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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.

Jan 31, 2018


Is wasting time
always a waste of time?
Host John Urbancik discusses
the difference between conscious
and subconscious work,
and explains how watching Game of Thrones
might be a good use of your creative time.
Discussions also include Point of View,
and the restrictions POV puts on a story.
Dragons are mentioned,

Jan 24, 2018


How do you know when advice is good,
or merely well-intended, or truly bad?
Host John Urbancik discusses
advice and teachers (good and bad),
then he talks about writer workshops
and writer retreats,
and the singe most important thing
these offer you.
He'll also talk about spreadsheets.
All that, plus readings that...

Jan 17, 2018

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday this week, host John Urbancik tries to remember how and when he was introduced to the work of Poe. Readings include Poe's poems "Eldorado" and "Annabel Lee", and also "The Black Cat".

Host John Urbancik discusses writing, photography, art, and creativity, and also reads...

Jan 10, 2018

We all write our first stories for the same reason: we have a story to tell and the means by which to tell it. But none of us know what we're doing. Not yet. First, we go over motivations, and the kinds of things we learn that are necessary to tell a story. Then we review Guillermo del Toro's CABINET OF CURIOSITIES,...

Jan 3, 2018

What happens when the angel of vengeance fails to do his job because of a really good cup of hot chocolate? First, we congratulate you for surviving 2017, then immediately tell you it's time to get back to work. We discuss intentions, paths, the future, and all sorts of indefinable things. Then it's fashion sketches...