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Feli­cia Da yw asa bright but iso­lated home-schooled kid who en­tered the Univer­sity o fT ex asatA ustin at age six­teen and then grad­u­ated vale­dic­to­rian o fh erc lass with ado uble ma­jor in vi­o­lin and mat hb efore mov­ing to Los An­ge­les to make it as an ac­tor .D espite a lack of con­tacts, she soon be­came rec­og­niz­able do­ing com­mer­cials for cat food and pizz aan­dasada y player ona va­ri­ety of tele­vi­sion se­ries, in­clud­ing Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer. She w aso f ten type­cast as the quirky, slightly manic side­kick or sec­re­tar y, whil ein her per­sona ll ife she was wrestlin gw ith anx­i­ety is­sues and de­vel­op­ing ana ll-con­sum­ing ad­dic­tion to th eon line multi-player video game World of War­craft. F ort wo years she spent up­wards o f10h ours ada y so­cial­iz­ing on lyw ith online friends she had never met in rea ll ife . “I w as gam­ing som uch th atm y con­sciou s and s ub­con­scious were bleed­ing to­gether un­til If elt lik ea livin gg am­ing en­tity, aro bot con­trol­ling the vir­tual char­ac­ter of m yfl esh-and-blood self,” she writes in her amus­ing memoir, You’re Never Weird on the In­ter­net (Al­most), pub­lished byT ouch­stone .T o yan kh er­self out o fh er ad­dic­tion, she joined a grou po fw omen who sup­ported one another in cre­ative and life goals, and she even­tu­ally wrote a pi­lot f orate lev­i­sion se­ries about what hap­pens when mem­bers of a gamin ggu ild de­cide to meet in rea ll ife .Th ise ventually be­came the pop­u­lar web se­ries The Guild and earned Day a rep­u­ta­tion as “queen of the geeks ”f rom suc hg ee kk ing sas Joss Whe­don and Ge­orge R.R. Martin .D ay reads from and signs copies of her memoir at 6 p.m. on Sunda y,S ept. 13, att he Jean Cocteau Cin­ema (418 Mon­tezu maA ve., 505-466-5528). Ad­mis­sion is $10 or free with pur­chase of the book.

—J en­nifer Levin

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