Nolan vs. the World

Scene – A Different Wind

Just for the heck of it, I’m dropping a flash from my past. Below is the beginning of a short story that I wrote in college. It's nothing too exciting—just plain-old fiction—but it was a necessary scene for me to write at the time. Back then, I desperately needed practice writing the everyday scenes. I… Continue reading Scene – A Different Wind

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Why—Just Maybe—You Should Run That Red Light

TRUE OR FALSE? Before we die, the average time that a U.S. individual spends waiting on a red light is three months. I read this statistic somewhere when I was a kid. At first, it intrigued me. Then it scared me. But I got over it—I pushed it out of my thoughts, as I deducted… Continue reading Why—Just Maybe—You Should Run That Red Light

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Slogans That Need Rated, Volume I

I saw a short commercial for Hertz (car rental company) on my phone the other day. In it, a mother was on her way home to reunite with her husband and kids. Adorable. It ended on the mother’s glowing, smiling face as she video-chatted with her family on the bus ride home.  In the bottom-right… Continue reading Slogans That Need Rated, Volume I

Thoughts of a Writer

Crying from Things That Have Never Actually Happened

A King is brought the news that his son has fallen in battle. A mother whispers those much-needed words just before she flicks off the lights for the night. A furnace spells imminent doom as it threatens to melt the eyebrows off of best friends, Woody and Buzz. We have all cried from experiencing events… Continue reading Crying from Things That Have Never Actually Happened

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Procrastination Looms Over

“As the young grow older, society will fall into complacency.” Whoa, that’s quite a declaration, Nolan. Are you going to back that up? Not really—that would take too long. But now that I’ve got your attention, I will make a similar argument. That is: “As the young grow older, society will suffer, increasingly, from procrastination.”… Continue reading Procrastination Looms Over

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How to Raise a Child, Pre-Conception, Abridged

"An Open Letter to Future Parents, Right Now" or "Molding the Year 2059 through Reproduction" There were a few potential working titles for this one. I took the high road. Our children will be the future of humanity. Current parents already understand that sentiment in their bones. But do any young, non-parents feel that pressure… Continue reading How to Raise a Child, Pre-Conception, Abridged

Thoughts of a Writer

The Most Powerful Plot Device

It’s a super-power. It’s a tragedy. It’s a second chance. It’s even an entire sub-genre. Time Control: the most powerful plot device. Yes. Yes way. What is so engrossing about the concept of time? Mainly, it’s inevitable, consistent, and the frame of not only our lives, but all of history. To us real people, it is… Continue reading The Most Powerful Plot Device