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2015-09-16

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

Felicia Day

Working at Google has perks. One of which is the Authors@Google program. The program gets authors to come and speak to Googlers. Felicia Day was the most recent author in the Kirkland office. I'm not the biggest Felicia Day fan, I loved Dr. Horrible and loved her stint on Eureka. But I never watched Buffy, haven't watched The Guild and stopped watching Supernatural by her stint on the show. I didn't know that much about her. Her talk was fantastic and pretty inspiring for those of who deal with social anxiety and depression. So I was really interested in reading her book (bonus I got a complimentary copy for being one of the first XX people to get to the talk).

Speaking to her after as she signed my book was probably one of the most stressful moments of my life and I'm sure I came off incredibly awkward. I'm actually disappointed I didn't read her book before because I think my exchange would have gone differently. 

I got to the front of the line, Felicia takes the book from an assistant who has made sure my name is legible and easy for her to see. She looks at the post it note, looks up at me and says, "Your name is familiar, do I know you?" I'm shocked and the most I can do is a shrug. I finally get out a joke, "Well I attended Texas A&M", Felicia went to the rival University of Texas. She laughs and says, "So, you're the enemy?" I laugh too and another assistant snaps a photo of us.

Felicia and Me
Why did I wish I read it first? I know have a few possibilities of how I may have met her before.

So fanboying aside, what about the book. The book is very much written in her voice. It has a frantic pace that sometimes doesn't do justice to the seriousness of the content. The book is pretty much an account of working through isolation, weirdness, depression, anxiety, addiction (to video games) to actually achieve something. It's quirky, personal and inspiring. It made me realize that the inner voice that degrades what you create and holds it up against your own ideas and misconceptions about what others are doing and achieving is just a lie.

That said the book appeals to a certain demographic, those of us who grew up being different and are still trying to find our voice and our place need to read this. Because this book celebrates us.