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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.

Aug 15, 2018


Our regular host John Urbancik
is off to Madrid for no one knows
how long, so we've got a guest.
Brian Keene, author of the upcoming
End of the Road
and host of
The Horror Show with Brian Keene
steps in to talk about
and new traditions
and the honesty in your art
that will outlive us.

This week's stories

Aug 8, 2018



It's not quite
Scares that Care Weekend
in review.
Not quite an overview
of all the conventions ever.
But a rambling conversation
about what you,
as an artist or writer,
can get from a convention.
Including bits about
family, inspiration,
the Last American,
and a lost journal.
This week's story...

Aug 1, 2018


Host John Urbancik
often has conversations
about writing related stuff,
sometimes just with himself.
This week, he discusses Point of View,
focusing on First Person and
Third Person Limited.
He delivers an InkStains Challenge
and adds an unexpected twist.
And we find out
who will be our first ever
Guest Host (in two...

Jul 25, 2018



As our host prepares to
move overseas,
he's no longer living in today.
He's focused on tomorrow.
He's writing possible future stories
from his own, yet-to-be-lived life.
He also talks about gardens.
A lot.
He makes a terrible metaphor
and he runs with it.
He talks about the things
interfering with his...

Jul 18, 2018


Humankind is a social animal.
But sometimes, we cannot focus
on everyone else,
we have to focus
on ourselves.
Even still, we sometimes
come together as a community,
as we will with
Scares that Care Weekend.

Summer of Movies continues with
Oceans 8 and
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Stories include lights in...