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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.

Jul 25, 2018



As our host prepares to
move overseas,
he's no longer living in today.
He's focused on tomorrow.
He's writing possible future stories
from his own, yet-to-be-lived life.
He also talks about gardens.
A lot.
He makes a terrible metaphor
and he runs with it.
He talks about the things
interfering with his...

Jul 18, 2018


Humankind is a social animal.
But sometimes, we cannot focus
on everyone else,
we have to focus
on ourselves.
Even still, we sometimes
come together as a community,
as we will with
Scares that Care Weekend.

Summer of Movies continues with
Oceans 8 and
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Stories include lights in...

Jul 11, 2018



Where do we get our ideas?
The question never dies,
so let's explore some real answers.
Including coloring outside the lines,
tigers in the clouds,
and all the color Slushees
you can't find.
This week's InkStains Challenge
will hurt you.
And we review Ant-man and The Wasp
as well as Universal's recent
The Mummy, the...

Jul 4, 2018


Revisions in fiction,
revisions in real life.
We discuss the revision process
and the mechanics of how it's done.
As our host plans to move to Madrid,
and officially enter his Spanish Period,
he contemplates his forthcoming memoir:
Hombre Lobo Americano en Madrid.
And he considers the things undone
in his immediate...