I wrote an essay about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it's in a book


I've mentioned it before, I know, but just in case you've forgotten, I have an essay in this book:


Book book of Whedon essays
I received my comp copy of it in the mail today (and, believe me, the thrill of getting a comp in the mail from Random House was pretty great) and it's a killer book.  It's packed to the gills with essays on pretty much everything Whedon has ever done.

I hadn't read my essay since it was originally published on Popmatters a year ago.  I was a little worried.  I probably wrote it over three days, which doesn't seem like enough time for something that's in a book that everyone can read, particularly a book filled with essays by actual scholars.

So, being the self-absorbed person that I am, I read my essay first.  And, surprise surprise, it was actually pretty damn good.

I had some problems with it here and there, but overall I was kind of shocked at how well I spoke "critical essay."  I suddenly realized that all those years of college had actually paid off...in the form of one essay in a 500+ page book, for which sole payment is the copy sitting on my coffee table.

Still, I'm looking forward to reading the other essays.  And I'm thankful Popmatters and Titan Books had the smarts to go with my essay on Xander and not my essay on sex, which I wrote in less than two days while on a cruise ship.

It was a fun project to be a part of -- I think I'd like to do something like that again someday.