A small town kid just living the dream.

Me in front of the Statue of Liberty pre-pandemic

Hi everyone!

My name is Noah Nelson and I am from the small town of Taylorville, located smack dab in the middle of Illinois. Currently, I am a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in journalism with minors in political science and history. Outside of the classroom, I serve as a senior columnist for the school’s student newspaper The Daily Illini, a member of Block I and Orange Krush, the football and basketball fan clubs respectively, Star Course Concert Committee, Champaign Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and a writer on Medium.com.

My Medium Story

I discovered Medium less than…

Country music set to stage should be fun.

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Country music and Broadway are about to cross paths.

In Feb. 2021, Florida Georgia Line announced their new off-Broadway musical called “May We All,” inspired by one of their hit songs. The show will have a short run of performances in June 2022 in Nashville then it will embark on a national tour.

Featuring hit country songs by Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Brooks & Dunn, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, and many more, the show will be a must-see for any country fan.

The story follows a young musician…

I wish it didn’t have to be this way.

It’s fair season folks!

And you know what that means? Time to break out the scales! At least for me that is.

Lately, I’ve been working on my weight. I’m not overweight but I also don’t have a flat stomach either.

Then the county fair came along.

Normally, I run right to the corn dogs and lemon shake-ups.

  1. They’re my favorite.
  2. Who doesn’t?

But I need to quit eating that kind of junk. It’ll just keep me from losing the weight that needs to be shed for good.

But summer only comes once, right?

At least I’m not like other…

I’ve been slacking lately. I apologize for it.

It’s been one hell of a summer.

Between work as a day camp counselor at my local park district, writing on Medium, taking a summer class and trying to find me time, it’s been difficult. So I apologize for not being as active as I should on my blog.

And I really should be.

I’ve always wanted a blog. Now I have one. And I shouldn’t be slacking on it.

I should be embracing.

Lately, I’ve been reading so many articles that tell me college students should write a blog especially because it’s a crazy time of our life. …

Hopefully one day, they will.

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Last month, I wrote a somewhat controversial story on Medium.

It was yet another one about Taylor Swift, but this time, it came with much more feedback and discussion than I ever expected. But it got people talking.

Here it is:

Whether you like her or not, there’s no denying Swift’s monumental career. Many compare her to the likes of the Beatles and Michael Jackson in terms of entertainers.

Who knows if she will ever be inducted, but but these 5 others artists should at some point too.

1. Herman’s Hermits

There’s no doubt the Beatles led the British Invasion in America during…

A poem about life

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We’ve all been through our own kind of hell
Some more than others
As far as I can tell

It’s time we take a break
Runaway for sometime
Starting living in the moment
And dancing through life

Grab my hand
And away we’ll go
Be careful not to step on any toes

Feel the beat of the drums
And rhythm in your soul
Yes, you got it
Time to rock and roll

Come and dance with me
You’ll be alright
There’s nothing better
Than just dancing through life

Noah Nelson is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign…

Believe it because it’s true.

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In September 1963, the Beatles took a break.

The group had been on tour for almost two years straight without stopping. While the John, Paul and Ringo visited foreign countries during vacation, George Harrison decided to visit his sister, Louise, in her small town of Benton, Illinois.

She lived in this mining town with her husband Gordon and her children. When George and their brother Peter tagged along with him, they had quite the time together.

George did most of all.

During his stay, he experienced American life at the time. He attended a drive-in movie, watched a Shriners parade…

I can’t hold my excitement.

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I’m not one who reads much fiction. But every great once in a while, I discover new novels I can’t wait to read.

The following five have my blood pumping already. And I haven’t even read page one.

“The Lost Order” by Steve Berry

In another historical thriller featuring Cotton Malone, Berry writes about The Knights of the Golden Circle, the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried across the country. Treasure hunters have found little of it since 1865.

Until now.

Two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle…

Talk about it with everyone you can.

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Have you written a book?

If so, great! Keep reading to find out my best promotional strategy. If not, that’s okay!

This article will probably still help you too.

But before I do, let me tell you about me and my book.

My First Self-Published Book

I knew I would eventually publish a book, but I didn’t think it would be until years down the road. Nevertheless, I did.

I’m going to begin my senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in journalism with minors in political science and history. At age 21, I already have a book under my belt.

But “1989” didn’t disappoint.

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Unfortunately, I’ve only seen Taylor Swift live in concert once: in 2015 on her “1989 World Tour.”

Everything about that night was amazing. The music, the theatrical amazement, Taylor herself.

But I wish I would’ve attended “The Red Tour” too. That really would’ve been something else.

I Can’t Get “Red” Out of My Mind

A few weeks ago, Taylor announced she would release her version of the 2012 record this coming November. And I couldn’t hold my excitement after that.

Since then, I’ve been listening to the music and falling back into the era. But I’m becoming disappointed.

I should’ve attended a show on that tour.

Just from…

Noah Nelson

UIUC journalism major| Daily Illini Senior Columnist| Author of “Life: A Collection of Short Stories”| Featured Writer on ILLUMINATION (21x).

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