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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.

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...

May 17, 2017

Host John Urbancik returns from a convention where he's been re-energized and exhausted, and offers words of encouragement to you and everyone. Then he challenges you to do the same. Readings include stories channeled from his inner Ray Bradbury, a story about when to start a story, and jury duty.

May 10, 2017

Host John Urbancik explores living a creative life, then tackles the dark night of the soul. A new InkStains challenge is issued. Readings include a story inspired by Van Gogh, a nearly completely true story about a carnival in a hotel room, and paper folding in the wind.

May 3, 2017

Host John Urbancik tackles fostering creativity, something we have to do on our own in modern society. A new InkStains challenge issued, and then John gets serious. Readings include requirements for being a writer and adventurer, a brief history of the host, and a challenge against the night.