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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.

Jun 27, 2018



With the upcoming move to Madrid,
our host finds himself short on time
to get an episode recorded,
so he goes off script
without notes, thoughts, or a net.
And he talks about
This week's story is the opening excerpt
from Madmen, Poets, & Thieves,
a Midnight novella.

John Urbancik discusses

Jun 20, 2018


Let's talk about characters.
What makes a good, compelling character?
Is it the color of their eyes
or the song on their lips?
Or is it something else entirely?
The most elaborate
InkStains challenge yet.
Summer of Movies continues with
The Incredibles 2,
directed by Brad Bird.
Stories about heartbreak,
a poet's death,...

Jun 13, 2018



It's time to pack up and move. Again.
As a means of rediscovering inspiration?
Spanish Lessons.
Closing the Library.
Naming Your Characters.
And the Summer of Movies continues with
How to Talk to Girls at Parties,
based on the Neil Gaiman short.
Stories this week include
breakfast in New Orleans,
the god of love in...

Jun 6, 2018


The Summer of Movies
begins with Solo: A Star Wars Movie
and this near-spoiler-free review.
Spreadsheets, dry erase boards,
index cards, sticky notes, and
other ways to organize future projects.
Stories this week include
a random stranger at gunpoint,
discussion of time as a river or city,
and a man waking up in...