Yes, my history with Wil is extensive. I watched Star Trek: The Next Generation every chance I got. I adored episodes such as Justice where Wesley almost got the death penalty for crushing some alien plants and Coming of Age where he just missed getting into Starfleet Academy. I was so excited to see him return in The First Duty, and was thrilled when he finally went off with the Traveler in Journey’s End. I even wrote an ST:TNG script that was Wesley centered for some kind of class project. These were the days before I was aware there was a world of fanfiction or I’m sure I would have been in the thick of that as well.
For a few years, my love took a backseat to other things in my life. I finished high school, went to college, and met myself a wonderful geek boy. Now, he was made aware early on that my first love was and always would be Wil Wheaton, but he seemed okay with that. Actually, it was sometime early in our relationship that my loving boyfriend found and bought for me Wil’s book Just A Geek and showed me his blog: Wil Wheaton dot Net (WWdN; now in exile). I devoured both the book and blog in short succession and quickly renewed my love. That also cemented this particular boyfriend as a keeper.
I quickly learned that Wil had grown up since I remembered him in his cute little Cadet uniform, but that he still had many wonderful qualities and even more than I recalled! It seemed that Wil now was a writer (and a damn good one!), a father, and a gamer. He enthralled me with the tales on his blog of his life. Interestingly enough, I began to see many parallels between Wil and my boyfriend who had rekindled my childhood geeklove. If my boyfriend told me something, I would often see it on WWdN soon after, or if Wil said something, my boyfriend would show it to me the next day. For bonus points, his name is Bill (yes, short for William). I know: creepy, but awesome.
Today, Wil is an outstanding representative of the geek community. He still blogs, often about timely and important subjects such as voting, fundraising for cancer and puppies, and stupid people in movie theaters. He has given keynote addresses at both PAX and PAX East, during the former of which he used the phrase “Don’t be a dick” which has since becomes Wheaton’s Law. He has his own Woot shirt, and it is glorious. He has written more books, some about his life and most recently some of his own fiction. He has had recurring guest roles in geek related franchises including The Guild and Eureka and geek adjacent franchises such as Leverage. He’s so cool that he plays himself, well, evil himself, in The Big Bang Theory.
About that little crush: my love for Wil remains unrequited since Wil found Anne. Anne is clearly the smartest woman in the world because she married Wil just about 11 years ago. She brought with her two young boys who were then granted the opportunity to grow up in the same household as the greatest geek role model they could have. They seem to have done well for themselves! I’m okay, though, I married the boy who bought me my original copy of Just A Geek, so I think I did pretty well for myself. My husband also brought me to PAX East 2010 where I finally (20 years in the making!) met the man, Wil Wheaton, himself and got my very own Wil signature.
So, to sum up my love for Wil Wheaton: Wil is a fully genuine, no excuses geek who cares about the geek community and the greater world community. Wil understands gamers, scifi geeks, and Venn Diagrams among other things. He knows how to play an awesome game of DnD, how to write a beautiful story, and how to enjoy a good scotch. Wil is truly a geek worth looking up to and a geek worth crushing on. That is why Wil Wheaton is the only appropriate Geek Crush for our one year anniversary. Keep up all the great work, Wil. We will always love you!