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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.

Apr 25, 2018



Rhythm isn't limited to just
the meter of specific sentences.
Paragraphs have rhythm.
Chapters. Entire novels.
Also, let's talk photography,
and interconnectedness of art.
Also discussed: keyboards,
conventions, and
the summer of movies.
Stories include ink dragons,
unsubstantiated scientific theories,
and a haunted...

Apr 18, 2018


It's time for an old fashioned road trip through
Nashville, Indianapolis, York, and Richmond.
What do you pack for the road?
Prepare as best you can,
and seek out the unexpected.
A listener creates his own InkStains challenge.
And John Urbancik gets excited.
Stories include: reflections,
how I write a novel,
and the...

Apr 11, 2018



First: do you need a formal education
to be a writer, painter, musician, or artist?
What other kind of education is there?
A Ten Day InkStains Challenge!
(Work till your fingers bleed?)
Reading outside your own demographic.
How I'm not reading enough
other points of view.
Stories this week include:
Life on the...

Apr 4, 2018


We've survived another April Fool's Day.
Faux pregnancies and spaghetti trees abound.
Some thoughts about stupidity in humor,
and about the importance of whimsy.
Enthusiasm, symbolism,
the things that work for you,
and building a community.
Also convention and appearance information.
InkStains on the Road.