signing
I swear to God, I thought that said "singing".
Life is pretty sweet for Uncle Wil right now. Enjoy the ride, man. There will be other TV gigs to nail.
ryan sounds so adorable. i'm glad he enjoyed his first high school dance.
REDSOX/CARDINALS?.....No, YANKEES/ASTROS.ASTROS in 6. Looking forward to Teen Titans,your magazine article and anything and everything else you come out with.
Glad you have a good (if tiring) weekend, Wil. I did a little geeky fangirl dance when you mention Teen Titans, when IS the episdoe going to air? I went to Howl-O-Scream down here, probably a lot like Knott's Halloween Haunt. What about coming to Tampa for a signing??? Huh, huh, huh??? *puppy dog eyes* I won't stop bothering you until you visit us down here...we miss you, Wil. We love youuuuuuu.
P.S. A video game? *does the fangirl dance* Yay! Wil's gonna be in a video game! Yay!
That sucks about the CSI role... It would have been awesome, even if you DID do it in drag... LOL.
The Halloween Haunt sounds cool. There's something like that about an hour west of where I live. I go every year, even though I'm probably the biggest pussy ever. I'm usually on the verge of tears I'm so scared, but I love it! Sounds like you have a great family, Wil. You are truly blessed. :o)
I'll be looking forward to the magazine article!
Hey Wil, you are going to tell us before the WPT Hollywood Home Game episode airs aren't you? I hope I didn't miss it already; I have to get someone to tape it for me.
Go Sox. Go Cards. Go Teen Titans. The original CSI is a far better show. Even the new CSI:NY is weird; as great as Sinise is there is just something off.
Argh! How come I always miss the Teen Titans episodes with Aqualad in it. I haven't seen any of them yet!
How'd you like that traffic to Haunt? I was at Medieval Times Saturday night and it took an entire hour to travel 3 blocks on Knott.
I was just telling my husband that I hoped you would be doing a reading more locally and now you are! Color us stoked!
Wil, you should come do a reading at the Borders in Greendale, Wisconsin (in the greater Milwaukee area...you know, where GenCon used to be!), where I work. We have loads of geeks working at the store (including the General Manager, who is an old school comics geek and SF fan) and quite a few geeks who regularly shop here.
Great news all around...plus you're doing a local appearance!!!. I hope to see you at the bookstore sunday.
wow, i did not know wil had kids or was even married!
So wil's books Just a Geek and Dancing Barefoot are new?
Wil should do a signing in Denver sometime.
Wil, if you were a real base-ball guy you'd realize that coming back from 3-0 down is never going to happen.
Hey Wil, hold out for CSI:
I am expecting the lead role in CSI: Boothwyn, PA any time now.
Oops, my last post didn't display right. I meant to say hold out for CSI: (insert your neighborhood here)
Okay, who do I need to go give a massive smackdown too to get you on CSI? The first time you mentioned that audtion I just had this feeling that it was going to be one of the CSI and I couldn't wait. I mean, my fave actor on my current fave non-sci-fi show, the possiblites were endless. (Not to mention the drool worthy factor of you and the new guy ;)
::Sigh:: Guess I'll have to rely on my overactive imagination again.
(quick aside while I'm here, any chance of getting you to Ohio for a book signing so I can actually go to one of these things? ::big brown puppy dog eyes::)
Saw you at Linucon :) I had a blast there as well but was wondering...
...still planning to write about it?
CSI's loss could be NCIS's gain-please have your agent put you up for something on the coolest show in town! :)
You would give Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly
a run for their money!
Special Agent Wheaton anyone?
Looking forward to seeing the hardest working man in writdom at Santa Anita-you'll love what they've done with the place!
Have a good time in Plan-o!
That is SO cool, Wil! I love Teen Titans passionately and I just can't get enough of Aqua Lad! I hope more are to come!!!
First time posting a comment here--Wil! I had no idea you were doing voice acting work for Teen Titans. That's awesome. I'll definitely have to check it out. It's nice to see you're having fun with work and still finding time for your family. I know absolutely nothing about baseball, but I did watch part of the Sox/Yankees game. I'll be good and say 'Go Sox!' And I'll be sending some major happy mojo your way for that audition.
I so did NOT post the comment about the Halloween costume on more than one of these comment pages... If I did, I'm retarded and don't know how it happened. Sorry for the double-post. I realized it a few minutes ago when scrolling through these comments.. "How did THAT get in HERE?" LOL.. ;)
Aw, I was hoping you were trying out for the regular (and best) CSI (Vegas, baby!) On that show, the "geeky" lab guy is being promoted to field work, and they're looking for a new lab person. The first candidate (a woman) quit before the week was over. When this happened, I actually said to my wife "You know, Wil would be perfect for this roll. He could play it kind of cocky, but hip in a geek sort of way." She just sort of smiled and humored me, which she does when I geek out.
So, try to get a foot in the door at the better CSI. You didn't want to work with Curuso anyway.
OOOOOOO, I love CSI!!!! I had a feeling it was one of those shows except I was thinking more of the original CSI. You know, with it being set in Vegas and all...
I'm continuing to cross my fingers for a Chicago-area appearance...
Rock on with the busy weekend, sounds like you had a lot of fun though.
How friggin' AWESOME would that have been to get CSI:Miami?!? Maybe your manager can reconsider the wig thing..you'd make a cute girl.
woohoo teen titans.
notice how once Wil mentioned his preferable World Series choices,that the Red Sox started winning???
maybe it's just me... ;)
Good Luck at the signing I just saw Sean Astin on Best Week Ever he is looking great I hope you two will get to do book signings or something together.
Yep RedSox vs. St. Louis is perfect matchup
Wil in CSI - that'd make the series even better.
Shame they changed the gender...
If I lived in CA I'd audition for CSI and get the part for you and you could just show up. How funny would that be....you'd just have to say you're filling in because I am sick LOL!
Sounds like a busy time. I know all about that lately (spending 8 am until after midnight every day for 3 weeks at the theatre department working on Noises Off). Anyway, good to hear all of your news, except the CSI thing. Law and Order is better (SVU rules!). Although, I couldn't stand the thought of you as the "bad guy." For some reason, I'm reminded of when Fred Savage was on as some stalker/rapist. Too weird.
St. Louis/Boston series with St. Louis all the way baby!
i wish i could open a bookstore like you mr. wesley crusher!
Argh! My hubby is going to be in town on Monday, the 25th for a trip out to JPL. Do you think you can do a two day signing at the Borders?
I'm gonna send my copy of Just A Geek out with him just in case.
So close! One of these days I'll finally get an autograph!
I'm pulling the for Cards/Sox series as well! Trying to line up tickets through some friends, i'm just trying to hide the fact that I'll be cheering for the sox until after I get a ticket! I was at game 6 of the NLDS last night, great game.
Holy shit! You're the voice of Aqualad in Teen Titans?!? I had NO idea!!! I'm so jazzed to learn this, I can't wait to go back to work and tell my colleagues about this! (We've got a bunch of Teen Titans fans @ my workplace, like a dozen people or so--I'm sure they'll get a huge kick out of learning you're doing Aqualad in the series!)
Good luck with that! Can't wait to see another Aqualad episode again, now that I know you're his voice!
(Darn! Can't believe I hadn't realized it! It's so obvious, now that I think about it!)
I've been researching blogs (grad school comps) and found several references to yours in articles. So I visited, looked around, enjoyed most of it, will post comments on my blog. Good to see you're still working and doing exciting projects. BTW, you were my favorite Star Trek character... don't know where the 'hate Wil' mentions in your FAQs came from... I was oblivious I guess.
To see the journey of ONE of Wil's books from the signing.
*laugh* Pity about the CSI: Miami audition. Wil vs. the Sunglasses of Justice. Of course, now there's the picture in my head of Caruso and company investigating the body in Stand By Me... :-)
As a Cub fan, I'm happy to see somebody got to break a "curse" this year.
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