About Me

My name is James Pickering and I've been writing this blog since March 16, 2009. I graduated from a small-town high school in north Louisiana to go on into the Navy. After serving my country in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, I have been everything from a DJ to a appliance repairman to a book salesman. I think I enjoyed being a book seller the most.

As of this writing, I support my wife in her battle against a stage IV brain tumor and help raise our young daughter. Working on this and several other blogs is one of the ways that I stay sane. It also helps if I can use them to supplement our income as a job outside of the home is not a benefit right now. In addition to all of this since starting the website, I've been unemployed due to business bankruptcies twice. Not a good record. I now do freelance consulting for a local author, basically helping him with his online presence and book sales. I also have an Amazon storefront where I sell books and I use affiliate links to help out.

My favorite books are Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS, Herbert's DUNE, Heinlein's STARSHIP TROOPERS, and anything by A. Lee Martinez. When it comes to movies, I've pretty much proved that I don't have any standards and it doesn't take much to impress me, but that just means I have more fun at the theater than most. I didn't start reading comics again, until I started this site and I've reconnected with some old friends. Most of them are from DC, but I still love Marvel and the independents.

About 'A Galaxy Called Dallas'

When I first started the website, it was a way of keeping up with all the things going on in the world of geekdom. The name just came to me one night as I lay in bed and I couldn't go to sleep just thinking of all the possibilities. I wanted to talk about all the cool movies, books, and tv shows, but so many people were already doing that, so I decided to just post about events in the DFW area that others may be missing out on like I did for so many years. I eventually branched out to a Twitter account and a Facebook page to help keep everyone informed. I still have these great ideas for the site but it's gonna take a little manpower and time before I get it there. In the meantime, I still post about the events, but I also want to concentrate on the community and write more about the people that are a part of A Galaxy Called Dallas.