Hey all, Dani here again.
Excuse me while I completely geek out for a moment: I AM MEETING FELICIA DAY TODAY!!!
Last year geek goddess extraordinaire Felicia Day announced that she was releasing a book, a memoir called You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost), and she would be going on a book tour. I immediately checked the dates, telling myself that if she came within 4-5 hours of me I would definitely go, even if I had to take a couple days off work to do it.
Unfortunately she skirted around the midwest and the closest she got to me was I believe New York or Canada.
I was rather upset about it.
But then the announcement came for her paperback release and yet another book tour. This time everything went my way…she would be coming to Ohio and I wasted no time in buying my ticket for the event and then requesting the day off of work.
And today is that day.
I’m excited to get the paperback book because there’s a bonus chapter inside, but I’m definitely going to have Felicia sign my hardcover because it’s a first edition. But guys, I am going to meet Felicia Day. I have been following her work and her career for a number of years now and it is such an inspiration to me.
Seeing a female geek/nerd/whatever label you want to slap on us living her dream of being a geek and getting paid to do stuff she loves is wonderful. I mean, I would love to get paid for my writing and for reading books and then talking about them. Yes, I know it means a lot of hard work and determination and a refusal to give up, but I have watched people like Felicia Day manage such a feat, so I’m willing to try.
Reading her memoir was a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed, I cried, and so much of it made me think that she was right there in the room with me, telling me the story of how she came to be who she is today. It was like a nice conversation with a friend. And the fact that here in a few more hours I will be sitting in a bookstore and listening to her talk still feels like a dream to me.
I’ve gone to several comic conventions and had celeb photo ops and autographs and I can mostly keep my inner fangirl restrained (though it came out a little bit with John Barrowman and Nathan Fillion), but I don’t think I’ll be able to do that this time. I was one of the early subscribers to the Geek & Sundry YouTube and I have supported a lot of their charity fundraisers, participated in every International TableTop Day so far, and bought a lot of G&S merch. And G&S would not have started without the vision of Felicia Day. I love all the geeky content being produced for the channel–my favorites being Critical Role and TableTop…and of course, the book clubs (Vaginal Fantasy and the lovely video version of Sword and Laser).
So today is going to be a dream come true. I get to meet someone I respect immensely, someone whose awesome personality and love for geek culture has helped to shine a light on all things geek, and someone who has shown that with a willingness to work hard you can make a living doing the things you love.
I’ve been counting down the days for this event for well over a month now and the next few hours are going to be close to impossible. And I’m still hoping that I’ll be able to get a picture with Felicia, because that would be absolutely amazing. So, hopefully I’ll pop on here tomorrow or Thursday and share some pictures of the book signing.
Have I mentioned that I’m excited yet?
Okay, I should probably try to get back to working on my Camp NaNoWriMo project. There’s only a few days left in the month.