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