Where I come from

My name is Jim Hessin. I am a husband, father of three, stay at home dad, sometimes dishwasher at the rest home, and avid programmer. I have a degree in game software development, not that that means anything. I like figuring things out on the computer in my spare time.

I was born in St. Louis, MO. Moved in the third grade to South Texas. Moved around a bit but settled into the McAllen area for High School. Went to Pan-American University for a semester in Electrical Engineering then decided to join the military to help pay for school. I joined the National Guard in January of 2001. I was in AIT (Advanced Individual Training) giving blood when the twin towers fell.

After finishing training I transferred to UT-Austin with my second choice as major Physics. I relearned quite a bit for a semester before running out of funds again. I signed on with one of those college sales gigs selling encyclopedias door to door in Canandaigua, NY. Half way through that I had to go to annual training with the military - during which I had the epiphany that I was not cut out for sales. I found the pressure to be too much so I didn’t go back. I took some time off of school to reevaluate my life.

I worked several different places: Radio Shack and Home Depot were the longest runs. Bounced around here and there. I settled in Charlotte, NC with my folks and started going to college again. UNC-Charlotte this time. I discovered something interesting: Colleges don’t trust each other. Nobody accepts transferred credits. I had to retake a bunch of stuff before I could get back to where I was. I tried to ease into it, but it was just a waste of time. After a deployment to Iraq I finally ended up dropping out and working at a Marble Slab Ice Cream Shop in Matthews, NC.

This is where my life changed forever. A girl came in asking about the music I was playing. It was my iPod loaded up with Christian music. Her sister was the one who ended up roping us together and to make a long story short we ended up getting married, and after a second tour in Iraq I left the military and we moved to her hometown in Mullen, NE.

So when people ask where I’m from I just tend to give them a blank stare…

What I’m about

My priorities are my family and Jesus. Not necessarily in that order. Programming is a hobby, but not the main focus of my life. My oldest son has severe autism. Some would call it “classical” autism. This is what most people think of when they think of autism. He can’t have a conversation. He can’t adjust to change. Since learning about his condition I have discovered that I am also on the spectrum unofficially.

Up until a few months ago I was really into gaming - primarily MMOs, but anything on a console was pretty addicting. But around may I realized it was taking to much time out of my life. Time away from family and time away from other productive things. I sold my PlayStation and have sworn off gaming. Maybe one day I’ll be able to pick it up again, but I don’t want to be ensnared by it.

Currently my hobbies are books, programming, and tv/movies.

Favorite Authors/Books

  • Brandon Sanderson
    • Everything but especially:
      • Stormlight Archives
      • Reckoner Series
  • Drew Hayes
    • Everything but especially:
      • Super Powereds
      • Fred the Vampire
      • NPC’s
  • Kevin Hardman
    • Everything but especially:
      • Kid Sensation Novels
  • Dakota Krout
    • Divine Dungeon Series
  • Steven Gould
    • Jumper Series

Honorable Mentions

  • D. J. MacHale
    • Pendragon Series
  • Terry Goodkind
    • Sword of Truth Series
  • Dean Koontz
    • He is a childhood favorite of mine. TickTok was one of my favorites along with the Odd Thomas Series.
  • Orson Scott Card
    • Another childhood favorite - Nowadays he’s a little too analytical for me though. I think some of the best stories of his are the Pathfinder series and the Mithermages series.


Just to clarify here are some conventions I will use while blogging. If I talk about reading a book I may mean sitting and reading a book, or listening to an audiobook. I find it less confusing if I just use one term, especially for the books that I half read and half hear. That’s it for now - if there is more clarification needed later I will update this section.