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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.

Mar 28, 2018



A trip to the Hermitage Museum & Gardens
collides with classic cosmic horror
in one writer's head, and the results
are instantaneous yet indescribable,
and provides evidence
that you need to get out of your house
every once in a while
to kickstart something.
Get out of your house and
out of your genre,
and do a...

Mar 21, 2018


Sliced Bread has been a thing
since 1928. Before that, we had
wrapped bread.
All invention, and all art,
draws upon what came before us
and moves us forward.
This week's InkStains challenge
asks you to seek a particular inspiration.
Reading Clickers Forever
causes host John Urbancik
to consider his own legacy

Mar 14, 2018



The gargoyle knows the difference
between story and plot. Do you?
What exactly is an InkStains?
Are the Beatles all still alive and well
and on tour and releasing new music
in a parallel universe?
We have the tape!

Stories include the King in Yellow,
at the Outer Reaches,
and Metro Demons!

John Urbancik...

Mar 7, 2018


One of the most important
things you can do as an artist
and as a human being
may be to try to understand
how someone else lives.
Their hopes, dreams, and fears.
Also, it's time for you
to talk about your favorite
artists, musicians, and writers.
Stories include a special deck of cards,
a life flashing before...