The beginning for a writer is the journal. I say this because it is the testing grounds for all your styles and ideas. If you do not keep a journal, it will be hard for you to be a good writer in almost any field.
You should write a little every day if you want to cultivate your literary skills. That's the beauty of a journal... because you don't need a revolutionary idea or original thought to write a successful entry into your journal. Other types of writing are not as forgiving; when you write poetry when you don't feel poetic or a story when you don't feel inspired, you will likely not turn out highly artistic words.
Good Memories from the Badlands
Photos from my trip to Killdeer and Medora in Western North Dakota.
A lesson in flight
The kids and I take a crash course in flying paper airplanes--with the Ultimate Paper Airplane.
Monster of Despair
A poem by Shawn Olson on keeping life in perspective in rough times.
The most important things
Putting human struggles and value into perspective.
Statues Go Away
A poem on the march of time. Things can change even if they seem eternal.
The Sunset and Spirits
A trip to a mountain top turns into a flight of irrational terror.
Protest and Support
War protestors and supporters both have serious flaws in their arguments.
The Blue Van
The Blue Van produced scorn from bystanders, but was a superb piece of machinery.
Poem on pessimism about the future.
My Phantom Greed
Poem on selfishness disguised as faith and charity.
Fuel Tank Safety Measures
An overview of the safety measures fuel distributors take to minimize accidental disasters.