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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.

Oct 31, 2018



World Building!
Continuity and Consistency
help make a fictional world real.
So does borrowing from the real world.
Our host discusses creating
the worlds of Stale Reality
and Midnight, the City of Night.
An announcement is made,
and a new challenge issued.

Stories from Midnight include
Ghost of Midnight,

Oct 24, 2018


Literary Toolboxes!
Language! Observation! Deduction!
Sherlock Holmes!
Science and Alchemy!
Punishing ourselves,
our bodies, psyches, and souls.
A request that you not be a creep
with this week's InkStains challenge.
And what happened when our host
attended a writer's group
in Madrid.
Stories include
a youth in love,

Oct 17, 2018



Our host struggles to define
the short story, but finally
gets into how he approaches
writing shorts, and how they're
different from InkStains stories.
Revelations. Twists.
Things that are necessary.
And all the terrible stories
that have to be written...

Oct 10, 2018


Starting from Nothing.
The Blank Page. Writer's Block.
Inspiration. Should you nurture an
Imagination Gardens
or let them grow wild?
Titles and Compuserve IMPs
and writing prompts,
and a new InkStains challenge!
Also: music, the Madrid playlist,
the missing music,
and the need for something new.
Readings from
Once Upon...

Oct 3, 2018



How to Write a Novel.
Some practical advice,
including vision, timetables,
and the most important of rules:
that there's no one way to write a novel.
Also the other important rule:
that every novel is different.
Also, seeking inspiration.
Readings include excerpts from
host John Urbancik's novels
Stale Reality...