Happy, Happy… Joy, Joy

I received my copy of Wil Wheaton’s newest treasure trove of timeless remembrances and, in short, I loved it.

The Happiest Days of Our Lives is a great book. I’m a little older than Wil, but we have very similar childhoods. I played Dungeons and Dragons. I have a little brother. I loved Star Wars toys as a kid. All that and more is featured.

My favorite story is “I am the Modren Man,” which if you even remotely like the band Styx, will get immediately. It illustrates the joy of fatherhood like nothing I’ve ever read before. It is obvious that Wil loves his stepsons and they, in turn, love him just the same.

In fact, Wil fills the pages with love at every turn. It truly is a book about love. Love for his family. Love for his co-workers. Love for his dog.

The Happiest Days of Our Lives is all about surrounding yourself with people you care about, interests you enjoy and finding the passion in the “every day.” It’s why people come in droves to read Wil’s blog and why he has been as successful in nearly every endeavor he has pursued. The book is a collection of the happiest parts of his day. I’m glad he put it all together.

Seeing and reading the book makes me long to create a similar product with my own creative output. I’ve written essays, reviews, comic book scripts and short stories. I’d love to have a book of my best blog posts and other pieces all in one volume.

My best bet is a service called Lulu. For not a great deal of money, you can get a professionally bound book for a unit price of less than $10 in most cases. They’ll make just about anything from graphic novels to cookbooks and everything in-between. I’m leaning toward gathering my favorite posts and laying out my own book of blog posts and other assorted scribblings and follow right in the footsteps of Wil.

As always, Wil Wheaton has inspired me to write and again he has inspired me to organize my own writing and put my own thing together. Would you buy it?