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Ever wanted to challenge yourself artistically? Write a story every day, photograph something or illustrate something on a regular basis? John Urbancik has done that, on a grand scale: InkStains was originally a year-long daily writing project, in which he wrote a story a day every day for a year. By hand. Now, as he attempts to do this for a third time, he’ll share with you his secrets of how it’s done. Or maybe you just want to hear some of the stories that have resulted from this. InkStains is now a weekly podcast featuring stories of any and every genre as well as discussions about creativity and personal challenges and what it takes to make a thing – and the kinds of scars and stains that might leave.

Jun 21, 2017

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he's asked if his photographic eye affects the way he writes. He answers listener questions about tying shoes and when he knew he wanted to write. Readings include another New Orleans inspired ghost story, a magician with only...

Jun 14, 2017

Host John Urbancik discusses outlines and answers listener questions about when the words won't flow and after-work rituals. Readings include a ghost story about New Orleans jazz, non-fiction about the muse, and the Clock Man.

Jun 7, 2017

Host John Urbancik takes a stance in the war between Quantity and Quality. A listener asks about his first celebrity crush. The readings include a story about locks of love (something of a fairy tale), legends about the cellars of old houses, and a storyteller telling stories about a storyteller.

May 31, 2017

Host John Urbancik reveals the origin of his InkStains project and answers writerly questions about characters. A new InkStains challenge that anyone can do. And in the three readings: flowers grow in a garden, a magician shows a kid a new magic trick, and second-hand ghosts!

May 24, 2017

Host John Urbancik talks about Writer's Block and Artist's Block, and tells you how to deal with it effectively and definitively. This week's InkStains challenge will help you plan for the next time it attacks. Also: three readings: stories to sell, the parallel universe version of me, and what's in the shoebox in the...