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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.

Jan 10, 2018

We all write our first stories for the same reason: we have a story to tell and the means by which to tell it. But none of us know what we're doing. Not yet. First, we go over motivations, and the kinds of things we learn that are necessary to tell a story. Then we review Guillermo del Toro's CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, not because he just won an award for Best Director, and tie that into this week's InkStains challenge. Then it's notebooks: journals and diaries and sketchpads. Stories include "Dry Seas", about a boy and a mermaid and the Leviathan; the fairy tale "Snow Sparrow"; and a Midnight story, "Motorcycle Race".

Host John Urbancik discusses writing, photography, art, and creativity, and also reads stories.