January 21, 2011

The Others - Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton? Isn't that the one who played this annoying Wesley Crusher on Star Trek TNG? Yes. That's him.

Most people who've heard about the actor before will probably remember him from playing a lead role in Stephen King's Stand By Me, or as the recurring role as Wesley on Star Trek TNG, or in recent years staring in series like The Big Bang Theory and Eureka. What many people do not know is that Wil is also a writer.

Having always been a Star Trek Fan, and never quite finding Wesley as annoying as everybody else did, I couldn't resist reading his books Dancing Barefoot that came out in 2003 and is a short memoir about life before and after Star Trek TNG, and subsequently Just a Geek that followed a year later and is sort of a long version to the first book. Many parts of the books are derived from posts to his blog Wil Wheaton Dot Net.

Famous for once having been famous he's writing with honesty and in a truly engaging, witty, and pleasantly self-deprecating way. I absolutly loved those books.

Needless to say I immediately headed over to his blog after having read Dancing Barefoot and have been sticking my nose into his blog on a reguar basis since then. So yes, while there might be some controversy about his acting abilities I can tell you this – he can write and he's more than good at it!

Want to get a taste of his writing? Head to his lulu storefront and take a look around.

And I won't leave with a very fitting quote from Stand By Me

You're gonna be a great writer someday, Gordie!

And most importantly, don't forget to check out his blog - you're gonna love it!!

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