Tuesday night, I asked Andrew (my editor and good friend, for those of you who are just walking into the theater for the first time) if he thought we could put together a chapbook for the 2008 Geek Tour . . . and have it ready to give to the printer about 18 hours later.
Andrew is a fucking rockstar, and over the next 90 minutes or so of manic IMing we put together something that I'm massively proud of. The result of a fucos that can only be born in terror is something really, really special.
See, the other chapbooks I've done (and I try to do a different one each summer) are all pretty cool, with nifty bits of stuff that's awesome, but this one is different than anything I've done so far.
My author's note! Let me show you it!
Every summer, I make one of these limited chapbooks and take them with me on the inevitable summer convention tour. In the past, I’ve pulled material from whatever I’m working on, as sort of a fall preview, but this year the book I’m working on is so top secret, I’d have to print the chapbook on self-destructing paper, and while that would make it a very limited edition, the costs associated are kind of prohibitive.
So for 2008’s limited edition chapbook extravaganza, I’ve put together the first ever Wil Wheaton Sampler. With the help of my editor Andrew, who is a former ninja warrior and recreational time traveler, I’ve pulled together things I like from all three of my books, my blog, and this groovy collaborative fiction project I play with called Ficlets. I’ve also included, for the first time anywhere, one of the scripts I wrote for a sketch comedy show at the ACME Comedy Theater.
If you like what you see here, and would like to read more, come visit me online. I’m at wilwheaton.typepad.com.
I was going to call this Wil Wheaton's Hot Cocoa Box Sampler (Farkisms FTW!) but I have a tradition of using song titles that I didn't want to break, so this one is called Sunken Treasure, with the subtitle "Wil Wheaton's Hot Cocoa Box Sampler." Hee. Awesome.
I am so proud of this. It's one of the things I was working on during my massive deadline panic. The collected stories are some of my favorites, and I'm thrilled to include outtakes from Happiest Days as well as a script from ACME, which I've never reprinted anywhere before.
As always, this will be limited to 200 copies, and will become available at Super-Con this weekend in San Jose. If I'm lucky, I'll sell about half of them this weekend, and I'll have the remaining 100 to bring with me to the rest of the cons on the 2008 Geek Tour. I don't have any plans to sell these online, but I like this little book so much I may change my mind on that later this year.
Oh, speaking of the 2008 Geek Tour, I'm adding another stop next month, which will be announced in its own post a little later today.